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A small group focusing on short atypical josei, seinen, and shoujo.

Check our website for project statuses, updated every Sunday.

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A down-on-her-luck witch comes home for tea.

Portuguese / Português
Uma bruxa sem sorte chega em casa e decide tomar chá.
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In a city where adults go through the motions like robots, Mia feels claustrophobic. Meanwhile, the news is rife with stories of children getting kidnapped. One day, Mia runs into a young man named Joema. At his house, she sees fairies and children with animated faces. Are they holograms produced by his machine? But friendship with Joema comes with a price, Mia learns, as red-eyed Crows approach...

История о людях, которые постепенно забывают о том, что когда-то было для них важным. Но всё меняется после случайной встречи сироты Мии и странного парня "не от мира сего", живущего в обсерватории на окраине города.
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As the end of high school looms near, Mayuko is unhappy with her performance in the last mock exams. Nudged by her friend Megu, she seeks help from Haru, another classmate. They become friends, and maybe, just maybe, something more.
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Little stories about a boy named Ken and his daily life in 1976 with his stay-at-home mother, working father, cat Momo… and sometimes a duck.
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Life is like the glimmer of the stars: sometimes merry, sometimes subdued. When I was born, my mother named me Ruka. This is my ordinary, extraordinary life.
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Ai is a middle school boy surrounded by mysteries. It's almost impossible to harm him, for one. Then there's a girl that appears next to him when he sleeps, a girl who doesn't breathe. Finally, there's a portal in an alley in his town that only he can see. One day he enters that portal and finds himself transported to a whimsical world that holds the answers to his mysteries.
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After the events of Seirei no Moribito, Balsa returns to her birthplace in Kanbal to revisit her past with Jiguro, the man who raised her. When she finds out that he has been implicated for the death of the king, she fights to clear his name, and on the way uncovers the hidden part of Kanbal.

This is the manga adaptation of the second novel in the Moribito light novel series, each with a standalone plot. Seirei no Moribito is the prequel.
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An independent collection of short stories — Ultramarine Schooldays highlights the color that evokes faithful memories, tenderness, and melancholy. These stories take place in Japan and in the West, in the past and in the present. They may involve a romance in the city, an energizing walk in the forest, the daily mundane life of a waitress working in a café, or a medieval intrigue; but what connects these stories are the powerful messages they deliver.
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A collection of surreal oneshots with a garden theme.

Story 1, Mansion Aquarium: A sick boy finds himself in an usual situation.
Story 2, Eureka Garden: A girl with a wild imagination is enchanted by a garden.
Story 3, The Garden of Me: A young wife copes with a troubled marriage.
Story 4, Two Guys in a Garden: A student gets way more than he bargained for when he visits his professor’s house.
Story 5, A Gardener’s Day Off: A man has a peculiar encounter on his day off from work.
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A young woman contemplates life in a world where the dead walk.
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Toki's had it rough. His parents are out of the picture, and he's ready to give up his education in order to get a job and take care of his sick grandma. When his school intervenes to help him out, he winds up living with the quirky substitute art teacher Itsuya and a mysterious girl named Kon. Itsuya also happens to have a little magic, and she uses it to help out those who cross her path — including the young pair boarding with her.
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Collection of stories:

  • The Prisoner in the Miniature Garden (Hakoniwa no Toriko). He has been a recluse for the past 10 years in that big house overlooking a bicycle parking lot. One day, a girl approaches and confessed to him, disturbing the world he's been cooping himself up in. A oneshot of their story.

  • Pinky Promise Princess (Yubikiri Hime). Kiriko is a little girl who makes pinky promises with people who expect her to pay for them, but she looks forward to the day they run out of fingers to make promises with or break their promise. An adorable yet creepy 8 page oneshot.

  • Watashi to Watashi (Me and (the Other) Me). Two girls with the same name; one beautiful and athletic, the other awkward and shunned. But who’s the lucky one?
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A collection of stories inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Story 1, G's Diary: A girl with no memory of who she is spends her days working in a house she has no memory of entering.
Story 2, Frau Trude: A headstrong girl wants to meet the infamous Frau Trude.
Story 3, The Summer and Winter Garden: A beauty lives with a beast in a bespelled mansion.
Story 4, Little Red Riding Hood: A girl in the woods is on her way to grandma's house.
Story 5, The Frog King or Iron Heinrich
Story 6, Little Brier-Rose
Story 7, The Bremen Town Musicians
Story 8, Rapunzel
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The first mouse appeared on the night of a full moon over two thousand years ago. A timeless children's song among the humans tells how it made powerful mice companions and legions of war mice. Then it declared war on all humankind. Pai'yan is on of the king's honored 7 heroes, renowned for his skill in fighting the mice. He comes home after a long campaign to find his young son kidnapped by the Magic Mouse, and his son's pet kitten Toraji transformed into a half-human cat mix. Now Pai'yan travels with Toraji, searching for any word that could lead them to the Magic Mouse and his missing son.

