マンガ        -Japanese Comic-

Lovers’ Kiss (ラヴァーズ・キス?) is a 2003 Japanese romance movie based on a manga by Akimi Yoshida. This is a youth movie of six teenagers (three boys and three girls) whom it is focused on, taking place in Kamakura. Kamakura is a popular place in Japan.

The themes of homosexuality and sexual trauma are the main focus of the story.

Akimi Yoshida is well known for her work ” Banana Fish”.

Plot

Rikako of the twelfth grade repeated play at night with her close Miki every day. One day she meets (and becomes infatuated with) Tomoaki Fujii, who’s rumoured to be the Don Juan of her school and even impregnated a girl before getting an abortion in his father’s hospital. This doesn’t bother Rikako one bit, as she too sleeps around. But Tomoaki, knowing Rikako’s true intentions, shoves her aside. Rikako later finds out that Tomoaki is quitting school to move to Okinawa, and she finally attempts to understand him. From then on, they form a close bond.

アニ飯屋(ANIMESHIA) is coming up to 秋葉原(Akihabara) soon. アニ飯屋 is a restaurant. You can eat some dishes that are in Japanese cartoon.
Dishes under development
Girls und Panzer:SPAM rice ball and cake
Guardian of the Spirit: Moribito:Donburi and Soup
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie :Ramen
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel: Crape Okonomiyaki
Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro:Meatball spaghetti and Prosciutto


http://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1402/07/news152.html

アニ飯屋(ANIMESHIA) is coming up to 秋葉原(Akihabara) soon. アニ飯屋 is a restaurant. You can eat some dishes that are in Japanese cartoon.

Dishes under development

  • Girls und Panzer:SPAM rice ball and cake
  • Guardian of the Spirit: Moribito:Donburi and Soup
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie :Ramen
  • Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel: Crape Okonomiyaki
  • Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro:Meatball spaghetti and Prosciutto

http://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1402/07/news152.html

Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Tekkonkinkurīto?, a child’s mispronunciation of “Tekkin Konkurito” (steel reinforced concrete)[2] is a three-volume seinen manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized from 1993 to 1994 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits and first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White. It was adapted into a 2006 feature-length Japanese anime film of the same name, directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C. The film Tekkonkinkreet premiered in Japan on December 23, 2006.

The story takes place in the fictional city of Takaramachi (Treasure Town) and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids – the tough, canny Kuro (Black) and the childish, innocent Shiro (White), together known as the Cats – as they deal with yakuza attempting to take over Treasure Town.

Plot

While the manga follows multiple plot threads, the film adaption consists of a few plots shown in the manga.

The film follows two orphans, Kuro(Black) and Shiro(White), as they attempt to keep control of the streets of the pan-Asian metropolis of Takaramachi, once a flourishing town and now a huge, crumbling slum fraught with warring between criminal gangs. Kuro is a violent and streetwise punk, considering Takaramachi to be “his town”. Shiro is younger and appears to be mentally impaired, out of touch with the world around him and often living in a world of illusions. They call themselves “the Cats”. Despite their extreme differences, they complement and support each other, similar to the Chinese Taoist principle of yin and yang.

During one of their “missions”, they take on thugs and Kuro ends up beating up three Yakuza gang members who are menacing a street gangster friend of his. The Yakuza work for Snake, the head of a corporation called “Kiddy Kastle”. Snake plans to tear down and rebuild Takaramachi as a theme park to fit his own goals and dreams. When Kuro interferes once too often, Yakuza are sent to kill him, but fail. Angered, Snake then sends the deadly “three assassins”, near-superhuman hitmen, to finish the job..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXsuf6_R2ew

Many pop stars in Japan provide the voice of these characters.

Kuro : Black (Kazunari Ninomiya)

Shiro  : White (Yu Aoi)

96:Kuro, 46:Shiro

Itazura na Kiss (イタズラなKiss Playful Kiss?) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Kaoru Tada. Itazura na Kiss is called “Ita-kiss"  by fans. Itazura na Kiss began to be serialized and published in 1991 by Shueisha through Margaret magazine. It became successful very quickly and became the manga series that Tada became known for in Japan.[1] The manga became so popular that three live TV series have been made so far in 1996, 2005, and 2010, with a sequel of the 2005 drama in late 2007. In 2013, a remake of the Japanese live TV series, called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, was made. Despite its success, the manga was never completed due to the unexpected death of the author in a house accident while she was moving to another house with her husband and son. However the manga series continues to be published with the permission of the artist’s widower.[2]

Plot

In the romantic comedy story, a not-so-smart high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a hottie “super-ikemen” (handsome male) who is smart and good at sports, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko’s family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad’s childhood bestfriend…whose son is Naoki. Naoki eventually falls for Kotoko and started to have romantic, protective feelings for her.

