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

Believers Review

Believers Story and Art by: Naomi Yamamoto Original Publisher: Shogakukan (1999) Length: 2 Volumes (22 Chapters) Monsters, when used effectively, can be scary. Spirits, when used effectively, can be scary. Terrifying even. But what will always cement itself as the most frightening thing to exist in my opinion are cults. When you first hear about cults, they seem ridiculous. Who could be silly enough to … Continue reading Believers Review

Portus Review

Portus Story and Art by Jun Abe Originally Published by Shogakukan (2006, 1 volume) Synopsis: Portus follows the 17-year-old high school student Asami Kawakami, who’s friend, Chiharu, has, effectively, disappeared. She no longer answers her phone calls, or even comes to school. She has become obsessed with Portus, an old video game she found under mysterious circumstances. There is an urban legend that a secret … Continue reading Portus Review

Welcome to the NHK Review

Welcome to the NHK Story by Tatsuhiko Takimoto and art by Kenji Ooiwa Published in English by Viz (8 volumes, 2007) Summary: This manga follows the drug riddled journey of Sato Tatsuhiro, a deluded hikikomori (an extreme recluse) who believes the NHK (a Japanese broadcasting network) uses its platform to brainwash him into living his toxic lifestyle. After meeting Sato one day outside his apartment, … Continue reading Welcome to the NHK Review

Mermaid Saga Review

Mermaid Saga (Ningyo no Mori) Story and art by Rumiko Takahashi Originally published by Shogakukan (3 volumes, 1984) Synopsis: The story centres around Yuta and Mana, humans who have been granted eternal life by eating the flesh of a mermaid. We watch as they travel around Japan for centuries, longing for their lost mortality. Along their journey they meet others who have become immortal. Realising … Continue reading Mermaid Saga Review

Devilman Review

Devilman Story and art by Nagai Go Originally published by Akita Shoten (1972) Length: 5 volumes WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Synopsis: It was said that long ago, the world was ruled by demons. They held complete control over the Earth, until a new race of beings attempted to overthrow them; the humans. The demons were imprisoned in ice, where they would remain until something with incredible … Continue reading Devilman Review

Goodnight Punpun Review

Goodnight Punpun (Oyasumi Punpun) Story and art by Inio Asano Originally published in English by Viz (2016) Synopsis: This story follows Punpun, a young boy characterised as a tiny cartoon bird. We follow his journey, as he deals with the many challenges life throws at him, including oncoming adolescence, family issues and budding romances. To be honest, I wouldn’t call myself an Inio Asano fan. … Continue reading Goodnight Punpun Review