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Manga: The Complete Guide Paperback – October 9, 2007
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This book does a tremendous job in dispelling the image of Manga that many of us raised on American comics have about the genre. This book explains not only the history of Manga but the various types of Manga to the point where if you can't find something you'd like, you just didn't look hard enough. Plus there are over 900 reviews!
Don't like big-eyed teenage girls running around in skirts? Don't worry! There is a Manga series that caters to both men and women of every age group and interest. Horror, fantasy, occult, mystery, politics, sci-fi, sports, pets, martial arts, military, business people, etc...Whew! Without this book, the hundreds of titles and dozens of genres would be too much to try and piece together.
I'm sure many experienced Manga fans will disagree with some of his reviews but when you've read as many as the reviewer has, cliches are probably very easy to spot and quality easy to discern.
If you feel that your American Comics collection is getting a bit predictable or drab, or you just want to expose yourself to this art form, this book is a must for people absolutely new to the form.
This volume also contains an introduction and afterward about Japanese comics (and even has a hiragana/katakana chart for reference), which are all very interesting and useful. The book succeeds as a reference guide to manga in general, but the separate yaoi section fails as a good guide for determining whether a series is worthwhile or not, and probably because this book was compiled mostly by men (presumably straight) who are not necessarily fans of the genre (the ratings seem to get lower the more graphic the series are...) and seem to prefer Viz shonen series (for which the author is an editor).
The book does list all of the active licenses up to last year (2007), except for being entirely lacking of any of the BL novels (aside from mentioning the OtRFK novels) or non-BL light novels, and not containing any Korean manwha titles, Chinese manhua, OEL (western graphic novels styled like manga) or cine-manga (picture manga based on anime series/movies). This is an English-licensed-Japanese-manga-only collection.
I wouldn't take the ratings to heart, especially since they go from 0 to 4 stars, which aside from being awkward are completely inconsistent. Naruto got 4 stars, but Fruits Basket, the greatest selling shojo manga in the US and Japan got 3.5. Bleach got 3 stars, though the review would lead you to believe it wasn't "that great" of a title.Read more ›
The book is arranged in alphabetical order by title. Each entry includes the Japanese phonetic title, translation, and kanji title along with author's name. This is followed by the names of both the U.S. and the Japanese publishers and the different dates of publication in each country, as well as the name of the magazine it was originally serialized in, and the total number of volumes. My favorite detail is the category (shojo, shonen, josei, seinen, yaoi, yuri) as well as the genre (fantasy, crime, occult), followed by age ratings that include specific content notices (language, nudity, sexual situations). If you are a parent or librarian trying to decide whether a certain title might be appropriate to purchase for a child, this information is absolutely invaluable.
Last is the review and star rating. I love the fact that many of these are not just plot summaries but honest-to-goodness signed reviews that help gauge the quality of the plot and artwork, as well as place it in context. In general I agreed with most of the reviews and ratings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great buy, despite the age of the book and the inevitable incompleteness. People have complained about the way ratings were formatted (which goes from 1-4 stars) and the biased... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tracy and Karlyn
Normally, I'd give this item a good rating. I had a copy before. THIS copy however, is horrible. It's a USED LIBRARY BOOK with the checkout card holder still attached!Published 6 months ago by Tristan S. Roberts
Manga: The Complete Guide is a very good resource for getting to know manga as a medium. It offers comprehensive looks at almost every genre (including adult) and has an extensive... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pen Name
It was a little dirty on the side but that's what you'd expect from a used book. Other than that, it's great. Thanks!Published 19 months ago by Tommy Dong
Arrived in good time and as described. For a class, like the book.Published 20 months ago by Emily L.
It's a good reference to know new titles, but some (if not most) reviews are way off. The writer is not able to distinguish between his personal taste and the inherent quality of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jaen
I'm smart enough to know when I like a manga based on its own merits. This "complete guide" to manga is anything but complete, and reviews of some titles, like Wedding... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by A Floyd