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Ax: Alternative Manga  
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Description
Ax is the premier Japanese magazine for alternative comics, heir to the legendary Garo. Published bi-monthly since 1998, the pages of Ax contain the most innovative, experimental, and personal works in contemporary manga -- the flourishing underground of the world’s largest comics industry. Now Top Shelf presents a 400-page collection of stories from ten years of Ax history, translated into English for the first time.

Ax has always published manga outside of the more commercial market and not followed manga conventions, thus the titles appearing in this magazine do NOT fall under any of the basic demographics (shoujo/shounen/seinen/josei).

This landmark volume includes work by 33 artists:

* The Watcher by Osamu Kanno
* Love's Bride by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
* Conch of the Sky by Imiri Sakabashira
* Rooftop Elegy by Takao Kawasaki
* Inside the Gourd by Ayuko Akiyama
* Me by Shigehiro Okada
* Push Pin Woman by Katsuo Kawai
* A Broken Soul by Nishioka Kyodai
* Into Darkness by Takato Yamamoto
* Enrique Kobayashi's Eldorado by Toranosuke Shimada
* The Neighbor by Yuka Goto
* 300 Years by Mimiyo Tomozawa
* Black Sushi Party Piece by Takashi Nemoto
* Puppy Love by Yusaku Hanakuma
* The Brilliant Ones by Namie Fujieda
* The Hare and the Tortoise by Mitsuhiko Yoshida
* The Twin Adults (Two Stories) by Kotobuki Shiriagari
* Haiku Manga (Two Stories) by Shinbo Minami
* Mushroom Garden by Shinya Komatsu
* Home Drama: The Sugawara Family by Einosuke
* A Well-Dressed Corpse by Yuichi Kiriyama
* Arizona Sizzler by Yunosuke Saito
* The Rainy Day Blouse & The First Umbrella by Akino Kondo
* Stand by Me by Tomohiro Koizumi
* My Old Man & Me by Shin'ichi Abe
* Up and Over by Seiko Erisawa
* The Song of Mr. H. by Shigeyuki Fukumitsu
* Kataoka Toyo Pathos Theater (2 Stories) by Kataoka Toyo
* Kosuke Okada and His 50 Sons by Hideyasu Moto
* Les Raskolnikov by Keizo Miyanishi
* Alraune Fatale by Hiroji Tani
* Sacred Light by Otoya Mitsuhashi
* Six Paths of Wealth by Kazuichi Hanawa

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
アックス
アックス―マンガの鬼AX
Ax (Vol 1): A Collection of Alternative Manga
AX Volume 1: A Collection of Alternative Manga
AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga

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Status in Country of Origin
98 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (8 votes)
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Last Updated
June 4th 2014, 7:28pm PST


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Year
2010

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
AX (SeirinKogeisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #830 increased(+347)
Monthly Pos #1583 increased(+355)
3 Month Pos #2478 increased(+201)
6 Month Pos #2785 increased(+167)

List Stats
On 29 reading lists
On 166 wish lists
On 6 unfinished lists
On 69 custom lists

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Oh so good.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by deathbypenguin
October 14th, 2010, 6:14pm
I've only read two stories so far, but wanted to let everyone on the fence about this collection know that so far it's one of the best of it's category. (It's category being gekiga anthologies, I suppose.) The two stories I read were A Broken Soul by NISHIOKA Kyoudai and Home Drama: The Sugawara Family by Einosuke. A Broken Soul has the same imaginative and otherworldly quality as the mangakas' other work. It uses one set of panels repeated, with only a few edits in drawing and text, to represent a few days in a man's life. The story is about a man who has "lost his soul". That's about all I can say about it without giving the plot away as the story is only a few pages long. If you liked The Journey to the End of the World than you'll definitely like this. It's nice to finally have something by these guys completed in english. (/ramble. moving on.)

I was really excited to try something by this Einosuke person, primarily because he lists three of my all time favorite mangaka as influences. (Matsumoto Taiyo, Furuya Minoru, and Furuya Usamaru) His story, as his title suggests, is about a family sitting down to dinner, and the father's attempts to engage them in discussion. The silly expressions and exaggerated mannerisms of the characters reminded me of Minoru. I was reminded of Matsumoto Taiyo in the sketchy-ish style of the line-work. There were no overt signs of Usamaru, but this story, like the other I read, is so short that I was only able to get a small grasp on what this mangaka is all about. It's a funny story, but the humor is subtle. I loved his use of "camera angles" to add to the sillyness. He zooms in on different parts of characters faces so that they appear slightly warped. (We get an up-nose shot! Yay! ;P) I would love to see more from this mangaka.

I'm a little sad that both these stories were so short, but if they are representative of the rest of the book than I have nothing to complain about.

I'm reminded to mention "Vol. One" is displayed on both the cover and the edge of this volume. Which suggests to me that if this release is supported we may see a volume two. I personally think this book is worth the money. The binding and presentation is very similar to how Viz does their "signature" series. (softcover with flaps that fold inside) It's a sizable volume, about 400 pages. I did notice that the cleaning isn't as good as some other companies, and there are parts where you can see very light shadows through the pages where there is printing on the other side. Maybe I got a defective copy, but regardless it isn't very noticeable at all and I have no problems with it. I'd recommend this manga to people who like seinen, especially to those that recognize a favorite mangaka among the authors on the author's list.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2010, 6:45pm
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