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おやすみプンプン 1

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4.34 rating

Comment 1: Oyasumi PunPun fue una experiencia que se quedara grabada en mi, y que a pesar de haber terminado de leer sus tomos hace pocos meses, quiero regresar a ella ya que es de gran ayuda para ver los momentos complicados con otros ojos porque Oyasumi PunPun trata la realidad como lo que es, que puede llegar a ser abstracta para aquel que desea que su visión sea de esa manera. Que todos escogen ser como son y que pueden cambiar en cualquier momento los aspectos que no gustan de si mismos si de verdad l Comment 2: god is a bespectacled dude with an afro do who doles out dodgy advice and laughs at anti-hero pun pun when he fails. this manga is seriously depressing because it deals with real-life issues like loneliness and despair of existence, fear of reaching out to another human being, the search for love, passive-aggression, domestic violence and death. avoid at all cost if you are in a fragile state of mind. Comment 3: My friend recommended me to read this as we are both fans of saddening stories. This is probably one of the most unfortunate mangas/stories I have ever read. I learnt to appreciate these types of reads at they really do put you in perspective. Punpun is an obnoxious, interesting character. The story drags on at some points but plot really did leave you wanting more.

A Zoo in Winter

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3.82 rating

THE PLEASURE OF DRAWING Kyoto, 1966. The young Hamaguchi is working for a textile manufacturer whilst dreaming of becoming an artist, when an incident at the zoo forces his hand. He moves to Tokyo at the invitation of an old school friend who also arranges an "interview" at the studios of the famous mangaka, Shiro Kondo. Here he quickly discovers both the long hours of meeting studio deadlines along with the nightlife and artistic haunts of the capital. For the first time ever, multi-award winning Taniguchi recalls his beginnings in manga and his youth spent in Tokyo in the 60's. It is a magnificent account of his apprenticeship where all the finesse and elegance of the creator are united to illustrate those first emotions of adulthood.

Senseis mappe

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3.8 rating

Comment 1: Jirō Taniguchi gelingt es ohne Zweifel auch im zweiten Band "Der Himmel ist blau, die Erde ist weiß" die wunderbare leise, sinnliche Stimmung der Romanvorlage einzufangen. Mir gefällt die Weise, wie er Tsukiko und dem Sensei ein Gesicht verleiht. Ich war zudem überrascht, wie er das Kapitel "Das Watt" graphisch umsetzte. Im Roman wirkte dieser surrealistische Teil eher befremdlich auf mich, während er hier perfekt hinein passte. Comment 2: Ed eccoci alla seconda parte di questa storia, continua il racconto degli incontri tra il professore e una sua ex allieva. Fino ad arrivare alla conclusione della storia dove si aggiunge un po' di realismo magico che proprio non mi aspettavo ma che penso faccia parte delle credenze giapponesi e quindi non è fuori posto nel racconto. Comment 3: Une lecture douce, pas vraiment prenante mais agréable et touchante. J'ai apprécié les dessins et l'histoire (qui est une adaptation d'un roman). Les personnages sont si ordinaires qu'ils en paraissent réels. Certains dialogues m'ont paru un peu incongrus mais à part ça j'ai vraiment apprécié. Comment 4: Sembravano esserci i presupposti per un buon racconto, ma le figure dei protagonisti appaiono troppo esili, sottili, inconsistenti, quella del professore soprattutto, non facciamo che assistere ai suoi pasti, ai suoi silenzi, a qualche dialogo, ma non arriviamo mai a conoscerlo.

Senseis mappe, bind 1

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3.75 rating

Comment 1: Une très belle BD basée sur le roman de Hiromo Kawakami. Les dessins entre la manga et la BD européennes sont touchants donnant à l'histoire tendresse et délicatesse. Je l'ai lu d'une traite et je suis passée au Tome 2 pour ensuite revoir avec plus d'attention les dessins, en particulier ceux des scènes urbaines et dans les restaurants. Comment 2: Une lecture douce, pas vraiment prenante mais agréable et touchante. J'ai apprécié les dessins et l'histoire (qui est une adaptation d'un roman). Les personnages sont si ordinaires qu'ils en paraissent réels. Certains dialogues m'ont paru un peu incongrus mais à part ça j'ai vraiment apprécié. Comment 3: Sembravano esserci i presupposti per un buon racconto, ma le figure dei protagonisti appaiono troppo esili, sottili, inconsistenti, quella del professore soprattutto, non facciamo che assistere ai suoi pasti, ai suoi silenzi, a qualche dialogo, ma non arriviamo mai a conoscerlo. Comment 4: No puedo ocultar mi debilidad por las historias de Jiro Taniguchi. Obras como Barrio lejano, La montaña mágica o Un zoo en invierno puedo recomendarlas con los ojos cerrados, y poder ir descubriendo las obras anteriores del autor poquito a poco me encanta.

