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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 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 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 Patch Of Dreams

by Oda Hideji (Author/Artist)

Renei thinks she´s going crazy. After many years, she has begun to dream about Coo's World all the time, a place beneath the shadow of the mysterious Mount Babiranma, inhabited by fantastic creatures: Nagizari, God, the little Rey, the lethal teppas. Her dead brother, who is going through an identity crisis, may be there, as well as her best friend, who committed suicide some time ago and has now returned for her.
As she muses on making sense of life, things in the real world do not seem to be going her way either. When the inhabitants of Coo's World begin to reveal themselves to her and try to persuade her to go along with them, she no longer knows if her life is a dream or a nightmare. Will they find the answer to the mystery Mt. Babiranma conceals? And more importantly, will they all escape with their lives


A Single Match

by Suzuki Oji (Author/Artist)

In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships, and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing. He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically reveal as much as they obscure. A young man catches a cold after being soaked in the rain and is tended to by his grandmother. He drifts, dreaming of a train trip with an older brother he doesn't have. A traveling salesman comes across a boy lying in the middle of the road and stops to have a cigarette and tell a story that sifts through memories of faces and places before settling back on the boy and pretending to not look at the stars. A young woman walks along the river with her bicycle and a friend who is nothing more than a disembodied head'discussing past times together, memories they have of each other


A, A Prime

by Hagio Moto (Author/Artist)

The story A, A' raises a troubling question: How would you feel if your lover died - and was replaced by a clone? Could you recreate your relationship with someone who was physically exactly the same but didn't share any memories of your life together
In 4/4, teenaged Mori flunks out of an ESP training program. But when he meets Trill, a beautiful Unicorn, his latent abilities begin to blossom..
In X+Y, Hagio uses science fiction to explore questions of gender and sexual identity. Time has passed, and once again, Mori finds himself inexorably attracted to a member of the unicorn race - but this unicorn is male... and so is Mori.
Note: Won Seiun Award in manga category in 1985


A-A

by Hagio Moto (Author/Artist)

The story A, A' raises a troubling question: How would you feel if your lover died - and was replaced by a clone? Could you recreate your relationship with someone who was physically exactly the same but didn't share any memories of your life together
In 4/4, teenaged Mori flunks out of an ESP training program. But when he meets Trill, a beautiful Unicorn, his latent abilities begin to blossom..
In X+Y, Hagio uses science fiction to explore questions of gender and sexual identity. Time has passed, and once again, Mori finds himself inexorably attracted to a member of the unicorn race - but this unicorn is male... and so is Mori.
Note: Won Seiun Award in manga category in 1985


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


Abandon the Old in Tokyo

by Tatsumi Yoshihiro (Author/Artist)

Over four decades ago, Yoshihiro Tastsumi expanded the horizons of comics storytelling by using the visual language of manga to tell gritty, literary short stories about the private lives of everyday people. He has been called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics" and has influenced generations of cartoonists, but, until now, the majority of his works has remained unavailable outside of Japan. By turns poetic, comical, and deeply unsettling, Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a collection of unforgettable short stories from the modern master
- Drawn & Quarterly
"Starkly beautiful... revelatory... fearless.
- The Village Voice
"Marvelously evocative... Tatsumis's stories flow with dreamlike ambiguity
- Publishers Weekly
"With both fascination and empathy, Tatsumi explores the lives of people on society's bottom rung and exposes a world of lost souls, unattainable dreams, and unexpected redemption.
- Bookforum


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


After School Nightmare

by Mizushiro Setona (Author/Artist)

Like most teenagers, Mashiro Ichijo has a secret. But Mashiro's secret is that he's neither fully male nor female! So far, Mashiro's been able to live his life as a boy, but all this changes when he's informed of a new class he must take in order to graduate from his elite prep school. To pass, he must find the 'Key'?and the only way to find it is to enter into a nightmare world where his body and soul are put at the mercy of the worst kind of enemies: his classmates


Afterschool Charisma

by Suekane Kumiko (Author/Artist)

St. Kleio Academy is a very exclusive school: all of the students are clones of famous historical figures such as Beethoven, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Mozart, and Freud. All of them, that is, except for Shiro Kamiya. As Shiro struggles to adapt to this unusual campus, St. Kleio's first graduate, a clone of John F. Kennedy, is killed. Are the clones doomed to repeat the fate of their genetic progenitors, or can they create their own destinies? And how does a normal boy like Shiro fit in


Aishiatteru Futari

by Tanaka Suzuki (Author/Artist)

1) Yurusarenai Otoko
2) Aishiatteru Futari
3) Seigi no Mikata no Koi no Yukue (Love & Battle)
Seigo, who grew up in a village, moved to Tokyo to find a job and to fight crime (apparently he has some strange superpowers), since not much happens in his village. One day his childhood friend Touma visits him and challenges him to remind him of his mission. At least that's Touma's claim..
4) Kanoko's Story
Note: Chapters 1-3 are shounen ai stories while chapter 4 is shoujo


Akira

by Otomo Katsuhiro (Author/Artist)

Akira is set in the post-apocalypse Neo-Tokyo of 2030, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown power that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government operation, a group who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. And at the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear. A fear of someone or something, of unthinkably monstrous power known only as "Akira"
Note: Won the 1984 Kodansha Manga Award for best general manga, won the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material in 1993 and was nominated for the Harvey for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in 2002


Alice 19th

by Watase Yuu (Author/Artist)

Alice Seno seems like a normal girl in high school. She's a bit shy, she's got a crush on a boy named Kyou, and she's got an older sister who is more popular than she is... pretty normal stuff, until Alice has an encounter with a mysterious and magical rabbit girl that changes the course of her life, and Alice is introduced to the sublime power of the Lotis Words