Morita’s no-holds-barred writing and Obata’s realistic artwork offer a pretty bleak look into the oft-romanticized yakuza lifestyle. Sure, things might look good from the top of the pyramid, but for the little guys at the bottom, life is hell.
Captain Harlock, with his disheveled hair and scarred face, serves well as the series’ intrepid protagonist. Unlike the other complacent Earthlings, Leiji Matsumoto’s iconic character chooses to carve out his own destiny rather than follow Earth’s totalitarian leaders, human or otherwise.
We’re two weeks into April, and while there’s been a lack of those eponymous rainstorms, we do have some great manga releases from Vertical, Viz, and Yen Press showering onto shelves this month. Let’s take a look at my top three!
Like a warm breeze on a spring day, Natsume Ono’s manga breathes fresh life into a medium overrun by saccharine plots and hyperbolic characters.
Harsh contrasts of black and white. Loose penwork applied with reckless abandon. Lavish models drawn in the finest caricature of high fashion. Such are the hallmarks of Kyoko Okazaki, one of the most avant-garde mangaka of our time.
Convoluted romances and dangerous relationships can be entertaining—when handled well. But Hot Gimmick left much to be desired.
Reading Blush-DC is like watching a train wreck: you just can’t look away. If you’ve got a hankering for some good ‘ole schadenfreude, then this is the manga for you.
Harukaze no Snegurochka is a single-volume manga that highlights the tempestuous atmosphere of the 1930s Soviet Union. It follows the story of a young woman named Belka and her servant, Shchenok, as they evade the OGPU, the Soviet secret police.