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Bitter Virgin May 26, 2009

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Bitter Virgin (ビター バージン?) is a seinen manga presented by Kei Kusunoki and serialized in Young Gangan.

Bitter Virgin is the story of high school student Daisuke Suwa and his classmate, a girl named Hinako Aikawa, and the relationship that develops between them soon after Daisuke discovers a tragic – and very personal – secret that Hinako has been forced to bear on her own.

Plot

Daisuke Suwa is a high school student living with his widowed mother in a small Japanese community. Unwilling to spend the rest of his life working at their family-owned restaurant, his ambitions are to leave the town he grew up in by gaining acceptance at a city university and to enjoy the life of a bachelor.

Daisuke is also a bit of a ladies’ man. In a discussion with a classmate about which of the girls in class he would choose to date, he declares that while he makes no distinction, he would pass on only one: Hinako Aikawa, a beautiful but shy girl who displays an unusual degree of aversion to men. Daisuke is put off by what he calls her “sweet virgin” act and is annoyed by her extreme reactions to physical contact from men.

Working after school one day, Daisuke takes refuge in a “haunted” church building to avoid a pair of girls who ask to join him on his food-delivery run. Just as he is about to head back to work, he hears someone entering the building. Believing it to be one of the girls he was trying to avoid earlier, he hides inside a nearby confessional booth. To his surprise, the newcomer turns out to be Hinako.

To avoid an awkward moment, Daisuke remains inside the confessional and pretends to be a priest. He tells Hinako that mass has ended and asks her to go home unless she wants to confess, believing this will make her leave. He is startled when, instead of leaving, Hinako asks him to hear her confession. Believing her confession will be about a trivial matter, Daisuke agrees. She proceeds to tell him a story that completely changes his view of her.

As a junior high school student, Hinako was sexually abused by her stepfather and became pregnant. Her mother learned of the pregnancy when Hinako miscarried, but refused to believe that her new husband was the father. As a result, the abuse continued, and Hinako soon became pregnant again. Because the doctors warned her that she might lose the ability to bear children completely if she had an abortion, she carried the baby to term and her mother had it put up for adoption immediately after birth without Hinako ever seeing the child.

Hinako ends by saying that although she never wanted the child and was relieved to have it adopted, she wonders whether she should at least celebrate its birthday, which is today. As she breaks down in tears, a stunned Daisuke, desperate for a proper answer, assures her that she has the support of God. This manages to calm Hinako down, and she thanks him and leaves.

Returning home, Daisuke cannot bring himself to believe Hinako’s story. He decides to follow her home from school secretly the next day to confirm whether her story was true or not. Along the way, Hinako stops to look at a baby in a carriage. As she turns to go, the carriage brakes slip, and it begins to roll down on its own. She runs forward to save the child, and Daisuke instinctively leaps in front of Hinako to protect her. As a result, both the carriage and the baby are saved, but the two teenagers are knocked to the ground. In the process, Hinako’s skirt gets hitched up, revealing a scar on her stomach. Daisuke recognizes it as a Caesarean-section scar, similar to one he saw on his mother’s stomach as a child.

With Hinako’s story proven true, Daisuke realizes that her ordeal was the cause of her aversion to men. Unable to get her out of his mind and worried for her well-being, he resolves to keep her secret safe and to help her in any way he can, and soon finds himself falling in love with her.

Characters

Names in Japanese order.

Suwa Daisuke: The main character of the story, Daisuke is quiet, but has an eye for the ladies, but doesn’t really like any of them to the point of asking them out. Aikawa Hinako is the only girl he can’t stand because of her shyness towards him and all other men, which agitates him. But when he accidentally hears her confess to the priest (him hiding) that she’s been raped, pregnant, and a mother, he begins to soften towards her until he comes to love her. They become friends and he continues not to tell her that he knows of her past, which he is constantly haunted by, thinking that she is completely off-limits to him and that as a man, he can never draw her attention. He has caught Kazuki, his “girlfriend,” trying to harm Hinako a couple times and puts up with the girl and her jealousy to protect Hinako. He is not aware that Hinako has grown to love him back, but he finds himself blessed as the only man she can stand to be around. As time progresses and Hinako’s past tragedy influences him, Daisuke quickly changes from a typical teenager into a strong, mature, and emotionally sensitive if conflicted young man who places Hinako’s welfare at top priority and even nearly killing a rapist who tried to attack her. When he was woken up by Hinako and still believed he was dreaming, he accidentally confessed to Hinako, where she quickly ran off after hearing but the next day she returns his feelings. However, after he tells her that he has always knew, being the ‘preacher’ when she confessed, she is horrified that he learned her secret she didn’t want anyone to know and runs home. There he finds out Kazuki was listening in and is blackmailed to go on a birthday date with her to keep her quiet. After Kazuki gives up on him, Daisuke wonders he could do for Hinako. Hinako is scared of Daisuke for a little while, because he knows all her secrets. Soon, Hinako realizes that her feelings for him are too strong and makes up with him. Daisuke says “I’m sorry, you can hate me for this,” and then kisses her and the two are together. Daisuke thinks that one day the two will part, because he thinks he’s not suitable to take care of her, but until then, he will stay with her.

