The Last Line 'Manga'
Her village was destroyed when she took some vegetables and fruits at the mountain, everything's gone, leaving nothing but her best friend and her stepsister. Her Mother's dead body lay down on the floor, made those big of her eyes wide open from shocks. Zahrein's goals are twofold, bringing back her Father and destroying her sister's family!
Why Did I, the MC Of Gal Game Jump Into A World Of Yuri Comic?
As you can see, the title tells all.
One day, junior high-schooler Yuuki helps a girl from another class, a weird girl known throughout the school as the "Trash Girl." Because of this selfless act, Yuuki's life undergoes a dramatic change! (Source: MU)
Manga de Tsuduru Yuri na Hibi
ComedySlice of Life
A 4-koma manga by Negitano about a yuri couple's day to day life.
Yuri x Yuri Kenbunroku
An ongoing report comic. An English-language version of chapter 1, a report on Yuricon in Tokyo, can be found in ALC Publishing's Yuri Monogatari 3. Chapter 2 is a report on the First Love Sisters drama CD recording. Chapter 3 focuses on the indoor yuri life. In chapter 4, Morishima visits several yuri-related cafes. Chapter 5 is about cultural festivals at girls' schools. Chapter 6 is about wrestling.
Hanadera is a high school boy who loves yuri to the point he constantly watches his female classmates and just lets his imagination run wild. He's living the fabulous life of a man obsessed with yuri, but this is also source of personal conflict: if a yuri-filled world is so perfect, where does he fit in as a man? (Source: the manga habit)
Four mischievous girls illegally occupy the former Traditional Tea Ceremony clubroom, in order to create the "Amusement Club." These scamps...who ignore repeated warnings—in direct rebellion with the righteous directives of the Student Council—decide to remain in the room until they finally get off their bums and do something! In this slightly sluggish manga, full of fits and starts, the four girls set off from their homes for a walk together with days full of a little this and that!♪ (Source: JManga)
A spin-off of Yuri Danshi, about the yuri fangirls featured in the series and their adventures.
Shoujo-ai Anthology. Like Hirari and Comic Lily, this collection gets very little attention from the yuri community. (Source: Payapaya Scans)
1. Hime-chan wa Tereya-san (Bashful Little Hime-chan.) 2. Senpai wa Tokubetsu desu (Senpai Is Special) 3. Kanojo wa Imouto (My Girlfriend is My Little Sister) 4. Tsukiko wa Baka-kawa (Tsukiko is Stupidly Cute) 5. Hakusahku no Okiniiri (The Count's Interest) 6. Oneechan wa Kanojo (My Sister is My Girlfriend) 7. Mikazuki-san wa Amanojaku (Contradictory Mikazuki-san) 8. Hime-chan wa Yappari Tereya-san (The Ever Bashful Hime-chan) 9. Sonogo no Ohanashi (What Happens Next)
Natural airhead Chiho Sakuranaga entered an all girl's high school due to a misunderstanding. Before the entrance ceremony she ran into a puzzling, but beautiful boy-like girl. Later the school president smiles at her and she can't stop the sudden pounding in her chest. Though self-proclaimed straight thus begins her yuri life. (Source: MU)
A battle has broken out among rival sorcerers. The most nefarious group, the Necromancers, is killing young girls in Hong Kong to read the future in their entrails. Carno, a human youth raised by Aeromancers in a different dimension, is summoned back to his homeworld to join in the battle. Does Carno have what it takes to survive in a world of political alliances and emotional entanglements? (Source: CMX)
Tsumari wa Kimi ga Itoshii no desu
1. Tsumari wa Kimi ga Itoshii no desu (After all, I love you.) 2-3. Aware na Ouji-sama 4. Ano Ko to Taifuu 5. Kimi kara no Tegami
Fureru Yubi wa Piano
Fureru Yubi wa Piano Mamiko is a piano teacher with mostly young students, but also one adult businessman, who unfortunately does not have much talent. Why does he want to learn in the first place? Mitsumecha Yaa yo Mimura Miho has a very large bust. Because of that, she's often not taken seriously by the guys she truly likes, including her current crush, her boss Sugisaki. Urumu Tsukiyo ni Misaki, who has had trouble sleeping at night, accidentally calls Lunarium, a strictly non-sexual service that rents out people that will simply sleep next to you in the same bed to help you feel more comfortable at night. A handsome boy named Polaris arrives and...?? Sensei datte Onna no Ko Yukina, a high school teacher, checks out a finishing school and finds out that the owner is the father of one of her own students!