My Girlfriend's a Geek, Volume 1

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3.52 rating

Comment 1: A wonderfully hilarious tale of a guy and his fujoshi girlfriend. The characters' antics are quite humorous, though not too over the top. Also, there is a helpful glossary of terms throughout the book to explain terms that the reader may not already know. The art is quite pleasing to the eye as well. One noticeable difference between the written novel and the graphic novel is that Y-ko doesn't seem quite as... highstrung in the graphic novel as she does in the novel, which I find a bit more enjo Comment 2: Meh. Not nearly as fun a read as I thought it would be...and not what I expected from the definition of "geek" either. Taigu is a college student who takes a part-time job to be near a girl he has an immediate crush on, Yuiko. After a few hiccups, Taigu confesses to Yuiko who in turn tells Taigu that he needs to be okay with the fact that she's a "fujoshi" if he wants to date her. There are different definitions of "fujoshi" - in a general sense, a super fan of manga/anime who often likes to ima Comment 3: Taiga Mutou is your average run-of-the-mill college student. He studies, he hangs out with his best friend, and his wallet is empty. When he begins to keep an eye out for a job, right away he spots the dazzling and older Yuiko Ameya, an employee at a warehouse. Completely fallen over her beauty, Taiga is in luck when he applies for a part-time job at the warehouse and gets it! But, alas, at first things seem bleak. Something is always getting in the way of Taiga and his crush making contact, un

Paranoia Street

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3.76 rating

Comment 1: It follows around an incompetent detective as he goes to various Japanese towns trying and usually failing to solve crimes or mysteries. Nice and light compared to other works by Kago. It has a lot of similar elements as his prior comics. Playing with the technical aspects of Manga, like text direction, paneling etc. More funny than normal, quite comedic actually, which is helped by the fact that the more disgusting guro elements are kept at a minimum here. Its a series of what I'd call "one off

Uno zoo d'inverno

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3.82 rating

Comment 1: "Un zoo en hiver" m'a changé de mes lectures de manga habituelles. Je suis plutôt dans Monster, Nana voire Cyborg Kuro Chan: des histoires qui n'ont rien à voir avec celle-ci. "Un zoo..." raconte comment Taniguchi (on m'a dit que c'était son histoire) est devenu mangaka, ses difficultés à trouver un sujet. C'est une histoire toute simple, l'histoire de beaucoup de mangaka certainement, très poétique et romantique. Je n'ai jamais lu aucune de ses histoires mais celle-ci m'a donné envie de découvr Comment 2: En "Un Zoo en Invierno", Taniguchi vuelve a narrar una pequeña gran historia cotidiana que, aún común, es diferente. Trata de un joven que tiene vocación de dibujante de manga, y cómo, poco a poco, va logrando su meta, intercalando su pasión con su vida diaria. Nos adentra en el duro y apasionante mundo de ser mangaka. El dibujo me parece magnífico, los fondos, las expresiones faciales, los diálogos. Para quien guste de historias tranquilas, pero que te sorprenden, este manga es ideal. Me ha hec Comment 3: Is Taniguchi the world's greatest living artist working in the medium of comics? That's a question I ask myself every time I read one of his works. The combination of exquisite craftsmanship and masterful storytelling is pretty much hard to compare, at least from my perspective. Granted, his work might not be everyone's cup of tea. Maybe when it comes to comics or manga, you like stuff that's big and loud and genre oriented. But to be able to tell quiet, subtle, human level stories with such sub

Vampirella Volume 3: Throne of Skulls

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3.7 rating

WELCOME TO THE END OF DAYS! A mysterious hijacking - by an undetectable force which leaves only death in its wake - lures Vampirella to Russia, and deeper into a deadly conspiracy where nothing is what it seems. At the request of Vampirella's allies - the Vatican's paranormal covert strike force, Cestus Dei - the blood-drinking scourge of the supernatural travels to Russia, on the hunt for a terrifying killer with a gift for murder. But there's more at play than a simple search-and-destroy mission. Complicating matters is the return of the King of the Vampires, Dracula - more powerful than ever before, and determined to consecrate an unholy pact with ancient, unknowable forces that even the lords of Chaos and Order wisely fear. War is on the horizon, and only one who has worn the Crown of Worms can sit upon a Throne of Skulls. Old foes are reborn, alliances are broken, and nothing in Vampirella's world will ever be the same! Collecting issues #12-20 of the popular ongoing Vampirella series, with a complete cover gallery.

