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Manga Review: Pink by Kyōko Okazaki

               Vertical        Published 1989             256 Pages
Published 1989
256 Pages

Yumiko is a call girl as a part time job because her full time job doesn’t pay her enough to feed her pet crocodile. Haru, an aspiring author,  is paid by Yumiko’s stepmother’s to sleep with him.

When the two meet things are bound to get a bit out of control and the unexpected happens that changes the life of Yumiko and Haru.


This manga was not exactly what I was expecting. Picking up this book I thought it was going to be about a call girl who has some emotional baggage and a writer that comes to save the day . . .  completely the opposite.

Yumiko is an independent woman, who knows exactly what to do. She was great, funny and very easy going. She was an extremely likable character. Maybe not relate-able but I did really like her.

Haru wasn’t a bad character. He is a average joe that happens to get paid for sex. Unlike Yumiko, who has multiple partners, he only has one. They both connect with each other not because they are prostitutes but because of something deeper. I really enjoyed their relationship, although it was fast.

The art was realistic. There wasn’t a lot of exaggeration in the artwork , which is normally what you see in Japanese manga. I really appreciated this while reading. It made the story feel simple and easy to read.

My only downfall to this book is that there isn’t a second one. It stops with a huge cliffhanger and I cannot put my finger on why the author would do that. I really want to know what happens to the two because I really liked them.

Overall this manga gets 4 Pickles.


Opinion: Marie Calloway

So there is this writer, Marie Calloway, and she is causing a stir in the literature world. She wrote a book called


What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life” which by the way I think is an awesome title. This book apparently is about her sexual experiences. However, instead of a “story” it is about her real, raw personal sexual experiences. Not only is there an issue that her book is a very bluntly written but she is also only 23.

People feel that her writing pushes the line of pornography and she is pushing the limit. Here is my opinion what limits is she pushing by simply talking about her experience. Simply don’t read the book. There are book that talk about bondage and male domination about how many ways you can do this and do that and books like those sell.

Is it possible that there is a huge up roar because she is 23? For people to believe that people or 23 year old women are not dipping their fingers in random things including sexually is very naive. I feel there shouldn’t be an issue with her publishing her experiences. No one has to read her book; no one has to buy her book.

I personally don’t care who she has been with and I have no intentions of reading it. I do, however, believe that there shouldn’t be a limit to what it is written and published. The beauty of humans is we can make choices. So how about everyone just choose not to buy her book instead of trying to silence her?

Alice Matthews–The Human Experience


In the heart of Shropshire, the medieval town of Shrewsbury lies nestled in a wide loop of the River Severn: a labyrinth of Tudor streets and alleyways littered with beautiful, unique churches and shops. It is the home of Charles Darwin and Wilfred Owen, the setting of Ellis Peters’ novel Brother Cadfael, and site of the school which cultivated the witty minds of Willie Rushton and Michael Palin. It is also my home. Shrewsbury is where I was born, and where I now live with my partner and my 7 week old son.

I am currently studying English Literature and hope to continue this at university. My interest in literature spreads across all media, as journalists, filmmakers, novelists and artists all strive to make their opinions heard. Futuristic films or books often issue a warning, showing results of scientists “playing God” or politicians corrupt with power. Books like Fight Club or Heart of Darkness explore a part of human nature that we wouldn’t like to admit the existence of. Others discuss religion, drugs, even love, and all try to explain their experience. Writing is about giving yourself a voice, and this is mine.

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