Aikawa Masumi, who is about to be married, coincidentally met with the famous florist, Ryouke Takahisa, when he was buying a wedding bouquet. Even though Takahisa seemed like a pleasant guy, Masumi had a feeling that something was wrong. A few days later, after visiting Takahisa with his girlfriend, Yumiko, Masumi went back for a forgotten item and the unexpected happens, Masumi was taken forcefully by Takahisa. While Takahisa violated him, he told him, "Only you I will never forgive" What was the meaning behind his words...? (Source: Manga Traders)
Hakka Haien no Shujin to Shitsuji
Since escaping from a special child development center, Jougasaki Nanaki has been living on the streets, surviving only by stealing. A chance encounter with someone from his past leads him to a large, but run-down mansion on the outskirts of town. There, he meets a small boy and sees him disappear through a wall right in front of his eyes. Intrigued, Jougasaki remains on the grounds to become the household's butler in hopes of finding out the boy's secret, but...?
Long, long ago, there lived a god with a human face and a serpentine body, Yonagahiko, and Tetsuichi, who stood at 60 centimeters. There was a legend that surrounded the mountain where they dwelled—that humans once slew a god and took over... (Source: Iskultrip Scans)
Hana is a energetic girl who wants a part time job so she can spend the money playing with her friends, but because of this nobody wants to hire her. Until the popular Satsuki offers her a job at the coffee where his brother, a super grumpy handsome guy is the manager. Blinded by the cool and kind Satsuki and besides his brother being against it, she ends up taking the job. But then Satsuki's personality changes completely!! (Source: Otakumole) Included one-shot: Volume 2: Natsu-iro Kujira (Summer Colored Whale)
Miwa wants to get romantically involved with him, but cannot. Soon she finds herself attracted to his father. A dangerous triangular love affair goes on. (Source: MU)
In the moonlit night, the beautiful girls secretly whisper, "I love you, my cute one." Yes, they are young girl prostitutes known as "Dolls." Without knowing love or morals, they are taught the skills to please and soothe a man. And tonight as well? (Source: ShoujoMagic)
Atashi no Lion
Emiri, a 23-year-old high school teacher, makes love once with 18-year-old Shishioh (meaning Lion King) and they decide to get married. Shishioh transfers to the school where Emiri teaches. (Source: MU)
Yuri Kuma Arashi
Some time ago, the asteroid Kumaria exploded in the depths of space. The resulting fragments became a meteor shower that rained down on Earth, and for some reason, bears all over the world rose up and attacked humanity! In "Man vs. Bear," the bears ate the humans and the humans shot the bears, resulting in a seemingly unending battle and a cycle of hatred. In the end, a giant "Wall of Extinction" was erected between the humans and bears and a state of mutual nonaggression came to pass... The human world. One morning, Arashigaoka Academy students Kureha Tsubaki and Sumika Izumino were by themselves and saw the "Yuri Flower" that bloomed in a flower bed. The two are friends as well as lovers. The flower bed is an important place to the two. At that moment, the Bear Alarms ring out! The bears are invading the human world, and humans are being attacked! Are they really those bears? One mystery invokes yet another mystery, one after another... (Source: ANN)
Uchi ni oideyo
1) Why Don't You Make a Dream Come True With me ? (Uchi ni Oideyo) (2 chapters) : Takao is a talent scout who just met a beautiful guy he wants to turn into a model. However the guy isn't really interested. How far will Takao go to make his dream happen? 2)Love Agreement- Continuation of 1. 3) Replica Love 4) The Guy Made Indulgent - Amai (Koitsu ni Amai ku Dekite Iru)- Nakajima is always trying to advise his spoiled subordinate Aoi. But when Aoi asks for help on how to confess to a guy... 5) My Work is a Battlefield (end of the first story) (from B-U)
One day Chika, a cool and pretty high school student, mischievously sends a letter to Misawa, an extremely clumsy biology teacher. It was only supposed to kill some time, but...!? This is a collection of love stories presented by Yuri Hasebe.
