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Paradise Kiss, vol. 4

The Yaza Arts fashion show is finally here, and Yukari is about to make her runway debut modeling George’s creation. The Paradise Kiss team have worked feverishly to be ready in time, with Yukari trying to balance school and fashion.…

Paradise Kiss, vol. 5

The fashion students of Paradise Kiss are about to graduate, and each confronts his or her future–George and Yukari in particular. While Yukari struggles over her decision to give up on college for modeling, George must come to grips with…

Battle Royale, vol. 1

It is a sad fact of life that many YA books seem to reflect a teenage obsession with death. A teen does something stupid–drinking and driving, unprotected sex, vacationing at Camp Crystal Lake–with disastrous consequences; usually, most of the teen’s…

Pet Shop of Horrors

Introduction “Dreams, love, and hope…” are what this pet shop sells. So says Count D, the mysterious owner of a outwardly unassuming but inwardly cavernous pet shop in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. The pet shop and its pets are connected to…

Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 1

Most volumes in this series are filled with short stories, each entitled with a “D” word or phrase, working more like a detective television series than one extended story arc. In this volume, our first encounter with Count D is…

Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 2

In Dragon, the Count show’s his fiercely protective side when a delivery mix up leaves a rare dragon egg, about to hatch, in the hands of a pet owner expecting a lizard. He manages to wrangle Orcot into helping him…

Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 3

Though there are always hints at D’s family, and past, in Diamonde we get another piece of the puzzle not to mention a frightening glimpse of just how little D may actually care about human life (not to mention the…

Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 4

As the series continues, the stories get more complex and the morals even murkier; though D seems to always have the last word, there are never any easy solutions. In Digital, a man is found murdered in his apartment with…

Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 5

At the halfway point, the series gets a little deeper into our characters’ lives as Orcot’s family arrives on the scene. Our first tale, Dual, follows an ambitious politician and his arrogant demand that Count D hand over the creature…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 3

While this series continues to focus on Subaru’s caseload, clues are starting to mount pointing to that fact that Seishiro has another more threatening agenda. In this volume, CLAMP hints at the X/1999 future as Subaru gets entangled with a…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 4

This volume is split into two tales. In the first, Subaru encounters a grief-stricken mother seeking revenge for her child’s murder. Certain he can help her by summoning the spirit of her lost daughter, Subaru raises her ghost to allow…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 5

Events start hurtling toward violence and sadness with volume five. The first two shorter tales concentrate on how ignorance and being so wrapped up in your own world leaves you blind to other’s troubles. Subaru meets a kind older man…

Wish

Introduction CLAMP, that group of 5 women masters of the manga format, are also some of the most prolific creators currently working in Japan. They tackle everything they do with intelligence and a great sense of drama, and happily, they…

Wish, vol. 1

An angel, Kohaku, is rescued from being tangled in a tree by an unsuspecting but chivalrous doctor, Shuichiro. Once freed, Kohaku proclaims that Shuichiro can have a wish granted for lending her aid. Unfortunately, Shuichiro cannot think of a single…

Wish, vol. 2

All of the introductions of Volume 1 out of the way, the story starts to really take off in Volume 2. Shuichiro, his usual calm slowly unsettled by his numerous heavenly and hellish houseguests, is attempting to figure out a…

Wish, vol. 3

With Volume 3, consequences start to pile up. Kohaku and Shuichiro sense that their time is limited, and almost unconsciously, each tries to extend it. Hisui advises Kohaku to consider her feelings carefully — does she want to stay with…

Wish, vol. 4

Given all the rules and forbidden passions launched in Wish, it’s difficult to imagine a happy or satisfactory ending being possible! And yet, CLAMP manages to resolve this melodrama of Heaven and Hell with a satisfying, if open, finish. Kohaku,…

Gravitation, vol. 3

Volume 2 of Maki Murakami’s soap opera/comedy Gravitation ended on an appropriately soap operatic note with the arrival of Eiri Yuki’s fiancee from an arranged marriage. How much of a rival will innocent country girl Ayaka be? How will she…

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…