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In 16th-century Japan, Shinmen Takezou is a wild, rough young man, in both his appearance and his actions. His aggressive nature has won him the collective reproach and fear of his village, leading him and his best friend, Matahachi Honiden, to run away in search of something grander than provincial life. The pair enlist in the Toyotomi army, yearning for glory—but when the Toyotomi suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of the Tokugawa Clan at the Battle of Sekigahara, the friends barely make it out alive. After the two are separated, Shinmen returns home on a self-appointed mission to notify the Hon'iden family of Matahachi's survival. He instead finds himself a wanted criminal, framed for his friend's supposed murder based on his history of violence. Upon being captured, he is strung up on a tree and left to die. An itinerant monk, the distinguished Takuan Soho, takes pity on the "devil child," secretly freeing Shinmen and christening him with a new name to avoid pursuit by the authorities: Musashi Miyamoto. Vagabond is the fictitious retelling of the life of one of Japan's most renowned swordsmen, the "Sword Saint" Musashi Miyamoto—his rise from a swordsman with no desire other than to become "Invincible Under the Heavens" to an enlightened warrior who slowly learns of the importance of close friends, self-reflection, and life itself. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Japanese-American Kevin Yamagata now authors the renowned detective comic book "Billy Bat" after serving in the Allied Forces in World War II. But as his series becomes a massive hit, Kevin discovers that his famed character, Billy Bat, already existed before within a Japanese comic. Worried that he may have unconsciously copied something he saw during his time there, Kevin returns to Japan to find Billy Bat's original creator and seek permission for him to use their character. However, as he traces back Billy Bat's roots, he finds himself unraveling a dark and twisted history of murders that somehow involve the character he thought he created. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Haunted by a space flight accident that claimed the life of his beloved wife, Yuri finds himself six years later as part of a team of debris cleaners on a vessel called the Toy Box charged with clearing space junk from space flight paths. The team consists of Hachimaki, a hot shot debris-man with a sailor's affinity for the orbital ocean; Fee, a chain-smoking tomboy beauty with an abrasive edge; and Pops, a veteran orbital mechanic whose avuncular presence soothes the stress of the job. (Source: TokyoPop)
At Liliadrop, a high-class manufacturer of women's cosmetics, employees are just as outstanding and glamorous as the variety of their products. In contrast stands Asako Yaeshima, a worker formerly nicknamed "Aseko"—"ase" meaning sweat—due to her unusual problem of excessive perspiration. To deal with her crisis, Asako develops a morning routine: she mixes different scents of Liliadrop soaps and unscented deodorants to mask her body odor. But her effort does not fool Koutarou Natori, a genius fragrance developer at the company with a sensitive and infallible sense of smell. Koutarou, astounded by Asako's natural smell combined with the soap, insists on sniffing her every day for a week to save their company's reputation by creating new Asako-inspired fragrances. With such an important reason at stake, Asako consents but never imagines how close she and Koutarou would soon become. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
"A big brother must always stay ahead of his younger brother. That is my responsibility as the older sibling"—these are the words that have always motivated Mutta Nanba to try his best when it came to his younger brother Hibito. So naturally, in the summer of 2006 when the Nanba brothers witness something strange in the night sky, Hibito declared that he would become an astronaut and travel to the Moon, while Mutta countered with the affirmation that he would go to Mars. That was the promise they made to each other. Now in 2025, while Hibito is working with NASA and preparing to become the first Japanese to land on the moon, Mutta has been fired from his job in an automotive development company. Having difficulty finding another job, Mutta is given a lifetime opportunity when he receives a letter from JAXA—the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency—telling him that he's been accepted to participate in the next astronaut selection. As if fate has given him a chance to fulfill the promise he made all those years ago, Mutta undertakes the difficult challenge of going to space. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Collection of short stories: 1. Hotel: Since A.D. 2079 2. Present 3. Subete wa Maguro no Tame datta (It Was All for the Tuna) 4. Stephanos 5. Diadem
Due to his lack of confidence, 30-year-old Kenta Fukuyama has always struggled with romance; however, an encounter with designer Chihiro Yamaguchi completely changes his life. Despite her seemingly cold demeanor, Chihiro is friendly and compassionate, leading Kenta to develop feelings for her. Similarly, Kenta's kind and genuine nature immediately captures Chihiro's heart, and the two soon decide to marry. Shy, inexperienced, and separated by distance, Kenta and Chihiro initially face difficulties as newlyweds. Regardless, through their mutual love for BBQ and with the occasional help from their close ones, the couple gradually learns to confront their problems and advance their unique, wholehearted relationship. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Can You Keep a Secret?
Masugu Tateishi and Yui Mitsuya work in the same company and have recently started dating. Masugu is industrious but a bit of a pushover. Yui seems to have her act together but is actually very bad at keeping secrets. Will our sweet couple be able to maintain work-home distinction by keeping their relation a secret from their coworkers? Find out by reading this fluffy office romance.
