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A Bloody Kiss Tonight

by Tateno Makoto (Author/Artist)

A short story about the third vampire, Natsuhi, who meets a sickly boy


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 Capable Man

by Takanaga Hinako (Author/Artist)

1-2-6) I Like Impressive Guys
The relationship between childhood friends Kouji and Shingo changes drastically when Shingo finds out important news about his cousin Shuuichi who he has always "liked". Shingo likes competent, impressive guys; and Kouji and Shuuichi are no exception. Kouji has long harbored a secret love for Shingo. Will Shingo give this impressive guy a chance
3) Something Secret
Junya has been trying to get his lover to let him to stay overnight but to no avail. What is the reason for his reluctance' Is he hiding other lovers or a much bigger secret'
4) Tsubo Sagashi no Susume
Daisuke is trying his best to be the best apprentice that he can be, just so he can get the approval he seeks from his senior. A chance happening reveals that approval is not the only thing Daisuke can get from him...
5) Monomania
7) Noisy Night
8) Afterword


A Centaur's Life

by Murayama Kei (Author/Artist)

Being a teenager is never easy. Especially for a centaur! Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she's a centaur; but she's not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends'the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns'are down-to-earth, fun- loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting
Note: Won the 8th Comic Ryujin Award


A Century of Temptation

by Shimotsuki Kairi (Author/Artist)

One fateful evening, as Sevi is coming home from a late night shift at the cafe where he works, he encounters Hornet, a lovely vampire - who also happens to be starving for hot blood after a rowdy night out with his vampire brethren. Hornet is suddenly seduced by the sweet smell of Sevi's blood and cannot control his urge to get a taste! Fortunately, Hornet is allergic to human blood and cannot bite him. Instead, they must satisfy their lustful desires by "human ways" - sex, of course


A Distant Neighborhood

by Taniguchi Jiro (Author/Artist)

Middle-aged salaryman Hiroshi Nakahara accidentally takes a train ride back to his old hometown to visit his mother's grave. Then for reasons he can't explain, Hiroshi is transported back in time, and discovers that he's an 8th grader again, but with all of his adult memories intact
Can he, or should he try to change the decisions he made before' But more importantly, can he find his way back to the present day, or is he stuck in the past


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 Drunken Dream

by Hagio Moto (Author/Artist)

A Drunken Dream, is a collection of literary short stories by Hagio falling into multiple genres, created between 1971-2007. The stories were selected by translator Matt Thorn to be an introduction to Hagio for English speakers
This tome travels through several of Hagio's most revolutionary and poignant tales that span over the years of her lush career
' Bianca (1970, 16 pages
' Girl on Porch with Puppy (1971, 12 pages
' Autumn Journey (1971, 24 pages
A boy's pilgrimage to the home of his favorite author has more meaning than either the author or his daughter can imagine
' Marié, Ten Years Later (1977, 16 pages
Two estranged friends learn too late how their actions had destroyed the balance of a perfect triad of intimacy
' A Drunken Dream (1980, 21 pages
Two scientists'one a hermaphrodite, the other a tribal priest'meet on a space station orbiting Io; but they have met before and are destined to meet again
' Hanshin (1984, 16 pages
Conjoined twins Yudy and Yucy are as different as possible. Older Yudy is intelligent but ugly, as her nutrients are used up by her beautiful but simpleminded sister Yucy. Loving and hating so deeply, where does one girl begin and the other end'
' Angel Mimic (1984, 50 pages
' Iguana Girl (1991, 50 pages
A girl who appears to her mother and herself to be a hideous anthropoid iguana struggles to overcome her mother's rejection and find happiness ... but her mother has a secret
' The Child Who Comes Home (1998, 24 pages
? The Willow Tree (2007, 20 pages
A woman stands day to day under a growing willow tree and watches the people who pass by..
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The volume has been nominated for an Eisner Award
More info at Wikipedia


A Fallen Saint's Kiss

by Higashino You (Author/Artist)

Okano-sensei, a high school teacher, was sexually molested by a pervert in the train on the way to school. As fate would have it, his student, Tokiwa, witnessed the whole incident. He then threatened to expose Okano for having a fetish of being groped by a man unless Okano agreed to be Tokiwa's sex slave! In shame, Okano succumbed to the pleasure only Tokiwa could provide


A Foreign Love Affair

by Yamane Ayano (Author/Artist)

Japanese yakuza clan heir Ranmaru just got married on a lavish cruise ship, but things aren't as they seem. The marriage is just for the appearances, and he ends up getting drunk and spending the night not with his bride but with the sexy ship captain. When the two men meet again in Italy, it is the start of a spectacular love story
Includes an extra story called Koi no Annainin (The Guide of Love)


A Gentleman's Kiss

by Fuwa Shinri (Author/Artist)

Karasuma Touji and Yasobe Homura have been secret lovers for the past 4 years. However, their families and respective groups are long time rivals. With Touji destined to take over as head of his family, as well as the group, can their relationship survive


A Girl on the Shore

by Asano Inio (Author/Artist)

Koume Sato and Kosuke Isobe are two teenagers living in a sleepy seaside town. After getting used and dumped by her crush, the emotionally damaged Koume decides to start a sexual relationship with Kosuke, without any emotions involved. However, they both soon discover that sex with no strings attached does lead to unexpected complications, not just for themselves but also the people surrounding them


A Love Song for the Miserable

by YUKIMURA (Author), Yukimura (Artist)

Asada is truly miserable. After three years, he's been reunited with Nao, who has succeeded as a patisserie and is now a formindable rival at Asada's department store. In the past, Asada's cold anger turned into love. But Nao doesn't know that..


A Murmur of the Heart

by Tateno Makoto (Author/Artist)

Misawa, the physician, harbors an unrequited love for his friend and colleague Kazami, a surgeon. There's only one problem -- Kazami is a known ladykiller. Misawa vows never to let Kazami know how he really feels until he meets Touno, an intern who can see right through him. Soon we find that Kazami has a secret of his own. Where will this triangle lead and when will they ever find the time for love in their busy schedules


A New Season of Young Leaves

by Tachibana Venio (Author), Kitahata Akeno (Artist)

Cool, friendly Mariya is the undisputed king of his year! But why does he always hang around with shy and painfully awkward "Mr. Mannequin" Nachi' Can these boys withstand the non-stop judgment of a school filled with jealous rivals and confused classmates' A New Season of Young Leaves follows every sweet high and lonely low in the growing relationship of unlikely best friends. How will the most popular guy in class deal when his wallflower confidant suddenly steals the social spotlight...and a beautiful girl's affection