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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 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 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 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 Place in the Sun

by Takemiya Lala (Author/Artist)

Happy-go-lucky Midori may be small in stature, but his upbeat attitude and cheerful disposition make him a shining star who's head-and-shoulders above his co-workers at the plant-rental company! But his biggest, as-yet unrealized dream is to live and work much closer to nature, far from the drudgery of databases and office all-nighters. If Midori gets his wish, will he allow friendship (and maybe even love) to bloom, too


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


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


After Hours

by Nishio Yuhta (Author/Artist)

Asahina Emi, an ordinary girl dragged along to a club by a friend, has a chance encounter with Kei, a savvy, fashionable, vinyl-collecting lesbian and what unfolds a heart-throbbing, shimmering tale of girl meets girl against the backdrop of Tokyo's vibrant nightlife scene


Ai yori Aoshi

by Fumizuki Kou (Author/Artist)

Despite her family's protests, Aoi Sakuraba decides that she is going to marry Kaoru Hanabishi, her love of eighteen years. Once he realizes that her intentions are genuine - and that she's not just trying to get him to reconcile with his estranged (and domineering) family - he begins to definitely warm up to the idea, too. What obstacles must the two overcome in order to be together


All My Darling Daughters

by Yoshinaga Fumi (Author/Artist)

A peek into the relationship between a mother and a daughter is our introduction to this manga on the various roles and relationships women have, including
- a widow who marries a man three years younger than her daughter
- a woman who goes through matchmaking only to come to a surprising conclusion
- a girl who keeps falling for the wrong type of man, and
- three young girls' aspirations and what happens to them..
Yukiko, a salarywoman in her thirties, still lives with her mother Mari. But their relationship suffers a sudden change when Mari announces that she's getting married'to an ex-host and aspiring actor who's younger than Yukiko. Yukiko, convinced he's out to fleece her mom, can't stand to stay in the house and decides to move in with her boyfriend. Fumi Yoshinaga weaves together the lives of Yukiko, a thirty something salary woman, and her friends in five short stories, exploring the various relationships women have with all the skill and elegance she is known for


Animal Academy

by Fujino Moyamu (Author/Artist)

"Can you be your natural self, if you know the truth'
"Can you assimilate into our school'
"Can you pledge secrecy when you are a human being?
Fukuta Neko somehow finds herself applying to and enrolling in a secret school created by and specifically for animal/human shapeshifters, though only after difficult tribulations with those who manage the school. Neko befriends a fellow classmate, the cute Suzuhara Miiko, prior to the tough task of enrolling, and afterwards discovers her new found friend's "feline" side, though this changes nothing in regards to the close relationship just started between them. Join Neko on her journey into the mysteries of the prosperous Moritaka school for the sons and daughters of this literal Noah's ark


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