• Manga Review

    Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

    Also by this author: Deserter, No Longer Human, Remina My Thoughts A little off-beat for the king of Japanese horror, Cat Diary: Yon & Mu is a collection of short and funny anecdotes about Ito’s family and their two cats: Yonsuke and Mu. Decidedly a dog person, Ito comes to adopt two cats when his fiancé Ako moves in with him. From the drawings I had seen before picking this book up, I had expected this collection to contain some element of horror, but it was nothing of the sort. Everything in this collection was bursting with humor and sweet family memories that many cat owners can relate to. Ito’s…

  • Manga Review

    News of Transformations

    Also by this author: There’s Nothing Wrong With Me, Prologue-Gymnopedies- My Thoughts Henshin no News is a collection of one-shot stories that explore human relationships and loneliness. It is an extremely experimental slice of life manga that comes to life due to Miyazaki’s unusual art style and expert storytelling in a relatively small package. “It’s only when it’s time for goodbyes that I finally come to like everyone.” Like most manga in the slice of life genre, many of the situations that the characters deal with are relatively mundane, but what sets this manga apart is that there is this element of the fantastical that removes the stories and the…