Violence x romance, thriller x romance, suspense x romance! After graduating from the National Police Academy with excellent grades, Yoshiki Gotou (a young perfectionist) is partnered with a senior detective named Shinobu Kujo. Despite having a brilliant arrest record, Shinobu is willful and abrasive, with a habit of refusing to handle cases "by the book". As the pair start to investigate serious crimes together, their relationship begins to strengthen. Although very different people, when Yoshiki and Shinobu work together, things have a habit of getting intense...
Tokyo Boy Meets Country
City boy, Chiaki, was asked to take on a "Big Project" by his grandfather and sent to Tokachi, Hokkaido. However, upon his arrival to the project site, Chiaki is met with farming land full of cattle... the countryside?! In order to help the spoiled Chiaki mature, his grandfather tells him to "earn enough money to pay for your flight home." In front of a hopeless Chiaki, appears the extremely tall, Soichirou, who was under the impression that he was going to be living with a girl who would be undergoing bridal training…?! Hokkaido County Boy x Tokyo Raised Selfish Boy-Farm Village Roommate BL! (Source: xiaojiangworld)
Sasakura Ryuu is a college student who also writes a particularly bloody series of light novels. One day, he meets a mysterious young fan with the name of one of his characters, "Mikato." Since Mikato is one of the characters Ryuu is planning to kill off in his next novel, this raises some questions about what, if any, responsibility Ryuu has towards his fans and what they might take away from his work. These questions only grow worse when murders begin to occur that blatantly copy specific events in his novels. What's more, a "fan" that may be behind the murders begins sending him disturbing photo texts... (Source: MangaHelpers)
Datte Ai ja Nai!?
Keisuke has taken on the debt of a junior, and has borrowed money from the black-market lender, Suganuma. But, when the loan is due, Keisuke can't return all the money. So Suganuma asked to do H things with him in exchange for the interest due. While using his body to pay back the money due a relationship grows, Suganuma starts to be attracted to Keisuke's bravery..... Will the situation go on as expected?! (Source: MU)
A spin-off of Yuri Danshi. The protagonist Keisuke Hanadera and six of his fellow yuri fanboys are suddenly swept into an alternate world where girls do not exist.
A fun guide that teaches the basics of the art of manga by one of the most well-known mangaka in the business! Follow Eri on her journey to "become a pro and inspire people with dreams!"
Manga Science was serialized in a science magazine for elementary school students. From the cutting edge to the more familiar science, unique characters make it all easy to understand. This popular science manga can be enjoyed by all regardless of age. (Source: JManga)
Graduating at the top of her class, elite detective candidate Jun Shibata is transferred to the section that handles cases deemed "unsolvable" by the department. Her partner, though a well-respected and experienced detective, has grown complacent after unsuccessfully pursuing these cases that many consider an exercise in futility. With her upper class breeding, her colleagues don't expect much from her either, but she suprises them all with her motivation and astounding powers of deduction. (Source: Asian Wiki)
The story revolves around Kaname, a first-year university student, his girlfriend Itsumi, and other members of their university's 'East Asia Investigation Committee,' as well as their resident Korean friend, Kouichi. Kaname initially believes the story of Japanese oppression of colonized Korea as taught at school and is critical of his grandfather who once worked for the colonial government in Korea. Kaname's belief, however, is subsequently challenged by his grandfather's last words before his death that 'Japan contributed to the development of Korea.' Confused, Kaname decides to join the history group on entering the university and begins his quest for the 'truth' about Korea and Japan-Korea relations. Throughout the comic, he and Itsumi accumulate knowledge on Korea and Japan-Korea relations from the Internet, books, and senior members of the history group. In each chapter they debate opponents such as Kouichi, other history study groups, citizen activists, and South Korean students over issues such as the Japanese colonization of Korea, the status of Korean residents in Japan, and who should accept responsibility for the war. Invariably they win every debate.
