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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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ENG: A new house proves to be not entirely unoccupied.

RUS: Какие тайны хранит в себе тень этого дома, и так ли велики у страха глаза?
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The town of Carocheila. Home to stories of loss and discovery, of despair and hope, of pain and healing, of past demons and fresh beginnings.
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Even after near-tragedy, summer keeps rolling on.
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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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Yoana misses her old town terribly. Will a chance encounter open her eyes to the beauty around her?
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A collection of surreal, steampunk-inspired short stories. Escapism through music, mechanical dolls, and dragons.
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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: A princess finds something she wants and sets about getting it.
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.

A 12-volume series (ongoing).
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1) The Restaurant of Many Orders (Soko wa Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten)
A young woman frequents a certain French bistro. She would really enjoy the food they serve if only it weren't for the bossy chef owner. "You may not like me, but I love your food."

2) Invisible Girl in Love (Toumei Ningen no Koi)
A story about a socially awkward girl who's kept to herself for so long that she may as well be invisible to her classmates. Then, one day, she falls in love.

3) Matryoshka
A sweet analogy of the Russian doll: Matryoshka.
As each doll is opened up to give another one, so do each memory containing his feelings towards her.

4) The Selfish Couple

5) Drops.
A series of interconnected vignettes depicting how something as ordinary as rain can alter the course of people's lives.
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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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After his mother’s death, Kanji goes to live with her side of the family in the countryside. It’s hard enough having to adjust to a new environment, but Kanji can also see monsters and spirits, who are everywhere. To top it off, his eccentric uncle Benjirou—though prone to bouts of sickness—is always up to some shenanigans!
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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 collection of four dark Tamura Yumi oneshots from the early 1990s. In "X-DAY", a giant zelkova tree stands watch over the misbegotten lives of the humans around it. In "Four Women", an elderly servant describes the circumstances of her master's death. In "Who Did She Kill?", a detective seeks to determine the circumstances around a woman found covered in blood.
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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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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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A collection of the author’s early works, some of which are light boy’s love.

Story 1, Rabbit Costume: In a closed-off town, there is a strange disease in which people disappear along with all memory of them.
Story 2, The Midnight Shopping District: Animals and gods and people meet, part, and find love in a fantastical shopping district.
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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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Back in grade school, a series of unfortunate events made Chiume accidentally catch sight of a classmate's little ♂. Now in high school, her childhood trauma makes her weird-out whenever she talks to a guy. Especially her (still) classmate Ranta, the source of it all.
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star bright.
I wish my girlfriend would disappear.
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A collection of four sweet short stories full of emotion.

Story 1, Flower Festival: Tae looks forward to spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom and she can play with the spirits of the trees.
Story 2, Morning Glory Apartments: A girl realizes that sometimes all you can do to help someone is give them the space to help themselves.
Story 3, Rainbow Song: A boy in a unique situation meets a girl from another world, and they look for the rainbow after the storm.
Story 4, Corner Store Angel: An angel falls to Earth, and his punishment to get back to Heaven is to grant one person’s wish — without any special powers.
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A rose wakes one day to find an unexpected and unwelcome guest.
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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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A young craftsman meets the daughter of a painter he admired.

(Source: Lovely Strange Dark)
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A timid girl who would rather stay quiet than challenge her peers.
A popular boy who tries his hardest to live up to other people’s expectations.
A strange boy who is content to stay in his little bubble.
And the summer that will change their lives.
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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 humanoid vulture takes in a little girl.
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Est has long been under the protection of a guise of death. Aravis, a wizard and its lord protector, ventures out on a quest for answers and a higher power, against his sister Tule’s wishes. Far from fulfilling it, he is banished—and returns only to find Est in ruins, Tule little more than dead, and himself sapped of power.
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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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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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Shuhei Kurata is stuck. Going to a new school where he doesn’t fit in, standing still as his old friends leave him behind. Watching silently as the woman he loves slips further and further away. He feels detached and out of place, as if maybe it all might be a dream. Perhaps it is.
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Three girls on the verge of finishing high school, each contemplating their childhood dreams and aspirations. As they face this time, samples of embroidery from different places and times echo with the dreams and lives of the girls who once created them. The stories, past and present, intertwine as if woven by thread.
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When a ghost appears that only Noah can see, he turns to his Aunt Alice for help. She is the Cornfield Witch, after all.
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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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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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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.

Note: The tank doesn't separate the manga into chapters, but it was separated into 6 chapters in the online publication. The Russian group arbitrarily created 8 chapters out of the tank, hence the English and Russian releases have different total chapters.
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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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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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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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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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