Aikawa Hinako: The main female character of the story who has developed extreme trauma towards men caused by her stepfather sexually abusing her when she was younger, making her pregnant twice. As the story begins she is only 16 years old, indicating she was actually much younger than that when the abuse began. A year before the story takes places, Hinako actually gave birth to a boy. Her mother never stopped the violence because Hinako tried to protect her mother’s happiness and not say anything about it. When she had her first pregnancy, her mother believed her to be lying to cover up the real father when she said her mother’s husband had gotten her pregnant. When she had her second pregnancy (she was already too far along to have an abortion), the doctor told Hinako’s mother that Hinako was covered with bruises and he did not believe she’d chosen her partner. Her mother soon threw the man out by threatening him. Hinako then went to a far away school, not telling anyone but her mother, and that’s where the story takes place. Hinako does not know that Daisuke is aware of her past but overcomes her androphobia from including Daisuke and becomes a close friend as Daisuke’s gentle nature is displayed towards her. Daisuke is seen by Hinako as unique as she admitted to never knowing any man like him before and living proof not all men are as bad as Hinako’s stepfather was. As the story progresses after Daisuke saves Hinako from a molester, she comes to realize that she is in love with Daisuke and now believes that he could never be hers because of her past and his clingy “girlfriend” Kazuki. Later, Hinako revealed to Izumi she gave birth to a boy a year before (unaware that Yuzu was eves dropping). When Daisuke was woken up by Aikawa and still believed he was dreaming, he accidentally confessed to Aikawa, where she quickly ran off after hearing but the next day she returns his feelings. Feeling so happy that Daisuke loves her but is worried about the fact that he might hate her if she discovers her secret. Planning on telling him herself, she arrives just in time to hear Yuzu yell it to Daisuke. She runs crying to the nurses office, prompting Daisuke to bring her book bag she left in the classroom. There he pretends that he doesn’t know and states that Yuzu was just under a lot of stress. However she then confirms to him that what Yuzu said was true and wants to end what they had, believing Daisuke will hate her after telling him this. He then tells her that he knows everything as he was the preacher that she confessed to. This statement horrifies her as she didn’t want anyone to know that she was raped and flees home. Later she gets a call from her mother, causing Hinako to break down in tears and speak of returning to her mother. Afterwards, Hinako enters the abandoned church only to find Izumi weeping inside. Izumi tells Hinako that she will always love her hometown, and no matter what, she will have people that love her here. Hinako is still scared of Daisuke the following day, and then is harassed by a boy that had try to ask her out before. The boy yells that Hinako doesn’t think about the feelings of the people she turns down, and Hinako realizes that this is true. When Daisuke arrives and the boy leaves, she tells Daisuke not to move, no matter what, and hugs him. Daisuke says “I’m sorry, you can hate me for this,” and kisses her. The two get together afterwards, Hinako thinks that one day they will have to part, because she thinks he’ll find a better girl than her, but until then she will stay with him.

Ibuse Kazuki: She is Daisuke and Hinako’s classmate. She is quite flashy and would love to have Daisuke as a boyfriend and is quite friendly with him. She seems to dress in the ganguro girl style, but lacks the artificial tanned skin to prove it. She latches herself onto Daisuke as his girlfriend and obsesses about him, growing bitter towards Aikawa when her feelings towards Daisuke seem to be largely unrequited. She goes so far as intending to stab Aikawa with scissors, before Daisuke intervenes. She has also, however, shown signs of being a good person. When Suwa’s sister pretended to be in pain, she showed signs of concern, and offered to call an ambulance, but she soon forgets the good deed and when Izumi’s baby is stillborn, she believes that it served Izumi right for tricking her. Daisuke is presently going out with her to protect Hinako. He recently tried to break up with her, but went crazy at the thought and isn’t willing to back down, citing that Daisuke may eventually grow to love her if they are together long enough. She later eavesdrops upon Hinako and Daisuke’s chat in the nurses station and uses this to blackmail Daisuke into going out with her on a birthday date. The date was actually a ploy to prolong the farce of a relationship and Kazuki tells Daisuke she would let him go to Hinako yet still loves him. She says that she will wait for him, when Daisuke and Hinako part. In part of the manga it is shown she used to be a rather ‘geeky’ person in middle school, wearing her hair in two braids and having a pair of non-stylish eye glasses. She claims that she wears all her makeup and dresses the way she does because she wants Daisuke’s attention and for him to love her, saying ‘he’ll come to love me in time’ Yuzu also believed this at once and tells Kazuki that it will never happen.

Yamamoto Yuzu: She is also one of Daisuke’s classmates, Daisuke’s next-door-neighbor, and childhood friend, also secretly harbouring feelings for him. She sometimes works with him in his mother’s restaurant. She’s the traditional girl-next-door and constantly badgers him like a “henpecking wife” to do his school chores or other assorted tasks (of which, of course he will constantly try to escape). She was Daisuke’s main source of solace after his father’s death. She appears to work out the strength of feeling that Daisuke and Hinako share from an early stage. She knows that Daisuke likes Hinako and may be starting to figure out that she likes him back. She is not aware of Hinako’s past, but she does know that Daisuke is not interested in Kazuki, but wants to protect Hinako. It is implied that she also has feelings or Daisuke, but keeps them to herself. In chapter 25, she overhears that Hinako once had a child but doesn’t know it is because of rape from Hinako’s stepfather and believes that her innocent act is just to fool Daisuke. At first, she was willing to keep Hinako’s secret as she didn’t want to attack her unhealed wounds like that, but after fully realizing her own feelings for Daisuke and hearing that they both already confessed to each other (and believing it is to stop Daisuke from ending up in a tragic love) she can’t hold it back any longer and screams Hinako’s secret to him just as Hinako shows up. After watching Hinako run off she feels completely horrified at what she did and worse when she discovers that Daisuke has always known. This also causes Yuzu to understand that even though she was always standing by his side for over ten years, that wouldn’t get Daisuke to fall in love with her. She and Kazuki say that they will wait until Daisuke and Hinako separate.

Suwa Izumi: Suwa Daisuke’s sister is 37 weeks pregnant as the result of an affair with a work colleague. She is a strong-willed woman who has resolved to take care of the child as a single mother and returns from Tokyo to have the baby at her mother’s home. Even with her baby’s birth imminent, she constantly teases her younger brother, but sometimes her teasing can be all too accurate. She was able to figure out that Hinako has been pregnant before, but apparently, she was only kidding around with her brother, not knowing that what she said was true and instead believing Hinako to have had a pregnant relative. But when she gives birth, it’s a boy and is stillborn, having been strangled by his umbilical cord. Her grief almost overwhelms her but she tries to stay strong. At the end of the third book, she becomes angry at Hinako for saying that she understands the pain of coming to the hospital for tests without a baby and Hinako ends up telling her that she gave birth the year before and ends up helping her through her depression with her story as they are both woman that had babies but never got to hold them. After her one month check up she is planning to move back into the city, then stating to Daisuke (under the impression that he doesn’t know of Hinako’s secret) that he needs to be stronger if he wants to love Hinako. However, Izumi gains a higher opinion of her brother when Daisuke admits to always knowing Aikawa’s secret. Izumi would later enter the abandoned church crying. In the end she goes back to Tokyo to find a husband that will accept the fact that she had a stillborn, and if she does she will come back home.