In the middle of a forest rests an abandoned piano. If one were to walk by, they may hear music coming from it, and sitting at the chair is a young boy: Kai Ichinose. He lives with his young, single mother—who works as a prostitute—and he is somewhat of a troublemaker at school when it comes to defending transfer student Shuuhei Amamiya from class bullies. Shuuhei comes from a family of distinguished pianists, so he is expected to follow in their footsteps. He practices rigorously every day to live up to his parents' expectations. Meanwhile, Kai—with help from his teacher, a former pianist legend—wants to not only reach Shuuhei's level of success, but also wants to become the best pianist from Japan. This rivalry between the two friends will not only raise their talents to new levels, but it will also inspire other rising pianists from all over the world. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Ryousuke Akiba calls himself ES, a code name taken from a mysterious scientific experiment. Ryousuke will live to be at least two centuries old and possesses strange mental powers: He can enter people's minds, discover their darkest secrets, even rearrange their memories so that complete strangers will treat him like family. Ryousuke acts not out of malice but for survival-wandering Tokyo for reasons known only to him. No one recognizes him for what he is...until Dr. Mine Kujyou, a determined researcher, meets someone who challenges everything she knows about science-ES, possessor of the Eternal Sabbath gene. But is he the only one? (Source: Del Rey)
Gon, a tiny dinosaur with a huge attitude, has adventures as he travels through forests and rivers, swims with fish and even flies with birds. Gon and his animal friends communicate without speaking, with Gon giving the occasional bite to teach a bully a lesson. (Source: ANN)
Chi is a lost kitten that is surprised to be picked up by a small family. Suddenly, she finds herself in a strange new environment full of frightening things like baths and big dogs! In these short, full-color comics, see the world from the point of view of an adorable kitten.
East Tokyo United has been struggling in Japan's top football league for a few years. In an effort to improve their performance, ETU hires a new coach, the slightly eccentric Tatsumi Takeshi. Tatsumi was once a star player on ETU before abandoning the team, but has proven himself as manager of an English amateur team. The task won't be easy as the teams pitted against ETU have bigger budgets and better players. However, Tatsumi is an expert at Giant Killing. (Source: Wikipedia)
Shizuku Kanzaki is the only son of world-renowned wine critic Yutaka Kanzaki. From a young age, Shizuku has been subjected to strange education from his father all for the sake of wine. From learning to gracefully decant a drink to intently remembering the smell of leather belts and pencils, the training causes him to grow resentful of everything related to wine. Discontent with his father, he leaves home to become an average sales representative for a beer company, refusing to ever touch wine again. When his father suddenly passes away, Shizuku finds himself being dragged back into the world he hates so much. As part of his father's will, the one who will inherit his prized wine collection and estate will go to the person who can correctly identify the "12 Apostles" of wines as well as the legendary "Drops of God." In order to inherit the assets, Shizuku has one year to complete the task, but he finds the proposition ridiculous when he is the only living relative of Yutaka. What Yutaka failed to tell his son before his death was that he had adopted Issei Tomine into the family a week prior to his passing. Issei is a famous veteran wine critic competing against Shizuku to claim the estate for himself. With no formal training in wine tasting, Shizuku stands no chance against "The Prince of Wine" and is at risk of losing everything in this competition. Will he be able to correctly identify the elusive "Drops of God" before he runs out of time? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Japan is a brilliant Asian model of success and obligatorily. But how would this country manage to manage a large-scale sanitary crisis? What would it happen if, to Shinjuku, one of the biggest districts of Tokyo, a man came to empty of his blood in the street at broad daylight? How would the political and sanitary authorities manage the drama? Think, please, about the question as long as you still have the possibility of it because for the professors Onodera and Sekiguchi it is already too late! An emergent virus begins to insinuate itself slowly into the arteries of the Japanese capital?
