Manga Pick of the Week: The Geek Ex-Hitman by Ko-dai

This week’s manga pick follows Marco, Italy’s legendary hitman known best as “The Oracle of Florence”. Legend has it The Oracle has never failed a mission, swiftly executing his targets with no one left to tell the tale. However, one day while finishing a job, the dark and intimidating Marco spots an anime figure and inexplicably falls in love, thus fleeing to Japan to learn more about it. It’s there that Marco leaves his old profession behind to become a full time otaku, but the criminal underworld of Italy isn’t quite ready to let him go.

Manga Pick of the Week: Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito

Many know Junji Ito as the biggest name in the horror genre, creating some of the most effectively haunting stories such as Uzumaki, Tomie, and The Liminal Zone, with beautifully unsettling illustrations to match. However this week I want to recommend one of his lesser known works, an autobiographical manga about Ito’s experience living with cats for the first time after moving in with his wife.

Manga Pick of the Week: BL Metamorphosis by Kaori Tsurutani

This is such a wholesome series. The concept - an older woman unknowingly buys a BL (Boys Love) manga and ends up loving it meets a younger student working at the bookstore who secretly loves BL and they become friends - is so sweet. And while it’s cute watching an older woman discover BL and start to love it unironically and her new young friend introducing her to the world, there is so much more to the characters and the series.