Mrs. Suwa: She is a caring mother who struggles to run the family shop. A widow, she constantly badgers Daisuke to impregnate some girl in order to get someone else to help out with the family business. She also doesn’t act her age from time to time which frustrates her son who usually refers to her as Baba (Japanese for old woman).

My Rating: 8.5

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Kei Kusunoki May 26, 2009

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Kei Kusunoki (楠 桂, Kusunoki Kei, born March 24, 1966), real name Mayumi Ōhashi (大橋真弓, Ōhashi Mayumi), is a Japanese manga artist best known for her horror and comedy manga series. She debuted in 1982 in Ribon Original with Nanika ga Kanojo Tōri Tsuita?. Her twin-sister Kaoru Ōhashi also works as a manga artist. Their styles are quite similar.

Works

Kusunoki focused most of her career on anime production. Just recently she returned to manga, drawing Bitter Virgin. Most of her works have not been officially translated and published in English.

* Yagami-kun’s Family Affairs (1986)
* Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma (1989)
* Ogre Slayer (1994)
* Dokkan Love (unknown)
* Donmai Princess (2000)
* D no Fuuin (2000)
* Girls Saurus DX (2003-2008)
* 100 Ways of an Exorcist (2005-ongoing)
* Bitter Virgin (2006-2008)
* Diabolo (manga) (2005)
* Innocent W (2006-ongoing)
* Sengoku Nights (2006)
* Vampire (manga) (or Kessaku Tanpenshuu Vampire)
* Koi Tomurai

Mochiru Hoshisato May 26, 2009

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Mochiru Hoshisato (星里もちる, Hoshisato Mochiru, born January 1, 1961) is a Japanese manga artist. His simple drawing style reflects the gentle nature of his often romantic tales of modern young Japanese salary-men. While Living Game has been favorably compared to Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku, Hoshisato’s Yume-ka mo Shinnai and Honki no Shirushi contain fewer superfluous side-plots than Living Game, but may be just too depressing for some readers to enjoy.

Works

Listed chronologically, with the oldest at the top.

Manga

The Danger Is Walking (危険がウォーキング, Kiken ga Uōkingu)
1986-1989, Tokuma Shoten, 4 volumes, originally published in Petit Apple Pie anthology.
About a girl who “sweats” nitroglycerin, and therefore must constantly be eating and drinking things to cool her down.
Strained Spouse Rumble (いきばた主夫ランブル, Ikibata Shufu Ranburu)
1989, Tokuma Shotem, 1 volume.
Cocktail – Ponytail (かくてる・ポニーテール, Kakuteru Ponītēru)
1990, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Wazuka Is Right Before You (わずかいっちょまえ, Wazu ka Iccho Mae)
1991, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Only Half (ハーフな分だけ, Hāfu na Bundake)
1991, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
A couple is drawn together despite mutual dislike.
Living Game
1991-1993, Shogakukan, 10 volumes.
A salaryman’s apartment is turned into temporary office following a disaster at the new office.
Let’s Get Married (結婚しようよ, Kekkon Shiyō yo)
1994-1995, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
A marriage agency composed of marryable people.
It Might Be a Dream (夢かもしんない, Yume Kamoshinnai)
1996-1997, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
Rice Omelet (オムライス, Omuraisu)
1998-2000, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
The Mark of Truth (本気のしるし, Honki no Shirushi)
2000-2003, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
Need and obligations trump complacency.
Worried Yome-san (気になるヨメさん, Ki ni Naru Yome-san)
2002, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
Luna Heights (ルナハイツ, Runa Haitsu)
2003-2004, Shogakukan, 4 volumes.
More salaryman apartment social complications.
Monster House (怪獣の家, Kaijū no Ie)
2004-2005, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.

Manga essay

Mochi Is a Mochi Seller (モチはモチ屋, Mochi wa Mochiya)
(2000, Mainichi Communications, 1 volume)

Illustration

Romancia (ロマンシア, Romanshia)
(1987-08-01, JICC Shuppankyoku, 1 volume)

References

1. ^ “星里もちる先生とは”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru.htm#profile. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
2. ^ Van Huffel, Peter (2004-01-17). “Hoshisato Mochiru 星里もちる”. http://users.skynet.be/mangaguide/au450.html. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
3. ^ “星里もちる先生作品データベース”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru_sakuhin.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
4. ^ “Hoshisato Mochiru Bibliography”. http://www.geocities.com/livinggame/LivingGame/bliblio.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.

Living Game May 26, 2009

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Living Game (りびんぐゲーム) is a seinen manga by Mochiru Hoshisato, originally published in Big Comic Spirits between October 1990 and April 1993. It is a romantic comedy that also examines some of the absurd effects of the rampant real estate speculation brought about in Japan in the late 1980s and the subsequent recession in the early 90’s.

Story

Raizo Fuwa is a 25-year-old salaryman living in a cramped home and working in a crowded office in Tokyo. His hopes for improved conditions are dashed when the new office building his company is supposed to move into is condemned as unsafe because the construction company has been cutting corners. Since the old building is already being demolished, they have no choice but to “temporarily” move the office into Fuwa’s new flat. The final complication arrives in the form of the new employee Izumi Hiyama, a high school dropout the boss has promised to take care of as a favour to her family. No landlords are willing to rent to a 15-year-old girl, so she too has to move into Fuwa’s home/office.

Main Characters

Raizo Fuwa (不破 雷蔵, Fuwa Raizo)
Raizo Fuwa a 25-year-old man is the main character in this manga. He is certainly a reckless and irresponsible person. He lives in a very cramped apartment. He works in a small office which later will change into a home office, because the building that was supposed to be used as an office is condemned as unsafe because the construction company has been cutting the expenses for making it. His life started to change from this point, he had to give up his own room in apartment to be used as a temporary office and then he had to live together with Hiyama Izumi a 15-year-old girl that his company hired. He thinks like he was in some kind of hell to live with a girl 10 years younger, he must able to control his every desire as an adult. There were times that he can’t control his desire anymore, but luckily there are always breaks that stops him from doing anything to Izumi. He has a dream that he can have his own house, but he knows that such things were only a mere dream, but his passions never runs out. With the help of Izumi he lived his life the to fullest.

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My Rating: 9 … Great manga

Angel Densetsu May 8, 2009

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Angel Densetsu (エンジェル伝説 Enjeru Densetsu, Legend of Angel) is a shonen manga created by Norihiro Yagi. Serialized in Monthly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 2000, in total 15 volumes.