Alcohol, smoking, and stress—in the body subjected to these irritants, the cells responsible for maintaining life seem to fight a war that never ends. Due to a severe shortage of workers, Sekkekkyuu AA2153 has to quickly learn to deliver oxygen and collect carbon dioxide, even in dangerous conditions. Meanwhile, Hakkekkyuu U-1196 has to do her part by dealing with germs and viruses during life-threatening situations. In the midst of these crises, they have to work together to keep the body healthy, despite not knowing if their sacrifices will be worthwhile. Hataraku Saibou Black takes a different approach by showing the grittier side of the jobs our cells perform. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Nokoru Mitsuhashi, a salaryman who works for a black company, has improved his quality of life thanks to the introduction of telework...! After fixing the interior of his room and focusing on the balcony, he meets his neighbor, a graduate student called Natsu Izumi. This is the story of a man who met his future wife through telework, and after many ups and downs, gets married. (Source: Kodansha, translated)
Each person is born with a soul, its plan determining ninety percent of one's life. People who stray from their soul's fate, whether it be through an unfortunate accident or an unplanned murder, leave behind a shattered "psycholith"—a rock that is a manifestation of their soul. When these are left behind, they stain the environment, ultimately creating "negative points"—places that interfere with a soul's plan, causing a vicious cycle of misfortune. The righteous Sakurai and apathetic Amano are a pair of specialists tasked with ensuring that souls follow their natural paths. To that end, as part of Psycholith Collection & Cleaning, they collect and dispose of shattered psycholiths and clean up stains. But there is another side to their job, one with moral ambiguity. They must also prevent psycholiths from shattering—even if that entails killing the soul's host. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
From the creator of Nichijou, this surreal-slapstick series revolves around a penniless college student, Midori Nagumo, who lives in an ordinary city filled with not-quite-ordinary people. And as this reckless girl runs about, she sets the city in motion. Midori is in a bit of a bind. She is in debt, and her landlady is trying to shake her down for unpaid rent. Her best friend refuses to loan her cash since she's wised up to her tricks. Maybe some bullying would help. Or a bit of petty theft? Neither is sustainable. Maybe getting a job would settle things... But working means less time for fun adventures in the big city... (Source: Vertical, Inc.)
Based on exhaustive research in collaboration with a Dante scholar, Souryo brings Cesare Borgia, one of the most enigmatic figures in history, to life in vivid detail. Bookish and naive, Angelo da Canossa is unprepared for life as a student in a university that hums with tension and intrigue in Renaissance Italy. Will his innocence remain intact when a chance encounter with the charismatic Cesare draws him ever deeper into the darker side of the Renaissance? (Source: Manganews.net)
Mariel Imari is a private detective trying to become a first-rate detective to be able inherit her late father's estate. By some strange reason the mysterious thief Vecchio is taking an interest in her. If that's not enough her old friends at Interpol and her siblings makes life more troubling for her.
Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation
A truck driver loses control in the Nevada desert and leaves one family dead in an explosive crash. But there is a sole survivor, Luna Hazuki, who makes a pact with a mysterious demon to regain the happiness that was robbed from her. Seven years later she is still living with the family that was supposed to be dead. But little does Luna know that the pact she made will lead to the Apocalypse and the end of the human race. (Source: Amazon)
The Devil Lady
Fudo Jun is a school teacher having dreams of uncontrollable urges of violence. She takes the school tennis team on a trip where they are attacked by demons. To try and save the girls and herself she ends up unleashing Devilman Lady.
Hell is a bureaucracy and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, the chief deputy to Lord Enma, King of Hell. Whether it be offering counselling to Momotarou of Japanese folklore fame or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian hell; the man who runs the show from behind the Lord Enma's imposing shadows is ready to beat down to a bloody pulp any challenges coming his way, metaphorically of course... As the poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, days spent troubleshooting hell with the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki are never dull. Full of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy set in the underworld brings new meanings to the phrase employer liability. Just how hard can it be to manage employees from hell anyway? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Saitou Eijirou is a newly established intern doctor, who is forced to take on a second night job at another, much smaller hospital because of the extremely low pay he receives. As he bounces between the two different hospitals, he is forced to dig deeper and deeper into Japan's largely corrupted medical society and starts to question even his own initial beliefs, as he asks himself just what being a doctor means. (Source: ANN)
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
Shirou Kakei, a straitlaced lawyer, cooks gourmet dinners for himself and his longtime gay lover, Kenji Yabuki, a carefree, hippie-ish hairdresser. The story is told through the lens of dinner preparation. (Source: Entropy)
The year is 1949. Japan had been defeated in World War II and was occupied by Allied Forces consisting of American, Australian, British, Indian and New Zealander troops. A young woman meets a young man. Both have lost everything because of the war. Tome Kano, a barmaid, and Katsuya Ranzaki, a wealthy investor. The two are fed up with their lives and want to live "real lives" for once. Katsuya's starting up an all-girls baseball team with Tome on it allows them to do this. In this dramatic story, the dreams of a nation come alive. Through the determination and strength of Katsuya and Tome, girls baseball becomes a sensation, and Tome a superstar. (Source: MU)
This is a story of a boy who challenges free diving. "Free diving (skin diving)" may remind you of the film Le Grand Bleu. It is an extreme sport, and each meter added to its record brings us closer to the seabed and further from the surface where one can breathe again. In this sense, free diving has a direct connection with death, with which our fight continues, refashioned over time, bit by bit. So, why would one free dive, and risk their life? The answer lies within "mysterious bond between the sea and humankind." And in the fast-evolving world of competitive diving new data emerges that casts light on this bond. (Source: MU)
The mostly quiet Madoka-chan likes to hang out at her window, where some salary man tends to pass by, leading to Madoka doing all kinds of activities. (Souce: MU)
