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.
John Cage's first book (and perhaps the only one of his you need) continues to stimulate, infuriate, and amuse over fifty years later.
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.
We are, I think, finally beginning to see the full flowering of a literature of true native Western Buddhism. By this I mean works written by Buddhists who are Westerners first and foremost, and whose understanding of both Western life...
Picking up where Tokyopop left off, it's Onizuka before he was the Great Teacher.
Kentaro Miura and Buronson team up for a collaboration that's if anything even worse than the last one I saw from them.
Yasutaka Tsutsui ("Paprika")'s satire on the afterlife remains stuck on the level of an interesting idea rather than a fully-developed work.
A love letter to Japanese monster movies, with some clever mythology of its own that could support a more ambitious story.
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.
Ambitious attempt to place the Buddha in, and outside of, his historical context as a thinker and philosopher.
Osamu Tezuka's gender-bending fairy tale, now in English, was worth the wait.
Intriguing look at how Buddhism was equated with nihilism in 19th-century philosophy, for reasons more to do with politics than the intellect.