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'Planetes': (Inner) Space, The Final Frontier 
Before there was 'Gravity', there was 'Planetes', as significant for its psychological insight as for its vision of garbage haulers in a spaceborne future
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Manga Tag: I'm It! 
A manga self-survey: what's on my shelves, and which ones of them matter most to me
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'Prophecy': Watching Big Brother Right Back 
On the face of it, a techno-thriller in the Michael Crichton vein; underneath that, a meditation on the way society is shamed into doing the right thing
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Return To The 'Black Lagoon' 
After five years, volume 10 of 'Black Lagoon' -- but was all that made this series great only an artifact of its moment in time?
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Usamaru Furuya's 'No Longer Human': The Downward Spiral 
Osamu Dazai's despairing novel galvanized postwar Japan; Usamaru Furuya's modernized manga adaptation does justice to all its hearts of darkness
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'Utsubora': The Book Thief 
Somewhere between thriller, noir, mystery, erotica, and tragedy lies this absorbing, if convoluted, story of the thefts of both ideas and lives
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Short Takes: 'Witchcraft Works Vol. 2' 
Second verse of this fantasy-comedy, a bit less interesting than the first, as coincidence and contrivance take precedence over invention and storytelling
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'Opus': Satoshi Kon's Unfinished Symphony 
Never finished and lost to time, Satoshi Kon's mini-epic about a manga artist caught in the interpenetration of reality and his imagination works both on its own terms as an adventure -- and as an unintentional metaphor for its creator's own career
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