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 ...

Ranma 1/2

Mar 8, 2014

Ranma 1/2

The premise behind Rumiko Takahashi’s massively popular manga “Ranma ½” is delightfully bizarre: A father and son martial arts duo who are cursed to change form when doused in hot or cold water — the dad, Genma, into a giant panda and the 16-year-old ...

Mechademia 8. Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

Mar 1, 2014

Mechademia 8. Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

“Mechademia” is an annual journal that gathers academic writing on manga, anime and games as well as on a broad range of activities related to popular culture in Japan, such as cosplay. In the eighth and most recent volume, however, the essays zero in ...

Snow Country

| Feb 8, 2014

Snow Country

Winter, when mornings are crisp, puddles frozen and the promise of snow floats in the air; it’s the perfect season to crack open “Snow Country” and let its well-known opening line — “The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country” ...

Hello Kitty: Delicious!

Jan 18, 2014

Hello Kitty: Delicious!

The latest Hello Kitty comic from Viz Media’s Perfect Square imprint is a simple yet fun escape for young children enamoured with Japan’s most recognizable feline. Hello Kitty: Delicious!, Various, VIZ, PERFECT SQUARE In February last year, Viz signed a deal with Sanrio to ...