From the Irish sagas to Julius Caesar’s memoirs, much has been said of the Druids in ancient times. But who were they, really? Were they the scary-looking men of the forests who demanded human sacrifices for their Gods? Or were they simply wise men, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge?
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Yana Toboso’s manga Black Butler follows a young earl named Ciel Phantomhive who lives in a manor house right outside of London and is known for being a giant of commerce. There’s only one problem: Earl Phantomhive is a 12–year-old boy who just lazes around his house while others in the corporation slave away to produce both candy and toys. Although Phantomhive has a team of devoted staff members, none can touch his butler, a mysterious man named Sebastian, who is always ready, willing, and able to carry out his master’s wishes. Whether he needs to probe London’s seedy and dark underbelly or save his master from a dinner party gone awry, Sebastian is good at his job—almost too good to be human.
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In Just So Happens, which is Fumio Obata’s debut graphic novel, he challenges the idea of “home is where your heart is” and examines the pros and cons of being an outsider with his main heroine, Yumiko.
Yumiko is running from her past in Japan and thinks she has it made. She’s living in London and life is good—she’s got a great job, a wonderful boyfriend—plus, her family in Japan is too far away to have any impact on the lifestyle she chooses. However, her orderly world is turned on its head when her brother calls her with bad news: their father passed away recently in a mountaineering accident. Once Yumiko arrives in Toyko, she finds herself immersed in the traditional Japanese rituals surrounding life and death. She must also confront her past and make a choice about where her home, and her heart, truly lies.
Thanks to Obata’s delicate but powerful illustrations and the wondrous way in which he weaves his tale, readers will be sucked into Yumiko’s journey. Dignified and nuanced, Just So Happens is a spectacular page-turner that shows off both Obata’s art and his writing.
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