Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 1

Built in 1607, the Ooku, or “great interior,” housed the women of the Tokugawa clan, from the shogun’s mother to…

What Belongs in the Manga Canon?

Back in 2006, I stumbled across this entry at Otaku Champloo, reflecting on the need for a manga “canon.” The…

Jyu-Oh-Sei, Vols. 1-3

In the year 2346 A.D., humans have colonized the Vulcan solar system, a region so inhospitable that the average life…

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 1

Tegami Bachi has all the right ingredients to be a great shonen series: a dark, futuristic setting; rad monsters; cool…

Children of the Sea, Vol. 1

The ocean occupies a special place in the artistic imagination, inspiring a mixture of awe, terror, and fascination. Watson and…