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Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics Paperback – Illustrated, January 25, 2013
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"... 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
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- Publisher : Kodansha International; Illustrated edition (January 25, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1568364768
- ISBN-13 : 978-1568364766
- Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.19 x 0.56 x 10.11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I found interesting was the perspective the author used for this book. He knew he was going to present something extremely new to a public which didn't know absolutely nothing about Japanese comics and had a completely different idea of comics.
I don't agree with the Schodt only towards the end when he writes that it will be almost impossible to translate lots of Japanese comics into other languages because the cultural differences are too wide. I've been reading comics for 16 years now, which is more that half of my age, and I've read about anything. Japanese mythology or playing Go or Japanese history. And all of these was translated into my language.
In addition, Schodt said that according to him the tropes of manga where difficult to understand for an American audience because they were not used to them. By tropes I mean, for example, the little drop that appear on the face of a manga character when something doesn't go as planned or the fact that people got a nosebleed when they are aroused. Schodt's comment was really American-centered because I'm not American and still I find it more difficult to read American comics rather than manga. I probably miss some of the tropes that are common for US readers and the boards are something built in a weird way and I have to think which way to read and that doesn't happen when I read a manga.
To conclude, I give this book four stars only because it's an outdated book. The reader should read something newer after this one but as introduction into the world of manga is perfect.
Like I said before, if you're looking to find out how manga came to be, some about Osamu Tezuka and the differences between shonen and shoujo manga, this book is perfect.
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A noter que l'ouvrage fut préfacé par Osamu Tezuka, le"Dieu du Manga", il reste un ouvrage de base, indispensable, très richement documenté. Souvent imité, jamais égalé...
Seul regret, aucun éditeur français, n'en a encore fait la traduction.