Story

Angel Densetsu is a story about Seiichirou Kitano, a kind and naive boy with the heart of an angel, but the sinister looks of a devil. This causes many misunderstandings, leading people to assume that he is a villain or heroin addict, and results in a career as the head thug, or “school guardian” at his new school.

List of Characters


Seiichirō Kitano (北野誠一郎 )
The main protagonist, a boy whose face inspires terror and despair in other people’s hearts, but whose true nature is that of a kind-hearted boy. His gentle and caring actions mostly frighten those around him, and while he’s used to getting hit for no apparent reason at all (except for his terrifying features), he somehow had developed speed and reflexes which allow him to absorb the power of the blows. He is also observed of having the will to remain standing despite injuries (whether cosmetic or real).
Although he has no martial arts  skill at all and doesn’t like violence, he would often jump into ‘situations’ (Read: fights) head on, either to protect someone or to break the fight. Of course, coming headlong into fights while screaming incoherently (a trait that was also seen in Kitano’s father that happens when both are in a state of panic), ‘armed’ with his already-mentioned scary countenance only serve to confuse the ones he face, and more importantly to serve the rumors of him being a delinquent, especially when the usual circumstances made that he is the only remaining person standing.
Aside from his speed, reflex, and his stubborn will, Kitano also occasionally uses a special finishing move, a double-palmed push. It is, literally, just a push. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it also bears behind it the whole of Kitano Seiichiro’s will. It has been observed repeatedly of having the capability of lifting the victims off their feet and sending them soaring several feet away. This finishing move is instinctual, and mostly used when Kitano is trying to protect someone.
Characteristically of the series, the angel-hearted Kitano would misunderstand the actions of the people he faces (or forced to face), never even thinking ill of them, while the reverse is almost certainly true. This is the running gag that serves as the centre of which the story revolve around.
Seikichi Kuroda (黒田清吉 )
The former “guardian” of Hekikuu high. He’s been a slave to the previous guardian for most of his high school life, and he thought he could enjoy being the guardian in his last year of school, but he is forced to resign soon after meeting Kitano. He’s the most delinquent-like of the group, skipping lessons to smoke and provoking fights. Although he usually gets beaten up by others (Koiso Ryoko, Takehisa, other delinquents), he isn’t physically weak – he is big and has a strong punch. The fact he is constantly defeated lies in his mind – he is easily scared and has tendency to panic. He is also simple-minded enough to be manipulated.
Kuroda desperately tries to reserve a leftovers of his dignity by acting like a guardian before Ogisu and his sempais. Also he has one-sided crush on Ryoko.
Ooshita and Tokiyama are his two lackeys/friends. Both of them have rarely been referred to by their actual names. Koide, the class president’s assistant calls it a “miracle” that he was able to obtain their full names. As the story progresses, they realize Kuroda’s weakness (and strengths, rarely good, though), but they kept on being loyal to him.
Another piece of trivia from the author himself, Kuroda serves as a pivotal character at the very start of the series, when the author experienced a writer’s block.
Ryoko Koiso (小磯良子)
The daughter of the Koiso-style kobujutsu karate master, initially set on fighting each and every high school delinquent, and convinced that Kitano is evil and very strong. After fighting him, however, she discovers his true nature, and little by little she becomes his girlfriend
In the story, she is considered very strong, having only beaten by sneak attacks or accidents. Both her and Shirataki Ikuno is observed of having the same personality traits.
Ikuko Hirayama (平山郁子)
Koiso’s best friend, and the only “normal” friend of Kitano. She’s very sensitive, and she’s the only one to openly notice how much being friends with Kitano has changed Koiso and Shirataki.
Her name has come to one of the series’ running gags, with Kuroda repeatedly calling her Koiso Ryoko’s Friend #A(However, this is rendered in a fan translation and may not actually be the literal phrase). Her first name is first used about one-fourth into the story, and her family is not revealed until the very end of the series. The author had even thrown a contest to let the readers guess the family name (only one reader has correctly guessed what her surname is).
Yuji Takehisa (竹久優二)
The strongest delinquent of Hekikuu high, previously suspended for beating up one of the teachers: after being defeated by Kitano, he proclaims himself his “little brother”. He sports spiked bleached hair and has no eyebrows.
After claiming loyalty to Kitano, he becomes less delinquent-like. He doesn’t get into a lot of fight anymore (although he doesn’t lose any of his fighting skill), nor does he skip classes, staying calm most of the time. His old, hot-blooded self, comes to the surface when someone tries to harm Kitano or himself.
At the end of the series, when confronted with the fact of Kitano being ‘normal’ -Takehisa’s old comrades had come and asked him to join up in order to beat up Kitano- he proclaimed that whether or not Kitano is a delinquent, he is still Takehisa’s best friend. He then proceeded to beat up his old comrades with a smile on his face.
Ikuno Shirataki (白滝幾奶)
The beautiful daughter of one of the special guidance counsellor and heir of his seat, her mission was to beat up Kitano, but after being defeated by Koiso, she becomes a part of their group. It is the very first time for her to be able to talk to people normally without anyone fearing her, even after her first days of school at Hekikuu High, when she knocked out a lot of male students. At first she is cold and uncaring, which is strictly true, but after knowing Kitano, and his gang, she gradually became softer and accepting. That doesn’t mean she isn’t ready to fight everyone or anyone at any time. She is still interested in fighting -and later actually ends up fighting- Kitano because of his abilities. She says once Kitano and Ryoko get married, she’ll be his lover.
She also bears a striking resemblance to Clare, the protagonist of Claymore (manga) in both personality and physical appearance.
Takashi Ogisu (荻須高志)
Dyes his hair bright red and calls himself “the fighting master”. Previously unbeaten, he is defeated repeatedly on the very day he steps in Hekikuu high, a serious blow to his self-confidence. When Ogisu first meets Kitano, Kitano mistakes his red hair for blood and runs toward him, so he ends up scared and running away. He’s sure that Kuroda is Hekikuu’s guardian, and that Kitano is the number 2, and Kuroda told him that he could fight him only after he beat Kitano; although Koiso makes him think that he defeated Kitano once, in the end he gets beaten up once again. After meeting Shirataki, he gets beaten up by her several times; then, out of humility, he decides to learn the secrets of the Koiso-style kobujutsu and joins the Koiso dojo. At the end of the series, he realizes that he was still a powerful fighter, but was simply overshadowed by Kitano’s invincible forces.
In the end, he’s the only one to respect Kuroda, and Kuroda uses him as his subordinate, hoping to use his strength to protect him whenever he’s in trouble.

