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The Art of The Wind Rises

When it comes to the films of Studio Ghibli, a common description of the viewing experience is that it’s like watching a painting in motion. Art books of the films are therefore akin to flipping through a museum gallery and The Art of The Wind Rises…

False Memories, vol. 1

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“I don’t think I’d mind if it were with you.” They thought it would just be casual, but one passionate evening between high school friends Nakano and Tsuda changes everything. Unfortunately, neither knows how much that night meant to the other.…

Sunny, vol. 1

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In the yard of the Star Kids group home sits a broken-down yellow car. The rusting Sunny 1200 may no longer function in any traditional sense, but it “runs on telepathy,” as one boy appreciatively puts it, serving the home’s…

Vampire Knight: Guilty

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Story- The story takes place in a school composed of a day class and a night class. The day class is composed of people you would find anywhere in your daily life. The night class, however, is composed completely of…

Cross Game, vols. 6-8

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Creator Mitsuru Adachi pitches a perfect game as he wraps up this heartwarming tale of loss, love, laughter, and baseball. If you haven’t read the first five omnibus volumes in this excellent shonen romantic sports dramedy, treat yourself and do…

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, vols. 1-8

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What if a persistent small pox-like epidemic reduced 17th century Japan’s male population by three-quarters, leaving the traditionally paternalistic country’s fate in the hands of its women? It’s a fascinating question and one which creator Fumi Yoshinaga handles beautifully and…

Kaze Hikaru, vols. 1-21

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When her father and older brother are murdered by political rebels, fourteen-year-old Tominaga Sei vows vengeance. Taking the sword skills her brother taught her, she disguises herself as a boy named Kamiya Seizaburo and journeys to Kyoto where she joins…

Dawn of the Arcana, vol. 1

Dawn of the Arcana is indisputably shojo, but it sidesteps some of the most common tropes to deliver a story that may surprise the reader. The story starts by introducing us to the warring countries of Senan and Belquat. Nations…

Demon Love Spell, vol. 1

Miko is the latest in a long line of demon-fighters and shrine guardians. Her father spends most of his time defeating powerful monsters no one else can see. Unfortunately, Miko can’t see them, either. She’s an ordinary high school student;…

Barrage, vol. 1

It is the Era of Warring Planets and Industria, a hardscrabble little world, has been invaded by aliens of all kinds. Enter Astro, a brave, caring fifteen-year-old who lives in the slums, supporting a ragtag collection of younger kids. Astro…

Pepita: Inoue Meets Gaudí

Celebrated manga-ka Takehiko Inoue goes looking for renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s inspiration and essence on a 2011 trip to Spain. It may at first surprise readers familiar with Inoue, who usually tells wonderful stories about basketball (Slam Dunk, Real) and…

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 8

Story- Wanting to improve as always, Naruto is training to be able to synchronize his attacks with toads to greatly increase their power. However, being someone who prefers getting stronger faster, he’s having a hard time with the slower teaching…

One Piece: Color Walk 2

One Piece is hands down one of the most impressive comic accomplishments in the modern age. We can go through the numbers, saying that it’s the best selling manga series of all time. Or that Eiichiro Oda has been doing…