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Message to Adolf Part 2

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Where the first part of Message to Adolf sets the stage for the story, in this second part, the stage is mostly ruined. Criticisms that were expressed in the review of the first part of the story (that the story…

Message to Adolf, Part 1

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There is a thing that happens when you read enough Osamu Tezuka: you keep comparing each work that you read to his greater body of work. That’s not necessarily fair, but it happens, and in this case Message to Adolf,…

No Longer Human, vols. 1-3

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“I’ve lived a life full of shame.” “Human beings terrify me…” While surfing the Internet for inspiration, manga-ka Furuya is drawn to the voice behind an enigmatic online diary titled No Longer Human. In it, a broken young man named…

7 Billion Needles, vols. 1-4

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Antisocial high-schooler Hikaru just wants to be left alone. But when she skips out on a class-trip dinner for a solitary walk on the beach, she attracts the attention of what she at first believes to be a shooting star…

Lychee Light Club

From their secret base in the belly of a sprawling, pollution-spewing industrial park, the boys of the Lychee Light Club work to fulfill their fourteen-year-old megalomaniac leader’s glorious vision of eternal youth, devoting themselves to the construction of a mechanical…

The Drops of God, vol. 1-4

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Although Shizuku Kanzaki has been trained up by his father, a famous wine critic, to be a wine connoisseur, he has never tasted wine. His training involved tasting and smelling and building vocabulary. But he rebelliously turned away from the…

The Drops of God, vol. 1

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The adage that the Japanese have a manga for everything is, for the most part, true. If you can think of it, there’s probably a comic about it out there somewhere. Yes, even curling. Lucky for us, some of these…

Velveteen & Mandala

The next time someone tells you comics are “just for kids,” show them Jiro Matsumoto’s Velveteen & Mandala, a graphic novel that pushes the envelope on what most readers may be willing to tolerate. With scenes such as a group…

The Book of Human Insects

The Book of Human Insects is not necessarily what I would call an enjoyable read. Yet, quite like main character Toshiko Tomura, there is something so tantalizing and irresistible about the book that you can’t help but be drawn to…

Andromeda Stories, vol. 1-3

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On the planet Astria in the Andromeda Galaxy, a wedding between Princess Lilia of Ayodoya and the prince of Cosmoralia is poised to establish a new dynasty and usher a new era of prosperity. However, the time for rejoicing is…