Ware wa Kenou!!
Yoshiaki is entering a school that is famous for its fights and violence. He chose to go there for just that reason, and he intends to be the strongest one there. When he first arrives, he helps out a girl called Homura, who is being picked on by some guys. When she asks him to be her "sword" afterward, Yoshiaki doesn't know how to respond. Apparently, students of the school team up in pairs; a "sword" and a "master". Others advise him not to associate with the girl, who is a "Rank F", as she probably won't live very long. However, Yoshiake is not thrilled with the idea of abandoning her to die. (Source: MU)
Soredemo Kimi ga
A love story between a plain girl and a shining boy. Muta meets Kasai Kippei by chance during a supplementary exam. Their relationship starts to grow when Kasai suddenly starts to talk to Muta, which leads Muta to have feelings for him. Included one-shots: Volume 2: Shiritai no wa Kimi no Koto Volume 3: Otonari Lullaby
Kaguya is a quiet orphan who has lived with a Japanese family since she was a little girl. Another boring high school day becomes the adventure of her life when she's mysteriously transported far, far away to a realm of strangers who call her "Princess." Now, Princess Kaguya must uncover both her true identity and the motives behind the battling warlords who want to claim her. The universe is a battlefield, and the key to peace may be in the hands of one very special girl. (Source: TokyoPop)
My Darling Lion
Emily, a 23 year old woman, is a teacher at the local high school. She's smart, attractive and put together—well it would appear that way. What has been kept a secret however from everyone else is that she is actually married to Shishio—an 18 year old student in her class. Lots of hilarious circumstances ensue along with some romance and some real life issues between the couple. (Source: TCmanga)
Bocchama wa Ijiwaru
Rich young Master comes across a girl alone and abandoned during Christmas. He decides to take her in and name her "Mike." Now he's in high school and she's his personal maid. Did I mention she now loves him and he's rather sadistic with a terrible panty fetish? (Source: Nekohana) Included one-shot: Volume 4: Eve wo Kitto Suki ni Naru
Sight unseen? Not exactly. Feel the Allure of the known. Blinded in a freak accident, Kai's vision is restored years later through a corneal transplant. His new eyes, however, can't seem to focus on his family or girlfriend. They are instead drawn to Hizuki, the surgeon who performed the operation. Is it because of the doctor's alluring scent, which Kai finds strangely familiar? Or could it be because the transplanted corneas last belonged to Hizuki's lover...? (Source: DramaQueen)
Yuri ni Tanpopo
Fujii Kanae just broke up with her boyfriend, when her older sister Mizuho calls her to ask for her hospitality for her and... her girlfriend. How will Kanae, who hadn't ever imagined her sister to be a lesbian, cope with this cohabitation?
Petit Yuri Hime
A special booklet that was bundled with Comic Yuri Hime volume 19 containing mini-sequels to stories from Yuri Hime, Yuri Hime S, and Yuri Hime Wildrose. The booklet was only delivered to customers who have subscribed to Comic Yuri Hime magazine.
An autobiography of the duo Fujio Fujiko, creators of Paman and Doraemon. How they become friends and developed love for manga—but their passion lead them into different ways in the end. (Source: MU)
In a desolate future, a girl is living her life day by day. Doing whatever it takes to survive. Her life is completely changed after meeting an old woman, and stealing her most precious shoujo manga.
