Manga has produced yet another innovation and a sensation with Tokyo Tribes by Santa Inoue. It's a tongue-in-cheek take on the Tokyo hip-hop scene, complete with rival gangs, rap-inflected slang, plenty of bling and, of course, major problems caused by stolen girlfriends. It was a huge hit in Japan when it came out and is sure to get mad props here as well. Becky Ohlsen writes from Portland, Oregon.

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