Gravitation, vol. 4

Volume four of this slapstick-meets-soap-opera series features events so dramatic even the author expresses surprise in one of her breezy side-notes. The major development? Taki, lead singer of our hero’s arch-rivals ASK, corners Shuichi in a subway station and (with…

Gravitation, vol. 5

After the trauma of the previous volume, Gravitation‘s fifth installment offers its characters a welcome respite. Shuichi, who has moved in with Yuki (whether Yuki likes it or not), is delighted and confused by his lover’s attentive behavior. Yuki has…

Gravitation, vol. 6

This latest installment continues to deliver the outrageous humor and angst we’ve come to expect from Gravitation. The boys from Bad Luck are sent to compete on an “Iron Chef”-style cooking show, despite Shuichi’s total lack of cooking skills. To…

Eerie Queerie

Introduction First things first: this series is both unashamedly silly and unashamedly all about the pretty boys. Despite my general appetite for manga, and awareness of the penchant for wacky hijinks, this series surprised me numerous times as just how…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 1

Eerie Queerie follows the adventures of one Mitsuo, a loner high school student who has the misfortune of also being a medium. Due to his gentle nature, he’s prone to being taken over by any strong-willed ghost in the vicinity.…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 2

The second volume contains both my favorite moments thus far and some of the more bizarre (and vaguely unsettling) plot twists that have lead to my marveling at the boundaries Japanese comics push. On a school field trip, Mitsuo, Hasunuma,…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 3

In the third volume, matters get even more bizarre. Mitsuo and friends, including the enslaved ghost Kanau from volume 2, are all helping Mikuni prepare for the temple’s new year festivals and rituals. When another medium, the darkly handsome Itsuki,…