Thermae Romae HC (2012 Yen Press) comic books
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1st printing. Story and Art by Mari Yamazaki. When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his "outdated" thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts. Slipping deeper into the warm water, Lucius is suddenly caught in the suction and dragged through the drainage at the bottom of the bath! He emerges coughing and sputtering amid a group of strange-looking foreigners with the most peculiar bathhouse customs - over 1,500 years in the future in modern-day Japan! His contemporaries wanted him to modernize, and so, borrowing the customs of these mysterious bath-loving people, Lucius opens what quickly becomes the most popular new bathhouse in Rome - Thermae Romae! Hardcover, 352 pages, B&W. NOTE: These are Japanese manga-style GNs and are meant to be read right-to-left. Cover price $34.99.