A genre-transcending romance reaches its conclusion and ennobles itself in the process.
A further tightening of the screws, and maybe the first step in the next direction for this story.
Enjoyable if not-impressively-drawn manga take on Western-style kid's action comics. (Stan Lee had a hand in it, and it shows.)
What makes a story that's nominally a romance into something a little deeper and more insightful? The idea that the characters want to be more than overgrown children, for one.
The cost of conformity, explored in a ''Lord of the Flies''-style manga scenario.
It all starts when near-penniless Kiriko makes the trip to Tokyo to enlist the help of lawyer Kinzo Otsuka. Kiriko is a hapless woman trying to scrape together a legal defense for her brother; he stands accused of a murder...
The anti-"Memoirs of a Geisha". Moyoco Anno's manga, source for the film of the same name, is a brassy and sassy tribute to a milieu that often only gets the sleeve-wringing weepie treatment.
"Beat" Takeshi Kitano's novel about religion and hypocrisy is a quiet little masterwork that invites multiple readings and interpretations.
Further adventures in antisocial dating, in this sharp little psych-thriller series.
What seems at first glance like a "Blade of the Immortal" clone is anything but.
First installment in this diabolical manga series about a high schooler's psychological torment at the hands of a female classmate.
Picking up where Tokyopop left off, it's Onizuka before he was the Great Teacher.
The manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream" comes to an unforgiving close, just as it should.
The end. And it’s a fitting end to a manga series that’s always stood poised on the knife-edge between sweet fairy-tale simplicity and the tougher sensibilities of stories for mature audiences. Black Jack might well have been Osamu Tezuka’s finest...
The further (and ever the more over the top) adventures of Great Teacher Onizuka, as he tries to turn around a whole special school full of kids abandoned by their own parents.
Osamu Tezuka's gender-bending fairy tale, now in English, was worth the wait.
Further down the spiral with both Osamu Dazai and his 21st-century interpretation via manga master Usamaru Furuya.
Tezuka explores darkness once more, in the story of a woman apparently unaware of her capacity for evil.
"Bizarre" is the best adjective for this post-apoc zombie story, but "strangely touching" also comes in after a while.
A loner takes revenge on all of Japan. Efficient thrills but a bit hollow.
Volume 15 of this series continues to assemble pieces that ran after Black Jack’s original run ended, and in some ways this is the best of the “pick-up” volumes yet....
First, a statement: The last volume of Peepo Choo is a satisfying ribbon for the gift that this whole series has been, a way to tie everything together and give everyone more or less what they deserve. Second, a promise:...
7 Billion Needles may be the most mainstream manga Vertical, Inc. has licensed for their lineup thus far. Mainstream and Vertical do not quite belong in the same sentence: these are the folks who gave us some of the best...
By the end of the first volume of Peepo Choo I had, I thought, a solid idea of what Felipe Smith was up to. He was satirizing, in the bluntest and most caustic way, the ways some Americans (and some...
Let me start on as unambiguous a note as possible. Felipe Smith’s Peepo Choo is the manga title of the summer, possibly the manga title for the whole of 2010. It doesn’t just break new ground for manga, it paves...
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