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Ax - Alternative Manga  
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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.

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 English publication 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 TOUYOU Kataoka
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


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Associated Names
AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga
Ax: Alternative Manga

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Status in Country of Origin
104 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 7 / 10.0 (10 votes)
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AX (SeirinKogeisha)

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Weekly Pos #979 increased(+122)
Monthly Pos #1543 increased(+458)
3 Month Pos #2364 increased(+572)
6 Month Pos #3372 decreased(-89)

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On 180 wish 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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