VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU, Vol. 1: Origins by Toshihiro Hirano & Narumi Kakinouchi

VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU, Vol. 1: Origins
VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU,
Vol. 1: Origins
by Toshihiro HIRANO & Narumi KAKINOUCHI.
© 1989 Narumi Kakinouchi.

[Review copy provided by Studio Ironcat.]

It’s tough being a vampire.

Miyu should know: She happens to be a vampire charged with foiling the often-deadly plans of evil spirits, known as “shinma.” Time and again, she and her sole companion, a reformed shinma named Larva, send the supernatural beings back to the darkness from which they came.

These confrontations have a price, however, as they cause this series’ namesake heroine to ponder some difficult questions. Why is she charged with her lonely watch? And what separates her from the beings — both shinma and human — that she hunts out of duty and necessity?

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Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s DER MOND

DER MOND by Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO
DER MOND by Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO.
© GAINAX © YOSHIYUKI SADAMOTO © 1989 NHKSOGO VISIONTOHO
© BANDAI VISUALGAINAX © SNK 1992 © 1998 LOVE & POP PRODUCTION GROUP

Beyond the Art of EVANGELION

Every anime fan knows that character design is one of the most important attributes of any movie or television series. It sets the artistic tone and, at a glance, helps establish the personalities that will drive the storyline.

Some talented artists have made a career of this specialty, becoming household names among legions of dedicated otaku.

One such artist is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, character designer of GAINAX projects such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia – The Secret of Blue Water and The Wings of Honneamise. 

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GHOST IN THE SHELL by Masamune Shirow

GHOST IN THE SHELL by Masamune SHIROW
GHOST IN THE SHELL
by Masamune SHIROW.
© Shirow Masamune

Not Giving Up the Ghost

A “cyborg” refers to a human whose body has been partially or almost completely altered by the use of substitute artificial organs or body parts. — Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell

Beautiful and dangerous, Major Makoto Kusanagi operates in the shadows along with the rest of Public Security Section 9. They are the few specially-equipped to handle the impossible jobs no one else will tackle — from covert operations to weed out corrupt public officials to confronting terrorists — in a future world where it is increasingly difficult to distinguish what it means to be human.

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