Manga Nutcracker #26 – Billy Bat

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  Billy Bat Urasawa Naoki Original run  2008 -2016 Published by Kodansha     ” A mangaka gets embroiled in a series of suspenseful events in search for the true meaning behind his character”           …Is a bizarre story of a bat, who also happens to be a reputed private detective. […]

Making a Mangaka: #14 Asano Inio

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“The voice of his generation”, Inio Asano has built a career to rival the greatest poets and musicians of our age. By transforming the personal struggles of his youth into beautifully melancholic manga, Asano has gifted the world his own unique take on pain, isolation and depression, and provided a lifeline to disenfranchised youth everywhere. […]

Manga nutcracker #25 – Akuma kun

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Akuma-kun ( Complete version) By Mizuki Shigeru Asahi sonorama 1984     “A boy will use the power of demons for a better world!”               From the master of Japanese folklore, this week we take a look at an amazing work from Yokai legend Mizuki Shigeru sensei… Akuma-kun. This […]

Making a Mangaka: #13 Tite Kubo

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From battling the Weekly Shonen Jump deadline to defending humanity from evil spirits, this week’s #MakingAMangaka knows well the struggle for success. This week, I plunge into the spiritual mind of Bleach author, Tite Kubo!   Name: Tite Kubo (久保 帯人 Kubo Taito) Born: June 26, 1977 Place of Birth: Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan Speciality: Mixing […]

Manga Nutcracker #24 – Kuroshitsuji

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Black Butler (黒執事 Kuroshitsuji) By Yana Toboso Published by Square Enix in Monthly GFantasy 2006 – Present     ” One hell of a butler and a boy driven by revenge make a contract, working together unveiling the mysteries of London’s dark side”           A British detective, demons, dead gods, knights […]

Making a Mangaka: #12 Hiromu Arakawa

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From honest toil in the fields to creating one manga’s biggest titles, this week’s #MakingaMangaka is no stranger to hard work. With over 70 million volumes sold worldwide, the author of Fullmetal Alchemist has used her tireless work-ethic to achieve record breaking status. This week, I transverse the magical mind of Hiromu Arakawa!   Name: […]

Making a Mangaka: #11 Yoshitoki Oima

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This week’s #MakingAMangaka shines a light on a young creator that has turned past trauma into instantly identifiable stories that are as poignant as they are beautifully crafted. This week, I deconstruct the themes and struggles of manga’s most promising rising star… Yoshitoki Oima.   Name: Yoshitoki Oima (大今良時 Ōima Yoshitoki) Born: March 15, 1989 […]

Manga Nutcracker #22 – Letter Bee

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Tegami Bachi By Hiroyuki Asada Published by Shueisha Monthly Shōnen Jump / Jump SQ (Sept 2006 – Nov 2015)       “A young foundling grows up to become a Letter Bee, in his mission to bring back the people he loves.”         What is a fantasy adventure without swashbuckling glory, or […]