Manga Classics: Great Expectations

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3.88 rating

Comment 1: If you do not already know this book along with numerous other books produced by Manga Classics are meant to be well known classics put in the popular Japanese style of graphic novel form. I have already read the original classic Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and loved it. Right off the bat, I can definitely say I love this manga version as well. This book really made me remember how much I enjoyed the original the first time and the whole intricate plot line Dickens drew up for the read Comment 2: First manga title I've read, and the reading backwards takes some getting used to. This is an interpretation of the Dickens classic that seems to stick pretty closely to the original plot. I'm not convinced of the effectiveness of using manga for Dickens to be honest and decided to try and see it as a stand alone and not be too influenced by my pre convinced ideas of characters etc I enjoyed reading this version, but the over exaggerated style was not really to my taste. A good way to hopefully Comment 3: In this intriguing story about the many facets of human cruelty, I met Pip, a good boy who was raised by an evil sister and his kindly brother-in-law. Pip does not understand why his brother-in-law preferred to live without ambition and indulge in the work he was trained to do , even though he was young and could change his life,. Surrounded by self-interested people, Pip realizes the nobility of his brother-in-law's soul and has a lot of affection for him.

The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas: 50 Years of Holiday Comics!

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4.33 rating

Comment 1: Fantastic collection of Peanuts comics over the last 40 years. This book made me smile and is also a neat way to see how the characters have evolved over time. (i.e. some of the characters look slightly different now than they did in the '60's.) Includes one-page mini summaries of the main Peanuts gang characters. This is a great book for a lazy winter day. Comment 2: A selection of Peanuts comic strips out of fifty years of work. All of the strips contained were printed around the Christmas holiday, and included are a variety of both black and white and full-color comics. They are segmented by decade, and each significant character also has a page of biography outlining his or her defining characteristics. Comment 3: Laugh out loud funny, this collection of just Christmas- and winter-themed strips from Peanuts is just what any fan would love during the holiday season! I also enjoyed the character bios that were scattered throughout - while I knew most of the tidbits proffered in them, I did learn a few things! Comment 4: Nice collection of Christmas/winter strips through the years. They are organized by decade (1950s - 90s) and also periodically includes features by character (and some are strips on which the classic special was based). A nice, nostalgic, warm holiday fuzzy. 4 stars

Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won . . . and How You Can, Too

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4.14 rating

Comment 1: Amazing book in my opinion. It's short but very informative. I would suggest that anyone who has a friend or family member dealing with depression to read this book. I believe it shines a whole new light on facts about depression that people either ignore or don't care to understand. If you read this book, do not miss the letters in the back of the book written by Cait's family, specially not the one from her father. The letter from her father really caught my eye because what he describes is ex Comment 2: I recommend this book to all teens and tweens that are fighting depression and also for their families as it is a good way to understand how your child is feeling. Comment 3: the art was very nice and so was the writing - it’s very good at explaining depression in an easy way.

Gli anni dolci vol. 1

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3.76 rating

Comment 1: La primera vez que leí algo de Taniguchi fue en el verano del 2012 cuando todavía vivía en Donostia, y comencé con buen pie, ya que leí los dos tomos de Barrio lejano en pocas semanas. Comencé el 2014 leyendo una de sus mejores novelas: Los años dulces. La verdad, ambas novelas tienen similitudes. Comment 2: Questa è la prima parte di un romanzo che ci racconta la storia di un professore e di una sua studentessa ormai cresciuta, i loro incontri quasi casuali, le loro storie, il tutto circondato da un ambientazione giapponese, ossia zuppe, sake, fiori di ciliegio, sono curiosa di leggere il secondo volume. Comment 3: 'De tedere jaren' 1 en 2, mooi Japans, langzaam verhaal. Prachtige tekeningen, veel sfeer, en originele kennismaking met dagelijkse Japanse leven. Verhaal geschreven door succesauteur hiromi kawakami en bewerkt als graphic novel, moet nu ook nog eens de boeken zelf van haar lezen. Comment 4: J'avais lu le roman que je n'avais que très moyennement aimé, j'apprécie légèrement plus la version manga, même si ça ne me transporte pas non plus. Je verrais si j'apprécie le deuxième et dernier tome.

Un zoo en invierno

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3.82 rating

Kioto, 1966. El joven Hamaguchi trabaja en una fábrica de textiles. Cansado de no poder satisfacer su pasión por el dibujo, se despide y se marcha a Tokio. Allí, un estudio de manga le ofrece una oportunidad, al mismo tiempo que descubre la vida nocturna y los ambientes artísticos de la ciudad. Pero el trabajo de ayudante de mangaka es extenuante y Hamaguchi pronto se da cuenta de la dificultad de encontrar tiempo y energía para dedicarse a su propia obra. Por primera vez, Jiro Tamaguchi recuerda sus primeros pasos como mangaka y su juventud en el Tokio de los años 60. Una magnífica historia sobre el aprendizaje, donde toda la delicadeza y elegancia del autor se unen para ilustrar las primeras emociones de la edad adulta.