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My Rating: Story 8.5 , Artwork 7

Katsu! May 7, 2009

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Katsu! (カツ) is a sports manga by Mitsuru Adachi which was serialized in the manga magazine Shōnen Sunday from 2001 to 2005. It centers around a freshman student, Katsuki Satoyama, as he discovers his near-legendary skill in boxing.

Plot

Katsuki Satoyama and his best friend Kyōta Kawakami, both age 15, enroll in Mizutani Boxing Gym to get close to their tomboyish crush, Katsuki Mizutani, whose father owns it. However, Satoyama soon finds out that she is distant from her father. Worse, it turns out that she hates boxing.

In a sparring match, everyone soon discovers Satoyama’s hidden, yet unpolished, skill in boxing. Satoyama soon learns that Mizutani is really in love with boxing, but disdains it because it’s a man’s sport in which she cannot participate. Mizutani then takes it upon herself to be Satoyama’s trainer and manager in order to reach the championship belt. Satoyama complies to be closer to his crush.

As the story progresses, we soon find out that Satoyama has a hidden past and lineage, one which could give him the necessary skill and talent to be a legendary professional boxing champion.

Characters

Katsuki Satoyama (里山 活樹 ,Satoyama Katsuki)
The male protagonist of the story, Katsuki is a junior at Kōyō High School where he excels at Classical Chinese. His mother died five years before the story begins. He and his friend Kyōta join Mizutani Boxing Gym with the ulterior motive of getting closer to Katsuki Mizutani, whose father owns the gym. He is very good at dodging due to his sister loving to throw things at him when she was little. While he initially believes he he is a bantamweight, it turns out his scales at home are off by a three kilograms, and he is actually a featherweight.

His real father, Ryūsuke Akamatsu, and his adoptive father who raised him, Hachigorō Satoyama, have two completely different boxing styles, and Katsuki has inherited traits of each style, incorporating them into his own unique style.

Katsuki won both the inter-high school championships and the National Sports Festival championship titles twice each, as well as the overall high school championship once, for a total of five titles. He has also sparred twice with Katsuki Mizutani and once with Shūsaku Nikaidō (who is in a different weight class. He has never faced Shin’ichi Misaki in a regular match.

After failing the entrance exam to enter college, he obtained his professional boxing license.

Katsuki Mizutani (水谷 香月 ,Mizutani Katsuki)
The female protagonist of the story and a classmate of Katsuki Satoyama. She has a very strong personality and has single-handedly taken down groups of bullies and hoodlums multiple times, especially when she was younger and protecting Shin’ichi Misaki from them.

Kyōta Kawakami (川上 京太 ,Kawakami Kyōta)

Hachigorō Satoyama (里山 八五郎 ,Satoyama Hachigorō)

Yukio Ōshima (大島 由紀夫 ,Ōshima Yukio)

My Rating: Story 8, artwork 8

Elfen Lied May 5, 2009

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Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート ,Erufen Rīto?) is a Japanese manga series created by manga author Lynn Okamoto. A thirteen-episode anime television series adaptation based on the manga was produced by the studio ARMS and broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to October 2004; the anime was later licensed in North America on DVD by ADV Films. The anime started before the manga was complete; as a result, the plot differed between the two, especially towards the ending of the story. In 2005, a special original video animation, written to occur between the tenth and eleventh episodes of the series, was released. The title is literally German for “Elven Song” and takes its name from the poem Elfenlied and the German word lied, a classical-romantic poem or musical work.

Elfen Lied revolves around the interactions, views, emotions, and discrimination between humans and the Diclonius, a mutant species similar to humans in build but distinguishable by two horns on their head and “vectors”, transparent telekinetically controlled arms that have the power to manipulate and cut objects within their reach. The series is centered around the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by humans and subsequently wreaks a murderous vengeance upon them.

Plot

The Diclonius are a species of evolved humans with two horns and vectors, transparent arms that have the power to manipulate and cut objects within their reach. The arms vibrate with such a high frequency, that they can cut through almost anything, and they are strong enough to lift heavy stones or lesser boats; depending on the strength of the individual Diclonius. Diclonius are being held in a special experimental facility off the coast of Kamakura in Kanagawa, south of the city of Yokohama, by the chief executive of the experimental facility. A teenage girl named by the staff as “Lucy,” escapes, using her vectors to deflect gunfire and effortlessly kill security guards. As she makes her way out of the facility, a sniper shoots her, breaking her metal helmet and causing her to fall into the sea. The next morning, Kohta is moving to Kamakura to study in a university where he is reunited with his cousin Yuka. He encounters Lucy on a beach in the area, naked with her head bleeding from the bullet wound and only capable of saying the word “Nyu.” Kohta and Yuka decide to take her with them, naming her “Nyu” as a result.

Lucy and Nyu have opposite personalities, and switch between them very abruptly, the first instance of which Bando becomes a victim.

A Diclonius named Nana and a Special Assault Team task force, led by the violent soldier Bando, are sent to hunt down Lucy. However, Lucy and her cold characteristics have not yet faded away; whenever she hits her head or is confronted with violence, she reverts to her sadistic side and makes transitions between her two personalities throughout the series, the first of which is seen against Bando, who has his eyes poked out, and Nana, who has all her limbs ripped off by Lucy’s vectors. Eventually, Kurama decides to repair the bodies of Bando and Nana and send Nana back to Kamakura, contrary to his orders to put her down. Nana and Mayu, a 14-year-old runaway youth who witnessed the confrontation between Nana and Lucy, as well as the result of Bando’s encounter with Lucy, both end up living in Kohta’s household.

Several developments in the story are made and explained in the latter end of the series regarding the pasts of the characters and the links between them. Mayu is revealed to have been molested by her stepfather, and Kurama is also revealed to be a carrier of Diclonius DNA. Professor Kakuzawa, Kurama’s colleague and the son of his boss, is revealed to be a Diclonius just seconds before his head gets torn off by Lucy. Kurama’s wife died as a result of complications after giving birth, and Kurama was almost forced to kill his newborn Diclonius daughter; however Kakuzawa’s father, the head of the facility, agreed to let her live on the condition that explosives be planted inside her to be detonated if she escaped the facility and caused destruction in the human world. Lucy’s past, why she turned sadistic, and her connections with Kohta are also revealed.

