Manga: The Complete Guide (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/10/9
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• Reviews of more than 900 manga series
• Ratings from 0 to 4 stars
• Guidelines for age-appropriateness
• Number of series volumes
• Background info on series and artists
THE ONE-STOP RESOURCE FOR CHOOSING BETWEEN THE BEST AND THE REST!
Whether you’re new to the world of manga-style graphic novels or a longtime reader on the lookout for the next hot series, here’s a comprehensive guide to the wide, wonderful world of Japanese comics!
• Incisive, full-length reviews of stories and artwork
• Titles rated from zero to four stars–skip the clunkers, but don’t miss the hidden gems
• Guidelines for age-appropriateness–from strictly mature to kid-friendly
• Profiles of the biggest names in manga, including CLAMP, Osamu Tezuka, Rumiko Takahashi, and many others
• The facts on the many kinds of manga–know your shôjo from your shônen
• An overview of the manga industry and its history
• A detailed bibliography and a glossary of manga terms
LOOK NO FURTHER, YOU’VE FOUND YOUR IDEAL MANGA COMPANION!
Jason Thompson has over ten years’ experience as a manga editor, working at SHOHEN JUMP magazine and other publications. His writing has appeared in Animerica and The Comics Journal.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the number of new manga titles having appeared in English translation since this book was published has increased tremendously, to the point where this sort of guide would be better served up as an online wiki or as a hyperlinked CD-ROM (or downloadable equivalent format) that would allow the reader to easily jump to associated spotlight articles, or a list of other titles authored by the same mangaka or within the same subgenre or demographic.
Nevertheless, there is a crying need for a guide of this type, and to my utter amazement, instead of there being a half-dozen similar sort of guides competing with it (just look at the number of ANIME guide books out there to choose from), this is the ONLY book of its kind on manga to have been published in English. THAT, to my mind, is utterly mind-boggling -- given the huge popularity of manga (which only seems to keep growing outside of Japan). That said, until the day comes when a better guide comes along, this one will have to suffice. Much of the same type of information (and reviews) on various titles could be found online, but the searching, sorting and filtering process required for those interested is labor-intensive and off-putting, plus the researcher would miss many titles of specific interest entirely, without knowing of them by name to look for reviews.
I conclusion, I would say it's definitely worth owning (even if now becoming increasingly outdated -- one does still hope for a newly "Revised and Expanded Edition" in some format). Just be aware that it's worth the time spent to follow up by cross-checking the reviews of any of the titles of interest included herein online, to get a little more of an overview of the spectrum of opinions regarding any title.