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A Bride's Story

by Mori Kaoru (Author/Artist)

Set in Central Asia in a rural town near the Caspian Sea during the 19th century, the story revolves around a young woman, Amir, who arrives from a distant village across the mountains to marry Karluk, a boy eight years her junior. The story unfolds among details of everyday family and community life. However, the peaceful atmosphere is disturbed when Amir's family demands to take her back to their village
Note: Won the 7th annual Manga Taishou Award in 2014 and the intergénérations prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2012


A Drifting Life

by Tatsumi Yoshihiro (Author/Artist)

Over four decades ago, Yoshihiro Tatsumi expanded the horizons of comics storytelling by using the visual language of manga to tell gritty, literary stories about the private lives of everyday people. He has been called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics" and has influenced generations of cartoonists around the world. Now the visionary creator of "The Push Man and Other Stories" and "Good-bye" has turned his incisive, unflinching gaze upon himself. Over ten years in the making, "A Drifting Life" is Tatsumis' most ambitious, personal, and heart felt work: an autobiographical bildungsroman in comics form. Using his life long obsession with comics as a frame work, Tatsumi weaves a complex story that encompasses family dynamics, Japanese culture and history, first love, the intricacies of the manga industry, and most importantly, what it means to be an artist. Alternately humorous, enlightening, and haunting, this is the masterful summation of a fascinating life and a historic career
Note: Won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Grand Prize in 2009, the Best Reality-Based Work and the Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia for the Eisner Award in 2010


A Strange and Mystifying Story

by Suzuki Tsuta (Author/Artist)

In the immediate family of the story's protagonist everyone seems to die early, and other relatives talk about a curse. When soon after his grandfather's death he comes down with an incurable disease, and is overwhelmed by grief and loneliness, in desperation he remembers his grandfather's last words -- that somebody was watching over them. He can only find an odd fossil tooth where his grandfather had pointed, but when he picks it up and accidentally gets some of his blood on it, that summons a guardian spirit, who promises to cure him. Maybe he should be pleased, but said guardian has some strange methods for healing
Side Story
- Director Keiichiro & clerk Tetsu-chan, and the guardian spirit Kurayori & high-schooler Tsumugi: "Konoyo Ibun Sono no San" onwards
- The mysterious yokai Kai & the associate professor Yuuichi: "Konoyo Ibun Sono no Go" onwards


AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga

by Various Authors (Author), Various Artists (Artist)

Ax is the premier Japanese magazine for alternative comics, heir to the legendary Garo. Published bi-monthly since 1998, the pages of Ax contain the most innovative, experimental, and personal works in contemporary manga - the flourishing underground of the world's largest comics industry
Ax has always published manga outside of the more commercial market and not followed manga conventions, thus the titles appearing in this magazine do NOT fall under any of the basic demographics (shoujo/shounen/seinen/josei)
This landmark English publication volume includes work by 33 artists
The Watcher by Osamu Kanno
Love's Bride by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Conch of the Sky by Imiri Sakabashira
Rooftop Elegy by Takao Kawasaki
Inside the Gourd by Ayuko Akiyama
Me by Shigehiro Okada
Push Pin Woman by Katsuo Kawai
A Broken Soul by Nishioka Kyodai
Into Darkness by Takato Yamamoto
Enrique Kobayashi's Eldorado by Toranosuke Shimada
The Neighbor by Yuka Goto
300 Years by Mimiyo Tomozawa
Black Sushi Party Piece by Takashi Nemoto
Puppy Love by Yusaku Hanakuma
The Brilliant Ones by Namie Fujieda
The Hare and the Tortoise by Mitsuhiko Yoshida
The Twin Adults (Two Stories) by Kotobuki Shiriagari
Haiku Manga (Two Stories) by Shinbo Minami
Mushroom Garden by Shinya Komatsu
Home Drama: The Sugawara Family by Einosuke
A Well-Dressed Corpse by Yuichi Kiriyama
Arizona Sizzler by Yunosuke Saito
The Rainy Day Blouse & The First Umbrella by Akino Kondo
Stand by Me by Tomohiro Koizumi
My Old Man & Me by Shin'ichi Abe
Up and Over by Seiko Erisawa
The Song of Mr. H. by Shigeyuki Fukumitsu
Kataoka Toyo Pathos Theater (2 Stories) by TOUYOU Kataoka
Kosuke Okada and His 50 Sons by Hideyasu Moto
Les Raskolnikov by Keizo Miyanishi
Alraune Fatale by Hiroji Tani
Sacred Light by Otoya Mitsuhashi
Six Paths of Wealth by Kazuichi Hanawa


Adolf

by Tezuka Osamu (Author/Artist)

A graveyard in contemporary Israel has an unlikely visitor. The elderly gentleman from Japan, a former news correspondent, lays a bouquet of flowers at the tomb of one Adolf Kamil. For he remembers the tale of three Adolfs: Kamil, a Jew who grew up in Kobe, Japan, the son of a baker; Kaufmann, only child of a German consul stationed at that port city and his Japanese wife; and the Fuhrer with whom the Far Eastern nation made common cause


Angel's Coffin

by Higuri You (Author/Artist)

When an ancient being is freed by an innocent girl, he offers to grant her heart's desire -- but Seto is bound to bring misery and misfortune to whoever releases him from his prison. Seto's help in winning Marie's true love dooms her to a dark fate...but has the demon unwittingly doomed himself, as well
Inspired by the events of the Mayerling Incident


Anne Frank

by Suzuki Etsuo (Author), Miyawaki Yoko (Artist)

This new line of Edu-Manga features Astro Boy, one of Japan's most popular icons among children who journeys alongside the reader. He provides for kids not only a history lesson but also a richer understanding of the life lessons these historical figures share with us
For two years, Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex. During this time of fear and oppression, one young girl kept a record of her life. In the midst of the tragedy of war, Anne kept her hopes for peace alive and her indomitable spirit lives on in the words of her Diary.
Note: Edu-Manga is a term coined in Japan which means Educational Manga


Ayako

by Tezuka Osamu (Author/Artist)

The year is 1949. Crushed by the Allied Powers, occupied by General MacArthur's armies, Japan has been experiencing massive change. Agricultural reform is dissolving large estates and redistributing plots to tenant farmers'terrible news, if you're landowners like the archconservative Tenge family. For patriarch Sakuemon, the chagrin of one of his sons coming home alive from a P.O.W. camp instead of having died for the Emperor is topped only by the revelation that another of his is consorting with 'the reds.' What solace does he have but his youngest Ayako, apple of his eye, at once daughter and granddaughter