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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; Reprint edition (January 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568364768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568364766
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Phenomenal book ... an exceptionally literate writer. "
Cat Yronwode

"... a thoroughgoing exposition of the manga genre in text and pictures."
The New Yorker

"An excellent historical guide to manga, as well as a fine introduction to various artists and major thematic concerns."
Variety

"Buy this book. Read it."
The Comics Buyer's Guide

About the Author


FREDERIK L. SCHODT is a writer, translator, and interpreter who lives in San Francisco. His books include America and the Four Japans: Friend, Foe, Model, Mirror; Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics and the Coming Robotopia; and Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Among his translations of novels are The Gundam Mobile Suit series, Betty and Jack Forever, and My Boy: A Father's Memories. His translations of manga include Barefoot Ben: A Cartoon History of Hiroshima (vol. 2), The Rose of Versailles (vols. 1 & 2), Ghost in the Shell, and The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924. Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics won the special prize at the Manga Oscar Awards in 1983, sponsored by the Japan Cartoonists Association. In 2000, Fred himself was awarded the Asahi Shinbun's Osamu Tezuka Culture Award "Special Prize" for his outstanding contribution toward making manga known outside of Japan.

Customer Reviews

Fred Schodt's Manga!
Jonathan Clements
A very serious fan of manga and anime will like this very intriguing study of the immensely popular Japanese medium.
Banshee
Very interesting work.
"themancalledsam"

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Banshee on June 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
A very serious fan of manga and anime will like this very intriguing study of the immensely popular Japanese medium. It takes you on a tour from the fables of the feudal times through the 19th-century political satire to the use of cartoons to taunt the American soldiers during the WWII to the great mushrooming of popularity in today's "manga" and "anime" that we all know and enjoy greatly. We are also introduced to Osmau Tezuka the very reowned "father" of the modern manga and anime. In fact, he was quite aptly dubbed "the god of manga" when he first began creating comics quite similar to the Disney style of 1930s; thus bringing some real entertainment to the bored children of the post-war era. His work includes AstroBoy the cute little flying robot and Kimba The White Lion (ironically, Disney actually "borrowed" from Mr. Tezuka's work while making "The Lion King" WITHOUT knowing it at all - a real repay, of course!) Other than those sweet children's tales, Osamu Tezuka also launches very serious projects such as BlackJack the eccentric surgeon and a very long saga about a young man finally meeting the legendery but vain Phoenix in her very own flesh. In addition, you get treated a few samples of the best work from the other well-known manga artists, including the very sparkly and flowery "Rose of Versasilles".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Clements on February 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Fred Schodt's Manga! Manga! still delivers the goods. The toughest of acts to follow, his fluency, his meticulous research and his personal anecdotes make his work truly irreplaceable. Schodt's translation genius shines through, it's his job to break the language barrier, and he does it so well one forgets that at the time he wrote it, nobody knew what a manga was. Be advised, this is classy stuff. There's no amateurish, media-studies fudging, no fancy guesswork about partially-understood titles, but an incredible introduction to the manga world, presented with stunning clarity. Schodt has no need to rely on what others translate, by going straight to the source he remains years ahead of the competition. To write this review, I took my weatherbeaten copy off the shelf and was amazed at how much of Schodt's writing remains original and unexplored, even today. I found a piece on Graveyard of the Fireflies (why didn't I see that before?), and chunks of Saito and Otomo much ripped-off by lesser researchers, I chuckled once more at the manga Einstein, and fell in love with three titles still unavailable in English. This is still the best book on manga, and even now, the only serious contender is Schodt's own Dreamland Japan. After nearly 20 years of being plagiarised by lesser writers, Schodt's book is still effortlessly outshining them all. Buy it. I did.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1996
Format: Paperback
Schodt discusses in graphic detail the evolution of Japanese comics from its roots in "irresponsible pictures" in 12th century scrolls, to Disney inspiration in the early 1950s, and works up to the '80s -- presenting such genres as sports, history, science fiction, and shojo (girls) comics.

This book might not be an exhaustive coverage of the Japanese comics industry, but Schodt makes a heroic attempt.

For an authoritative look into a piece of Japanese popular culture, buy this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on April 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1983, Fred Schodt's re-released Manga! Manga! is an improvement on an already stellar work. Schodt is a translator, writer, and critic on things Japanese-in particular manga. He writes in a fluent, articulate style that will persuade even the conservative high culture guardians that manga (and anime) belongs along with Kabuki and Noh and flower arrangement in the pantheon of great Japanese cultural gifts to the world. Manga! Manga! is meticulously researched and leavened with anecdotes from Schodt's many years in Japan.

When the first edition appeared, some twenty years ago, outside of Japan few even knew what manga was. Manga today is a major industry. In 1996, some 2.3 billion magazines were being churned out-or 40% of all publications in highly literate Japan. Adults are now being targeted with more plot-driven manga, and its export to Asia, Europe, and the US can be counted as one of Japan's great "industrial" success stories.

This version has been revised but retains the best of the 1983 section. Following an introduction by Osamu Tezuka, Schodt delves into the history of manga in a section that covers a thousand years of Japanese pictorial history. This includes native traditions, foreign influence, the War years, and more. The text then moves onto chapters on types of manga: samurai, women-centric, business, erotic. The last two chapters feature a behind-the-scenes look at those who produce the manga, and then an essay on the future of manga. At the end of the book are samples from four titans of manga-Osamu Tezuka, Reiji Matsumoto, Riyoko Ikeda, and Keiji Nakazawa.

Excellent. A great, great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "themancalledsam" on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Very interesting work. Goes over every aspect of manga - what it is, how it developed, and then different genres of manga - samurai series, manga showing japanese values about work, boys and girls manga, sports manga...every type of manga is described. There are also tons and tons of b&w images, not to mention a few color ones. If this wasn't good enough, Frederik L. Schodt is also a very articulate and interesting writer, and is able to express himself very well while keeping the material interesting. This is not all: the book comes with four samples of manga from Japan. My favorite in this group is Leiji Matsumoto's short story "Ghost Warrior," set during WWII. This book is more than just the sum of it's parts, though: It's also a fantastic introduction to manga, and can be read and enjoyed by even people who aren't fans of comic books. My highest reccomendations.
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Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco Bay area. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology. His writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world, and in 2000 resulted in his being awarded the Special Category of the Asahi Shimbun's prestigious Osamu Tezuka Culture Award. In the same year, his translation of Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's 1931 pioneering graphic novel,_The Four Immigrants Manga_, was selected as a finalist in Pen West USA translation award. In 2009, Fred was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture overseas. Also, in the same year he was awarded the "Special" category of the Ministry of Foreign Affair's 3rd International Manga Award.

Fred's WEBSITE-- http://www.jai2.com | TALKS-- http://www.jai2.com/ABE_Talks.htm | BIBLIOGRAPHY-- http://www.jai2.com/Mybiblio.htm

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