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The amount of Japanese manga available in English has become truly staggering, and this excellent comprehensive encyclopedia fills a major need. It contains entries for over 1000 series and stand-alone manga volumes translated into English, including suspended and out-of-print publications, bilingual manga published in Japan, and American periodical comics series never collected in book form. (Manga-influenced works from the United States, Korea, and elsewhere are not featured.) Each entry encompasses basic citation information, an age rating, a one-paragraph review, and a quality ranking from zero to four stars. Many reviews are by former Viz editor Thompson; two dozen other reviewers also contribute. Yaoi and explicit adult manga are segregated into separate sections after the main alphabetical listings. Thirty-eight thematic entries cover such genres and topics as science fiction, mystery, magical girls, dojinshi, and transgender stories, often noting untranslated classics but including extensive lists of English examples. A glossary, bibliography, artist index, and good introductory material round out the volume. An extensive sample reveals only a few minor instances of incomplete information. Any fan will disagree with some of the star rankings, but this volume-highly useful for reference, readers' advisory, and collection development-is strongly recommended for all libraries.