Tag: manga

October 26, 2021 · 0 comments

Sanpei Shirato (1932-2021)

Sanpei Shirato (1932-2021)

When asked by an interviewer why he became a manga creator, the late Sanpei Shirato answered bluntly: “I needed to eat.” This seemingly simple reply encapsulated much of his own gritty, materialist attitude towards storytelling. He was always aware of the big picture, of the great weight of history as it marched along, but focussed […]

October 12, 2021 · 0 comments

Manga: A Silent Voice

Manga: A Silent Voice

By Jeannette Ng. I was running out of To Your Eternity (also by Yoshitoki Oima), which I was also absolutely loving, so I thought I’d read about the adventures of Shoya Ishida, repentant class bully. My interest in redemption arcs tends towards the melodramatic and fantastical – grand, blood-drenched villains who discover their heart of […]

October 9, 2021 · 0 comments

Manga: To Your Eternity

Manga: To Your Eternity

By Jeannette Ng. To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Oima is the sort of story where I at once want you to know nothing about the premise but also everything. The surprises are both profound and matter not at all. There is something deeply fatalistic about “To Your Eternity” but — cue warnings about all the […]

September 29, 2021 · 0 comments

Takao Saito (1936-2021)

Takao Saito (1936-2021)

Takao Saito, who died this week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 84, was never a fan of the word manga. He preferred to call his work gekiga, subscribing to the idea, promulgated among the creators of the 1960s, that comics could be a work of “dramatic pictures”, not mere pulp entertainment. Not that […]

August 25, 2021 · 0 comments

Azuki: Your Digital Manga Cafe

Azuki: Your Digital Manga Cafe

By Andrew Osmond. Springing onto the web this summer, the Azuki digital manga service offers readers a huge number of titles, delivered straight to their e-reader. It’s not only the ideal place to catch up on established titles like A Silent Voice and Ajin: Demi-Human, but also to snag “simulpub” releases coming out in English […]

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