Ayano-san is a beautiful 39-year-old housewife who is the center of attention wherever she goes. She is oblivious of the effect her innocent yet charming actions have on those around her. Despite her son's disapproval of her carefree nature, she manages to enjoy life in her own way. Every day for her is a new experience! [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Avenging his father's murder is a matter of honor for the young samurai Jintetsu. But it turns out that the killer is a corrupt government official—and now the powers that be are determined to hunt Jintetsu down like an animal. There's only one problem: Jintetsu is already dead. Torn to pieces by a pack of dogs, Jintetsu's ravaged body has been found by Genkichi, outcast and master inventor. Genkichi gives the dead boy a new, indestructible steel body and a talking sword—just what he'll need to face down the gang that's terrorizing his hometown and the mobster who ordered his father's hit. But what about Otsuki, the beautiful girl he left behind? Steel armor is defense against any sword, but it can't save Jintetsu from the pain in his heart. (Source: JustManga)
In a different world than the one we live in, a world where Japan is the lone superpower of the world, there is a wildly popular game show called the National Quiz. Every night, people dreaming of riches, fame, vengeance and happiness compete on the show, for the chance to be granted a wish, any wish they have: the National Quiz has the power to make your wildest dreams come true. It also has the ability, if you lose, to make your life a living hell. This is the story of K-i K-ichi (aka prisoner KK47331), a former actor-turned losing National Quiz contestant-turned wildly popular host of the show, and the people and events surrounding him. (Source: Mangascreener)
In the year 200X, a Japanese fleet consisting of 3 vessels leave on a mission to South America. After encountering a storm, the ship JDS Mirai find themselves without their escorts and in 1942, traveling towards the island of Midway to face the American fleet in one of largest battles in naval history. The crew of Mirai must decide whether or not to change the course of history by involving itself in WWII. (Source: MU)
She is popular and has a hunk for a boyfriend, but there is that boy in her class who always stares at her, but never talks to anybody. On the way home that boy loses his phone, she picks it up, but he runs away before she can return it. Inside she finds article on lucid dreaming, and this is where it all begins... (Source: MU)
Kristiania Clinic admits youths with brain problems. Hashi is a young man who causes conflict due to an inability to lie, Hana has repeated orgasms in public, Hideo believe he possesses superpowers, and Mari doesn't acknowledge the existence of any other human. Hashi, despite lacking the understanding of other's pain, secretly draws manga. One day, a young psychiatrist named Tamaki appears, whose wife had gone missing. (Source: Mangapedia, translated)
26-year-old Nagisa Kataura has a secret. By all appearances, she's an average temp-worker, but beneath her business-casual exterior she's a devoted cosplayer. Transforming into her favorite anime and manga characters is her passion in life, and her hard work and creativity has earned Nagisa respect amongst her cosplay cohorts. But to the rest of society, her hobby is a silly fantasy, so she has to keep her two worlds separate. However, as demands from both sides of her life begin to increase, she may one day have to make a tough choice—what's more important to her, cosplay or being "normal" (Source: Kodansha)
It was the Sengoku-era, when the warlords usurped each other. There was a man whose soul was overtaken by the ways of tea and material greed, as he worked his way up toward greater power and status. His name was Sasuke Furuta, a subordinate warrior of Nobunaga Oda. With his world broadened by Nobunaga the Genius, and his spiritual insight learned from Senno Soueki the Master of Tea, Sasuke drove the road to hyouge. To live or not to live. For the power of the art. That is the question! (Source: Kodansha)
Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady
Deep in Scotland Yard in London sits an evidence room, where artifacts of the greatest mysteries in London history are kept. In this "Black Museum" sits two bullets, fused together after a head-on collision. This was the key piece of evidence in a case that brought together a supernatural Man in Gray and the famous nurse and activist Florence Nightingale—the only person who can see him. Surrounded by war and suffering, the lady enters into a desperate pact with this ghostlike man... (Source: Kodansha Comics USA)
Pregnancy is not a disease, so insurance does not apply. Obstetric treatments do not treat injuries or illnesses, so an obstetrician is not normally needed during the birth of a child. Still, obstetricians are needed because anything can go wrong during a pregnancy. A mysterious pianist at night, obstetrician Kounotori Sakura faces the many challenges and drama that come with giving birth to another human being. (Source: MangaHelpers)
China is a lovely young woman, the kind of beauty people write songs about or name stars after. She's as spectacular as 4th July fireworks and as striking as lightning, and Jim Floyd—the technical assistant to the crazed Professor Breckenridge—just got struck! In fact, he'd give China the moon if he could. Odd thing is, he can. So that's just what he intends to do. (Source: Null Scanlation)
28 years ago, Tamura's parent was responsible for a mass indescriminate poisoning case while he was in elementary school, and since then he grew up branded as the son of a criminal. After Tamura's wife dies during childbirth, he heads back to Hokkaido to confront his past. The mysteries surrounding his father, a police officer, go back to the year of 1989... (Source: MU)
Yoh is the only human being living in a strange town that exists somewhere between this world and the Twilight World. Residing in this town are spiritual manifestations of real world objects that were forgotten or thrown away by men. Yoh is the owner of a lifelike doll named Ian who has the special ability to take photos of other beings' memories. With her help he is running a photo studio called "Fuguruma". The manga revolves around those specters who seek the studio's service and the stories they have to tell.... (Source: Kotonoha)
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
The experiences of author, Tatsuta Kazuto, a former laborer at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
In an ancient kingdom, a vicious warlord is on the hunt for a magical sword. Forced to escape his soldiers, the young girl who guards the sword is hunted until she receives some unexpected help from a pair of odd strangers. (Source: Crunchyroll)
Black Museum Springald
In the Scotland Yard, there is kept a famous miscellany of criminal memorabilia known as the Black Museum. It is rumored that some time in the mid-19th-century, evidence from a certain investigation undertaken by the London Police in 1837 was removed from the collection by persons unknown... Within these pages, an account of monsters, villains, and men unfolds, chronicling a hidden history of the terror of Victorian England—the mysterious figure known in popular folklore as "Spring-Heeled Jack." (Source: MangaHelpers) Also includes the Springald Ibun: Mother Goose.
