John Pistelli

writer

Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira

Akira, Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo My rating: 3 of 5 stars The 1980s—the latest, the last golden age. The length and breadth of our politics, our pop culture, even … Continue reading

11 December 2018 · 3 Comments

Riyoko Ikeda, Claudine

Claudine by Riyoko Ikeda My rating: 4 of 5 stars This 2018 English translation of Riyoko Ikeda’s 1978 shōjo manga about the brief life and tragic loves of the eponymous protagonist … Continue reading

7 December 2018 · Leave a comment

Moto Hagio, The Heart of Thomas

The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio My rating: 4 of 5 stars Consider two articles published within the last week. In one, Marie Doezema explains the role played by … Continue reading

14 March 2018 · 2 Comments

Kyōko Okazaki, Pink

Pink by Kyōko Okazaki My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is the first major work of Kyoko Okazaki (I reviewed what is usually considered her masterpiece, Helter Skelter: Fashion … Continue reading

21 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Moyoco Anno, In Clothes Called Fat

In Clothes Called Fat by Moyoco Anno My rating: 3 of 5 stars Further beginner’s adventures in manga. In Clothes Called Fat‘s creator, Moyoco Anno, was a protege of Kyoko … Continue reading

14 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Kyōko Okazaki, Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly

Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly by Kyōko Okazaki My rating: 5 of 5 stars Continuing my beginner’s exploration of manga. Kyoko Okazaki’s aptly titled and subtitled Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly is … Continue reading

14 March 2016 · 2 Comments

Inio Asano, Nijigahara Holograph

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano My rating: 5 of 5 stars I promised a fuller review of this back in July, when I was only on my second reading, and … Continue reading

1 December 2015 · 1 Comment

Inio Asano, Solanin

Solanin by Inio Asano My rating: 3 of 5 stars Essentially a YA or NA (i.e. “new adult”) story of a group of friends attempting to transition from college to … Continue reading

2 August 2015 · 1 Comment

Osamu Tezuka, Buddha, vol. 1: Kapilavastu

Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu by Osamu Tezuka My rating: 3 of 5 stars I will excuse myself from writing a lengthy review since I am insufficiently grounded in the narrative … Continue reading

27 March 2015 · Leave a comment