Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

by Frederik L. Schodt

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ISBN-13: 9781933330952
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Edition description: Gift Edition
Pages: 375
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and author of numerous books about Japan, including Manga! Manga!. He often served as "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he received the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Japanese government for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture.

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In 1995, former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa began serializing a column of his opinions, not in a newspaper or newsmagazine, but in the manga magazine Big Comic Spirits. A respected seventy-five year old politician and thinker, Miyazawa probably rarely reads comics, but the reason he chose a manga magazine to air his views is clear. Big Comic Spirits is read by nearly 1.4 million young salarymen and potential voters each week. In today's Japan, manga magazines are one of the most effective ways to reach a mass audience and influence public opinion.Japan is the first nation in the world to accord "comic books"—originally a "humorous" form of entertainment mainly for young people—nearly the same social status as novels and films. Indeed, Japan is awash in manga. According to the Research Institute for Publications, of all the books and magazines sold in Japan in 1995, manga comprised nearly 40 percent of the total. Such industry statistics are indeed impressive, even frightening, but they hardly represent the entire picture or the true number of manga being read in Japan. There were 2.3 billion manga books and magazines produced in 1995, and nearly 1.9 billion actually sold, or over 15 for every man, woman, and child in Japan.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Collector's Edition 7

Preface to the Original Edition 11

1 Enter the Id 19

What Are Manga? 21

Why Read Manga? 29

2 Modern Manga at the End of the Millennium 33

What's in a Word? 33

The Dojinshi World 36

Otaru 43

Are Manga Dangerous? 49

Freedom of Speech vs. Regulation 53

Black and White Issues #1 59

Black and White Issues #2 63

Do Manga Have a Future? 68

Covers of Manga Magazines 73

3 The Manga Magazine Scene 81

CoroCoro Comic 83

Weekly Bays'Jump 87

Nakayoshi 92

Big Comics 95

Morning 101

Take Shobo and Mahjong Manga 106

Pachinko Manga Magazines 110

Combat Comic 115

June 120

Comic Amour 124

Yan Mama Comic 127

Garo 131

4 Artists and Their Work 136

Hinako Sugiura 136

King Terry 140

Z-Chan (Shingo Iguchi) 144

Yoshikazu Ebisu 147

Kazuichi Hanawa 150

Murasaki Yamada 155

Suehiro Maruo 159

Silent Service (Kaiji Kawaguchi) 164

Akira Narita 168

Shungicu Uchida 173

Shigeru Mizuki 177

Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun 182

Criminal Defense Stories 186

Fancy Dance (Reiko Okano) 189

Tomoi (Wakuni Akisato) 193

Naniwa Financiers (Yuji Aoki) 196

Yoshiharu Tsuge 200

Banana Fish (Akimi Yoshida) 203

Milk Morizono 207

The way of Manga (Fujiko Fujio®) 212

Doraemon (Fujiko F. Fujio) 216

King of Editors (Seiki Tsuchida) 221

A Declaration of Arrogant-ism 224

AUM Cult Comics 228

5 Osamu Tezuka: A Tribute to the God of Comics 233

The Human Dream Factory 233

Mighty Atom and Astro Boy 244

The Three Adolfs 248

Princess Knight and Takarazuka 253

Blackjack 257

Phoenix 261

Jungle Emperor 268

6 Beyond Manga 275

Nausicad and the Manga-Anime Link 275

Manga Artist as Film Director 282

The Manga-Novel Nexus 287

Information Manga 295

Manga Artists and Computers 298

7 Manga in the English-Speaking World 305

English-Language Manga Publishers 308

Manga Made in America 326

Fan Power 328

Networking 332

Beyond Fandom 337

Afterword: Whither Manga? 341

References and Recommended Readings 363

Index 372

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