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Nana: v. 14 (Nana)
Nana: v. 14 (Nana)
by Ai Yazawa
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love that shjo manga..., 18 Jan 2009
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Nana Osaki is a punk-rock singer with a style to match, and Nana Komatsu, also known as Hachi, a small-town girl who moves to Tokyo to start a new life. They meet on a train, and their destinies are sealed.

All the characters in Nana have complex personalities and their own histories and their destines intertwine with each other. While the story seems simple on the surface, the plot delves into the darker side of human nature and discuses what brings people together--sometimes NANA O is narrating the story, sometimes its Hachi--both women talk about each other and the decsions they made in their lives and their constant worry that their opposing lifestyles will drive them apart. NANA is long, but its certainly worth the read.


Alive, Volume 6: The Final Evolution
Alive, Volume 6: The Final Evolution
by Tadashi Kawashima
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked!, 18 Jan 2009
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The premise of Alive: The Final Evolution is fairly simple. A virus from space causes a worldwide pandemic of mysterious suicides. On top of that, a new breed of humans emerge who can dismember people into puddles of blood in a blink of an eye--or make them see things that aren't really there, trap in another dimension--make them make a promise with the devil, all kinds of nasty things.

Who can stop all this? Why, Taisuke Kano of course--your average high school boy who gets his life turned upside down one day when his classmates and teachers inexplicably commit suicide and start dropping like flies.

The downside is that the characters are pretty much a who's who of standard-issue shonen manga stereotypes: The earnest hero who inherits strange powers. The shy boy who's bullied. The tough girl who has a soft spot for the hero. The wise-cracking, flirtatious older woman. The cold, calculating evil mastermind and the psychotic guy who gets a rush out of killing people. Not that any of this is boring of course, a little cliched perhapes but still gripping.

This is a nice mix of sci-fi, comedy, horror and action/superhero. The artwork is also very fresh and can be compared to other manga works such as Eureka7 and Blood+.


Kieli: Vol 2: v. 2 (Kieli (Graphic Novels))
Kieli: Vol 2: v. 2 (Kieli (Graphic Novels))
by Yukako Kabei
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!, 18 Jan 2009
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At first glance at the cover, I thought this manga looked and sounded quite ordinary--nothing special. But the manga-ka wisely adds in the horror element rather than a fantasy one, the plot suddenly became a lot more vivid.

Summary: Eighty years ago, a warrior race of immortal soldiers called "The Undying" fought a gruesome war for their creators. At the end of the war, they were destroyed in the name of God by those who they had been fighting for.

In the present, a young orphan girl named Kieli questions the existence of God on her planet. This is a dangerous thing, since their society is ruled by the iron fist of "the church". She has the unique ability so see souls (or ghosts) and rather than spending time with other girls her age, she socializes with the ghosts around her.

Kieli meets a young man named Harvey who can also see ghosts and decides to follow him on his journey. She slowly determines that the man Harvey is actually an Undying from 80 years ago and their journey together turns out to be more complicated than she had first anticipated.

When Kieli is surrounded by the memories of the spirits she encounters, she gets that crazy, small-pupil look in her eye that I look for in a good Yandere/Horror manga. Also, the fact that the spirits and Undying that she encounters look all too much like normal people leaves a lot of plot hanging open just waiting to be filled with twists. A lot of the encouters Kieli has with spirits are heart wrenching as well as scary--this is certainly a manga to keep an eye on.


New York Look Book
New York Look Book
by Larocca Amy & Chessum Jake
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 18 Jan 2009
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Passion for fashion? Buy this book! This is is a great book that shows the diversity of New York City fashion. New Yorkers are very open with their styles and discuss their fashion choices in short interviews throughout the book. The layout is crips and colourful and would make a nice edition to any fashion enthusiasts collection.


Hellsing Volume 5
Hellsing Volume 5
by Kohta Hirano
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Hellsing, 18 Jan 2009
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The price is a little high for your avergae manga (lord only knows why?) but Hellsing is worth every penny. It may be old, but its ardly showing its age. The art is crisp and amazingly gory (to the point of being beautiful 0_0), and the story is fast paced and full of action--and the manga-ka has a very interesting sense of humour.

Hellsing centers around the Holy Order of Protestant Knights, led by the latest member of the bloodline of Abraham Van Helsing. Their mission is to protect Queen and Country from the undead and other supernatural forces of evil. The organization is run by Sir Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited her responsibility as its director after the death of her father in her early teenage years. She is served by her faithful family butler and former Hellsing "trashman," Walter C. Dornez, and Alucard, a powerful vampire that was captured by the family a hundred years ago and serves as the organization's current "trashman." They are later joined by former police officer Seras Victoria, who becomes a Hellsing soldier when she is turned into a vampire by Alucard.

This is one of my favorite mangas, doesn't get much better than this.


Embroideries
Embroideries
by Marjane Satrapi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Woven Tales of Women, 18 Jan 2009
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Embroderies seems at first glance, to be a collection of funny sex stories told from the mouths of real women who grew up in Iran. However, the funny aspects of the book seem to cover up the more serious matters of underage marriage and violent relationships that are kept under lock and key. Not as good as its sister book Persposis, but fans of the first book who were interssted in the themes of female subversion from Satrapi's first graphic novel may want to give this a look.

The main downside to the book is that because the narrative jumps suddenly, it glosses over a few of the more interesting stories in order to fit everyone in. This is a collection of short stories (very short!).
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Love Com, Vol. 10 (Love.com (Viz Media))
Love Com, Vol. 10 (Love.com (Viz Media))
by Aya Nakahara
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Duo!, 18 Jan 2009
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Even by book ten, this manga is still very energetic. The lack of romance scenes (as in kissing, etc) isn't to much of a bother becuase of the overwhelming comedy aspects of the book--this is no ordinary couple--their romance isn't a cliche. Which is a plus.


Blood+ Volume 4 (Manga): (Manga) v. 4
Blood+ Volume 4 (Manga): (Manga) v. 4
by Asuka Katsura
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Manga at its best!, 18 Jan 2009
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The second to last book from Blood+ still has jaw dropping artwork, packed with punches and emotional scenes. Five books doesn't seem long enough though, I am keen for the anime to hurry up and get licensed. Despite the short amount of books, no character is forgotten or left in a dark corner. Must read!


Janes in Love (A Minx Title)
Janes in Love (A Minx Title)
by Cecil Castellucci
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up..., 18 Jan 2009
This is the sequel to the wonderful P.L.A.I.N Janes by Cecil Castellucci. While not being as good as the first book (the plot tends to dillydally a little) there are still plenty of heartfelt moments and surprises. The art still looks amazing and the sequel takes time to look at the other Jane's (and James). The characters are all unique and special in their own way and are far from walking cliches. I hope there is more to come from P.L.A.I.N Janes beacause there is still plenty of breathing space for this fresh graphic novel's characters. More please!


Tsubasa, Volume 18 (Reservoir Chronicles Tsubasa)
Tsubasa, Volume 18 (Reservoir Chronicles Tsubasa)
by CLAMP
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clamp, CLAMP, CLAMP, 14 Sep 2008
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Noteably the manga gets a lot darker from here and much more violent. The story takes surprising twists, which still leave me awed. I have never seen a manga twist as dramatically and unsuspctingly as this one. The art gets better and better and starts to resemble CLAMPs eariler work X. A gripping volume indeed.


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