Toward the end of the series, Kurama is forced to unleash Mariko, his Diclonius daughter and disputedly the most powerful Diclonius, to kill Lucy and return the species into hiding forever. Lucy, Nana and Kohta encounter Mariko, accompanied by the staff at the facility, on a bridge, where Mariko almost kills them. As Lucy kills the search team accompanying Mariko in retrieving her, including the majority of the remaining staff at the facility, Kurama is cornered with the last three Diclonius left. He chooses instead to spend a final father-daughter moment and die with Mariko as the explosives in her detonate. Nana returns to the household with Kohta, Yuka and Mayu, and Lucy sees Kohta on the same set of steps as where they had their final conversation eight years earlier, telling him her true feelings, her remorse, and how she is in love with Kohta. Lucy leaves to face the remaining assault team deployed by the facility; her ultimate fate is unknown.

Characters


  • Lucy (ルーシー Rūshī) is a teenage Diclonius girl around eighteen years old. Lucy has developed strong emotions of hatred and vengeance towards regular humans mainly because of how she was treated by the majority of them as a child, making fun of her horns and giving her insulting nicknames such as freak. She seems to lack empathy, kills without much concern, and acts somewhat sadistically; however, towards the end of the series, she begins to show remorse for her actions, especially towards Kohta.
  • Nyu (にゅう Nyū?) is a split personality of Lucy that developed after a .50 BMG round ricocheted off a metallic helmet encasing her head. Nyu has a childlike personality and infantile knowledge of the world, forgetting even that she is a Diclonius and how to use or manifest her vectors, leaving her as a human with horns. She initially lacks spoken language skills; however, she eventually learns a handful of words and phrases until (in the manga) she can finally speak properly despite the fact she still uses the nonsensical phrase nyu as her catchphrase. Nyu is innocent and incapable of violent acts, a foil to the normally cold and sadistic Lucy; she is the manifestation of her “good side”. Whenever Nyu hits her head or when she is confronted with violence, she reverts to her sadistic side, Lucy. 
  • Kohta (コウタ Kōta?) is around nineteen years old and enters the story when his cousin’s family allows him to move in to their closed-down inn in exchange for maintenance while he goes to a local university. Kohta has repressed traumatic memories of his father’s and sister’s deaths during his childhood at Lucy’s hands. Because of him repressing his memories, Kohta does not remember Lucy from when he met her earlier as a child. Due in part to his loss, he has a soft spot for girls in trouble and is extremely generous and protective to the girls around him. He is more forgiving in the anime, but in the manga when he gets his memories back he truly is unforgiving about Lucy killing his father and sister. Even so, he also remembers the happy memories, and even though she killed his father and sister, he still loves her.
  • Yuka (ユカ ) is Kohta’s cousin. She is about the same age and attends the same university as Kohta (she attends the same class with him, so she should be around nineteen years old as well). She last saw Kohta when they were ten, parting ways with him on the same night in which Lucy killed Kohta’s family, completely oblivious to the events following their last meeting. She moves in with him at the inn after having not seen him in many years. She has had a crush on Kohta since childhood, and is uncomfortable with Nyu’s attachment to him. V

Diclonius

Diclonius, according to the Elfen Lied manga, are an evolutionary branch off of humans. Their bodies are very similar to humans, the only difference being the two horn-like temporal protrusions, which are said to relate to their telekinetic powers (hinted at when Lucy only released two vectors towards several soldiers when one of her two horns was chipped off). In the manga, it is mentioned that Diclonius would fall into a coma if they lose one of their horns, and would never return from their lethargic state if they lose both horns. Lucy’s horns grow back though and manage to recover from this twice. Their powers involve the usage of invisible arms, known as “vectors”. They usually have a limited range of a few meters; Lucy’s are able to extend to two meters in the manga. They also have the ability to detect the location of each other,  such as when Kurama releases Nana from the offshore laboratory to search for and retrieve Lucy.

A key dispute throughout the series is the Diclonius propensity towards violence. Many have a vendetta against humans, and have ambitions to wipe out the human race and populate the world with their own species. Diclonius DNA is transferred to normal humans if the vectors of the Diclonius penetrate them. An incident involving the escape of a child Diclonius during Kurama’s early years where the Diclonius’ vectors penetrated him resulted in Mariko being born a Diclonius, and Kurama takes precautions against a recurrence by attempting to sterilize Bando.

It is disputed and contradicted during the series as to how Diclonius develop this behavior, whether it is part of their personality or whether it stems from abuse by humans, and both conclusions are supported by significant evidence. Kurama explains to Bando that Diclonius are born with the intention of populating the world, and Lucy has implied to be directed by Diclonii instincts when she kills humans.  In the anime’s final episode Lucy tells Kohta that “I was born to destroy humans.” However, it is also shown that the Diclonius have usually been subjected to some type of severe psychological trauma; for example, Lucy was tormented by her human peers and witnessed the killing of her pet as a child, while Mariko was raised in neglect since her birth. They could therefore have developed their homicidal tendencies from abuse.

The researchers at the experimental facility believe the Diclonius to be nothing less than an existential threat. The Diclonius there are kept in isolation; where they are heavily restrained and fed through a tube. Lucy mentions the danger to the human race to Kohta in the final episode: “Given just five years, I can ensure that there are more babies of our kind born in the world than there are normal humans.”

Manga

Written by Lynn Okamoto, Elfen Lied premiered in Japan in Weekly Young Jump magazine in June 2002. New chapters continued to appear in the magazine until August 2005, when the final chapter was published.[13] The series’ 107 chapters were also published in twelve collected volumes by Shueisha from October 2002 through November 2005.

Due to the fact that the manga had not been finished by the time the TV series started airing, the manga and anime show several significant plot differences. While the manga covers 107 chapters, the anime was condensed into thirteen episodes, and director Mamoru Kanbe mentioned that he wanted to feature much more of the original story. The anime series only covers events roughly up to about halfway through the manga storyline, though the anime has its own original ending. As a result, much of the characters’ pasts and many details of their pasts and of the Diclonius that were in the manga do not appear in the anime.

