on 18 October 2011
Here are some of the reviews that the book has received:
"I have slowly begun to be more and more interested in manga, but unsure where to start reading. This collection from Top Shelf seemed innocuous enough, so I figured I'd dive right in. Reviewing this from the "I don't know anything about manga" perspective, I was pleasantly surprised to find the art as diverse as a collection I'd find from western artists. Yes, obviously not all manga looks like Dragonball Z...I know that now. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story in this collection, and I was equally impressed by the art. Reading right to left was a little awkward at first, but I adapted to it a lot faster than I thought I would.
As an introduction to the Japanese comic scene, this is a wonderful place to start. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys comics."
Marilyn Johnson, Amazon.com
"Manga artists seem to have a deep understanding of the "structure" of dreams, the incomprehensible scene changes, the kaleidoscopic emotions, the strange sense of loss. This is a collection of 33 dreams. Some I loved, some I hated, but nearly all of them assaulted my perception of what comics can be. For that, I am grateful to the people who put this together--you deserve 5 stars!--and I hope to see more work from some of the artists here. My personal favorites: Imiri Sakabashira's Conch in the Sky, Katsuo Kawai's Push Pin Woman, Einosuke's Home Drama."
Mitch Jones, Amazon.com
"Wilson has teamed with Asakawa, an editor of the bimonthly Japanese magazine Ax, which prints alternative and experimental comics, to select works from 33 artists for this first English-language collection. As with any collection, there are hits and misses that are dependent upon the individual tastes of the reader. Some of the comics presented here are deep and introspective, others rely on off-kilter potty or sexual humor, and others still are horrific looks into the human psyche. And, lest anyone forget that manga is not a style of art but merely the Japanese word for comic, the artwork in this anthology will be a forceful reminder: it wanders as far across the map of styles as the writing does, ranging from rough, almost childlike pieces to lushly detailed creations. Violence, sexual situations, language, and adult themes reserve this for assuredly mature audiences, but libraries with alternative-comic fans or manga readers looking to move beyond the usual translated works would do well to add this collection."
--Snow Wildsmith, Booklist