Small group bringing you new bite-sized reads every few weeks. Some may be bittersweet, others may be humorous, and yet, others may be action-packed, but we hope each story somehow brings you enjoyment in their own way.
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?
When people die, their essence becomes a sugar cube that can be lit in a lamp, allowing their loved ones a moment of reliving the days when they were alive. But sometimes, the cube cannot be recovered...
A consciousness jumping from person to person every night leads the lives of its hosts for one day at a time. The next one-shot manga from the Spring 2016 Four Seasons Award winning author of Furenai Koibito (Untouchable Lover).
A girl sees stars in the people and things around her. Some are bigger and shine, others dull and dim like her own. She meets two boys from school one day who show her that all stars can shine brightly, if you see them the right way.
On a remote island, a skilled swordsman who honed his craft on the local population attempts to atone for his sins and lift a curse by hunting and killing demons. Winner of the Hagio Moto Special Award in Afternoon's 2010 Four Seasons Contest.
Won the Hagio Moto Special Award in Afternoon's 2010 Autumn Four Seasons Award contest.
The Tama River had always been a witness to the different facets of human life. One day, a bum living by its banks happens to catch a girl throwing her food away like it was nothing. A story of their interactions.
"How about we get everyone together every two years?" Minoru had asked brightly on the night when Mars seemed so close and huge in the sky.
That was the promise that the four members of the Astronomy Club made back then. They would have never imagined that two days later, Minoru would die in a car accident. The remaining three of them decided to honor their promise with her and meet up every two years.
A story full of nostalgia, that focuses on those days of youth that cannot be returned. A story of young love and its faith as time passes by and life goes on - things that never stop for anything.
A collection of six short stories centering around romance and family:
1- Musume no Toshigoro no Musume
2- Torikahebaya de Aimashou
3- Genshoku Megane Danshi Hyouhon
4- Machibito Kitari (New Year's Fortune: Waiting for the One)
A chance meeting of two strangers at a train station on New Year’s Eve...
5- Chichi to Musuko to Buridaikon (The Father, the Son and the Yellowtail Radish)
Micha, formerly Hamada Mitsuru, is gay, in a loving relationship and living as a transvestite in Tokyo. Having kept this a secret from family what high jinx will follow when Micha's father turns up unannounced?
6- Katakoi no Nikki Shoujo (The Girl in the Diary of Unrequited Love)
Takashi accidentally found his father's diary and in it, it tells a story of his father's love for a girl with green flower hair pin. So who is this girl? What's Takashi going to do about it? Read it to find out the bittersweet story of an unrequited love.
Hiro Tezuka is the heir of the prestigious Tezuka Group. He wants to prove to his father that he got what it takes and that he's much better than him by venturing into the jungles and proving that the Lost World exists. Things take a sudden turn once his expedition group comes across a majestic white lion.
Her boyfriend just broke up with her. What is she to do now? A short story that subtly conveys the feelings of someone after a breakup - the anger, the bitterness, the nostalgia and the melancholic feeling that's difficult to shrug off.
Hinako had always admired and observed this one boy in her class. She admires him so much that she, at the very least, hopes she has something in common with him. Little does she know they're more similar to each other than she thought, for better or for worse.
Yukko had always felt that she has a hard time trying to express what she really feels and thinks about the people around her. She wants to sincerely praise her friend and express how good she was on her music recital but all she can say was, "Amazing," which she thinks is rather shallow. It just didn't sit right with her. On her way home contemplating about all this, she comes across a bizarre shop that might change her perspective and help her grow.
Publisher Hayakawa is celebrating its 70th anniversary with two manga anthology reprints. One collection is dedicated to mystery works while the other compiles sci-fi stories printed over the publisher's long career.
"Ureta Hoshi" by TEZUKA Osamu (p. February 1972 issue S-F Magazine)
"Eisei 2-ren Dokubou" by MATSUMOTO Leiji (p. February 1972 issue S-F Magazine)
"7P (2) -- H.G. Wells" by ISHINOMORI Shotaro (p. October 1969 issue S-F Magazine)
"Captain Past" by NAGAI Go (p. November 1970 issue S-F Magazine)
"Ragini" by HAGIO Moto (p. February 1980 issue S-F Magazine)
"Dorothy" by FUKUYAMA Keiko (p. August 1984 issue S-F Magazine)
"Mizubito" by AZUMA Hideo
"SF Kozou no Yuurei (THE GHOST OF SF KID)" by TORI Miki
"Heikou Wars" by YOKOYAMA Eiji
"Ojii-chan no Shosai/Uchuu" by IMAI Tetsuya
"Megane o Kai ni" by TSUNAMINO Yuu
"Futokou" by Tsubana
"Mister Donut" by NISHIJIMA Daisuke (Original concept: KITANO Yuusaku) (p. June 2002 issue S-F Magazine)
"Mahou Shoujo Time-chan Sono 1 Onee-chan wa Kaidan o Ochiru Yume o Miru no ka" by YOSHITOMI Akihito
"To, Aru Hi no Boku no Himo" by MIYAZAKI Natsujikei
"Ore no Yume no Imouto (Sister of My Dreams)" by COCO
They showed up out of nowhere. Graffiti that moved as if they were alive. People started calling them the "living pictures" and they started getting praised and sold for high prices. The origins are unknown and no one knows who said it first, but people say they are being created by someone named "Kilroy".
Enter Suzume, a young artist who aspires to create great art just like Kilroy but has been struggling to do so. One night, her everyday life takes a sudden turn as she comes across none other than Kilroy himself.
Cover Illustration: KUKU Hayate
A collection of stories
1. Tonari no. [Ikegami Shougo]
2. Mellow Book [Saida Nica]
3. Oshi no Kinniku ni Koishiteru ❤ [Uzui]
4. Kirai ni Naranaide! [Hino Yuuhi]
5. Otoko to Otoko to Kaya no Naka [Yanagisawa Yukio]
6. Itoshi no Perfect Body [Asakura Kamui ]
7. Seigi no Mikata no Renai Jijou [Minamoto Kazuki]
8. Don't Let Me Go [Tsuyuki Yuruco]
Masako just lost her mother. While walking around looking for new specimens for her hobby, she comes across what appears to be an unconscious merboy. As she approaches him, he calls out to her: "Mother..." She resolved to take care of him and brought him home. A coming-of-age story.
The Immortals arrived 500 years ago. They were originally celebrated, even worshipped, but as they began to use humanity for their own ends they became reviled. Now, an immortal girl hunts for her own kind in their deep lairs to bring about the end of their reign of terror.
Note: Winner of the Tsuruta Kenji Special Award in Afternoon's Winter 2016 Four Seasons Contest