Review: The Walking Man

The Walking Man
I’ll go take a walk in the neighbourhood…

Author
Jiro Taniguchi

Status
1 Volume – Complete

Plot Summary

The story follows the exploits of an unnamed salaryman, who spends his spare time exploring and wandering around the suburbs in which he lives.  Accompanied at times by his wife or dog, it takes a gentle look at life – contemplating nature, talking to people he meets and finding simple pleasures in the things he finds on his travels. There is no plot to speak of – and very little dialogue – just a series of largely unconnected observational episodes.

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Review: Hour of the Mice

Hour of the Mice
What if your whole life has been a lie?

Author
Kei Tōme

Status
4 Volumes – Completed

Plot Summary
Maki Takano and his three best friends Ryo, Natsume and Mei are students at a private academy for highly gifted children. Like all the other students of this isolated and heavily guarded school, they have never seen the outside world since they were brought to the school at the young age of three.

When a new female student named Kiriko Hinatsu arrives, Maki has the strange feeling that he has met her before. However, he seems to be the only person who can remember the girl. When he confronts her with his discovery, Kiriko reveals the unbelievable truth about their existence: The school they have been living at all this time is actually an experimental facility and all the students are but guinea pigs who are being used for sophisticated neurological experiments.

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Review: Bradherley’s Coach

Bradherley’s Coach
From the beginning, she felt things weren’t quite right…

Author
Hiroaki Samura

Status
1 Volume – Completed

Plot Summary

Nicola A Bradherley, 4th richest man in Britain and a member of the House of Lords, is seen by many as a philanthropist. Each year he adopts a number of fortunate girls from orphanages around the country into his family, sending his coach from orphanage to orphanage to collect them.

Some of these girls are even lucky enough to go on to appear on stage with the famous Bradherley Episcopal Opera Troupe. However, not all are so fortunate. Some are actually very, very unfortunate indeed. You see, Lord Bradherley has another use for most of these girls… a terrible, cruel, inhumane – and government approved – use…

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Review: Goodnight Punpun

Goodnight Punpun
You’ll love me forever and ever… and never think of anything else… right? Right?!

Author
Inio Asano

Status
2 Volumes – Ongoing

Plot Summary

In his short career as a manga artist, Inio Asano has tackled various formats and genres – short existential vignettes, twenty-something dramas, mind- bending psycho-horror – with a delicate emotional touch and a willingness to break stodgy storytelling rules. While his body of work is not yet large enough to suffer legitimate accusations of repetition, he nonetheless announced before his latest story that he wanted to “start fresh.” The result of this rebirth is the comedy “Goodnight Punpun.”

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Review: Minami-ke

Minami-ke

“This is just a plain depiction of the days of the lives of the three Minami sisters. Please do not expect too much.” Minami Chiaki.

Author Sakuraba Coharu

Status 5 Volumes – On Going

Plot Summary

Meet the three Minami sisters – the gentle Haruka, who has to combine high school with being a surrogate mother to her siblings; the boisterous middle schooler Kana, whose opinion of herself far exceeds her abilities and Chiaki, the youngest and most arrogant of the three

They live together, taking care of one other. With nobody to answer to but themselves and each other, the three sisters deal with daily life and the strange and humourous events it – and their odd friends – throws at them.

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Review: Koharu Biyori

Koharu Biyori
Don’t bother…

Author
Mizuki Takehito

Status
2 Volumes – Complete

Plot Summary
Set in the near future, where it’s commonplace for robots to work for their owners, Takaya Murase has just purchased a maid robot from a robotic doll distributor, MaidWorks. Although the robot, Yui, is programmed to lead a normal life cleaning, cooking, and serving her owner, Takaya has other plans for her… like dressing her up in the costumes of his fantasies and more.

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Review: Kagome Kagome

Kagome Kagome
Shoo! Aw! Why won’t they leave? If you’re haunted like that, we can’t make out…

Author
Yui Toshiki

Status
3 Volumes – Completed

Plot Summary
Nishino Kagome – who desperately wants to see spirits, but can’t – forms the “Extremely Normal Phenomena Observation Club” at school (the rationale behind the name being that ghosts do exist, thus observing them is extremely normal). She coerces her friend, Masami Takeuchi into joining, but things take a turn for the worse, when it appears as if he’s an unwilling and unwitting spirit-magnet. Enter Kasuga Kagome, descended from a long line of priestesses, who can see spirits, but desperately doesn’t want to. Thus the scene is set for a fun and spooky romp through the realm of the supernatural.

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