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Mikako Nagamine is recruited as a pilot to fight in the interstellar war against a force of alien invaders, leaving behind her one true love. Mikako’s only connection to Noboru Terao, who continues living the life of an ordinary student, is through cell phone text messages. As Mikako travels light years away, it takes longer and longer for Noboru to receive her messages, until finally one arrives eight years and seven months after she sent it…
Vertical presents the manga adaptation of Award-winning director and author Makoto Shinkai's acclaimed 2002 short film. Schoolgirl Mikako has been recruited into the UN Space Army to fight in a war against an alien race known as the Tarsians. Mikako's close friend Noboru remains on Earth. The two continue to communicate across space using text messages. But as the distance between them increases, the wait between messages gets longer and longer.
A Sky collects more than a 100 of Shikai's art cells from his most popular works and then closes off with interviews from the internationally renowned director and his staff.
Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first installment of Directory of World Cinema: Japan, this volume continues the exploration of the enduring classics, cult favorites, and contemporary blockbusters of Japanese cinema with new contributions from leading critics and film scholars. Among the additions to this volume are in-depth treatments of two previously unexplored genres--youth cinema and films depicting lower-class settings--considered alongside discussions of popular narrative forms, including J-Horror, samurai cinema, anime, and the Japanese New Wave. Accompanying the critical essays in this volume are more than 150 new film reviews, complemented by full-color film stills, and significantly expanded references for further study. From the Golden Age to the film festival favorites of today, Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2 completes this comprehensive treatment of a consistently fascinating national cinema.
Takaki Tohno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his school, but when she must move again at the end of the school year, they decide to keep their close bond by writing letters to one another.
Two lonely souls meet under the shade of a garden gazebo during a downpour. They are both playing hooky, but in the case of Takao he is cutting school; while Yukari should be at work. While this encounter was random, it will not be their last, as their lives will become intertwined with the rain, beer, school and shoe cobbling. Words are not often necessary, but in this case just a few words can make a difference in the hearts of many.
• Reviews of more than 900 manga series • Ratings from 0 to 4 stars • Guidelines for age-appropriateness • Number of series volumes • Background info on series and artists THE ONE-STOP RESOURCE FOR CHOOSING BETWEEN THE BEST AND THE REST! Whether you’re new to the world of manga-style graphic novels or a longtime reader on the lookout for the next hot series, here’s a comprehensive guide to the wide, wonderful world of Japanese comics! • Incisive, full-length reviews of stories and artwork • Titles rated from zero to four stars–skip the clunkers, but don’t miss the hidden gems • Guidelines for age-appropriateness–from strictly mature to kid-friendly • Profiles of the biggest names in manga, including CLAMP, Osamu Tezuka, Rumiko Takahashi, and many others • The facts on the many kinds of manga–know your shôjo from your shônen • An overview of the manga industry and its history • A detailed bibliography and a glossary of manga terms LOOK NO FURTHER, YOU’VE FOUND YOUR IDEAL MANGA COMPANION!

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