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Gundam
"Unlike its super robot cousins, Mobile Suit Gundam attempted a realism in the robot design and weaponry, by running out of energy and ammunition or breaking and malfunctioning. The technology is well-explained and feasible, requiring only a few fictional
FANTASY
"... who wanders afar and brings back the One Ring of Power to The Shire." 'The Hobbit' -Tolkien
COMICS
The four most common speech balloons are speech, whisper, thought, and scream.
SCIENCE
"I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." Isaac Newton
SCIENCE FICTION
"Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off." Ray Bradbury
HORROR
Terror is stronger than horror, though it usually lasts for a shorter time.
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A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands
Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.
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Rediscover the satisfaction, value, and _values_ of working with your hands.
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The secret history of the most famous secret agent in the world. A bunny costume that reveals the truth in our souls. The unsettling notion that Japan itself may be a dream. The tastiest meal you'll never have, a fedora-wearing neckbeard's deadly date with a yokai, and the worst work shift anyone--human or not--has ever lived through. Welcome to Phantasm Japan.
Nadia Bulkin
Gary A. Braunbeck
Quentin S. Crisp
Project Itoh
Yusaku Kitano
Jacqueline Koyanagi
Alex Dally MacFarlane
James A. Moore
Zachary Mason
Miyuki Miyabe
Lauren Naturale
Tim Pratt
Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Seia Tanabe
Joseph Tomaras
Dempow Torishima
Sayuri Ueda
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Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark from and about Japan
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In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present, in dark corners, and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of Japan, and the spaces of the living world they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist's heart Apparitions bring the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.
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Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo
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The cult phenomenon Battle Royale has been lauded as a masterpiece and decried as exploitative gore, but it's always remained in the public consciousness. This collection of essays by some of the best science fiction, horror, and thriller writers working today explore the depth, details, and controversies surrounding Battle Royale in an intelligent, accessible fashion.
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The Battle Royale Slam Book: Essays on the Cult Classic by Koshun Takami
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Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller envisions a nightmare scenario: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan--where it became a runaway best seller--Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.
A new translation by Nathan Collins.
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Battle Royale: Remastered
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Science fiction and fantasy stories about Japan by the multiple-award winning author and New York Times best seller Catherynne M. Valente.
A collection of some of Catherynne Valente's most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella Silently and Very Fast and the Locus Award finalist "13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time," with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.
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The Melancholy of Mechagirl
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The history of the contemporary world, as seen thr
Belka, Why Don't You Bark? begins in 1943, when Japanese troops retreat from the Aleutian island of Kiska, leaving four military dogs behind. One of them dies in isolation, and the others are taken under the protection of U.S. troops. Meanwhile, in the USSR, a KGB military dog handler kidnaps the daughter of a Japanese yakuza. Named after the Russian astronaut dog Strelka, the girl develops a psychic connection with canines. A multi-generational epic as seen through the eyes of man's best friend, the dogs who are used as mere tools for the benefit of humankind gradually discover their true selves, and learn something about us.
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Belka, Why Don't You Bark?
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Science, surrealism, number theory, and more dead Sigmund Freuds than you can shake a stick at.
This is not a novel.
This is not a short story collection.
This is Self-Reference ENGINE.
Instructions for Use: Read chapters in order. Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in spacetime at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled "Japanese" is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese. Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed.
From the mind of Toh EnJoe comes Self-Reference ENGINE, a textual machine that combines the rigor of Stanislaw Lem with the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Do not operate heavy machinery for one hour after reading.
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Self-Reference Engine
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A coming of age story, right after death.
L to R (Western Style). Two short novels, including the title story and Black Fairy Tale, plus a bonus short story. Summer is a simple story of a nine-year-old girl who dies while on summer vacation. While her youthful killers try to hide the her body, she tells us the story--from the POV of her dead body--of the boys' attempt to get away murder. Black Fairy Tale is classic J-horror: a young girl loses an eye in an accident, but receives a transplant. Now she can see again, but what she sees out of her new left eye is the experiences and memories of its previous owner. Its previous deceased owner.
