Indie manga from the Tokyo Underground, six indie-style manga are presented in this installment of GEN. Seemingly mundane events twist with an unusual presence of the unreal as the psyche of ordinary people is explored. Depression, time and thought are redefined. Alive is a collection of melancholy love stories saturated with sadness. Characters struggle to connect with one another but never quite succeed. They are essentially alone. A world that is dark and disturbing—suicide is constantly contemplated and feelings of guilt, inadequacy, and suppressed sexuality surface as identity itself becomes a terribly fragile thing. Also continued in GEN 7 are Wolf, KAMEN, Souls, Sorako, and Good-bye Geist.

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