An 12-volume series (ongoing).
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When Aoko was four, a meteorite struck her town. It then rained for twenty days straight, and the crater became what's now known as the Twenty Day Lake. Two decades later, Aoko can't remember the day the meteorite fell, or anything of her life in the town beforehand. And so she dives deep into the lake, searching for that something in her memories that she can't let go of...
A 1-volume manga.

Author's Twitter: @icori_a
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A young woman takes in a peculiar child.

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    Two volumes containing a total of seven short stories by Ichikawa Haruko; each volume has its own title. Volume 1, Mushi to Uta. In chapter 1, Star Lover, a boy visits his uncle after a long absence to learn — among other unnerving facts — that his uncle apparently now has a daughter. In chapter 3, The Kusaka Siblings, an injured high school pitcher returns home and is confronted with the most unlikely of creatures. In chapter 4, Insects and Songs, an insect expert works to create new species.

    Volume two, 25-ji no Vacances, contains three stories. Chapters 1 & 2, A 25-Hour Vacation: A brilliant researcher invites her brother out to celebrate his 20th birthday. However, her true goal lies in the pursuit of the rarest of creatures. Chapter 3, On Pandora: A mute freshman joins an academy on Pandora, Saturn’s Moon, and takes a keen interest in the delinquent senior Nijou. Chapter 4, A Lunar Funeral: A runaway genius gets taken in by a young man with far greater secrets.
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    There are many perils in this desert world. Countries war and enslave, goblins prey on humans, monsters and magic run amok, and — most critically — wells run dry. Those desperate for water may undertake an ancient water prayer ritual, a grueling journey to beg the aid of Kahaku, the god of water. These are the various stories of people from all walks of life, each driven by their need to survive in that world and save the ones they love. Sometimes, these desperate souls cross paths with a pair of travelers, En and Jinghua, who help them on their journey.

    A series of interconnected oneshots, each volume with a different title.

    Volume 1: Kishibe no Uta
    Volume 2: Kumo o Koroshita Otoko
    Volume 3: Touzoku no Mizusashi
    Volume 4: Akumujou no Aruji
    Volume 5: Tabibito no Ki
    Volume 6: Kageboushi-tachi no Shima
    Volume 7: Kita no Ouji to Minami no Sakana
    Volume 8: Kareno no Hanayome
    Volume 9: Tsukikage no Choujou
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    A collection of twelve stories.
    Story 1 “Bad Candy You Give Me”: Two girls and candy.
    Story 2 “Swimming Flowers”: A city girl feels out of place in a small fishing town.
    Story 3 “Survival of the Fittest”: A girl sneaks food to feed her friend turned fish.
    Story 4 “A Tender Casket”: When your best and oldest friend comes back from the dead and lives in your room.
    Story 5 “Mother and Sister”: A girl struggles with her identity and her relationship with her sister after the death of their mother.
    Story 6 “Sets in the West”: When I wake up, I see another me.
    Story 7 “Much as I Love You”: The pretty one and the sweet one.
    Story 8 “Tidal Force”: Did she just see the moon crash?
    Story 9 “Goodbye”: Somebody drew a rectangle in pencil on my desk.
    Story 10 “Where Demons Dwell”: Half-eaten fish start washing ashore after a group of girls disappeared, presumed dead.
    Story 11 “Leaving Home”: A girl leaves her hometown.
    Story 12 “Spring Pupa”: The scent of peach blossoms conjures up memories of high school.
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    After a bizarre rain shower, a friend proceeds to tell an even more bizarre story.
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    Sunny has a peculiar ability: wherever he is, there’s always clear skies and sunshine. One day on his travels he comes across the girl Raine, whose ability is the exact opposite of his. This is the whimsical tale of Sunny, Raine, and their feline companion Polkadot as they journey to find the floating island Final Rest and return home a special little sapling. And maybe, along the way, find a place where they belong.

    A 2-volume series.
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    Satoru is an insomniac, stuck in his own night as the rest of the world keeps turning. One night he meets the peculiar girl Mikoto, who claims her eyes see just fine at night but don't work during the day. She asks him to help her find a picture book she'd once read, a simple request that turns into an unimaginable journey for the two of them.
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    A girl makes the acquaintance of a monstrous creature who believes himself to be quite human.
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    A collection of Konno Kita's early oneshots; originally self-published and later collected in tankoubon format.

    These works may be considered josei (borderline shoujo) due to the content.

    Story 1 - The Road Home: An old man reminisces about the past.

    Story 2 - Garden: A sheltered princess experiences grief for the first time.