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Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse
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Rock it with the offer of a space lifetime
L to R (Western Style). Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him on the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime--she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for the Solomon Space Association's launches, or will be once they complete their rigorous and sometimes dangerous training.
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Rocket Girls
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Virtual reality. Murder. Werewolves. And teen girls In a future where nothing is as it seems, can old legends come true?
L to R (Western Style). Virtual reality. Murder. Werewolves. And teen girls In a future where nothing is as it seems, can old legends come true? In the near future, humans will communicate almost exclusively through monitors, making real interaction a rarified and weak occurance for those living in a near totalitarian society. In this new world of communication, children are only allowed to interact personally on school grounds. So when a serial killer starts slaughtering junior high children the communication routes go under futher surveillance. And despite all the safeguards put in place to avoid physical interaction, the killer's latest victim turns out to have been in contact with three young girls: Mio Tsuzki, a certified prodigy; Hatsuki Matsuno, a uiet but opinionated classmate; and Ayumi Kono, her best friend. And as the girls get caught up in trying to quell curiosity under such terrorist scrutiny, Hatsuki learns that there is much more than meets the eye of their monitored communications.
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Loups-Garous (Novel)
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L to R (Western Style). The mysterious Builders have brought humanity to the edge of extinction; can they be reasoned with, or must they be destroyed? Aki Shiraishi is a high school student working in the astronomy club and one of the few witnesses to an amazing event--someone is building a tower on the planet Mercury. Soon, the Builders have constructed a ring around the sun, threatening the ecology of Earth with an immense shadow. Aki is inspired to pursue a career in science, and the truth. She must determine the purpose of the ring and the plans of its creators, as the survival of both species--humanity and the alien Builders--hangs in the balance.
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Usurper of the Sun
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L to R (Western Style). Sixty-two years after human life on Earth was annihilated by rampaging alien invaders, the enigmatic Messenger O is sent back in time with a mission to unite humanity of past eras--during the Second World War and ancient Japan, and even back to the dawn of the species itself--to defeat the invasion before it begins. However, in a future shredded by war and genocide, love waits for O. Will O save humanity only to doom himself?
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The Lord of the Sands of Time
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L to R (Western Style). Ten stories of horror and science fiction from Japan's hottest young author. In one story, the last man on Earth turns out to be a robot. In another story, a man builds a house from the bodies of his murder victims. And in the book's eponymous story, a man sees his girlfriend's corpse decompose... one Polaroid snapshot at a time
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Zoo
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The Castle of the Mist calls for a sacrifice: a horned child, born once a generation. When, on a single night in his 13th year, Ico's horns grew long and curved, he knew his time had come. But why does the castle demand this offering, and can the it keep Ico's destiny from intertwining with that of the girl imprisioned within its walls?
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Ico: Castle in the Mist
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Hayao Miyazaki writes and directs this Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli. As a young boy, the bespectacled Jiro Horikoshi (voice of Hideaki Anno) dreams of flying a plane but when he learns he will be unable to become a pilot due to his poor eyesight, he instead decides to be an aircraft designer. On September 1st 1923 Jiro is travelling by train when the Great Kanto earthquake strikes. He assists fellow passenger Naoko (Miori Takimoto) and her maid who suffers an injury. He doesn't meet Naoko again till many years later after he has graduated university and has worked on various designing jobs, without finding much success. The two fall for each other and become engaged but Naoko is suffering from tuberculosis. While they try to enjoy the time they have together Jiro continues to work on designing his first successful plane.
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The Wind Rises
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The fourth and final volume of illustrated film comics from the Studio Ghibli film Kiki's Delivery Service.
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Kiki's Delivery Service
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The first volume of illustrated film comics from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro.
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My Neighbor Totoro
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Nausicaa, a young princess of a future world, tries to bring peace between kingdoms who are battling to claim the last of the world's natural resources."
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
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The fourth and final volume of illustrated film comics from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro.
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My Neighbor Totoro, Vol. 4
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This lavishly illustrated work contains concept sketches, fully rendered character & background drawings, paintings & cel images from the Academy Award winning director Miyazaki's film.