Three years ago, Katsumi Yu headed to Africa for a volunteer project as a doctor. However, soon after, a civil war erupted and he was captured by a guerilla group who was desperate for a doctor to treat the injured. He kept doing what he came to do, help people in need, and he does this for several years. But with the regime change in the country, the guerilla group was hunted down and Yu was forced into a situation of kill or be killed. He quits being a doctor soon thereafter and gets a tattoo of Lucifer on his right arm as a reminder of his past crimes. Although Yu returns to Japan, he spends his days drinking. After a night of drunken brawls, he wakes up in a clinic run by Dr. Minatono. This shady looking clinic takes in all patients, even those without insurance or can't even pay but still maintains state of the art equipments. It turns out Dr. Minatono deals with clients, such as the mob, who are unable to go to regular hospitals due to legal reasons and in exchange receives exorbitant amounts of money to help keep the clinic up and running. At first, Yu rejects the job offer from Dr Minatono, but situations keep coming up that keep him busy in the surgery room. (Source: MangaHelpers)
This is a set of one-shot stories of working people drawn from the viewpoint of Matsukata Hiroko, who is a 28-year-old single woman and is an editor of Weekly Magazine, JIDAI. She’s often at odds with Tanaka Kunio, a novice editor. Her work already stresses her out and he’s unapologetic about his own mistakes! Everyone refers to Hiroko as a masculine woman for how seriously she takes her work. She smokes too much, works too much, and never has sex. However, when it’s time to get a story done, she switches into “Working Man” mode where her testosterone in her blood increases, she works three times her normal speed, and all thoughts of life’s necessities disappear. (Source: Entropy)
Is this a dream? Reality? Or maybe something else...? Every night, a mysterious man who styles himself Peter Pan sneaks up in Manami's room. He takes her with him to Neverland, an eerie place created out of human desire. Neither pain nor obligation exist in this place. A fairytale land of freedom, where people live governed only by their own instincts. There, all of reality's troubles and unpleasantness may be forgotten. However... being human may not be quite as bad as it sounds. (Source: MU)
Police in a Pod
Female police officer Kawai had enough of a career she wasn't even that into and was about to hand in her resignation, when the unthinkable happened—she met the new, female director of her station! And after spending a little time with this gorgeous role model, Kawai realizes that maybe she isn't quite done being an officer after all. (Source: Kodansha Comics USA)
A collection of four short stories. 1. Rainbow Fish 2. Damned Sun 3. Strange Trait 4. Kimyou na Idenshi (A Strange Gene)
What's Michael follows the adventures of a ginger tabby called Michael. The stories often change setting: in one, Michael may be owned by a young Japanese couple; in the next, Michael may be owned by an older couple with children and in a third, Michael might be owned by a yakuza. There are even story settings that place groups of cats in business suits or playing baseball in sport team uniforms. (Source: The One Day Wonder Blog)
Taiyou Tenkawa is the head of a small game development company called Studio G3 based in Akihabara, Japan. Struggling to make ends meet, the holding company decides to send Hoshino Tsukiyama to turn things around. This is the story of the daily trials and tribulations of these two people and their co-workers at Studio G3.
A narrative of self-discovery masquerading as a coming of age romance, a family composition drama, a procedural detective story, and a superpowered thriller. Sakuta Minami openly professes the many loves of her life: Matsumoto Leiji anime, her family, swimming, Magical Plastering Girl Buffalo Koteko, but the unanswered questions surrounding her mother's separation from her natural father have nagged her all her life. Moji Shouhei, an anime geek with prodigious talent for calligraphy, holds in his gifted hands both a physical key to the school roof of their high school as well as the figurative key to finally unraveling the mystery of Minami's father. (Source: MU)
1. Pasiphae no Utage 2. Rental Video 3. Karaoke Box 4. Kittohyou 5. Uchuu Men 6. Kame 7. Reizou(ko) Ningen Dai 1-gou (The Female Fridge No.1) 8. Kintama Ningen Dai 1-gou (Human Testicles No.1) 9. Day Dream 10. Bourou 11. Kagami Jigoku (The Hell of Mirrors)
An essay that describes the process of becoming a female from male. The author, who had been diagnosed with GID (Gender Identity Disorder) had traveled to Thailand to receive a SRS (Sex Reassignment Surgery). But the path to womanhood is a lot more painful than imagined...