    Story 3 - Beyer’s Waltz: A woman who's “getting on in years” makes a decision about her love life.

    Story 4 - The House that Waits for Spring: A girl faces her future in the shadow of the irresponsible father she dearly loves.

    Story 5 - Rattle: In an impossible land, an old man is reunited with his granddaughter.

    Story 6 - The Man Who Sells Glasses: A magical glasses seller drops by a small town to sell his wares.

    Story 7 - Light Source: One snowy night, a man meets a curious little girl.

    Story 8 - Evening Fairy-Tales: A young man who professes to be a "cat lender" draws out long-forgotten memories in his clients.
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    A young woman visits home for the first time in ten years.
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    A humorous short about a shopkeeper, two kids, and a little magic.
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    Kaoru has second sight: he sees things other people can’t. At the funeral of a murder victim, he runs into two people. One is out for vengeance, and the other is the murderer…
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    In a small port town, there's an old legend that sometimes, a cat will take the form of a human boy and choose a lonely girl to live with. The cats call these girls "witches" because only they can see the cats in their human form. This is the story of those witches and the cats that live with them, as they share their warmth, lick each other's wounds and try to find the magic called "happiness", one step at a time.

    A 3-volume series.
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    A collection of stories about finding meaning in life and your place in this world.

    Story 1, “The Shaft of Light in the Blue”: A teacher indifferent to his job finds a baby swallow and raises it with one of his students.

    Story 2, “If the Rain Should Stop”: She only sees him in the rain when he goes to meet with his girlfriend.

    Story 3, “Specimens of 17-Year-Olds”: Confused by social mores, she fakes her way through life. So how does he read her so well?

    Story 4, “Blooming Marble”: A carefree girl helps a younger boy get through a rough patch. All in good fun, right?
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    Kengo is overwhelmed. As his wife Ayumi gets hospitalized, he has to take care of his baby daughter Momo. He ends up asking Hitomi, who’s a little girl herself, for help...
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    She died a year ago. Their grief still raw, her brother and her childhood friend go hiking to look for a snakeskin.
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    A rose wakes one day to find an unexpected and unwelcome guest.
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    The blind girl lives with a mysterious creature that somehow protects her. But the girl was aware. The creature is "a horrible monster"

    Note this is a oneshot that was published in two parts.
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    As some trees in Yuzuru Kashiwagi's lush garden mysteriously start withering, he decides to consult Shida, a talented arborist. What he finds, however, is no normal disease...
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    Two nameless siblings: a sister with a heart condition which prohibits her from having sex, and a brother who only has sex with sleeping women. The brother has a new girlfriend, and the sister dreams of dying. What once was will determine what must be.
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    Neil Ryder is in no hurry to graduate from university. Though brilliant (he did earn that scholarship!), he uses his talents to make money instead. Meanwhile, the king is dying and the crown prince is missing...

    Also includes “Fuku’s Many Travels,” diary-like entries of Fuku and his father’s adventures around the world.

    Volume 4, chapter 1-2 of Gunjou Gakusha contains a short sequel featuring these characters.
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    Ayame is 25 years old. She lost her father fifteen years ago, and is now in search of the pub that she had once frequented with him. Night after night, she stops in at pubs on her way home from work, and on one particular night happens across a man who might be able to help her find what she’s missing…

    A 1-volume series.
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    A collection of slightly odd oneshots with a focus on female sexuality.

    Story 3, Under the Mantle: A girl is unhappy with her boyfriend who doesn’t seem to care about her.
    Story 4, Pandora: A strange encounter in an elevator.
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    Omnibus of short stories from the famous science-fiction author Hoshi Shin'ichi:

    Volume 1: Afternoon Dinosaur
    - Perfect Girl (JUN)
    - Golden Pin (KAWAGUCHI Madoka)
    - A Study of Angels (KIKI)
    - I am an Assassin (KAZUHASHI Tomo)
    - Come Out (SABA Tamayumi)
    - Afternoon Dinosaur (SHIRAI Hiroko)
    - Modern Life (ARITA Kei)
    - Living Maintenance (SHIMURA Takako)
    - Incident of the Night (ODA Hideji)
    - Box (ODA Hideji)

    Volume 2: The Gate to Space
    - The Gate to Space (KITOH Mohiro)
    - The Mirror (HANEO)
    - The Patient (TOYAMA Mutsuki)
    - The Butterfly of Winter (ABE Jun)
    - Execution (ABE Jun)
    - The Problem of Level (HITOMI Akane)
    - Fate (KAWAGUCHI Madoka)
    - Wonderful Life (SUZUKI Shiho)

    Volume 3: Short Short Shoutaiseki
    Volume 4: The Friendly Demon
    Volume 5: The Guest From Space
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    A boy reflects on his grandfather's life and his love of shogi.

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