My Rating:  Story 8, artwork 7.5



Miyuki April 23, 2009

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Miyuki (みゆき) is a romantic comedy manga series by Mitsuru Adachi. It was published by Shogakukan from 1980 to 1984 in the biweekly manga magazine Shōnen Big Comic (precursor to the current Weekly Young Sunday).The series was adapted into a movie, an anime television series, and a live-action television drama. It was very popular in Japan and was one of the winners of the 1982 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen or shōjo manga, along with Adachi’s Touch.

Miyuki was Adachi’s first manga adapted as anime. The 37-episode anime series was broadcast from 1983-03-31 until 1984-04-20 on the Fuji Television network. The movie version was released on 1983-09-16.The television drama, produced by Fuji TV and Kyodo Television (a television production house), aired on 1986-08-04.

Storyline

Masato Wakamatsu, 16 years old, is working at the beach one summer. Having made a bad impression on his classmate/crush Miyuki Kashima, he makes a pass at another pretty girl. To Masato’s shock, the girl turns out to be his younger stepsister Miyuki (15), who has been living abroad with their father for the past six years.

As school progresses, Masato starts dating Miyuki Kashima. He and his sister Miyuki are living alone together, and he is troubled by his conflicting emotions: filial and romantic feelings toward a sister who may or may not know she is not related to him by blood.

Characters

Masato Wakamatsu (若松 真人 ,Wakamatsu Masato)
An average high school student (later a rōnin for a year, then a college student). His mother died when he was young, and his step-mother also died when he was young, and he still misses both of them. Masato really likes the Miyuki Kashima, the most popular girl in class, but keeps messing up whenever he tries to talk to her or ask her out on a date. Just before high school begins, his younger sister (also named “Miyuki”) returns from living overseas with their father (Miyuki’s step-father) for six years, and they now live alone in the same house. This Miyuki is the daughter of his step-mother, and there is no blood relation between them.
This causes some problems as Masato is torn between his growing feelings for his step-sister (who doesn’t seem to know they aren’t related by blood, and insists on having a normal brother-sister relationship while constantly speculating on “if we got married…”) and his very obvious feelings for his classmate Miyuki. As a result of living with his sister, he is constantly seeing women’s underwear and finding them in his pants pockets, leading to embarrassing situations with his classmate Miyuki.
Partway through the series, Masato is the second of two people to come down with the mysterious “Miyuki Illness” (みゆき病 ,Miyuki-byō?), caused by going an extended period without seeing his sister Miyuki.

Miyuki Wakamatsu (若松 みゆき ,Wakamatsu Miyuki)
Masato’s younger step-sister, unrelated by blood. Her birthday is 1966-02-09.[7] She has short wavy hair, though it becomes a little longer as the series progresses (a little past shoulder length at the end of the series). Despite being younger, she gets much better grades than Masato, and she excels in athletic events. She is extremely popular among the boys at school. She has a very bright and cheerful personality. Even though Miyuki tries to brush off those actively courting her, they end up causing more headaches for Masato than Miyuki does. As her brother, Masato tries to protect Miyuki from these encroaching “wild beasts”, though this protectiveness slowly becomes indistinguishable from jealousy. Miyuki also begins seeing her brother’s girlfriend, Miyuki Kashima, as a rival.

Miyuki Kashima (鹿島 みゆき ,Kashima Miyuki)
In the same class and homeroom as Masato all during high school, this Miyuki is Masato’s girlfriend for most of the series. She has long hair and is extremely popular among the boys in the school. She has the same birthday as Miyuki Wakamatsu, though she is one year older. She has had a crush on Masato since junior high school. She is extremely proactive in their relationship, regularly asking him to come to parties and over to her house even before they started regularly dating. Miyuki is a very kind and humble person. However, she can be forceful as well, and the beginning of her relationship with Masato is punctuated by her frequently slapping him due to one misunderstanding or another due to her becoming angry. She always apologizes to Masato afterward, however, asking him to forgive her for getting angry so easily.
She is an excellent student, cook, and seamstress. In order to go to the same university as Masato (and be in the same year), she purposely missed the application deadline despite having passed the entrance exam without any trouble. She subsequently attended the same cram school just to be with him. After overhearing the Wakamatsu sibling’s secret (that they aren’t related by blood) at the pre-wedding dinner reception for Yūichi Sawada and Miyuki Wakamatsu, she runs away and goes on a trip to Hokkaidō in order to sort out her feelings. While there, she runs into Yūichi, who is traveling there after breaking up with the other Miyuki.

Ryūichi Masaki (間崎 竜一 ,Masaki Ryūichi)
Ryūichi was in same year as Masato, but he purposely failed his high school entrance exams in order to be in the same year as Masato’s sister Miyuki. He is actually a year older than Masato, but it is not explained why he was held back the first time. After graduating from high school, he was able to pass his college entrance exams the first time. He fell in love with Miyuki Wakamatsu at first sight, and is constantly telling her how they will be able to go on school trips together, graduate together, go to class reunions together, and get married together. He is very proactive in his pursuit of Miyuki, which tends to annoy Masato.
Because he’s something of a delinquent, he frequently does poorly on tests, which causes a lack of sympathy from his friends and acquaintances. He also frequently tricks his friends into working part time jobs during the summer. He is very strong, which helps him to win the frequent fights he has. He rarely wears a helmet while riding his motorcycle (even when giving rides to Miyuki Wakamatsu), though he does have a helmet. His family owns the “Kissaten Dragon”, a coffee shop, where he frequently works part time. Ryūichi is the first to come down with the mysterious “Miyuki Illness”.

Torao Nakata (中田 虎夫 ,Nakata Torao)
The bachelor P.E. teacher at Miyuki Wakamatsu’s junior high school. He transfers to Miyuki’s high school as the P.E. teacher when she graduates junior high in order to near her. He considers Ryūichi to be his rival for the affections of Miyuki Wakamatsu, and a stylized Chinese dragon (representing Ryūichi) and tiger (representing Torao) fighting is frequently employed when the two meet. He is about 20 years older than Miyuki. His mother is constantly trying to set up omiai, or marriage meetings, with potential brides, but Torao doesn’t want to be with anyone other than Miyuki Wakamatsu. He was briefly engaged to another woman named Miyuki, but the marriage was called off after Torao got drunk and was mouthing off in a bar while sitting next to that Miyuki’s father. At the end of the series, he finally consents to go along with his mother’s omiai planning.

