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'Prophecy': Watching Big Brother Right Back August 18, 2015
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
The First Rule Of 'Lychee Light Club' Is You Don't Talk About 'Lychee Light Club' March 16, 2015
Usamaru Furuya's Grand Guignol horrorshow weeds out all but the sternest stomachs with its transgressive story and gory art -- but is the true test of a piece of work how quickly it empties the room?
'Paradise Kiss': There's More To Love Than Boy Meets Girl February 06, 2015
Far more than just a 'romance' or a 'love story', this is a story about becoming worthy of being loved -- and a sprightly, funny story at that
Usamaru Furuya's 'No Longer Human': The Downward Spiral February 02, 2015
Osamu Dazai's despairing novel galvanized postwar Japan; Usamaru Furuya's modernized manga adaptation does justice to all its hearts of darkness
'Utsubora': The Book Thief January 22, 2015
Somewhere between thriller, noir, mystery, erotica, and tragedy lies this absorbing, if convoluted, story of the thefts of both ideas and lives
Short Takes: 'Witchcraft Works Vol. 2' January 15, 2015
Second verse of this fantasy-comedy, a bit less interesting than the first, as coincidence and contrivance take precedence over invention and storytelling