Ranma 1/2: Manga’s Classics

Story and art by Rumiko Takahashi Original Publisher: Shogakukan (1988) Length: 38 Volumes (407 Chapters) Ranma ½ possesses many of the structures I dislike in the comedy genre of manga. It has a completely detached episodic form of storytelling, a frustrating relationship between protagonists and a general lack of story progression. Yet, I cannot help but love this manga. The characters and universe Rumiko Takahashi … Continue reading Ranma 1/2: Manga’s Classics

Your Lie in April Review

Story and art by Naoshi Arakawa Original Publisher: Kodansha (2011) Length: 11 Volumes (44 Chapters) Your Lie in April is an excellent, excellent manga. It’s a simple manga, one that may be unfavourably categorised for the interests it explores (music) and the sub-genres it relies on (high school life). It also possesses clichè, shonen-esque lessons for the reader, teaching us to work hard, love our … Continue reading Your Lie in April Review

Utsubora Review

Utsubora Story and art by Asumiko Nakamura Original Publisher: Ottha Shuppan (2008) Length: Originally 2 Volumes (Combined into one for western release) Utsubora was a disappointment for me. It’s not the ideal way to set up a review, but it’s honestly how I would some up my experience with this piece. I was expecting a thought out, intelligently written manga exploring the dark imaginings of … Continue reading Utsubora Review

The Journey of Shuna | A Miyazaki Masterclass

The Journey of Shuna  Story and art by Hayao Miyazaki  Published by Akita Shoten (1982) Length: 1 Volume (6 Chapters) The Journey of Shuna was a fun little dive into the creative beginnings of Hayao Miyazaki, the face of Japanese animation. His trademark watercolour artistry and eye for detail has led to the creation of a vibrant world, pulsating with life. Unfortunately, when paired with … Continue reading The Journey of Shuna | A Miyazaki Masterclass

The Gashlycrumb Tinies | To Learn from the Past

The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a tale (or tales) of utter absurdity. Presented as a warning of the ever present “adult threat”, it intends to emphasise the seemingly ludicrous paranoia of parents about the gruesome ends their children may meet. However, its style and macabre method of storytelling has inspired many reproductions over the decades, with some recent additions touching on very pressing contemporary issues. Written … Continue reading The Gashlycrumb Tinies | To Learn from the Past

3-Level Combination | What you Should be Reading

Story and art by Ha Il-Kwon Published by Naver (2008) Length: 3 Volumes (25 Chapters) I finished reading this manhwa right before bed, which was ideal, because after finishing it I needed a twelve hour sleep to recover from the exhaustion it subjected me to. 3 Combination Level is an exceptional piece, but one I will probably only read once in my lifetime. It provides … Continue reading 3-Level Combination | What you Should be Reading

This One Summer Review

Story by Mariko Tamaki, Art by Jillian Tamaki Originally published by First Second (2014) Length: 1 Volume I don’t really like “reviewing” pieces like this, because sometimes I worry that I will miss important aspects of it based on my own personal dispositions. It feels almost facetious discussing topics I can only sympathise with, but I’ll try my best to discuss what I myself may … Continue reading This One Summer Review