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Don’t be fooled by the cutesy title — Bunny Drop is a wonderful comic about how we finally learn to grow up in more ways than we ever could have imagined.
This new one shot from Natsume Ono is a perfect little palette cleanser. Unlike her previous work, not simple (which I reviewed here), life in this work isn’t one soul-crushing defeat after another as Ono takes a much more gentle and palatable approach to loss and love.
The third rendition of this horror tale — known as the “Curse Killing Arc” — takes an unexpected left turn, departing from the supernatural emphasis of the first two arcs in order to explore the very human face of evil. This move is more than just effective storytelling — it also offers an entirely new experience of a story the reader only thinks they already know.
Tsutomu Nihei’s Biomega is a bleak, nihilistic vision of the future that is also surprisingly entertaining.
Bamboo Blade continues to feature observational teen humor, ridiculous hijinks, and sly self-referential winks at the readers. And oh yes, sometimes the characters even remember to play a little kendo.
I found Arata: The Legend to be an entertaining fantasy tale that allowed creator Yuu Watase to thoughtfully defy the conventional wisdom that shojo and shonen are distinct categories of Japanese comics.
The first two volumes of Vampire Hunter D mix elements of science-fiction dystopia, horror and Western, although the comic seems most successful when it emphasizes its traditional horror-roots.
It has been a good while since I indulged in some shonen manga so today I take quick looks at Soul Eater volume 2 and Slam Dunk volume 8.
This time around we all discuss the harsh world of fame, Melinda and I then subject the character of Yasu to relentless psychoanalysis, while Michelle awes us all with her new “hair theory” of NANA! Let’s get to it, then…
Just as my interest in this one-note series — albeit a very hilarious note — was starting to wane, creator Kiminori Wakasugi unleashes his own brand of plot and character development that captured my attention once again.
Makoko Tateno’s How to Capture a Martini is one of those yaoi works where everyone’s emotional settings are always calibrated for maximum intensity.
The manhwa Sugarholic only looks like a pink-plastered romance. In reality, the “heroine” of comic is so unconventional that she makes traditional courtship rituals seem like pure madness.
Yes, today marks my two year anniversary writing for Comics Should Be Good. Instead of highlighting a few of my favorite posts that I’ve written since I started blogging here, I decided to tell the story of how I got here in the first place.
There’s no other word for it — Eiichiro Oda’s adventure series One Piece is absolutely epic. Today I take a look at the beginning of the “Skypiea” arc, which actually wasn’t a difficult place to jump back on board the title (I have previously read the first 14 volumes of the series) once the action started.
In Monster, Naoki Urasawa asks “is killing someone ever justified?” I don’t mind the asking of the question, but the qualified answer that is given kind of bothers me. The reason the answer is “qualified” is because the test-case appears to be the saintly Dr. Tenma’s quest to end the life of the titular monster. Today I discuss the manga’s attempts to humanize Tenma and why that attempt only undermines the creator’s ability to do justice to his own answer to the question.
Please note that this isn’t a review of Monster but a spoiler-filled discussion of the first seven volumes. You probably shouldn’t read this unless you’ve read these volumes or seen the first 30 or so episodes of the anime. (Also, I haven’t yet read beyond vol 7 so I would appreciate if posters also refrain from spoiling me for further developments).
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