Mail Review

Mail Story and art: Housui Yamazaki Originally publisher: Kadokawa Shoten (1999) Length: 3 volumes (18 chapters) Mail is scary. There’s no doubt about it. I experienced genuine fear when I was reading it. If that was the only criteria for a horror manga, Mail would get full marks. But unfortunately, this episodic horror series dipped in quality very early on, seemingly forgetting what made it … Continue reading Mail Review

PositioN | A Future soaked in the Past

PositioN Story and art by Hitoshi Ashinano Originally published: Kodansha (1999) Length: 1 Volume (7 chapters) This is going to be a really short review for a really short piece. I don’t have too much to say about PostioN, but it had some interesting qualities that I thought were worth discussing nonetheless. PostioN has an unorthodox blend of art and writing. That is, great art … Continue reading PositioN | A Future soaked in the Past

Benkei in New York | What you Should be Reading

Benkei in New York Story by Jinpachi Mori Art by Jiro Taniguchi Originally published by Shogukukan (1995) Length: 1 Volume (7 chapters) I often find there is a correlation between how I discover manga and the type of experiences I have with them. There are manga that are recommended to me first-hand by friends, and usually these pieces resonate with me on a more personal … Continue reading Benkei in New York | What you Should be Reading

Ibitsu | An attempt at Pure Horror

Ibitsu Review Story and art by Haruto Ryou Original Publisher: Square Enix (2004) Length: 2 Volumes (15 Chapters) In recent months I’ve found myself on a horror binge. The medium is surprisingly packed with scary, well paced series that effectively combine horror elements with the implicit structure of manga. In my opinion, Haruto Ryou’s “Ibitsu” does the best job of converting horror elements into proponents … Continue reading Ibitsu | An attempt at Pure Horror

Can Spelunky 2 Improve on the Original?

Despite what I said in my original piece on Spelunky, I don’t think the game is objectively perfect. It’s perfect for me, because it contains all aspects that I enjoy when playing video games. But to ignore the less developed aspects would be wrong of me.  The main issue players have with Spelunky is the co-op play. Having one player control the game’s camera makes … Continue reading Can Spelunky 2 Improve on the Original?

Stealth Symphony Review

Stealth Symphony Story by Ryougo Narita Art by Youichi Amano Original Publisher Length: 3 Volumes (20 chapters) Due to its length, Stealth Symphony will forever be a “what-if?” moment in manga history. It had all the proponents of a successful shounen series, with some fresh ideas through darker storytelling that set it apart from the other up and comers. Due to what I can only … Continue reading Stealth Symphony Review

Red Coloured Elegy Review

Red Coloured Elegy Story and art by Seiichi Hayashi Original Publisher: Seirindo Length: 1 Volume Whenever I experience something abstract, I find myself simultaneously intrigued and disconnected from it. I can be exposed to it, enjoy it, and discuss its meaning, but never feel like its a part of my reality. For example, I may see a piece of art at a gallery, fawn over … Continue reading Red Coloured Elegy Review

Alive! Review

Alive! Story and Art by: Tsutomu Takahashi Original Publisher: Shueisha (1999) Length: 1 Volume (10 Chapters) Recently I’ve been on a one-shot binge. I’ve been obsessed with finding short manga series and assessing the best qualities that come from their length, and whether many series find themselves using similar structural templates. If I hadn’t read so many of short manga, I may not have been … Continue reading Alive! Review

A Letter to Momo: Searching for Anime’s Greatest

A Letter to Momo feels like an homage to the classics of animation, like Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbour Totoro”, released 23 years prior. It doesn’t stray far from the “spirits interacting with uprooted kids with parental issues on their journey to adulthood” plot. Which is funny, because when I look back at that sentence, it seems incredibly specific. If you’re a great director, you can … Continue reading A Letter to Momo: Searching for Anime’s Greatest