Outstanding works representing today’s Japan.
Approx.20 works based on repeated discussions and recommendations by fans and experts.
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The despair and hardiness of those living in a post-war, bombed-out Tokyo. This is a masterpiece showing the special spirits of men who bravely stared death in the face during a war.
The author, who actually worked for six months at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, describes in stark and vivid detail the days post 3.11.
An unlucky middle-aged man is reborn as a menacing soldier android. This is a science fiction action title with a unique storyline and detailed, dramatic drawings.
Sanson was a infamous executioner, known among the citizens of Paris as ‘the God of Death’. His life story of this noble and innocent-hearted man is depicted through the French Revolution in this long-running historical manga.
This high schooler seems like the flashy type, but her personality is the exact opposite. This short slapstick comedy with girls' possible story is all about her and her friends’ adventures.
A refreshing, manly manga that caused a storm in the shojo manga world! This is a pure-hearted love comedy full of tears and laughs, featuring a high school boy with a rugged face and a large body.
A bullied girl changes faces with someone else thanks to the power of a mysterious lipstick... A topical work that faces head-on the cruel divide between beauty and ugliness.
A plain-jane office worker falls in love with an ultra-elite professional – but he’s a telepath! A rom-com about a family of beautiful people that can read minds.
Having bullied a deaf little girl, a young boy commits a sin for which he can never atone. An emotional drama which continues to sincerely pose the questions, what it means to be redeemed, and what it means to feel for another human being.
A young gang boss who is said “will sleep with anyone so long as it’s a man” and a serious and forthcoming yakuza recruit are the protagonists in this dark and pure love story of two men who both have their fair share of scars.
A former yakuza floozie is banished to a remote island on the distant seas where 100 sexual predators are kept prisoner. What unfolds is a forbidden tale of survival amidst lust stripped bare.
A 45 year old divorcee falls in love with a musician? She should be going through menopause, but she’s enjoying a second puberty. The awkward everyday life of the protagonist will lift the awkward reader out of loneliness.
Heroes and mages band together to turn attacking monsters into...food?! A labyrinthine gourmet mystery of fighting, killing, and then deliciously eating monsters.
A massive space saucer flown in by invaders is suspended above the Tokyo sky. It leads to the end of ordinary life of girls high schoolers.
A young boy becomes a ghoul that preys on humans although he still has human heart. A dark fantasy title that depicts his struggle, changes, and the epic battles that ensue.
Woman. Single. Mid-thirties. Isn't it about time to find both love and a job? A piece about 30-something women at the point of going crazy in their search for happiness.
The tomboyish daughter of a noble and a tomgirlish young lord. These two seem to have had their personalities switched at birth. What will their fate be? The gorgeous and dramatic manga retelling of the Heian period story Torikaebaya Monogatari.
A young man, short in height, but able to leap higher than anyone, challenges to become king of the high school volleyball court! An emotionally moving, fighting spirit sports manga about learning to play together as a team, to transform weaknesses into strengths.
Invulnerable jewels are anthropomorphized into fighters defending the world from invaders from the moon. This is an action and fantasy tale of battling jewels, beautiful and fleeting.
A past kidnapping case led to the death of Satoru's mother and sets in motion a series of events that see Satoru traversing both the past and the present as he sets out to save his mother and classmate. SF mystery.
How does a timid young boy become the strongest hero?! A classic shonen manga that shows the true appeal of a hero through the growth of a young boy.
Love among different species is kinda sexy, but never easy! The amusing romantic comedy of life in a harem of cute monster girls.
Saitama is an invincible hero with the power to defeat any enemy with just one punch. However, only you, the reader know the extent of his strength, his attractiveness, and even his suffering.
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