In this village, death inevitably takes you as soon as you reach the age of fifty... (Source: MU)
The Catcher in the Ballpark!
An office drone finds relief from his job by attending the ballpark close to his daily commute. He asks a vendor girl for a beer, but for some reason, after the transaction she sticks around him... (Source: MU)
China 200 A.D.: the corrupting Han Dynasty has thrown the entire country into chaos. Peasants revolt against the government. Into such an age, the ruthless and infamous hero, Cao Cao Mengde is born. Destroying old customs and values, he tries to unite China, with a band of promising and intellectual followers, handpicked for their individual talents and potential. Generally thought a villain, Cao Cao Mengde is portrayed as a hero in this story, which focuses on what kind of person he actually was. There are two other protagonists: Liu Bei Xuande and Sun Quan Zhongmou. Liu is a man of high morals and infinite potential. His servant, Zhuge Kongming is a mysterious man, who helps Liu to become a king who is loved by millions. Sun is the third descendant of the Sun family. A young and immature king also comes into the picture, creating more chaos. This is a Tale of the Three Kingdoms ("Sanguozhi") in which these three men rage war throughout China.
The story revolves around a salaryman (Kazumi Araiwa) who can cook well. He shares his love of cooking to his friends, co-workers, and family. (Source: Wikipedia)
Zaizen Takashi passes his entrance exams at the top of the heap, and starts his first year in junior high school at Dojuku Gakuen, a 130-year old super-advanced institute of higher education. The day after the entrance ceremony, "the secret" of the school is revealed to him, which concerns the existence of an "investment club," consisting only of the top student from each of the 6 grades. Its club members have a mission. They must invest from a capital of 300-billion yen and yield a profit of 8%, which is their annual goal. This is why Dojuku Gakuen, boasting the highest standards of education in all of Japan, is tuition free. "The most exciting game in the world. The ultimate game of ultimate thrill… In other words, money… Investments!" Here begins the story of the genius Zaizen, who bets the entirety of his youth on money. Learn, Zaizen... and make a bundle!! (Source: Crunchyroll)
Haruka is about to graduate from a first-rate college and is looking for work but no one wants to hire her. Faced with the prospect of becoming a "jobless graduate" she finally lowers her expectations and decides to apply at a tiny talent agency for a job as an agent. When she shows up for the interview however, it's like no interview she's ever had before. She's asked all sorts of embarrassing questions and asked to say lines in front of a camera. Later she finds out that they thought she was interviewing to become a talent, and the agent position she wanted has already been given away. However, they think she has that special quality that can make someone a star. She refuses at first, but finally gives in. Thus starts Haruka's career in the entertainment industry.
The dastardly Joker needs a symbol of justice to prove that evil will always prevail. When Batman falls into a chemical vat turning him into a baby, Joker must now raise him to become a hero to prove that he's the superior one! (Source: Kodansha, translated)
Shio Houkigi runs an aromatherapy salon by day, but has another occupation by night. She runs "Striped Sheep," a service that provides relief to women who have a hard time falling asleep without a man by their side. (Source: MU)
It's no easy feat to keep a body happy and healthy, so even the newest cells have their tiny-winey, chubby-wubby hands full! Join these cute baby cells as they work hard within their newborn baby body, in this newest (literally!) spinoff of Cells at Work! (Source: Kodansha USA)
Fuuko is a shy girl--so shy that she has trouble talking to strangers. Determined to change herself, she starts working as a waitress at Café Rhodos. The people she meets on and off the job will lead her through the often frightful world of adolescence, and beyond.
