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To Your Eternity, Vols. 3 + 4

August 1, 2019 Leave a comment

Cover to "To Your Eternity, Vol. 4"To Your Eternity, Vols. 3 + 4
by Yoshitoki Oima, translated by Steven LeCroy.
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

As Fushi—a bizarre shape shifting being of unknown origin—makes their way through a fantasy laden world, absorbing information and likeness from those it encounters, it slowly begins to grow and develop a sense of self-awareness and individual identity. Yet, what will this sense of self bring to Fushi? How will the time it spends with the abandoned, mutilated, masked, servant boy known as Gugu shape its world view? Yoshitoki Oima’s moving exploration of humanity and existence continues with To Your Eternity, Vol. 3 + 4!
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Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vols. 1 + 2

July 9, 2019 Leave a comment

Cover to Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vols. 1 + 2
by Akiko Higashimura, translated by Steven LeCroy.
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

From Akiko Higashimura, creator of the absolutely amazing Princess Jellyfish, comes a series about the pressures faced by Japanese women in their 30s as they attempt the navigate the tangled web of their own personal desires and those society places upon them. Rinko, Koyuki, and Kaori all seek happiness, but are living in a world where youth is at a premium, and as they move deeper into their 30s, they find themselves wondering if the romantic life has passed them by as they chose to focus on their careers. Is it truly to late to find love and passion? Are they destined to live with the lingering questions of “what if…?” as the titular tarareba suggests? What if they had lowered their standards? What if they said yes? What if they accepted domesticity over careers? Or, can they prove the world wrong and find both the internal happiness to silence their doubts, and the external happiness they seem to seek? These are just a few of the questions explored in Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vols. 1 + 2, with the wit and emotional honesty that made Princess Jellyfish so beloved.
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Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vols. 2 + 3

June 16, 2019 Leave a comment

The cover to "Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 2"Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vols. 2 + 3
by Yukito Kishiro, translated by Stephen Paul.
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Picking up immediately were the first volume left off, Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vols. 2 + 3 continue to follow Alita on her attempts to create a better life for her ad-hoc family. Unfortunately, after tragedy strikes, familial bonds are tested as Alita seeks to unlock the mysteries of her past, and determine the truth behind her existence by throwing herself onto the path of violence. A path that leads her beyond the Scrapyard, and to the brutal sport known as Motorball. Yukito Kishiro’s cyberpunk classic continues, mixing high speed violence with questions of identity, and what it means to be human.
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vols. 1-3

August 31, 2018 1 comment

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vol. 1Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vols. 1-3
by Clamp, translated by Kevin Gifford
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Originally published in Japan in 1996, Cardcaptor Sakura used the premise of young Sakura and her friends— Tomoyo, Syaoran, Cerberus, and more—as they sought to capture the magical Clow Cards which were wreaking havoc in their town. While the premise may sound a bit tired and worn, fans and readers of the original series know it was so much more that. In the skillful hands of Clamp, an all woman Japanese art group, Cardcaptor Sakura used a fairly straight forward magical girl premise to launch into an exploration of love and friendship in all their different flavors. Now, two decades later, Clamp returns to continue the adventures of Sakura and company with Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card! Set shortly after the climax of the original series, Clear Card follows Sakura as she enters into a new phase of her life, middle school. With the Clow Cards under wraps, her life was slowly returning to normal, but Sakura’s hard earned peace doesn’t last for long and she soon finds herself faced with new two threats: the mysterious Clear Cards, and the hooded figure seemingly tied to their appearance.
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Neo-Parasyte M

July 16, 2018 Leave a comment

The Cover to Neo-Parasyte MNeo-Parasyte M
by Various Creators, Parasyte created by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Translation by Kevin Steinbach
Kodansha Comics, 288 pps.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Following in the steps of Neo-Parasyte F, Neo-Parasyte M is an anthology of short works set within the world created by Hitoshi Iwaaki in his critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror series, Parasyte. The original series, published in the late 80s/early 90s, told the story of a teenage boy, Shinichi, and the parasitic alien organism which took control of his right hand. The series has had a surprisingly long and successful life, with no less than three different releases in the U.S. and a broadcast spot on Toonami for its anime adaptation back in 2015. Neo Parasyte M presents a smorgasbord of short stories from various creators, all paying homage in their own unique way to Hitoshi Iwaaki’s original series. Among the contributors are several names which should be recognizable to U.S. manga fans, such as Moto Hagio, Hiroki Endo, and Hiro Mashima. The tales range from speculative tales about what could happen next in the world of Parasyte, to sophomoric comedy tales, and beyond!
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To Your Eternity, Vols. 1 + 2

July 2, 2018 Leave a comment

The cover of To Your Eternity, Vol. 1To Your Eternity, Vols. 1 + 2
by Yoshitoki Oima, translation by Steven LeCroy
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

An immortal being wanders through the ages, taking on new shapes and forms, learning and growing, slowly becoming something resembling a human being, but what exactly does that mean? From Yoshitoki Oima, the creator of the critically acclaimed A Slient Voice, comes To Your Eternity, Vols. 1+2.
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Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1

June 18, 2018 Leave a comment

The cover to Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1
by Yukito Kishiro, translated by Stephen Paul.
Kodansha Comics, 430 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

The dystopian future presented by Yukito Kishiro is both horrific and strangely beautiful. The wealthy and powerful live in a floating city, tethered to the ground, while the rest of humanity literally live off the scraps and refuse they dump onto the land below. The sprawling city of Scrapyard is a cyberpunk favela, where life is rough, violent, and full of bizarre outcasts. Yet it’s also a place of dreams, success stories, and families who will kill to defend their loved ones. In this industrial nightmare landscape ugly desperation and moments of deep kindness intermingle. Into this world comes Alita, who starts off as nothing but a torso, but through the kindness and fatherly affection of Dr. Ido, is given a refurbished cybernetic body. Unfortunately, nothing can be done for her apparent lack of memories, or explain her innate knowledge of a lost martial arts form. With little left to do, she follows in Dr. Ido’s footsteps and becomes a bounty hunter. Originally published in 1990, and long out of print in the United States, Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1 presents Yukito Kishiro’s classic cyberpunk story in a beautiful, oversized, hardcover edition, with a new translation!
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