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The Art of My Neighbor Totoro
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Emperor Namulith wants to unite the warring Dorok and Turumekian empires, but needs Pricess Kushana's cooperation to do so. Meanwhile, a mutant strain of mold has spawned and is consuming everything in its path "
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 5
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Nausicaa finds herself on the edge of despair as she comes to realize the full extent of the ecological destruction that's ravaging Earth. Meanwhile, Queen Kushana of Torumekia plots to lead her troops back to the imperial capital and seize the crown. Nausicaa agrees to join Kushana and her people in the fight against the Doroks and her scheming brothers."
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 3
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Nausicaa, a young princess who has an empathic bond with the giant Ohmu insects and animals of every creed. She fights to create tolerance, understanding and patience among empires that are fighting over the world's remaining precious natural resources."
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Volume 1
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Nausicaa embarks on an inner, spiritual journey to the heart of the Sea of Corruption, where she discovers its surprising secret. She returns to the land of the living, compelled to share her discovery, but Nausicaa accidentally awakens a God Warrior from its stasis."
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 7
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Nausicaa embarks on an inner, spiritual journey to the heart of the Sea of Corruption, where she discovers its surprising secret. She returns to the land of the living, compelled to share her discovery, but Nausicaa accidentally awakens a God Warrior from its stasis.
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 6
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A monk warns Nausicaa that omens of an apocalypse, Daikaisho, will appear soon and the forest will boil over to cover the land. His predictions appear to be coming true when she arrives in the Forest in the South and discovers Lord Miralupa has developed mutant spores for biological warfare, but the mould begins growing uncontrollably and there's no antidote.
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 4
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This is an epic environmental cautionary tale by Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, creator of 'Spirited Away' and 'Princess Mononoke'. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. A compassionate young princess and her allies battle to heal a wounded world and its inhabitants."
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 2
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The first volume of illustrated film comics from the Studio Ghibli film Castle in the Sky.
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Castle in the Sky Volume 1
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Spirited Away tells the story of 10-year-old Chihiro, a girl in the midst of a move to the suburbs who wanders into a strange town and finds a world of spirits ruled over by the mysterious Yubaba.
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Spirited Away Picture Book: Picture Book
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'Spirited Away' tells the story of 10-year-old Chihiro, a girl in the midst of a move to the suburbs who wanders into a strange town and finds a world of spirits ruled over by the mysterious Yubaba.
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Spirited Away, Vol. 5
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This volume contains sketches, backgrounds, and character designs from the film 'Spirited Away' and includes information about the making of the film as well as the screenplay.
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The Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away
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The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli artbooks, which includes interviews, concept sketches, and finished animation cels from classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.
The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's love letter to the power of flight and the imagination, an examination of the rise of Japan's military might in the years leading up to the Second World War, and a call for worldwide peace and harmony in the face of destruction. This book captures the art of the film, from conception to production, and features in-depth interviews with the filmmakers.
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The Art of the Wind Rises
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Ponyo, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, is a hand-drawn feature-length film of breathtaking beauty and charm. The art of the film entails not only cels, but striking watercolor and pastel concept sketches and layout pages. Interviews with production principles about their daring choice to hand draw a film in the age of CGI, and the voice-over screenplay itself, complete the package.
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The Art of Ponyo
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The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli artbooks, which include interviews, concept sketches, and finished animation cels from classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.
Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break out into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here, in the hundreds of images from preliminary sketches to dynamic animation cels.
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The Art of Princess Mononoke
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The first of a pair of memoirs in collection form, featuring essays, interviews, and even a brief comic on the history of airline food, from the master animator.
In the first two decades of his career, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki laid the groundwork for his legendary movies. Starting Point is a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki's childhood, the formulation of his theories of animation, and the founding of Studio Ghibli.
Before directing such acclaimed films as Spirited Away, Miyazaki was just another salaried animator, but with a vision of his own. Follow him as he takes his first steps on the road to success, experience his frustrations with the manga and animation industries that often suffocate creativity, and realize the importance of bringing the childhood dreams of the world to life. Starting Point: 1979-1996 is not just a chronicle of the life of a man whose own dreams have come true, it is a tribute to the power of the moving image.
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Starting Point: 1979-1996
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