Three Shadows Analysis

Story and art by Cyril Pedrosa  Original publisher: First Second (2008) Length: 1 Volume (268 pages) ‘Three Shadows’ has been conceptualised as “an artist’s way to understand his friend’s suffering after his son’s cancer diagnosis”. As you’d expect, the resulting piece is a highly introspective experience, one which is filled with polarising feelings of adoration … Continue reading Three Shadows Analysis

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 … Continue reading Doing Time Review

Train Man Review

Story by Hitori Nakano, Art by Hidenori Hara  Originally published in Shogukukan (2005) Length: 3 Volumes (27 Chapters) In early 2004, an anonymous Japanese user posted on 2channel, an online forum, recounting the extraordinary events of his day. Posting in a thread for single men to talk about their issues, he explained how he had … Continue reading Train Man 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 … Continue reading Utsubora Review