How long will you stay in the game? The last thing Kei and Masaru remember was being struck dead by a subway train while saving the life of a drunken bum. What a waste! And yet somehow they’re still…alive? Or semi-alive? Maybe it’s reanimated… by some kind of alien orb with a nasty message… “Your lives are over. What you do with your new lives is up to me!” And what this orb called ‘Gantz’ intends to do with their lives is make them play games of death, hunting all kinds of odd aliens, along with a bunch of other ordinary citizens who’ve recently met a tragic semi-end. The missions they embark upon are often dangerous. Many die – and die again! This dark and action-packed manga deals with the moral conflicts of violence, coupled with teenage sexual confusion and angst, and with our fascination with death. Hang onto your gear and keep playing the game, whatever you do; Gantz is unrelenting!

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Ajin, Volume 13: Demi-Human

One of the top-selling manga in Japan today, with the first four volumes having sold more than 2,300,000 units since March 2013, now hits North American shores. AJIN combines super-natural themes with sci-fi action for a very modern high-paced yarn that should compete with most popular current manga and comic titles.

The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel

Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager who has been given 90 days to save his failing factory. If he doesn’t improve the plant’s performance, corporate headquarters will close it down and hundreds of workers will lose their jobs. It takes a chance meeting with Jonah, a former professor, to help him break out of his conventional thinking and figure out what needs to be done. As Alex identifies the plant’s problems and works with his team to find solutions, the reader gains an understanding of the fundamental concepts behind the Theory of Constraints. Visual and fun to read, The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel offers an accessible introduction to the Theory of Constraints concepts presented in The Goal, the business novel on which it was based. 

Interviews with Monster Girls 7

They were once feared and forced to live in the shadows. But as modern society grew more enlightened, human beings began to realize that monsters like succubi, dullahans, and vampires deserve public services as much as anyone. Still, a girls’ high school for monsters? It sounds like a nightmare, but for one man it’s a dream job.