Yasujirō Kashima (鹿島 安次郎 ,Kashima Yasujirō)
Miyuki Kashima’s father. He is a detective with the local police department. He has a predilection for pretty young girls. After meeting Miyuki Wakamatsu during the New Year visit to the local shrine, he begins pursuing her and frequently invites her out for coffee. He frequently abuses his authority as a police detective in order to get closes to Miyuki. In return, Miyuki frequently abuses his kindness in order to get free rides to the grocery store and other locations to which she needs to go. This really annoys Masato, who is always calling him a “dirty old man” for chasing after his sister.

Kenji Kōsaka (香坂 健二 ,Kōsaka Kenji)
Kenji is in the same year as Masato who is good at sports and does well academically, a teacher’s dream student. He is good looking and has a large fan base among the girls in the school, though he spends his time pursuing the affections of Miyuki Kashima. He had the starring role in a school play opposite Miyuki Kashima, but was injured in an accident and couldn’t play the part. His understudy, Masato, was then put into the role, which included a kissing scene with Miyuki. When he found out that Miyuki had deliberately missed the filing deadline for applications to the university, Kenji also “forgot” to file his paperwork so he could attend the same cram school. He’s one of three pursuing the affections of Miyuki Kashima.

Yūichi Sawada (沢田 優一 ,Sawada Yūichi)
An old friend of the Wakamatsu family, Yūichi used to play with Masato all the time when they were younger. He was Masato’s next-door neighbor until his high school years, at which point his parents moved to West Germany. He’s a university student, and an excellent soccer player. In the second half of the series, he suddenly returned to Japan in order to play on the national team during the Olympics. After returning, he stays at the Wakamatsu home for a short time while looking for his own apartment. After he moves out, he begins pursuing Miyuki Wakamatsu, and even asks Masato if it’s okay for him to do so. This causes Masato to really consider what his true feelings are for his step-sister. At the end of the series, Yūichi runs into Miyuki Kashima as she’s travelling in Hokkaidō and trying to sort her own feelings.

Yoshio Muraki (村木 好夫 ,Muraki Yoshio)
Yoshio is in the same year as Masato, has similar grades and similar ecchi tastes, and can be found almost anywhere Masato goes. He almost always appears when Masato and Miyuki Kashima are having or planning an important moment together, and he tries to include himself in their plans. He is constantly asking Masato how someone like Miyuki could possibly fall in love with someone like him. Yoshio has a younger sister, though he rarely talks about her and doesn’t think much of her (at least not that he’ll admit to). He did not attend Yūichi Sawada’s and Miyuki Wakamatsu’s pre-wedding banquet reception.

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Mitsuru Adachi April 23, 2009

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Mitsuru Adachi (あだち充 or 安達 充 ,Adachi Mitsuru?) is a mangaka born February 9, 1951 in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.[1] After graduating from Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Commercial High School in 1969, Adachi worked as an assistant for Isami Ishii.[2] He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kieta Bakuon, based on a manga originally created by Satoru Ozawa. Kieta was published in Deluxe Shōnen Sunday (a manga magazine published by Shogakukan) .

Adachi is well known for romantic comedy and sports manga (especially baseball) such as Touch, H2, Slow Step, and Miyuki. He has been described as a writer of “delightful dialogue”, a genius at portraying everyday life,[3] “the greatest pure storyteller”,[4] and “a master mangaka”.[5] He is one of the few mangaka to write for both shōnen manga and shōjo manga magazines, and be popular in both. His works have been carried in Shōnen Sunday, Ciao, Shōjo Comic, and Petit Comic, and most of his works are published through Shogakukan and Gakken. Only two short story collections, Short Program and Short Program 2 (both by Viz Media), have been released in North America.

He modelled his use of あだち rather than 安達 after the example of his older brother Tsutomu Adachi. In addition, it has been suggested that the accurate portrayal of sibling rivalry in Touch may come from Adachi’s experiences while growing up with his older brother. Adachi did the character designs for the OVA anime series Nozomi Witches, so he is sometimes incorrectly given credit for creating the original series.

Brief history

* Prior to 1969: Adachi began submitting to the manga magazine COM
* 1969: Following his older brother’s lead, Adachi moves to Tokyo and begins work as an assistant to mangaka Isami Ishii[1]
* 1970: Adachi makes his debut with Kieta Bakuon
* 1981: Touch begins
* 1982: Hiatari Ryōkō! is made into a live action TV drama series
* 1983: Adachi wins 28th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen/shōjo manga his two series Touch and Miyuki[6]
* 1983: Miyuki anime begins, and a live-action film of Miyuki is released as well
* 1985: Touch anime begins
* 1995: H2 anime begins
* 2005: H2 is made into a TBS drama
* 2005: Touch is made into a live action movie
* 2006: Rough released as a live action movie
* 2008: Shōnen Sunday 2008 issue 26 devoted to Adachi as a celebration of his combined manga sales reaching 200 million.
* 2009: Adachi wins the 54th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga for Cross Game[7]
* 2009: Cross Game anime begins

Works

In chronological order.

* Rainbowman (1972-1973, originally created by Kōhan Kawauchi)
* Little Boy (1974, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Heart no A (1975, originally created by Akira Saiga)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Jingi (1975-1976, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Gamushara (1976, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hatsukoi Kōshien (1976, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Ondo (1976-1977, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Nakimushi Kōshien (1977, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Taiko (1977-1978, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Nine (1978-1980)
* Sekiyō yo Nobore!! (1979, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Oira Hōkago Wakadaishō (1979-1980)
* Hiatari Ryōkō! (1979-1981)
* Miyuki (1980-1984)
* Touch (1981-1986)
* Short Program (1985-1995 and 2007, collection of short works)
* Slow Step (1986-1991)
* Rough (1987-1989)
* Niji Iro Tōgarashi (1990-1992)
* H2 (1992-1999)
* Jinbē (1992-1997)
* Bōken Shōnen (1998-2006)
* Itsumo Misora (2000-2001)
* Katsu! (2001-2005)
* Idol Ace (2005- ? )
* Cross Game (2005-current)

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