[On TV drama in 2013]

http://www.cinemart.co.jp/itakiss-tokyo/

Some people are saying that featured actor is not handsome, some people are saying that he is cute.

The Drifting Classroom (漂流教室 Hyōryū Kyōshitsu?) is a horror manga series by Kazuo Umezu. It was awarded the 20th Shogakukan Manga Award in general category in 1974.[1]

The story was adapted into a Japanese live action movie in 1987, and given a modern setting at an international school in Kobe. The movie starred Hayashi Yasufumi and Aiko Asano. It is unusual among Japanese movies in that most of the dialogue is in English.

A more modern remake came in the form of a fully Japanese language dorama (The Long Love Letter) which changed it into a love-story of sorts.

Plot

Sho Takamatsu, a sixth grader, proceeds to school following a bitter argument with his mother about her throwing out his things. But as Sho attends his class, a tremor suddenly shakes the facility, and the students and faculty find that the school has somehow been transported into a wasteland. In time, they find others wandering through the strange landscape, lost. One of them, a three-year-old boy named Yu, shows Sho a memorial buried in the dust which commemorates the disappearance of their school - indicating that they somehow have landed in the future. As it later turns out, the world succumbed to a variety of environmental disasters some time after the school was time-warped, leaving the Earth nearly depopulated at the end of the 20th century.

In the face of this unexpected and frightening development, many of the adults and students at school lose their wits. One of the teachers, Wakahara, goes completely insane and murders his colleagues and some of the students before he is killed by Sho in self-defense, while the previously mild-mannered food delivery man for the school, Sekiya, puts his own survival before the children’s lives, which leaves the children with no adult guidance. In this desperate situation, Sho attempts to take charge in order to ensure the survival of all. He meets Nishi, a fifth-grader from Nagao, who has the mysterious psychic power to reach into the past. When Sho’s mother, who is remorseful over her son’s disappearance, is contacted by Sho through Nishi’s power in times of great need, she goes great lengths to assist her son by preparing things in her own time so that they might help Sho in this bleak future.

The stranded children meet many challenges in their desperate fight for survival. They encounter hostile monsters which claim the lives of several children. They are also affected by a deadly plague, the growing shortage of food and water, hostile delinquents who sow dissension amongst the students and threaten inner stability, and most of all, creeping madness. Sho and his closest companions, who form the school’s “government”, fight a fierce struggle but are unable to save many of their comrades, who keep falling prey to the myriad of dangers around them and their own despair. In the end, Nishi falls into a coma, but the students are nevertheless able to use her powers to send someone back into the past. But due to a series of mishaps, only little Yu is able to return, delivering Sho’s journal to Sho’s mother. However, in the future the children happen upon several beneficial factors which promise the return of life to the devastated Earth and their own survival, and they resolve to stay and try to rebuild the world from the ashes of the past.

Hana Yori Dango (花より男子 Lit: Boys over Flowers?) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Yoko Kamio. The story is set in Eitoku Academy, an elite school for children from rich families. It follows lead protagonist Tsukushi Makino, a student from a working-class family, and the members of Eitoku Academy’s elite Flower Four, commonly known as the “F4”.

Hana Yori Dango was serialized in Shueisha's bi-weekly Margaret magazine from October 1992 to September 2003, and was collected into 37 tankōbon volumes. The manga has been adapted into a 51-episode anime series (which closely follows the manga) and an anime film. The manga series has also been adapted into live-action television drama series in Japan, Taiwan and Korea it was also adapted into two live-action films. TV drama of US version is coming to TV on November, 2013.

http://mydramalist.com/article/2013/09/22/mdl-exclusive-boys-before-flowers-american-remake-cast-picks#.Uk9tylOtyCU

Plot

Eitoku Academy (英徳学園 Eitoku Gakuen?) is a school that caters to children from rich, high-society families. Hence, Tsukushi, who comes from a poor family, is considered by others as the “weed” of the school. The school is ruled by the “Flower Four” group, more commonly known as the F4. The F4 leader, and son of the wealthiest, most powerful family in Japan, Tsukasa Domyouji, takes an interest in Tsukushi because she is the only girl at Eitoku who does not fawn over him. However, his hot-headed nature and bullying ways are originally a major turn-off for Tsukushi, who has her sights set on Rui Hanazawa.

