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October 24, 2017

Japan

Missile Response Manga distributed in Hokkaido

Missile Response Manga distributed in Hokkaido Hokkaido Prefectural Government, October 2017 Writer: Manabu Yamamoto This year, North Korea’s regime has, notoriously, tested various types of ballistic missiles, and conducted nuclear tests. Some of those missiles have flown over the Japanese archipelago. Two have flown directly over Hokkaido, Japan’s largest northern island. With each missile launch,

Deadly Dull: Ichi-F

Deadly Dull: Ichi-F Kodansha Comics, 2014 (English translation: 2017) Writer: Kazuto Tatsuda The Toohoku earthquake and subsequent tidal wave which stuck the coast of Honshu, the main island in the Japanese archipelago, in 2011 was both dramatic and devastating. Aerial images of the enormous wave bearing down on the Japanese coast, stories of loss of

Sakamoto Desu Ga? (“Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto”) (Review)

Sakamoto Desu Ga?/Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Enterbrain/Seven Seas Entertainment, 2012-2015 Writer: Nami Sano “Sakamoto Desu Ga?” is a four-volume, “slice of life” genre manga from Japanese publisher Enterbrain. The manga ran from 2012 April to December 2015. While it did not achieve the levels of commercial success that shonen franchises otherwise tend to achieve

One Punch Man (review)

One Punch Man Self-Published/Shueisha/Viz Media, 2009-present Author: One “One-Punch Man” originally started in 2009 as a shonen parody webcomic by an author working under the pseudonym “One.” The webcomic employs a crude amateurish art style that fits in perfectly with the tone of the story. The plot revolves around a mysterious hero named “Saitama” and

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