Lenni Reviews: "Saint Young Men" by Hikaru Nakamura

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this answer to the question "What if Jesus and Buddha went on vacation" we have a thoroughly enjoyable and hilarious set of stories about these two powerhouses of the heavens living a normal(ish) life in Japan. If you're not into 'slice of life' stories, this will bore you but I found it endearing and fun! Both religions are treated with respect and the translation notes are exceedingly helpful for some of the side humor. It wanders a little but that comes with slice of life stories. I had a lot of fun reading this volume but it's hard to see where this would keep going for multiple volumes without getting repetitive. 4.8 out of 5. 

 

Kodansha Comics Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing, Beginning with AKIRA in January

Kodansha Comics Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing, Beginning with AKIRA in January

Top manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced it will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of publishing in English with "10 Years of Kodansha Comics"—where for each month of 2019, starting in January, it will be spotlighting a different classic Kodansha Comics manga series. With each "Manga of the Month," fans can tune in for series-themed exclusive content, special deals, prizes through sweepstakes, and more.

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Lenni Reviews: "Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition" by Tsutomu Nihei

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

In a dystopian landscape, creatures known as White Gauna have awakened, threatening to devour the city's populace and destroy everything. The Observation Bureau enlists the help of Denji Kudou, a Black Gauna. But as more and more White Guana appear, Kudo may not be enough to save the city from destruction.

While the story is interesting and the art amazing - brutally awesome and detailed - you are tossed into this story without much guidance. How are these creatures bonded to people? What's the technology level of a world full of all these cybernetics and how did they learn to use them on these beings? What's the deal with the talking skeleton bird? You will not get much in the way of clear answers here.

That being said, Nihei tells a great story here. It reminds me of Battle Angel Alita with the impressive creature design and ultra-violence. This edition also includes some full-color art, pull out pages with larger art, and a side story "Digimortal." This would make a great gift or a worthy addition for a collector. 3.9 out of 5. 

This book will be released December 18th, 2018.

Hit Manga Cardcaptor Sakura and Princess Jellyfish Return in Deluxe Edition Box Set

Hit Manga Cardcaptor Sakura and Princess Jellyfish Return in Deluxe Edition Box Set

The groundbreaking fantasy manga Cardcaptor Sakurawill return in a new, nine-volume hardcover deluxe edition starting in Spring 2019. Major manga publisher Kodansha Comics revealed the new release of the classic graphic novel series from revered creators CLAMP, which will be titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector's Edition, at their panel at the Anime NYC convention in Manhattan today.

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VIZ Media Debuts Sc-Fi Horror Manga - ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION

VIZ Media Debuts Sc-Fi Horror Manga - ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION

 

A vast city lies under the shadow of colossal, ancient tombs, the identity of their builders lost to time. In the streets of the city something is preying on the inhabitants, something that moves faster than the human eye can see and leaves unimaginable horror in its wake. Tsutomu Nihei’s dazzling, harrowing dystopian thriller is presented here in a single-volume hardcover edition featuring full-color pages and foldout illustrations. The volume also includes the early short story, “Digimortal.”

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Lenni Reviews: "That Blue Sky Feeling" Vol. 1 by Okura and Coma Hashii

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

High school student, Noshiro, is the outgoing type determined to get along with everyone. When he notices his classmate, Sanada, all by himself, Noshiro immediately tries to fix that; much to the stoic Sanada's dismay. But rumors of Sanada being gay have Noshiro's classmates telling him to stay away from Sanada. Undaunted, Noshiro makes it his mission to befriend Sanada, get their classmates to come around, understand his sexual preference, and possibly learn a little more about himself.

This manga is too damn cute. Despite the fact if you've read any manga ever you can see what's coming in the plot a mile away, Noshiro is so lovable and Sanada is so relatable, it's not so bad traveling down this road again and I can't wait for more. 4 out of 5.

What I'm Reading - Ojisan to Neko

What I'm Reading - Ojisan to Neko

Social media may be a disgusting wasteland of  abhorrent opinions and women with obtuse sexual features, but sometimes something wholesome slips through the muck and arrives on my timeline. In this case, it was a manga screenshot that was so cute it warranted immediate and swift action (and by action I mean doing a reverse google image search) finding out the title was Ojisan to Neko.
 

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Fire Punch Review

Fire Punch Review

"In FIRE PUNCH, orphaned siblings Agni and Luna, like the Ice Witch who cursed their world, are two of the “blessed,” humans who hold special abilities. However, not all who are blessed are friendly, and after another of their kind attacks Agni and decimates the orphans' village, Agni fights to survive, vowing revenge." 

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Shiver (Manga Review)

Shiver (Manga Review)

An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing the faces of their destined victims appear in the sky… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… SHIVER offers nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

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Lenni Reviews: "A Strange and Mystifying Story" by Tsuta Suzuki

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

After the unfortunate death of his grandfather, Akio Yamane has no family left and believes he will soon join them. The Yamane family is cursed and Akio is indeed terminally ill. Delirious with fever, Akio desperately prays to a talisman his grandfather said would protect him and summons a demon he names Setsu. Akio begs Setsu to cure his illness and never dreamed how intimate Setsu's "treatments" would be.

Setsu is a straightforward character and he's written in a way that his brusque nature doesn't come off assholeish like Eiri Yuki from Gravitation. You can tell he cares for Akio yet since he isn't human he doesn't bother with the niceties or waste time yet remains likable. Setsu and Akio play off each other well and the story doesn't waste too much time on the typical slapstick. The sex scenes are mildly censored; naughty bits kept in shadow or vague outline and strategically placed word bubbles abound. But it's still hot and the story is cute. 3.5 out of 5.

Note: There are also two side stories: Nylon Vinyl and The God's Don't Exist. The first is a contemporary teacher/student relationship and the second is a historical romance. They are pretty short so there isn't much time for development but they were amusing sides to the main story. It would have been interesting to have them tie into Setsu somehow; as he has been bound to Akio's family for many years. But they're still cool.

 

Children of the Whales #1 (Manga Review)

Children of the Whales #1 (Manga Review)

In an endless sea of sand drifts the Mud Whale, a floating island city of clay and magic. In its chambers a small community clings to survival, cut off from its own history by the shadows of the past. Chakuro is the archivist for the Mud Whale, diligently chronicling the lives and deaths of his people. As one of the short-lived thymia wielders, he knows his time is limited and is determined to leave a better record than his predecessors. But the steady pace of their isolated existence on the Mud Whale is abruptly shattered when a scouting party discovers a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about their home than they do…

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