5 manga to read this winter

Sci-fi, culinary exploration, dark thriller or fantasy thriller, the start of a series or a one-shot… here are 5 very attractive manga options to explore.

Terukan Boys : gendarmes and rockers

Should your teenage dreams be forgotten forever after you turn thirty? In high school, Satoshi, Ryôhei and Kota tried to become rock stars under the name Terukan Boys. Since then, they have entered an active life, keeping the nostalgia of this period of sleep and carelessness. When an old friend turns out to be a rich high-tech entrepreneur, they decide to get together one last time, not for a concert, but to rob their friends. Designed by two of Naoki Urasawa’s former assistants – hence the graphics that will appeal to fans Monster Where Boys of the 20th century – is a very entertaining manga in the genre friend movie.
Terukan Boys By Yu Nakahara, Doki Doki publications, 192p., €7.50, translated Japanese by Arnaud Delage. In the bookstore.

Sin! 0 votes : SF and nightmare

Placing toxic cyber-punk charm on impressive, almost branded pages, Sin! Tsutomu is Nihei’s magnum opus. Here’s the turn after being reissued in wide format to encourage immersion in this suffocating universe Noise, a prequel that eagerly sheds light on an elliptical plot. In this volume, a follow-up to the first short story published by Tsutomu Nihei in 1995, we follow a detective who investigates a child abduction and then uncovers a terrifying cult that turns people into monsters. The perfect gateway to a sci-fi epic, it’s as unsettling as the jump.
Sin! 0 votes By Tsutomu Nihei, ed. Glénat, 196p., €14.95, translated from Japanese by Johan Leclerc. In the bookstore.

Merciless Kujo : the law is harsh, but it is the law

Shohei Manabe likes to show the darkest side of Japan. So over the course of 46 volumes Ushijima, who receives shadow money, he recounted the vicious circle of debt and its consequences for those who borrowed money from the yakuza. His new series puts another focus on crime by featuring a lawyer who defends mobsters at any cost to his morals and reputation. This first volume is all the more troubling because Shohei Manabe, who interviews real lawyers to achieve authenticity, eschews all Manichaeism.

Merciless Kujo By Shohei Manabe volume 1 (Cana), 208p., €7.55, translated by Thibaut Desbief and Sophie Lucas, released January 27

the food detective : Sherlock in the kitchen

Goro Akechi is part of Agent Dale Cooper Twin Hills, those who take the time from research to taste good food. Besides, this private detective has a good excuse: all his work involves the kitchen. So opens this first volume with a wife instructing her to follow her husband as he returns from dinner each day surrounded by the smell of a different meal. Brought to life by the irresistible duo of Akechi and bento vendor Ichigo Kobayashi, this manga is a fun detective series for all audiences. New success for author Akiko Higashimura (Snow tiger, Tokyo Tarareba Girls).

the food detective Volume 1 by Akiko Higashimura, ed. Delcourt, 176p., €6.99, Japanese translation by Miyako Slocombe, released February 1

Golden Golden: the island of happiness

High school student Ruka lives on the lost island of Niijima. One day, he finds a strange figurine that he places on the altar as a whim. The boy she loves decides that Oikawa will not move to Osaka and begins to pray. The figurine then comes to life and has the appearance of a Japanese god who is supposed to bring good luck. Which brings to mind local folklore… This first volume weaves picturesque characters into a plot that flirts generously with the fantastical. Behind the lighthearted tone, we have a feeling this series will quickly catch on.

Gold Gold Volume 1 of Horio Seita’s book (Lézard Noir), 208p., €8.50, translated from Japanese by Cyril Coppini, in bookshops 15 February

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