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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Mishima is clearly a brilliant writer--his prose (at least, the English translation of it), puts you right in the situation. Unfortunately, this is pa ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
Another book sent to me by Library Journal that I probably would not have picked up on my own. It was pretty graphically sexual for me, but still mana ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
Ceres, Celestial Legend: Aya (Ceres, Celestial Legend #1)
Meh. This series is so-so... the Mikage family is descended from a legendary celestial maiden of Japanese myth who married a human when he stole the f ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The 47 Ronin: A Graphic Novel
Starting up my reviewing for Library Journal again. This is the story of feudal lord Asano in 18th century Japan who's insulted by another lord, Kira, ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
Gravitation, Volume 01
Shuichi Shindou, an amateur songwriting high school student, falls for Eiri Yuki, a cold older romance novelist.

It's interesting to contemplate why Ja
May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
Fruits Basket, Vol. 2 (Fruits Basket, #2)
The orphan girl Tohru's new friends in the Sohma clan are cursed to transform into the animals of the Chinese zodiac. She hasn't met them all yet, but ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
Gen Nakaoka and his family live in Hiroshima during the privations of the end of World War II. His father is what one might call a militant pacifist, ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
Barefoot Gen, Volume Six: Writing the Truth
After Gen and his friends' money from selling skulls is stolen, they're apprehended by the police when they take some black market food that's been th ...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Ceres, Celestial Legend: Yuhi (Ceres, Celestial Legend #2)
The characters started to get a little better developed in the second volume, although the relationship between Aya and Toya is still contrived and bi ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Barefoot Gen, Volume Four: Out of the Ashes
This volume got a bit more episodic... Gen and his family face increasing illness and starvation even as they experience the joy of Gen's brother Koji ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Barefoot Gen, Volume Three: Life After the Bomb
On to volume three. Here, Gen and his mother find themselves allowed to return to his mother's friend's house and live in her shed, which they fix up ...more
Sep 05, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After
**spoiler alert** In this installment of Barefoot Gen, Gen spends the majority of the volume looking for rice for his mother so his new baby sister wo ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
Ceres, Celestial Legend: Toya (Ceres, Celestial Legend #12)
**spoiler alert** In this volume, we finally learn something about Toya's past, while Chidori is kidnapped by the Mikages. Toya, Yuhi, and the Aogiri ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
How My Parents Learned to Eat
A Japanese-American girl tells the story of how her mother, Aiko, and her father, John, met while John was in the U. S. Navy stationed in Yokohama, Ja ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Ceres, Celestial Legend: Miori (Ceres, Celestial Legend #8)
The Mikage family implants false memories into Toya to make him think that he had a girlfriend, Miori, before he lost his memory. Aya is devastated th ...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
Ceres, Celestial Legend: Tennyo (Ceres, Celestial Legend #13)
**spoiler alert** Aya has gone to C-Project headquarters to obtain the hagoromo they've created in hopes that it will help her send Ceres back where s ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Oh My Goddess! Volume 2
Another fun installment of the series. I think I'll keep trying to get a hold of the English volumes after I finish the offerings of my public library ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Oh My Goddess!, Volume 1
I first saw the anime version of this manga series when I was a teenager in the late '90's. Loved the anime, and I can't help but like the manga. I ow ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
Fruits Basket, Vol. 10 (Fruits Basket, #10)
All right. All right. I'm not usually bowled over enough by manga to give them five stars, but I finally have to for this volume. Takaya is *good* at ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
Heart of a Samurai
2011 Newbery Honor

In Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus tells a fictionalized story of Manjiro, a Japanese teen who, with four fishing companions, became
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
ツバサ-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- 1
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a story by CLAMP, a group of four female manga writers and artists. It combines characters from all of their stories o ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 2 (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #2)
This volume wasn't quite as interesting as the first volume in which the main characters set out on their journey. It got a little silly with Primera' ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
ツバサ-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- 9
This volume had some nice twists to it not present in the series thus far (i.e. are the Kurogane and Fai in the Country of Shura the real ones or are ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Grandfather's Journey
1994 Caldecott Medal Winner

The watercolor paintings in this book are really amazing. Very realistic art--we really get a sense of going back and forth
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
Year of Impossible Goodbyes
We enter into this book in Pyongyang, Korea during the Japanese occupation towards the end of WWII. The story of Sookan, a 10-year-old girl living und ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
Barefoot Gen, Volume Five: The Never-Ending War (Paperback)
**spoiler alert** Volume five begins with a decent recap of the first four books--I'd actually recommend that if a reader doesn't want all of the gory ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Tokyo Babylon Omnibus Book One
Reviewing this one for LJ, so I'll include more of my personal thoughts here:

I owned this series in Japanese for quite a while, but ended up donating
May 18, 2013
May 15, 2013
Hiroshima Peace Reader
This book gives some background information on the city of Hiroshima, explains briefly what happened during and after the atomic bombing, and takes us ...more
May 31, 2012
May 27, 2012
Shedding Silence
It's hard to know what to say about Mirikitani's poetry--beautiful imagery that deals with some harsh issues.

I lived in Japan for a year, so I've beco
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Marmalade Boy, Volume 1
Ah, I love Marmalade Boy. I watched the whole anime series when I was a teenager, so I was excited to see that my public library had the English manga ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
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