Kenji Sakuragi is a poor lawyer and ex-motorcycle gang member looking for an opportunity to boost his career. His chance finally comes with the nearly bankrupt and notorious Ryuuzan High School, referred to as "baka gakkou" (stupid school) by some. There, he sets up a special class that aims to prepare five students to take and pass the entrance exam of Toudai. (Source: Wikipedia)
Detective Akira Yusa sees his brother Shinichi killed before his very eyes. He spots a young girl, Kilico Sakaki, at the scene of the crime and instinctively knows that she did it. After a bloody fight, Akira arrests her. Trained as a professional assassin by her stepfather, Toshio Sakaki, in everyday life, Kilico acts like an ordinary college student. Her arrest is treated as a mistake when she manages to hide all evidence of Shinichi's murder. Akira's subsequent investigation of Kilico runs into difficulty when he finds that it's too big for a police detective to handle. Her encounter with Akira makes Kilico remember her terrible past and have doubts about being an assassin. Kilico goes to Taiwan to train as a jewel connoisseur, the Sakaki family's legitimate business, behind which they hide all their illegitimate business. Fired for taking his investigation too far, Akira follows Kilico to Taiwan. The two meet again and become very close, as they get involved in the internal conflicts within the Tenrenban gang, Taiwan's biggest Mafia group. (Source: Kotonoha)
Kousaku Shima is a salaryman working as a section chief at Hatsushiba Electric in Tokyo. At 34 years old, he is doing well for himself and his family, and his loyalty to the company seems to be paying dividends for him. However, despite his apparent success, appearances can be deceiving. Behind the scenes, Kousaku has a habit of mixing business with pleasure. He is popular with women in and around the company, and he cannot bring himself to say no when the opportunity presents itself. In addition, he finds himself involved in some serious scandals and power struggles within the corporation—several of which he cannot avoid. As his affairs stack up and his reputation increases, Kousaku is exposed to different sides of Japanese corporate culture that he never knew existed or even really cared for. From struggling to find the right balance between work and play to questioning the morality of his decisions, each day is just another piece of business to take care of for Kousaku Shima, Section Chief. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
It's about a woman who seems to be able to travel through time and goes back to the middle ages in Europe, the Mayaztecian time as well as the Roman ancient time and Nazi Germany. (Source: MU)
Slowly but surely he takes a promenade through Edo. "Furari" could be translated as 'aimlessly', 'at random', 'bend with the wind' or 'go with the flow'. But our stroller this time leaves nothing to chance. Jiro Taniguchi returns with this delightful and insightful tale of life in a Japan long forgotten. Inspired by an historical figure, Tadataka Ino (1745 – 1818), Taniguchi invites us to join this unnamed but appealing and picturesque figure as he strolls through the various districts of Edo, the ancient Tokyo, with its thousand little pleasures. Now retired from business he surveys, measures, draws and takes notes whilst giving free rein to his taste for simple poetry and his inexhaustible capacity for wonder. As he did in The times of Botchan with lead character the writer Soseki, Taniguchi slips easily into the heart and mind of this early cartographer and reveals his world to us in full graphic detail so we may fully perceive and understand. (Source: Ponent Mon)
This new series takes us to 2010, where four Japanese students have decided to form a band called The Fab 4, in memory of the Beatles. The plot takes a sudden turn when three of the four protagonists are fighting on the subway and one of them falls to the track, taking with him another. At the time, the two musicians realize that they are in a park, just that there was something that did not fit: they were in Japan, but in 1961.
Natsuko who was a copywriter starts to cultivate rice called Tatsunishiki which is a phantom kind and it is very difficult to grow. She does it to make her dead brother's dream come true. His dream was to make the best sake in Japan. There occur many difficulties to Natsuko. (Source: jdorama.com)
Konno Izumi, a beautiful life drawing model tormented with the unrelenting curse of her excessive beauty. (Source: MU)
Finding himself in a war torn Japan that has just lost the war to the US, Zaji wanders the land that used to be a city. Suffering from amnesia, the only thing that he remembers is that he has to remember something important. He quickly learns that he has incredible martial arts combat skills and is able to use it even if he doesn’t realize it since it seems that it has been engrained into his body through years of training. He is taken in by Gin, the owner of the local bar that occupying US soldiers frequent. Zaji learns the full extent of his strength as he tries to protect the helpless in a devastated society. (Source: MangaHelpers)
A selection of short stories. The stories deal with the same themes as Parasyte and his other work, and in only one of them is his art style noticeably more primitive. (Source: MangaUpdates)
Mori, a cheerful playboy in his sixth year of college, has just fallen in love with a high school girl named Hoshi. From that starting point, Mizu no Iro Gin no Tsuki portrays the relationships among Mori's friends and acquaintances. (Source: MU) Note: Volume 1 contains work originally collected into a tankoubon entitled Mizu to Gin.
