Andrew Lee

For Andrew Lee's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1)

Aug 16, 2014

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1)

You have to wonder whether the vein of vampire stories will ever be sucked dry, and yet the blood just keeps on flowing with the release of “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign” from Viz. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1), by ...

Monster Volume 1

Aug 2, 2014

Monster Volume 1

Naoki Urasawa is one of the giants of modern manga and is perhaps best known outside Japan for his epic series “Nijuseiki Shonen (20th Century Boys)” and “Pluto,” his reinterpretation of Osamu Tezuka’s “Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy).” In “Monster,” too, it could be argued ...

Cypulchre

Jul 26, 2014

Cypulchre

Many writers have tried in vain to emulate the cool tech-lingo-driven prose of author William Gibson’s early cyberpunk fiction, and it’s easy to pick those budding science-fiction writers who cast themselves as his successor — fellow Canadian Joseph MacKinnon falls into this category. Cypulchre, ...

All You Need is Kill

Jul 12, 2014

All You Need is Kill

To tie in with the release of the film “Edge of Tomorrow,” Haikasoru has published a graphic novel based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill,” from which the film was adapted. Not to be confused with the manga version of the same ...

The Case of the Sharaku Murders

Jun 21, 2014

The Case of the Sharaku Murders

Before winning the Edogawa Rampo Prize for “The Case of the Sharaku Murders” in 1983, Katsuhiko Takahashi was an ukiyo-e researcher and university lecturer, which perhaps explains why he chose to set his debut novel in the bitchy academic world of ukiyo-e scholarship — ...

Rain (The Paper Gods #2)

Jun 14, 2014

Rain (The Paper Gods #2)

“Rain” is the second book in the young adult series “The Paper Gods” by Amanda Sun and continues where “Ink” (the first in series) left off. Rain (The Paper Gods #2), by Amanda Sun.Harlequin Teen, Young adult. American teenager Katie Green is living in ...

'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans

Jun 7, 2014

'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans

I should probably start this review with somewhat of a disclaimer. About 10 years ago — not long after Kinji Fukasaku’s film adaptation of Koushun Takami’s controversial novel “Battle Royale” became a cult hit overseas — I bought a screen-printed poster from a London-based ...

Battle Royale: Angels' Border

Jun 7, 2014

Battle Royale: Angels' Border

Among all the violent death scenes in “Battle Royale,” there’s one that stands out: the lighthouse shootout that leaves a group of schoolgirls lying dead in a pool of blood. It’s a tragic, senseless event that proves that given the right mix of fear, ...

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 1

May 31, 2014

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 1

Kodansha Comics’ new “Colossal Edition” of Hajime Isayama’s “Attack on Titan” manga certainly lives up to its name. Weighing over 2 kg and containing around 1,000 pages, this beast of a book — which contains the first five volumes of the manga — is ...