The violinist Rui Hanazawa, Tsukasa’s best friend, becomes Tsukushi’s first serious romantic interest. He is a quiet and cool guy, but he has a soft spot for his close friend and Tsukushi’s idol, the model Shizuka Todou, whom he harbored feelings for since childhood. His character is a bit complex, and always has changing feelings for Tsukushi, but above all cares about her a lot.

The other two members of the F4 are Akira Mimasaka, the laid-back peacemaker of the group, and Sojirou Nishikado, an unrepentant playboy. They both usually have at least one girlfriend at any one time; Akira prefers older women because the women of his household (his mother and two younger sisters) are quite childish. Sojirou is happy to be in casual relationships with many women, although we later discover that at one time he was in love with a childhood friend.

Over time, Tsukushi’s feelings towards Tsukasa evolve, as she begins to appreciate the degree of change that occurred in Tsukasa once he fell in love with her. Tsukasa becomes fiercely loyal to Tsukushi and believes in her beyond all doubt, and slowly gets her to see him in a different light. However, because of the difference in their family background, Tsukushi and Tsukasa’s relationship received a lot of opposition from Tsukasa’s mother. Tsukasa’s mother then tries all ways and means to break the pair up.

The Window of Orpheus (オルフェウスの窓 Orpheus no Mado?) is a manga by Riyoko Ikeda. It was published by Shueisha in Margaret from 1975 to 1981, and collected in 18 bound volumes. Riyoko Ikeda (池田 理代子 Ikeda Riyoko?, born December 18, 1947 in Osaka, Japan) is a  Japanese manga artist. She was one of the most popular Japanese comic artists in the 1970s, being best known for The Rose of Versailles.

PLOT

The story takes place in Germany and Russia with the backdrop story of the Russian Revolution.

It begins in Regensburg, Germany in 1903. There is a rumor at the all-boys Catholic S. Sebastian Music Institute that if someone looks through a window known as The Window of Orpheus in one of the towers and sees a beautiful girl through it, he will fall in love with her. This love will only bring pain for it will end up like the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Two of the students, Klaus and Isaac, see a girl through the window. Not realizing she is a fellow student named Julius, who was raised to be a boy, things spin out of control and their lives are changed forever.

Berserk (ベルセルク Beruseruku?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. The first volume of the manga was published on November 26, 1990 by Hakusensha in its Jets Comics collection. There are 37 volume in 2013. The series was adapted into a twenty-five episode anime series covering the series’ first story arc by Oriental Light and Magic from October 7, 1997 to March 31, 1998. A series of films were released, beginning with Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King on February 4, 2012, as part of an effort to adapt the entire manga series.

PLOT

Guts (ガッツ Gattsu?), known throughout the land as the mysterious Black Swordsman, arrives in the city of Koka, where he inadvertently rescues an elf. Introduced as Puck, he curiously follows Guts, much to the latter’s annoyance. Guts fights and kills the man controlling the town who could transform into a snake-like monster. During this time, it is revealed that Guts is looking for a group called The God Hand, while at the same is hunting down their minions, humans who have sold their souls to become demons, known as Apostles; the Snake Baron being one. Guts eventually moves on to another city controlled by another Apostle called The Count. He eventually defeats The Count, who retained the ability to transform into a slug-like monster. Mortally wounded, the Count’s blood, along with his fear of death, activates the egg-shaped stone known as Behelit. It transports Guts and the Count into another dimension and summons the five members of the God Hand, one of whom appears to have a long history with Guts. The members of God Hand offer to restore the Count’s life, but he must sacrifice his daughter Theresia to do so. Unwilling to sacrifice her, the Count is condemned to an endless swirling void of souls. The fight with The Count had wounded Guts to the point that he was unable to do anything to the God Hand, and he could only watch as his chance passed. Guts, Puck, and the Count’s daughter are returned to the normal world. Guts then moves on to continue his quest, while Puck follows.

http://www.berserkfilm.com/index.php

Doubutsu no oishasan (動物のお医者さん) is a shōjo manga by Noriko Sasaki.There are 12 Japanese tankōbon or 8 bunkobon reprints published by Hakusensha. It was adapted into a television series 2003.

