Manga: The Complete Guide

Manga: The Complete Guide

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by Jason Thompson
     
 

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• Reviews of more than 900 manga series
• Ratings from 0 to 4 stars
• Guidelines for age-appropriateness
• Number of series volumes
• Background info on series and artists

THE ONE-STOP RESOURCE FOR CHOOSING BETWEEN THE BEST AND THE REST!

Whether you’re new to the world of manga-style graphic novels or a longtime

Overview

• Reviews of more than 900 manga series
• Ratings from 0 to 4 stars
• Guidelines for age-appropriateness
• Number of series volumes
• Background info on series and artists

THE ONE-STOP RESOURCE FOR CHOOSING BETWEEN THE BEST AND THE REST!

Whether you’re new to the world of manga-style graphic novels or a longtime reader on the lookout for the next hot series, here’s a comprehensive guide to the wide, wonderful world of Japanese comics!

• Incisive, full-length reviews of stories and artwork
• Titles rated from zero to four stars–skip the clunkers, but don’t miss the hidden gems
• Guidelines for age-appropriateness–from strictly mature to kid-friendly
• Profiles of the biggest names in manga, including CLAMP, Osamu Tezuka, Rumiko Takahashi, and many others
• The facts on the many kinds of manga–know your shôjo from your shônen
• An overview of the manga industry and its history
• A detailed bibliography and a glossary of manga terms

LOOK NO FURTHER, YOU’VE FOUND YOUR IDEAL MANGA COMPANION!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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.
—S.R.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345485908
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Series:
Manga Series
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,212,451
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jason Thompson has over ten years’ experience as a manga editor, working at SHOHEN JUMP magazine and other publications. His writing has appeared in Animerica and The Comics Journal.
www.delreybooks.com

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Manga - The Complete Guide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a manga reader for nearly twenty years, I pride myself on an extensive knowledge of the wide range of manga available in the United States. This book shames me. Titles I had never heard of, both old and new, are covered in this book along with every other title in-between. The reviews are concise, consistent and even comedic. Additionally, in-depth explanations of manga terms and the different types of manga are sprinkled throughout the book and provide a wealth of information for the curious. As indispensible as a great movie guide (but not yet made irrelevant by internet-based guides), Manga: The Complete Guide is a must have for anyone in a reference position, or anyone who enjoys manga and wants to know what other titles they're missing.
TheAnimangaFanatic More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted to know about any manga ever written in Japan and/or translated and published in the US this book is an absolute must-have. Will give you good choices for what manga you may want to read. Gives age appropriate ratings. Even gives you explanations on certain topics (like Shoujo, Yuri,etc.) with lists of manga that reflects each one. Excellent book to have on your Manga bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 of 5 This is the best guide I have yet found to manga published in the United States, but it still lacks important features. 1) This book is sorted alphabetically by title, which is good, but it really should have some sort of tab system along the side to easily and quickly go to the letter you are searching for. (darkened edges or page indentations like a dictionary would be great) I did end up putting sticky notes on the side of mine but because of that I can no longer put it in my shelf completely because I fear that they will get crushed. 2) A hard cover edition is desperately needed for this book. I look through this book very often and it has become worn. I treat my books with the utmost care and even so the edges and corners of this one have started to wear. Having a hard cover version would be very useful for libraries as well. 3) An update and revised edition would be very useful considering that this book was published half a decade ago. Many new manga series are being created and translated each year and I find that almost half of the ones I look up are not in this book. For the ones that are listed and were not completed at the time of publication, it would be nice if the information would be updated to more accurately display information on many of the series. (number of volumes, years series was published, etc.) Maybe every five years a new version could be published that covers more recently translated works.
blonderamen More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Animes: 1. Diabolik Lovets. 2. Kamisama Kiss. About Diabolik Lovers: Yui's priest father goes to Eastern Europe and leaves her in the care of six very handsome-and very troublesome- teenage vampire boys. While she stays at their manor, she is the victim of their very bad schemes. But the twist in this anime story is that each of the vampires have a unique but tragic past. If you think youll find romance in this anime because of the title, think again. But its still enjoyable and satisfying for your anime cravings. About Kamisama Kiss: When high school student Nanomi leaves home due to her father's gambling, she finds a handsome stranger with cat ears and a tail chased up a tree by a dog that frightens him so. She shoos the dog away, and the mysterious boy thanks her. He tells her his name is Mikage and he takes her to his house where shes greeted by more teens that have animal features. She later becomes Mikage's girlfriend. As you already figured out, Mikage is half cat and half human. Nanomi is completely human. How do they mix and how do they fall in love despite their differences? To find out, watch Kamisama Kiss! ~ pokemon girl :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ed walks in, dragging a a cart behind himself. Inside was Al. "Can we join?" Al asked in his normal squeaky voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST MANGA EVER!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HATE IT BUT LIKE SPONGE :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At arp all results
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey ppl miki hear!!!!!!!!!•3• ~~~~~~MIKI
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lolz. Ok xP
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It pronounced with a hard "A" as in 'apple' and hard "G" as in 'goat'. ~Ash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who is edward elric?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Res two~Any kind of manga rpg.<br>Res three~Anime rpg.<br>four~chat place<br>five~random fun place<br>six~social place to get bf or gf.<br>seven~come up with something!<br>eight~share ideas/mangas youve draw/written<br>nine~get tips!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi this is D aka Malta, and I made a hetalia rp. To join, seatch alfred jones, and it should be at results one and two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The word that Really caught me attention was Rumiko Takahashi. Best. Writer. Ever. InuXKag!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome best way to find a good manga!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barely shows any drawings i wanted a guide!!!! I would give this zero stars but i cant!!!!:/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is good so far. You find more update information in the hyperlink in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HETALIA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to all roy mustang fans go to mini skirt first reult and ask for genral lakey she will give you a rank and tell her if your an alchemist and your alchemist name and each week she will pick one of you to chose an actor or actress who plays a person in anime and she tells us what anime cons they are going to and when they are going to them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a manga fan and this been published in the united states and i got10 diffrent manga book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And it sort of gives you very OPINIONATED reviews. No facts,nor real data. And its all biased data. Dont buy it. I give it two stars for the poor effort he made while reading the comments off of Walmart's website excerpts.