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 ...

Godzilla Awakening

May 24, 2014

Godzilla Awakening

The first thing that must be said about the comic prequel to the new “Godzilla” movie is that it seems to contain a massive spoiler! So if you haven’t yet seen the movie, then perhaps you should wait until you have, before reading either ...

The Reason I Jump

May 24, 2014

The Reason I Jump

The No. 1 best-seller “The Reason I Jump” is now available in paperback. Written by Naoki Higashida, an autistic Japanese boy in his early teens, this incredible book gives readers a glimpse into what it’s like to be autistic, and along the way shatters ...

Vibrator

| May 17, 2014

Vibrator

Modern Japan can be a lonely place. Especially in Tokyo, where sometimes it seems everyone is walking around in cones of silence and is too shy or afraid to talk to strangers. You can see it in the statistics too, which say that 32 ...

Insufficient Direction

May 17, 2014

Insufficient Direction

Moyoco Anno’s manga “Insufficient Direction” is the, perhaps, inevitable result of what happens when a legendary anime director marries a well-known manga artist. Insufficient Direction, by Moyoco Anno.Vertical, Manga. Hideaki Anno is, as any otaku (geek) will know, the creator of the seminal anime ...

Japanese-Style Management

May 3, 2014

Japanese-Style Management

Shigeo Shimizu, former managing director of Toray Industries and a life-long veteran of Japan’s management culture, was so troubled by the financial scandal that brought down Olympus Corp. in 2011, that he decided something needed to done to avoid such scandals being repeated. Japanese-Style ...

xxxHolic Omnibus 1

Apr 26, 2014

xxxHolic Omnibus 1

This 554 page monster combines the first three volumes of the seinen (young men's) manga "xxxHolic" by the all-female artist collective known as Clamp, who apparently created this series to tie in with their other works, such as "Tsubasa" and "Cardcaptor Sakura" — both ...

From the New World

Apr 19, 2014

From the New World

Anyone who has read Yusuke Kishi's brilliant horror-game novel "The Crimson Labyrinth" may, initially, be curious to know that another of his books, "From the New World" — winner of the 2008 Japan SF Grand Prize — has been adapted into a manga series ...

Evil and the Mask

Apr 5, 2014

Evil and the Mask

What would you do if you hated your father — really hated him? Could you bring yourself to kill him? But what if that was exactly what he expected of the kind of person he was hoping you would become — a creature filled ...