Light Novel

Mizuno Junko no Hansel & Gretel novel

Hansel and Gretel, redesigned as tough schoolkids from a 1970s light novel, must save their happy hometown from a wicked spell. The goofiest and least faithful of Mizuno’s three fairy-tale adaptations, True martial world novel is focused on food and dieting, featuring such Mizuno-esque creations as a giant pink pig that considerately slices pieces off itself so people can eat them. Includes stickers, paper dolls, and other extras. Printed in color on intentionally cheap, pulpy paper.

In keeping with Hans Christian Andersen’s original story, Princess Mermaid is the most emotionally intense—not to mention violent and sexual—of Mizuno’s fairy-tale adaptations. Three mermaid sisters run a brothel under the sea, until one of them falls in love with a human who works for the loathsome fish-processing plant that killed their mother. The well-written plot is red with rape, cannibalism, and mermaid spawn, and the undersea settings inspire Mizuno to some of her most beautiful artwork. Includes postcards and other extras. Printed in color on intentionally cheap, pulpy paper.

 

High school student Hiro receives a strange power suit in the mail. The Junk armored suit gives him incredible speed and strength. Eager to get revenge on the people who bullied him, he wears the suit on nightly rampages of sheer power, his identity concealed by his helmet. But as someone once said about another hero, “with great power comes great responsibility,” and when Hiro encounters a woman with her own Junk suit, he must face the consequences of his actions.

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“Whenever someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. That curse lingers in the place of death.” Such a fearful condition afflicts a normal-looking suburban house in the Nerima ward of Tokyo. Years ago, a husband brutally murdered his wife, Kayoko, there, and their six-year-old son, Toshio, went missing soon after. Now whoever occupies the house is affected by a mysterious virus-like haunting and is sure to endure malevolent spectral appearances by the undead Kayoko and Toshio. Inspired by the popular Ju-On film franchise (remade by Hollywood as The Grudge), Ju-On volume 1 (aka Ju-On: Video Side) follows the new owners, and teenage guests, of this haunted house as they come to grips with the horror that awaits them inside. Clearly designed for younger readers, Miki Rinno’s underdeveloped shôjo art style seems at odds with the moody atmosphere of the rest of the Ju-On series. With new characters continually introduced, only to be dispatched a few pages later, the story is also a bit hard to follow.

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