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2019


Tomihiko Morimi's 'The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl': How One Thing Leads To Another 
This newly translated novel, the basis for Masaaki Yuasa's madcap movie, is just as wild as its successor, with the advantage of slightly more insight into its female protagonist
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'No-No Boy': John Okada's First, Last, And Only 
The first major piece of fiction by an Asian-American originally vanished from sight, and seemed all but gone after the death of its author, but found new life in reissues across the decades
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'Punk Samurai Slash Down': Pulp Fiction 
Kō Machida's cult novel about a ronin grifter whose latest grift goes horribly wrong is one strange mash-up of conceits, even for those who like strange mash-ups
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2016


'Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 2: Ambition' 
The second installment in Japan's foundational space opera de-emphasizes space war for civil war -- and for struggles within the spirits of the two main characters
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'Legend of the Galactic Heroes': To Every Man His Star 
Available at last in English after decades of anticipation, this broad-gauge space opera doesn't require the justification of its fans to be considered worth the wait
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2015


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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2014


Live, Die, Remake: Four Different Paths Through 'All You Need Is Kill' / 'Edge Of Tomorrow' 
Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel 'All You Need Is Kill' has been revisited no less than three times in other media, each version its own meditation on war, death, rebirth, and timelessness
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