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Hanger Manga Volume 1 by Hirotaka Kisaragi

This feels recycled from so many BL manga: good hearted but innocent young guy gets partnered with hunky alpha male and they are forced to work together where one falls for the other. Both have secrets, both will be targets … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland Volume 2 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu

With each volume, I can’t help but remember the oppressive claustrophobia of Hunger Games and the feeling of futility and hopelessness warring against the struggle just to survive. Of course, after three volumes we really only know about the small … Continue reading

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Whisper by Lynette Noni

Reading Whisper was one of the most frustrating experiences: it started intruiguingly enough but then greatly went down hill with each subsequent chapter. A simple unreliable narrator first person tale that might have been edgy turned into a low grade … Continue reading

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Niourk by Stefan Wul and Olivier Vatine

From the 1930s to the 1950s, we saw dystopian become the hallmark of the new view of the future: from Brave New World to 1984, Fahrenheit 451 to Atlas Shrugged. In 1957, a French dental surgeon wrote several science fiction … Continue reading

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Tokyo Ghost by Rick Remender, Sean Gordon Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth, Rus Wooton

Tokyo Ghost takes many modern inspirations and combines them into one fairly seamless story. From A Clockwork Orange to Princess Mononoke, Nineteen Eighty Four to Idiocracy, author Remender takes us to a dystopian hell where technology has run rampant and … Continue reading

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Children of the Wales Volume 1 by Abi Umeda

Children of the Whales is about as close to a Miyazaki movie as you are going to get. From the character designs, to the subtle characterizations, the random fantasyish setting, the innocence of children and machinations of adults, the intrusion … Continue reading

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Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

I’m gong to start by saying that this is one of my favorite books this year. I’ve seen quite a few references to the movie Pacific Rim and I can understand why: what Pacific Rim did for Japanese Godzilla movies, … Continue reading

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