Screw-Style (and the Gekiga Movement)

Story and art by Yoshiharu Tsuge Original publisher: Garo Magazine (1968) Length: One-shot  I’ve wanted to discuss this piece for awhile now, but my limited experience with abstraction has made formulating my thoughts difficult. Early on this article morphed into a showcase, as opposed to a review, as the piece itself is less than 30 pages. If anything, this article on Tsuge’s piece embodies feelings … Continue reading Screw-Style (and the Gekiga Movement)

Disappearance Diary Review

Story and art by Hideo Azuma  Originally published by East Press  Length: 1 volume Synopsis:  This autobiographical piece documents the numerous “disappearances” of alternative manga author Hideo Azuma, who, unable to cope with the pressures of a lifestyle afforded by his occupation, abandons his work and family to travel around Japan.  I appreciated that, while littered with ineffective comedy, Azuma never attempts to romanticise his … Continue reading Disappearance Diary Review

Dream Fossil: A look at life

Dream Fossil (Yume no Kaseki) Story and art by Satoshi Kon  Original Publisher: Kodansha (2011) Length: 1 Volume (15 stories) Whenever I describe Satoshi Kon’s works, I use the term cinematic, which is the closest word to articulate how my mind works when I experience his pieces. However, I don’t think these stories would work as animated pieces, yet an indescribable fluidity means my mind … Continue reading Dream Fossil: A look at life

Doing Time Review

Story and art by Kazuichi Hanawa  Originally serialised in AX (1999) Length: 1 Volume (12 chapters) In early December 1994, manga artist Kazuichi Hanawa was arrested by Hokkaido police for violating the law on firearms, having been caught in the woods trying out his modified guns collection. To the surprise of his lawyers, who believed he would receive leniency, Hanawa was sentenced to three years … Continue reading Doing Time Review

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