Pink | What You Should be Reading

Pink Story and Art by Kyoko Okazaki Original Publisher: Magazine House (1989) Length: 1 Volume (16 Chapters) “All work is prostitution. So is Capitalism.” To be concise, Pink was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had this year. It wasn’t just a profound, or even entertaining experience; it was enlightening. Through its lighthearted depiction of melancholic events, a likeable and insightful story was produced … Continue reading Pink | What You Should be Reading

Lost World | From Humble Beginnings

Lost World Story and art by Osamu Tezuka Original Publisher: Fuji Shbou (1948) Length: 2 Volumes (19 Chapters) Osamu Tezuka is without a doubt the most influential creator in the medium of manga. Not only did he lay the groundwork for what the medium could do, he spent the remainder of his career challenging every boundary his early works created. Tezuka’s “Lost World” is a … Continue reading Lost World | From Humble Beginnings

Aiki | Guilty Pleasure Manga

Aiki Story and art by Isutoshi Originally published in Shonen Gahosha (2005) Length: 14 Volumes (98 chapters) I’m not a big fan of the term “guilty pleasure”. I think that if you’ve had a positive experience with a piece, even if it possesses weaker qualities or lacks social praise, there should be no reason for you to stop enjoying. It was only after reflecting on … Continue reading Aiki | Guilty Pleasure Manga

Zashiki Onna Review

Zashiki Onna Story and art by Minetaro Mochizuki Originally Publisher: Kodansha (1993) Length: 1 Volume (11 chapters) Usually, I try to avoid comparing manga with each other when basing an opinion on them. I don’t like the idea of constructing my thoughts on a standalone piece by differentiating it with similar ones. But in this instance, it was incredibly hard to enjoy Zashiki Onna, as … Continue reading Zashiki Onna Review

Vampire Hunter D (1985) Review

Vampire Hunter D Initial Release Date: 21 December 1985 Directed by Toyoo Ashida Original work by Hideyuki Kikuchi Once you’ve analysed several pieces coming from one region, you begin to spot genres or storylines that are rarely used there. As someone who has delved into multiple manga, anime and video games, there are very few who attempt to encapsulate the gothic vibe that Vampire Hunter … Continue reading Vampire Hunter D (1985) Review

Human Chair Review

The Human Chair (Ningen Isu) Originally story by Edogawa Rampo, Art and adaptation by Junji Itou Publisher: Shogakukan (2007) Length: Oneshot (One Chapter) Despite my bumpy relationship with Junji Itou, works like Human Chair prove to me that the mangaka can create short, frightening stories when he wants to. The bizarre plot of this piece, when explained, may seem like anything but scary. But when coupled … Continue reading Human Chair Review

Pokemon | The Ghost of Maiden’s Peak Analysis

Pokemon: The Ghost of Maiden’s Peak Analysis The Pokemon franchise is known for many things, but darker storytelling is not one of them. Its child friendly brand is reassuring to parents, but can be frustrating for adult fans. This is what makes the more sombre examples in Pokemon’s history so intriguing. For a franchise so focused on providing kid-friendly experiences, it has created a lot … Continue reading Pokemon | The Ghost of Maiden’s Peak Analysis

God’s Child Review

God’s Child (Kami No Kodomo) Story and Art by Kyoudai Nishioka (duo) Originally published by Ohtan Shuppan (2009) Length: 1 Volume (11 Chapters) “God’s Child” was a very intriguing, yet horrifying read. Though it wasn’t the most original story direction, a captivating protagonist and surprising amount of artistic depth led to a terrifying experience. In some instances, its angsty roots were identifiable throughout the manga, … Continue reading God’s Child Review

G Senjou Heaven’s Door | A Love-Letter to Manga

G Senjou Heaven’s Door Story and art by Yoko Nihonbashi Original Publisher: Shogakukan (2001) Length: 3 Volumes (18 chapters) To preface this review, this is one of my highlight readings of the year. It has refreshed me, it has ignited a passion that was beginning to dwindle. G Senjou Heaven’s Door is about passion. It’s about how passion can kill you. It’s about how talent … Continue reading G Senjou Heaven’s Door | A Love-Letter to Manga

My First Manga | Pokemon Adventures Review

Hey how’s it going everyone, Today I’ve decided to take to write a shorter piece discussing the first manga I read. It’s a prompt I borrowed from the “30 Day Manga Challenge”, where a person responds to a prompt every day for that month. While I don’t think I’ll be doing that due to a busy schedule, I thought “Day one’s” writing idea was intriguing … Continue reading My First Manga | Pokemon Adventures Review