Yuri Mekuru Hibi
A chance meeting blossomed to love between two girls. But it's quite a peculiar couple: Sayuri is ordinary in every way, while her love interest, Yoriko, is a refined lady who seems to be completely lacking in common sense. Graceful attraction between two very different personalities, a sweet and slightly dazzling love story. (Source: MU)
Yuri Hime Selection
Anthology of steamy yuri one-shots. Please see more info for details.
New manga editor Haruka has just been assigned to her favorite manga artist ever, Kuroi Ritsu. Kuroi-sensei's manga, "With You" motivated her to turn her life around. When she finally meets shut-in, mopey, entirely unfashionable Kuroi-sensei, Haruka is in for a bit of a shock. (Source: Okazu)
Hito Yuri Touge
Having been born with an ability to destroy things without having to touch them, a man was abandoned by his mother when he was a child. His name long forgotten, he continues to travel aimlessly, crossing paths with those with superhuman powers along the way. These encounters are perhaps brought about by his own power. (Source: Ivyscan)
Yuri Hime Wildrose
Volumes of steamy yuri one-shots. Please see more info for details.
Yuri to Yura
Very interesting & impressive human comedy series about two boys who have been brought up at orphanage like real brothers : Yuri and Yura are students who are living at same orphanage. Yuri is very intelligent and always teaches Yura who has only the talent of boxing to be recommended by. But after taking a bath together, Yura begins to avoid Yuri's care. Yuri finally tells Yura his feeling and dashes out of the house in the snowy day like the day when they were abandoned at orphanage... (Source: MU) Included one-shot: Ousegahama
Yuri-iro no Koibito
Young boy worries he's too useless & incompetent to be with his crush.
There is a legend that tells of how the world was almost destroyed thousands of years ago by the vampire queen after she unleashed her latent powers. Despite their efforts, the humans were unable to defeat her, and thus resorted to sealing her away until the time came that they would be powerful enough to destroy the seal and kill her. However, the humans are not the only ones after the seal. Having cast aside his kingdom and betraying his own race and the dhampirs (half-vampires), the vampire king is persistantly searching, even to this day, for where his queen has been sealed away so he may break the seal and free her before the humans do. Fearing that once the king and queen are reunited, they shall continue to destroy the world together, the humans and dhampirs hunt the king, using any method possible. (Source: Anime Source)
Manga no Ma
Hirose Arisu's dream is to be a mangaka! But is it as simple as it seems? Will she be able to rise to being a great mangaka like her classmate Usami? Or will she continue to be a failure...?
Manga no Tsukurikata
Asuka, who debuted as a manga artist at the age of 13 but has not had work since then and is now 19. Fresh off from graduating high school, she gets inspired by the works of Sachi, and decides to quit her job in order to become a manga artist again. Since girl's love and boy's love are currently popular genres, she decides to go out with a former co-worker, Morishita who is in love with her, in order to gain experience. Later, she finds out that Morishita is actually Sachi. Included one-shots: Volume 7: Pii-chan Volume 8: Shoujo A
Yuri-Natsu: Minshuku Kagaya
A mother and her four daughters run an Inn for yuri couples and those who want to become one. They take passion in shipping anyone.
Yuri Seijin Naoko-san
The surreal gag manga follows a quiet, timid girl named Misuzu whose older sister Naoko is returning from studying aboard. However, when she hurries home to meet her sister, Misuzu instead encounters Naoko-san, the strange alien from Yuri-sei (Yuri Planet) who loves eroticism, yuri, and girls.
