Tag Archive for TokyoPop

Platinum Garden, vol. 1

During the reading of her grandfather’s will, Kazura discovers she’s been left to Mizuki in return for the cancellation of her grandfather’s debts and Mizuki expects her to be his fiancé! Mizuki, only a year older than Kazura, is moody,…

+ANIMA, vol. 1

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted wings. Angels and winged men and women out of mythology never cease to fascinate me, and by nature seem majestic, preternaturally beautiful, and glorious. Thank God Cooro came along to hope…

East Coast Rising, vol. 1

You’re on the high seas in some post-apocalyptic version of the coast of New York state where the waters have risen to engulf the cities of the coast and strange creatures inhabit the depths. As the cold and polluted water…

Planetes, vol. 1

Hachimaki has dreamed of being an astronaut his whole life. Right now he’s working a grunt job as an orbital trash collector, circling the moon with his two partners Yuri and Fee to pick up the detritus of years of…

Made in Heaven: Kazemichi

Cyborgs are tricky things – they can either be soulless, menacing villains or mirrors of humanity struggling to reconcile a technologically driven program with a desire to mimic humanity. Used to discuss epic questions about souls and identity, people altered…

Loveless, vol. 1

To be perfectly clear: Loveless is not an easy manga to understand. Within the first volume alone readers will encounter murder, loneliness, willing sacrifices, inherited responsibility, physical abuse, crushes, and virtual battlefields. The characters are close-mouthed and reluctant to reveal…

FLCL, vol. 1

Naota is a lonely boy living in the town of Mabasa, a perfectly normal place where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. Due to this lack of excitement, Naota’s older brother, a talented baseball player, has decided to go…

FLCL, vol. 2

The plot thickens as Naota’s father writes a story in his magazine about the mayor of Mabase’s supposed affair, and as a result all the residents of Mabase find out about it. Ninamori, the mayor’s daughter and president of Naota’s…

Brigadoon, vol. 1

Growing up without her parents is hard for Marin, especially in 7th grade where having the right clothes and family count for a lot if you want to be popular. However, living with her adopted grandparents and a host of…

Ark Angels, vol. 1

It’s no coincidence that Shem, Hamu, and Japheth share the names of the biblical Noah’s sons. These three girls have the monumental task of traveling through time to collect pairs all of the endangered and extinct species and preserve them…

Off*beat, vol. 1

For a lot of manga readers, the attempts at creating manga-style comics here in the U.S. have only very occasionally been successful (Chynna Clugston being one woman who’s pulled it off.) All too often, creators adopt the style without understanding…

Steady Beat, vol. 1

It’s tough living in the shadow of a perfect older sister. As any younger sibling can tell you, it’s not so much that one is better than the other, but that an older sister or brother simply got there first.…

Paradise Kiss

Introduction “Sweet exotic scents filled its every corner, as if someone was making candies in a Chinese import store. Dizzying music pulsated and bounced off the loud pink walls. There was an old bar, and a pool table, and three…

Paradise Kiss, vol. 1

Yukari Hayasaka doesn’t know what she wants out of life. Dutifully trying to fulfill her mother’s expectations, she tries to overcome her apathy and pass the entrance exams that will get her into a properly prestigious college. Despite her doubts,…

Paradise Kiss, vol. 2

At Paradise Kiss, Yukari has discovered a world outside her prep school walls. She becomes more and more involved with the group as George’s design for the Yaza Arts fashion show takes shape. Yukari is starting to discover her beauty,…

Paradise Kiss, vol. 3

Is Yukari finally in control of her life, or is her life just out of control? The question haunts Yukari even as she discovers a new sense of self-worth in her first modeling job. While Paradise Kiss has become a…