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 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 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
Mirai: Worst Birthday Ever HamishDownie.com, 2017 Writer: Hamish Downie This review is the third of our critiques of independent publishers, following upon Free Comicbook Day. This time, we look at a bishoojo manga out of Osaka in Japan, but, curiously, written by an Australian filmmaker. The writer of “Mirai: Worst Birthday Ever” is Hamish Downie.