Plot

The humorous adventures of a Hokkaido veterinary student, his friends, and his dog (Chobi), learning how to care for all kinds of animals.

 


Sakuran (さくらん) is a manga series created by Moyoco Anno. Her husband is Hideaki Anno who is knwon as director about  Neon Genesis Evangelion series.

The manga is about a girl, Kiyoha (though she goes through different names while growing up the hierarchy) who becomes a tayu or oiran courtesan.

Plot

A young kamuro (maid in a brothel) is sold into the red-light district Yoshiwara and is put under the care of the oiran of the Tamagiku house, Shouhi, who names her Tomeki. The girl is very rebellious. It is because of this that the leaders of the household begin to think that she will be one day a great oiran, since they need not only beauty and talent, but also the tenacity to maintain their position.

Tomeki becomes O-Rin, a hikkomi (or courtesan-in-training), and later Kiyoha, the most beautiful girl in the Tamagiku household. Her popularity threatens the position of Tamagiku’s oiran Mikumo, which creates great tension between the two.

But rivalry is not the main problem for young Kiyoha, but rather the appearance of young Soujiro and the impossibility of love.

※There’s a difference between Oiran and Geisha.

Iguana Girl (イグアナの娘 Iguana no musume?, also translated as Daughter of the Iguana or Iguana Daughter) is a manga by Moto Hagio. It was adapted into a television drama in 1996.

It is about a young girl, Rika, whose mother views her as being ugly, and favours her other daughter, Mami. Rika thinks of herself as ugly and as an iguana, but after her mother’s death, realises that her mother was also an ugly iguana.

Iguana Girl reflects Hagio’s own relationship with her mother,[1] and it took her “years to write this story”. Hagio saw an iguana in a documentary on television and identified with it, feeling it was “lamenting its failure to become a human, just like me”.[2]

Baketsu de Gotham (バケツでごはん) is a Japanese manga by Kiriko Kubo. This manga is comedy type.

Uenohara Zoo is always full with people. There are many animals. But, actually they can talk and work at there as salaried employee like human. It’s a secret for human society. The roles are animals, but they have same troubles as real humans have (e.g. One-side love, gender, gay, baby-battering, the gap between rich and poor, etc..).

http://kubokiri.com/index_en.html

Shi to kanojo to boku (死と彼女とぼく/ Death, she and I ) is a manga by Madoka kawaguchi.
This manga is a story about love, way of life and death. Yukari (a girl) can see and hear the dead after she went through a serious illness at the age of 7. Because of her ability, she can experience supernatural phenomena. By meeting the dead, Yukari Tokino gets to know their loneliness, sadness, hate and horrors.
Yusaku (a boy) can hear the voice of the heart of all souls, such as the dead and animals and plants.

Hyakki yakoushou(百鬼夜行抄) is a Japanese manga by Ichiko Ima.
Ritsu inherited his sixth sense from his grandfather, along with a demon guardian named Blue Storm. Strange things just seem to happen around these two, and it’s left to them to get to the bottom of all these mysterious events. Each story is independent but features recurring characters you’ll come to know and appreciate as they, each in their own way, try to deal with things ‘not of this world’.

Hanasakeru Seishōnen (花咲ける青少年?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Natsumi Itsuki.[1] Set in the modern era, the story follows the path to romance of fourteen-year-old Kajika Burnsworth, daughter of powerful industrialist Harry Burnsworth, owner of the Burnsworth international conglomerate giant. Kajika agrees to participate in a “marriage game” with her father, in which she must select her future husband out of three men that her father has supposedly preselected for her.
Despite its shōjo-romance undertones, the story itself evolves as a power political mystery involving a small, southeast Asian country called Raginei (purportedly near Malaysia). Raginei as a country is only 1,000 years old, but became extremely wealthy within the last 50 years or so due to a change in ideals implemented by past King Machaty that allowed the international export of oil. While Kajika searches for her suitors and puzzles over the concept of love, the country is thrown into political turmoil and Kajika’s friendship with Prince Rumaty Ivan, as well as the Burnsworth relationship with Raginei, lands her right in the middle of it all.