Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

May 15, 2017 1 comment

by Kazuto Tatsuta, Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 536 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

March 11, 2011, saw Japan rocked by one of the largest earthquakes of modern history. In the wake of the 9.0 quake, a massive tsunami devastated the region, wiping away entire towns, and leading to multiple meltdowns at the coastal Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. In the wake of that disaster people from around Japan came to the region as part of the clean up effort. Ichi-F is the story of the clean up efforts from one of those workers. In this mammoth 500 +page volume, Kazuto Tatsuta offers readers a peak into the daily life of the blue collar clean up crews and the slow but steady progress the region and its people are making towards recovery.
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My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1

May 2, 2017 5 comments

My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1
by Gengoroh Tagame, Translation by Anne Ishii
Pantheon Books, 352 pp.
Rating: Not Rated

My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1 tells the story of Yaichi, a divorced, single parent who works from home as he raises his daughter, Kana. Following the death of his estranged brother, Ryoji, Yaichi finds his life changing as he opens his home to his brother’s widowed husband, Mike. From Gengoroh Tagame comes a thoughtful look at family and prejudice in Japan.
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Vinland Saga, Vol. 8

March 26, 2017 1 comment

Vinland Saga, Vol. 8Vinland Saga, Vol. 8
by Makoto Yukimura, Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 416 pp
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

After a long, painful journey, Thorfinn is home. Unfortunately the family reunion is short lived as he sets out once to seek out his destiny and to make amends for his blood spattered past. With fellow freed slave, Einar and the legendary Leif Erickson, Thorfinn leaves to establish a peaceful society in Vinland. Before he can do that, he’ll need money, supplies and men. To this end he seeks out the wealth viking, Halfdan. What should be a simple yes or no proposal quickly becomes complicated with weddings, misunderstandings and more, as Makoto Yukimura’s viking epic continues, with Vinland Saga, Vol. 8!
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The Ghost in the Shell – Deluxe Edition

March 5, 2017 1 comment

The Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe EditionThe Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe Edition
by Shirow Masamune, Translation & English Adaption by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith, Additional Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 352 pp
Rating: Mature (18 +)

Just in time for the release of the live action, Kodansha rolls out a new edition of Shirow Masamune’s classic manga, The Ghost in the Shell!

Originally published in the late 80s/early 90s, Ghost in the Shell was one of the major manga/anime franchises to make its way to the U.S. in the 90s. Mamoru Oshii’s anime adaption was a staple of Blockbuster rental stores and helped introduced a new generation to the world of Japanese comics and animation. The manga was no different. Initially published by Dark Horse Comics 90s, the series was translated/localized by the late, great Toren Smith and his Studio Proteus, and regularly appeared on the rack of comic and book stores throughout the 90s, back before the U.S. manga scene really exploded into what it is today. Over the years it’s seen numerous reissues and reprints and now Kodansha is rolling out a new “Deluxe Edition,” just in time for the upcoming release of the live action movie!
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Neo Parasyte F

January 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Neo Parasyte FNeo Parasyte F
by Various Creators, Parasyte created by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian
Kodansha Comics, 288 pgs
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Originally crated by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Parasyte was a critically acclaimed sci-fi horror series from the late 80s/early 90s, which told the story of Shinichi, a teenage boy, and Migi, a parasitic organism which took control of his right hand. Despite ending over a twenty years ago, Parasyte still has some life left in it. It recently received an anime adaption, which was dubbed and aired in the US on the Toonami block in late 2015/early 2016. If that wasn’t enough, the original manga has been released in the U.S. by three different companies! With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Kodansha chose to bring over Neo Parasyte F, a single volume anthology which pays to tribute to the critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror series with. Full of stories set within the world he created, loving satires and more, it features contributions from no less than thirteen shojo creators!
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The Ghost and The Lady, Vol. 1

January 4, 2017 Leave a comment

The Ghost and the Lady, Vol. 1The Ghost and The Lady, Vol. 1
Created by Kazuhiro Fujita
Translation by Zack Davisson
Kodansha Comics, 304 pgs
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Florence Nightingale is perhaps best known as the mother of modern nursing. In the early 19th century she pioneered ideas such as cleanliness and advocated for better nursing care. The Ghost and The Lady, Vol. 1, introduces readers to an untold tale of Nightingale’s life. That of her relationship with Grey, the ghost of a duelist who has promised to take her life when she finally gives in to despair! From Kazuhiro Fujita, the creator of Ushio and Tora comes the first in this two volume retelling of the life of Florence Nightingale!
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Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1

December 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1
Created by Hiroyuki Takei
Translation by Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley
Kodansha Comics, 192 pgs
Rating: Teens (13+)

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1 is tale set in a feudal Japan primarily occupied by… cats. Enter the mysterious Norachiyo, a one eyed cat who’s now a masterless samurai, or a kept cat without their “person.” Left on his own he wanders the feudal landscape, getting into tussles with criminals and corrupt cats, all while looking for… something. From the Hiroyuki Takei, the man who gave us Shaman King and Ultimo, comes Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol.1
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