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In Japan, these terms refer to manga created for adult and late teenage male audiences (although everyone reads them). Stories feature lots of action and humor, male heroes, and often focus on growing friendships.

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  Cover Art: 21st Century Boys Urasawa, Naoki
21st Century Boys
War is over. The Friend is dead. Mankind no longer faces the threat of extinction. Peace has finally come to Tokyo ... Or has it? The mystery still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was and where he came from. The only clue is hidden deep within the memories--the memories of the hero Kenji. It is time to open Pandora's Box to discover what is left at the bottom.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Afterschool Charisma Suekane, Kumiko
Afterschool Charisma
The only non-clone at St. Kleio Academy, a school dedicated to the clones of great historical personages. Shiro's father is a professor at the academy. Why is a regular kid taking classes at the school? Nobody seems to know for sure.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: AiON Kagesaki, Yuna
Tatsuya Tsugawa has just lost both of his parents in a car accident. While trying to live up to his father's dying wish of becoming an upstanding man, Tatsuya rushes to help Seine--his bizarre classmate--from bullies. Little does he know he is about to find himself in the middle of a supernatural war between the immortal Seine and sea creatures that can control humans. So much for being Mr. Nice Guy!
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Akira Otomo, Katsuhiro
In Neo-Tokyo, built on the former site of Tokyo after World War III, two teenagers are targeted by agencies after they develop paranormal abilities.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Amnesia Labyrinth Tanigawa, Nagaru
Amnesia Labyrinth
When high school student Souji Kushiki, an academic achiever and talented athlete from a well-to-do family, returns home from boarding school, he finds that his sisters Harumi, Youko, and Saki have changed. Their strangely clingy behavior borders on the inappropriate and bizarre, yet Souji just brushes off their odd behavior at first. However, when Souji arrives at school the next day, he learns that, during the summer, one of the students in his class was pushed to his death in front of a subway train. And what's more, two other students were stabbed by an unknown culprit. Are the victims linked, and could Souji's sisters have anything to do with the murders?
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Attack On Titan Isayama, Hajime
Attack On Titan
For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they come from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything...
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Black Butler Toboso, Yana
Black Butler
Sebastian Michaelis, the butler to Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old earl, is the perfect servant, adept at every task from preparing meals to dispatching gangsters, so good at everything he does that he cannot possibly be human.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Black Cat Yabuki, Kentaro
Black Cat
Train and his partner Sven go after a huge bounty, attempting to track down a weapons smuggler who is dealing dangerous new technology on the black market. They cross paths with an elegant thief who offers to help them, but will the alliance be fruitful, or will the burglar bring bad luck to Black Cat?
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Blue Exorcist Kato, Kazue
Blue Exorcist
When Rin Okumura learns his real father is the Demon Lord Satan, he swears to defeat him and enters True Cross Academy to become an exorcist.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Cat Paradise Iwahara, Yuji
Cat Paradise
At Matabi Academy, students are allowed to bring their pet cats to the dorms. For Yumi Hayakawa, whose favorite hobby is making clothes for her kitty Kansuke, Matabi seems like a sure bet. After all, nothing can possibly go wrong with her best friend at her side! But on the first day of school, the two find themselves face-to-face with a murderous demonic minion on campus! Will Yumi and Kansuke be able to defend themselves and their school against an ancient cat demon's thirst for vengeance?
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Children of the Sea Igarashi, Daisuke
Children of the Sea
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea that she does. Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the ocean's fish.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Code:breaker Kamijo, Akimine
Rei seems like an affable transfer student to everyone around him, but quirky high school beauty Sakura sees his true face as a terrifying vigilante-- a 'nonexistent' Code:Breaker who cannot be touched by the law. And since Sakura has just witnessed the effects of his deadly blue flame, she's slated to be the next to burn!
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: D.Gray-Man Hoshino, Katsura
Allen Walker, along with the other Exorcists--people possessed by God--must prevent the end of the world by fighting and defeating the Millennium Earl, demons, and evil using the special substance known as "Innocence."
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Death Note Oba, Tsugumi
Death Note
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Dictatorial Grimoire Kanou, Ayumi
Dictatorial Grimoire
Otogi Grimm, a far-flung descendant of the renowned Grimm Brothers, has always regarded the fairy tales his ancestors concocted as pure fiction. Now, the introverted half-Japanese teen is about to discover that the Grimm legacy is anything but pure. Otogi finds a manuscript that reveals the dark truth about the Brothers Grimm and the secret deal they made with beings known as the Marchen Demons. With Cinderella as his guide, can Otogi Grimm unlock the power of the manuscript and save himself from a horde of living fairy tales gone wild?
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Doubt Tonogai, Yoshiki
Rabbit Doubt--a mobile phone game--has taken Japan by storm. In it, players are rabbits who must uncover the wolf in rabbit's clothing before falling prey to its mistrust-sowing wiles--as well as its teeth. When a group of teen players decides to meet offline for fun, the last thing they expect is to lose consciousness and wake up trapped in an abandoned building, mysterious bar codes tattooed on their bodies, and a corpse strung up in front of them. To stay alive and find a way out, they have but one option--to sniff out the lying wolf in their midst.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Durarara!! Narita, Ryogo
Welcome to Ikebukuro, where Tokyo's wildest characters gather!! Meet an ordinary boy who daydreams about the extraordinary. A naive stalker girl. The strongest man in Ikebukuro. A shut-in doctor with questionable credentials. A hedonistic informant...and the "headless rider" astride a pitch-black motorcycle!?
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Fake Mato, Sanami
Ryo and Dee, two of New York City's finest, are called in to investigate the activities of some two bit street punk. The operation goes south rather quickly when Dee is kidnapped and Ryo must put all of his skill and training to the test to get his partner back in one piece. Their partnership is on the line as electrified emotions raise questions within them that are hard to ignore.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Gantz Oku, Hiroya
The last thing Kei and Masaru remember was being struck dead by a subway train while saving the life of a drunken bum. What a waste! And yet somehow they're still--alive? Or semi-alive? Maybe it's reanimated--by some kind of alien orb with a nasty message--"Your lives are over. What you do with your new lives is up to me!" And what this orb called Gantz intends to do with their lives is make them play games of death, hunting all kinds of odd aliens, along with a bunch of other ordinary citizens who've recently met a tragic semi-end.
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Genshiken Kio, Shimoku
It's the spring of freshman year, and Kanji Sasahara is in a quandary. Should he fulfill his long-cherished dream of joining an otaku club? Saki Kasukabe also faces a dilemma. Can she ever turn her boyfriend, anime fanboy Kousaka, into a normal guy? Kanji triumphs where Saki fails, when both Kanji and Kousaka sign up for Genshiken (The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture). Undeterred, Saki chases Kousaka through the various activities of the club, from costume-playing and comic conventions to video gaming and collecting anime figures--learning more than she ever wanted to about the humorous world of the Japanese fan.
Adult Graphic Novel
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