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

Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter Review

Onibi: Diary for a Yokai Ghost Hunter Story and art by Atelier Sento (Cècile Brun and Oliver Pichard) Published in English by Tuttle (2018) Onibi is a graphic novel that aspires to capture the authentic aspects of Japan. Despite following two young companions on their ghost-hunting holiday, the real protagonist of this graphic novel is Japan. If only she had been given more compelling characterisation, … Continue reading Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter Review

I Kill Giants Review

Story by Joe KellyArt by Ken NiimuraPublisher: Image Comics (2008)Length: 1 Volume (6 Chapters) I find it very rare to switch so frequently between liking and disliking a piece. When art, context and morality are taken into consideration, most things strike me as somewhat positive experiences. Yet, Ken Niimura and Joe Kelly’s surreal, allegorical comic was a mixed bag, one which I evaluated and re-evaluated … Continue reading I Kill Giants Review