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Kishibe no Uta

Kishibe no Uta

There are many perils in this desert world. Countries war and enslave, goblins prey on humans, monsters and magic run amok, and - most critically - wells run dry. Those desperate for water may undertake an ancient water prayer ritual, a grueling journey to beg the aid of Kahaku, the god of water. These are the various stories of people from all walks of life, each driven by their need to survive in that world and save the ones they love. Sometimes, these desperate souls cross paths with a pair of travelers, En and Linghua, who help them on their journey. A series of interconnected oneshots, each volume with a different title. Volume 1: Kishibe no Uta (2002) Volume 2: Kumo o Koroshita Otoko (2005) Volume 3: Touzoku no Mizusashi (2007) Volume 4: Akumujou no Aruji (2009) Volume 5: Tabibito no Ki (2011) Volume 6: Kageboushi-tachi no Shima (2012) Volume 7: Kita no Ouji to Minami no Sakana (2015) Volume 8: Kareno no Hanayome (2016) Volume 9: Tsukikage no Chōjō (2018) Web chapters: http://comip.jp/spinel/works/kishibenouta/ Note: A bunko version of this series titled simply "Kishibe no Uta" volume 1, etc, is being released. The 3 bunko volumes published to date contain the contents of the original volumes 1-5.

The Paradise on the Sand

The Paradise on the Sand

A collection of four short stories. Chapter 1 is the 100 page title story. It's a supernatural shoujo about a man with one chance to escape from death, a mysterious woman he meets, and a tribe seeking to find its way back into Heaven. Chapter 2 deals with the mystery of a man gone missing, and presumed dead. Chapter 3 is a very short story about a couple in the mountains who pick up a strange guest. Chapter 4 is a longer story about the traditions binding a family, those that would break away from them, and the dark secret that holds the family in sway.

Suna no Ue no Rakuen

Suna no Ue no Rakuen

From Storm in Heaven: A collection of four short stories. Chapter 1 is the 100 page title story. It's a supernatural shoujo about a man with one chance to escape from death, a mysterious woman he meets, and a tribe seeking to find its way back into Heaven. Chapter 2 deals with the mystery of a man gone missing, and presumed dead. Chapter 3 is a very short story about a couple in the mountains who pick up a strange guest. Chapter 4 is a longer story about the traditions binding a family, those that would break away from them, and the dark secret that holds the family in sway.

Otona no Mondai

Otona no Mondai

From Fifay.net: Naoto is a stressed-out college student doing his best to juggle the eccentricities of his divorced parents with his own burgeoning romance. His stress deepens after his gay father proposes to the handsome and elegant male lover. This is a humourous series by Ima Ichiko about the modern, dysfunctional family.

Kumo o Koroshita Otoko

Kumo o Koroshita Otoko

In a country without water, there existed a ritual whereby the people prayed for it. In this country said to be inhabited by the Cloud Dragon, legends speaks of a dragon tamer who can bring rain. Presenting, a collection of grand oriental fantasies including "The Man Who Slayed the Clouds," and three other stories.

Itoko Doushi

Itoko Doushi

Quoted from Slash-kun's review: "The reissue of the author's old works from mainly her djs (1991-1995). The short series of the cool romance between two cousins who love each other with a little guilt feeling. And three short stories (Stylish comedy like current author's taste. Hero finds his uncle after a long separation but the guy is not same man as his uncle.../ The forbidden relationship between hero and his young uncle-in-law seems to change after the birth of the baby of hero's sister.../ Re-issue of short story from "My beautiful green Palace". The researcher visits again the village of Merman legend to meet the mysterious guy / Kakioroshi - additional newly written sequel of the series. Cousins enjoy barbecue with their colleagues of their office)."

Itsutsu no Hako no Monogatari

Itsutsu no Hako no Monogatari

From PresenceDear: A compilation of short stories on the theme of “boxes.” 1) The Setting Sun An art dealer deals with the impending death of a promising young artist. 2) Always a Holiday with You A high school student’s fantasy becomes reality in an unexpected way. 3) Pandora’s Elevator 4) Coffin Under the Snow Note: A bunko version was released in 2005 and 2007 with a new cover (see picture on right).

Hyakki Yakoushou

Hyakki Yakoushou

Ritsu inherited his sixth sense from his grandfather, along with a demon guardian named Blue Storm. Strange things just seem to happen around these two, and it's left to them to get to the bottom of all these mysterious events. Each story is independent but features recurring characters you'll come to know and appreciate as they, each in their own way, try to deal with things 'not of this world'. Winner of Award for Excellence in Japan Media Arts Awards.

Gengetsurou Kitan

Gengetsurou Kitan

Shouichirou Tsurugi is the master of an well-established, upscale miso shop. He's a noted "prodigal son" and an eccentric "Jack of all trades, master of none." He's also the patron of a suspicious male geisha, Yosaburou, who will do anything for money and has no talent, except for telling ghost stories. It may or may not be true that the young master is making amorous advances toward Yosaburou! Every night, the parlor of a restaurant in the red light district called Ghost Moon Tower showcases mysterious tales that interweave "strange things" and people's other desires.

Boku no Yasashii Oniisan

Boku no Yasashii Oniisan

When Satoshi Kashiwabara went to Nichoume, he fell in love for the first time with Nichoume's prince; a known playboy. But right after they kissed, he received a message saying his father was in critical condition and left the hotel. However, a few days later, he found himself living with his step-brother, who turned out to be the prince himself!!! It's a romantic comedy about step-brothers suddenly living together knowing they can't be together.

B Kyuu Gourmet Kurabu

B Kyuu Gourmet Kurabu

From Beautiful Soup: "B Grade" is a manga that takes place a few years after the two lead males have graduated from high school. One of them came out in high school, and the other was a scary sempai who kind of took care of him. But now they meet at the same office, several years later, where the kouhai has yet to come out of the closet...