日本のまんが―Manga! manga! (英語) ペーパーバック – 1986/1
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A guide to Japanese comics, which explains the cultural and aesthetic background that produced manga, and includes 96 pages of manga reproduced in English translation.
"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 --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。
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To conclude, I give this book four stars only because it's an outdated book.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.
I recomend it if you want to know more about manga, its not for learning how to draw.