5. RAINBOW PARAKEET
The mysterious “Rainbow Parakeet” is a genius actor, who can impersonate anyone (male or female), and travels the world performing feats of fantastic acting, usually for theaters which have their star actors incapacitated right before showtime. He charges no fee, just the theater’s promise that they won’t interfere if he robs the audience blind during the performance… after all, he is the world’s most notorious Master Thief.
4. THE JUDGED
Public prosecutor Kyou Sugiura is pursuing an investigation of government corruption involving a young parliamentarian named Tatsuki Toudou. The meeting between the two ambitious young men results in an unintended consequence that neither had been prepared for. In this standoff between the enforcer and the law maker, there is a past that binds them together. And it is the strength or weakness of this past that will determine the outcome of their duel.
3. QUEST FOR THE MISSING GIRL
Shiga, a mountaineer, leaves his isolated lodge and returns to Tokyo in order to track down Megumi – the missing daughter of Tatsuko (Shiga’s deceased best friend) and Yoriko (whom Shiga has secretly been in love with since before Tatsuko died). Shiga’s investigation takes him into the world of “compensated dating” and disaffected teens and what he discovers there suggests that Megumi may have been abducted by a paedophile with a great deal of power and influence. In order to save the girl and regain the self-respect he lost when his best friend died, Shiga must break through the wall of silence and do what the police dare not.
2. MARIKO PARADE
Following on from the events in the autobiographical Yukiko’s Spinach, Mariko Parade covers a few days in the bittersweet romance of Boilet (a French artist living in Japan) and the eponymous Mariko (Boilet’s lover / model / muse) during which they travel to the island of Enoshima for a photo shoot. The main narrative is illustrated by Takahama with the text a co-operative effort between Boilet and Takahama. Short pieces by Boilet alone are scattered throughout, mostly taking the form of flashbacks to earlier events in the couple’s history.
1. OHISAMA NO HANA
Short story anthology including Ohisama no Hana – Tomiko gets a chance to win the heart of her beloved Tamaki when his girlfriend dumps him. Bonnou Seventeen – Ami confesses to Ginta, and he says he’ll go out with her if she can get a school rule changed which forbids dating. She sets out to do it and stirs up trouble for herself along the way. Sweet Home – When Yori’s widowed father finds out she has a boyfriend, he tries to make them break up. Stardust Flower – Kaho makes an unexpected visit to her old friend Ayu who moved away and is surprised to find how much he’s changed. Nakahara Babies – New classmates Nakahara Saeda and Nakahara Youichi fall in love.