Compiled by AX editor Mitsuhiro Asakawa and edited by Sean Michael Wilson, it's an appropriately imperfect introduction to alternative manga/ gekiga. Rather than simply laying down a few quality, easily-marketable stories, the team behind the book have plunged their hands deep into a barrel of comics, pulling out huge fistfuls of content for readers. Offering a privileged peek into the seedy underbelly of Japan’s diverse comic culture, it wasn’t hard to come up with five reasons why you should absolutely check the book out.
Whilst not every comic in the anthology knocks the ball out of the park, every single one is different and almost all of them play with the established conventions of Japanese comics, both in form and narrative. You may not enjoy every single entry, but I'd be surprised if you didn't manage to find a couple of personal diamonds in the rough. Ultimately, almost every strip has the potential to polarise readers, and, to me, that's a very worthy reason to check it out.