Taken from kotonoha: In the song "Too Much Blood," Mick Jagger asked, "Do you remember Japanese student kill and ate his girlfriend in Paris?" That world-wide-known cannibal is Kazumasa Sagawa. He was eventually released by French authorities because he was diagnosed with a mental disorder. He was sent to Japan, but Japanese psychologists couldn't find anything wrong with his mental condition, so he went free! In his own comic, written and drawn by himself, Sagawa details the murder and the banquet just like a gourmet guide. "The flesh of her butt is incredibly soft and juicy like genuine filet." Does it make you feel rush into a rest room or Sizzler? Warning: This manga contains very disturbing scenes such as cannibalism, mutilation, desmembering, etc. (In short: Guro) READ AT CAUTION!
Tetsudou Shoujo Manga
1. Rouman Hikou ni Nottotte 2. Kare no Sumu Illuda 3. Rittai Kousa no Eki (Overpass Junction) 4. Ao to Shiro no Ream 5. Mokuyoubi no Savarin 6. Yoru wo Kasaneru 7. Aru Kyuujitsu
Adidas Manga Fever
An anthology collection with manga & illustrations from Japanese and international artists for the FIFA World Cup 2002.
Manga Yonin Shosei
Four young Japanese men immigrate to San Francisco at the start of the 20th century. There they adopt American names and set out to learn western ways and seek their fortunes. Henry (the author’s alter ego) enrolls in art school to learn the western style of painting, Charlie studies American democracy, Fred plans to become a successful farmer, and Frank wants to be a prosperous merchant. Along the way they experience first hand the events affecting Northern California and the United States at that time; the 1906 earthquake, the World’s Fair, and World War I. (Source: MU)
Noriko is a young girl who got into a car accident. When she awoke, there was a young, handsome doctor looking worriedly over her. Shinoda has a warm, childish smile that makes her feel at ease, but then he tells her some shocking news. Noriko lost her body in the accident and now is just a brain kept inside a box. Thus begins their pure love story?! (Source: the manga habit)
Silent Manga Audition: Sekai kara Todoita Japanese Manga
Compilation book of winning works of the "2013 Silent Manga Audition" first round ("Love Letter" theme). See more info for details.
Zenryaku, Yuri no Sono yori
Yuri doesn't have any friends because of her personality. One day, the famous Fujiwara talks to her, but Yuri thinks that she's nothing but a fake person. Shinobu, her childhood friend and only friend, writes a story for a doujinshi which Yuri would do the art. On the story, the main character resembles Fujiwara a lot, but with a twisted personality. On that same day, Yuri sees the real Fujiwara and, as she had suspected, that girl wasn't so lovely as she appeared. (Source: MU) Included one-shots: Volume 1: First Love (Koi Zome); First Love, After That
Yuri Sensei to Itoshiki Hibi
In this sequel to "Yuri Sensei is in a Good Mood Today as Well", pure-hearted editor Muguruma continues his uneasy working relationship with mystery author Yuri, while also taking on a new writer, Sakura. While Sakura’s carefree, affectionate manner and unfailing punctuality make him highly desirable as a client, will he succeed in winning Muguruma’s heart as well? Now, faced with an arranged marriage and an attractive rival, it’s up to Yuri-sensei to make his true feelings clear. (Source: DMG)
Manga de Wakaru Shinryounaika
The psychologist Ryou and his cheerful nurse Asuna explain many aspects of mental illness to the reader. They cover topics such as the validity, prevalence, and origins of mental disorders, in addition to addressing specific disorders. The information is imparted in a cheerful and comic manner, with various jokes, puns, and pop culture references. (Source: MangaHelpers)
Watashi Igai Jinrui Zenin Yuri
The world has somehow changed and isn't normal anymore... There are no boys to be found, and all the girls have become... (Source: Manga Rock)
Star Wars Manga Black
Contains original stories set in the Star Wars universe featuring characters from the six films. This work shows you many different sides of the familiar franchise, featuring everything from comedy to tragedy to despair to redemption. (Source: Waterstones) The following stories are in Star Wars Black; * Perfect Evil Part 1 by Hiromoto-SIN-Ichi * Tantive IV by Formalin * Evil Eyes by Nao * Dear Anakin by Furi Furi Company Also contains three illustrations by Kia Asamiya, Yuji Kaida, and Tsutomu Takahashi.