A man sees a girl with a raincoat on one day while he was playing his guitar in the streets. Later on the man meets the girl on the streets and he takes her home. All the chapters contains the same characters, but each chapter focuses on a different set of characters. (Source: MU)
Pen the Penguin lives with his most favorite keeper in the world: Hayakawa the Human. But Pen's no ordinary penguin... He's a neat penguin! A proper penguin! A doting penguin! Pen loves to daydream of Hayakawa's smile as he flips pancakes and folds the laundry with his teeny-tiny flippers. If only his beloved Hayakawa would notice! It's too bad Pen's human keeper is a hopelessly lazy university student, but with a little nap and some helpful friends, Pen is ready to tackle the day! (Source: Kodansha USA)
Former matagi, Hitonari Yamano, lives a lonely life in the countryside. He once put down his gun, but what he found in his hands was a "FPS" battle royal game! A unique sniper game was created by combining the latest e-sports with the traditional skills of the matagi. An unprecedented legend of the greatest sniper ever created begins in rural Japan! (Source: Kodansha, translated)
Night View of the Factory: A Collection of Stories by Rie Aruga
Ao and Takaomi are two childhood friends living near an industrial area. Keeping their feelings hidden from one another, they carry on with their high school everyday. "It's our final summer in school. Let's go see the factory nightscapes—just the two of us." This is their promise, and a romance begins to bloom. However, a certain incident spells turmoil for their budding relationship, placing them at the mercy of an unstoppable fate... (Source: Kodansha, translated)
Araragi Riuichi is a law student. But unlike others, he is very aware of human lives and how people can toy with them. So when he sees that a man is trying to kill a kid, he decides to come in action. But although he believes it`s the right thing to do, the police doesn`t share his idea, and so Araragi goes off on his own to fulfill his dreams and make a better world. But then in his way... The Araragi Way. (Source: Manga Daisuki)
Akira Sasanishiki, a math teacher at an elite high school where only grades matter, is a womanizing motorcycle freak who goes against school policy and helps students in need. To the school, this young teacher is a trouble-maker and a problem. What is love? What is friendship? What is sex? What is violence? What is justice? What is evil? What is the "perfect society"? What is the "real world" like? With each student made to tackle the various problems that they must face to grow up - sometimes comically and sometimes seriously - this work is a kind of bible for the young generation. (Source: MU)
During the cold war, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force jointly developed a nuclear submarine with the United States Navy. On its maiden voyage, the captain declares the submarine to be an independent state, "Yamato." (Source: MU)
His name is Alfardo J. Donson, novelist and... crocodile. Together with his very good friend Rabbit Boy, he undertakes gentlemanly adventures in culinary excellence throughout Japan (Sanuki udon in the "udon" prefecture, oysters at an oyster shack somewhere on the Sanriku Coast... you get the idea), encountering other intriguing denizens of the animal kingdom along the way. Whether you love animals, love to eat out, love nobility or love the book One Stormy Night, your cravings will certainly be satisfied. The gourmet manga that you thought didn't exist and actually didn't, has now been created! With delightfully drawn talking-animal characters, Wani Danshaku demonstrates the absolute importance of good taste and that sometimes it takes an animal to show us how to be truly civilized! (Source: Kodansha Comics USA)
In the distant future, advances in AI technology led to wars being fought without human soldiers. However, at the end of the 22nd century, a mysterious aircraft called "Gayla" shut down all AI, and humanity now must relearn how to wage war. Teppei Sakamoto joins the military in hopes of becoming a soldier, where he is sent into a simulation of the Battle of Waterloo to learn how to kill people. [Written by Denji]
Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture. (Source: Berlin International Film Festival)
The series focuses on the lives of the titular queen Marie Antoinette and her husband King Louis XVI.
It follows Tooru Takenotsuka, a 22 year old freeter who comes to the city to follow his dreams. Thanks to his status, he is unable to find an apartment to live in until a seedy real estate agent introduces him to Gregory House. (Source: MU)
This is the story of Natsunosuke Honda, a pro baseball player—a relief pitcher who has been playing pro in a team called Spiders for 8 years. The team operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player's performance determines his annual salary. Natsunosuke is one of the highest paid players in the game. He measures how good players are by how much money they make, and he intends to be on top and stay there, and as such is always looking for players to challenge and does everything to insure that he is better than they are.
Manga centers around two officers in the police's mobile investigation team: Shinobu Satomi and Yuki Inokuma. The two are partners and also lovers. At the site of a bizarre murder, they meet Kara Tachibana, a mysterious and beautiful woman, and from there, her derangement begins to derail their investigation.
A social outcast finds human connection in a classmate who's also different.
Drops of God: Mariage
Just as there are happy and unhappy unions in life, the "mariage" of food and wine can be an invitation to pure joy or utter despair. After the battle over the "12 Apostles" wines, Shizuku Kanzaki finds himself on a journey to discover what mariage means to him. Unfortunately, his journey begins with him hungry and penniless after his luggage is stolen. Shizuku stumbles upon a small restaurant that has fallen on hard times due to rising competition from a nearby establishment. He decides to help them get back on their feet, but then he receives a phone call summoning him back to the home of his late father, Yutaka Kanzaki. It is there that Shizuku and his wine critic rival, Issei Tomine, receive the final challenge in their long and arduous battle for Yutaka's estate: to identify the elusive "Drops of God." [Written by MAL Rewrite]
From Blackout: Yamagami is a small hamlet in Kyuushuu, the mountainous region in the south of Japan. Today, this village is inhabited only by old people still living in the rhythm of tradition and communion with nature. The return of one of the village youths, pursued by yakuza, will overturn life in this little world, spared until now from modernization. These sinister gangsters intend to seize this enchanted spot and trash it. Will Yamagami come to experience the harshness of the modern world?