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500 Manga Heroes and Villains Paperback – January 1, 2006

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500 Manga Heroes & Villains

An illustrated guide to the global manga phenomenon, showcasing 500 of the genre’s leading heroes and villains


  • Male and female heroes and villains, individuals and teams, non-humanoids, and literary and historical characters
  • Extended focus on key characters including Astro Boy, Star Blazers, Pokemon, and Lupin III
  • Written by one of the world’s leading manga experts outside of Japan
  • 200 color illustrations

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    The worldwide explosion in the popularity of manga—the Japanese cartoon art genre—and anime, which is its sister genre in films, has been phenomenal. Many in the West think of manga as a modern invention based on a unique style of animation for children, but its true origin dates back almost 800 years to crude drawings on Japanese temple walls. In 1702, the Japanese artist Shumboko Ono produced a book in which he used many of those drawings, and the tradition of Toba-e—as this art was originally known—began to develop into the style as we now know it. Today, manga comics are widely recognized as an important literary genre in Japan.

    With manga’s growing popularity in the West, many books on the subject are appearing in Europe and America—not only translations of original Japanese manga and instructional guides for artists, but also scholarly books documenting the details of manga’s Japanese origins. Now 500 Manga Heroes & Villains breaks brand-new ground, becoming the first book to focus exclusively on the genre’s most popular characters. It presents 500 famous manga heroes and villains created between 1890 and the present day. Faithful full-color reproductions of characters are accompanied by thumbnail histories giving details of their lives in Japanese comics, dates when they first appeared, and major events in the history of manga comics. Fifty key characters, including Astro Boy, Akira, Lupin II, and Pok�mon are shown and discussed at length in special spotlight pages. You’ll also find feature articles on the most famous manga artists.

    Packed with facts and color illustrations 500 Manga Heroes & Villains is an essential and accessible reference tool for first-time enthusiasts and manga historians alike.

    THE AUTHOR Helen McCarthy is one of the foremost experts on manga and anime outside of Japan. She is a former editor of Anime UK imagazine and the author of several other books on the subject, including Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, The Anime Movie Guide, and The Erotic Anime Movie Guide, which she co-authored with Jonathan Clements. She was given the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese Culture. Helen McCarthy currently lives in London.
  • About the Author

    Helen McCarthy is one of the leading experts on manga outside Japan. She has written previous books and articles on the subject and was editor of Anime U.K. magazine. She was given the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture.

    Product details

    • ISBN-13 : 978-0764132018
    • Paperback : 352 pages
    • ISBN-10 : 0764132016
    • Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
    • Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 1 x 7 inches
    • Publisher : B.E.S. Publishing; 0th Edition (January 1, 2006)
    • Language: : English
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