Manga of the Dead
1. And I Love Her 2. Dead and Fail to Die 3. Yuki Youkai Ningen Organogel 4. Fight of the Living Dead 5. Shitai to Kurasu na Kodomotachi 6. Zombie 7. Shounen Zombie 8. Shiryou no Mori (Source: MU)
Hetappi Manga Kenkyuujo R
ComedyShounenSlice of Life
Saitou, an editor at Weekly Shounen Jump is tired of his work, tired of being forced to work like a slave while receiving a small salary. He decides to be a Mangaka and dreams of getting rich quick. Then he looks for Murata Yuusuke, Mangaka of Eyeshield 21, and threatens him and gets him to teach him how to draw manga. Murata starts with the description of the basic tools, tips on how to draw a face, body, girl, etc. They also receive special guests as lecturers, like Kawashita Mizuki (Ichigo 100%), Matsui Yuusei (Nougami Neuro), Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi (Toriko) and Togashi Yoshihiro (Hunter X Hunter).
Manga Reportage: Chuunen Doutei
ComedySlice of Life
Tells the story of eight Japanese men, aged 30 to 50, who have never had sex.
Mou Shoujo Manga nante
1. Mou Shoujo Manga nante 2. Heroine Blue 3. Michikusa Shounen Shoujo 4. Usotsuki House 5. Time Machine wa Uso wo Tsuku (Lying Time Machine)
X-Men: The Manga
Based on the popular American comic book series, it was created as an attempt of Marvel Comics to break into the manga industry.
Star Wars Manga Silver
Contains original stories set in the Star Wars universe featuring characters from the six films. This work shows you many different sides of the familiar franchise, featuring everything from comedy to tragedy to despair to redemption. (Source: Waterstones) Star Wars Silver contains the following stories; * Perfect Evil Part 2 by Hiromoto-SIN-ichi * Oh!! Jawajawa by Hitoshi Ariga * Star Wars -Phantasmagoria- by Baron Ueda * Vader vs. R2 & 3PO by Makomo Nakatsuka * Dark Jedi by Yasushi Nirasawa Also contains two fold-out illustrations by Yuji Kaida and Kia Asamiya.
Manga Nihon Keizai Nyuumon
HistoricalSlice of Life
They are burning Japanese cars in Detroit. The top management at Toyosan Motors must decide whether to begin offshore production of its cars in the U.S. But our hero Mr. Kudo fears that offshore production will devastate the numerous local subcontractors of Toyosan, leading to a hollowing out of the auto industry in Japan, leaving only a financial shell. The American color TV industry has already suffered such a fate. The villain, Mr. Tsugawa, calls Kudo a wimp and sees a splendid opportunity for union busting. Will our hero prevail? Thus begins the first episode of this rollicking yet incisive introduction to the world economy from the Japanese point of view. Other episodes treat the appreciation of the yen, the impact of the 1970s oil shocks, deficit financing, the internationalization of business and banking, and the post-industrial future of Japan and the Pacific Rim. The book is an English edition of volume 1 of Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon, originally published in 1986 by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the Japanese equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. It is based on a serious introductory text put out by the newspaper and is packed with informative charts and facts. When the comic book was first published in Japan, it was an immediate best-seller, selling over 550,000 copies in less than a year. The stories in the book reflect Japan's national mood during the "Japanese miracle" and into the 1980s economic bubble: apprehension and optimism jostle one another, and there is a sense of national self-pity. The book also reflects a deep suspicion of politics and bureaucrats. The prime minister appears more worried about his government's popularity than about taking the right economic course. Ultimately, the employees at Toyosan Motors demonstrate that the success of the Japanese economy will not depend on natural resources or politics but on business practices that are ethical, socially responsible, and forward-looking (Source: University of California Press)