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Manga: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
50 Manga Titles Every Library Should Own
See a list of 50 essential manga that every library should have on their shelves, including popular graphic novels for teens, kids and grown-ups. Librarian and author Robin Brenner offers insights on these manga must-haves and why they deserve a spot on your library's shelves.
Reader's Choice: The Best Yaoi Manga
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and boys love manga as selected by manga fans on Twitter and on the About.com Manga blog forums. See which graphic novels yaoi manga fans picked as the best manga in the boys love category.
The 10 Shojo Manga Titles Everyone Should Read
Curious about shojo (shoujo) manga but can't figure out where to start? Discover some of the most romantic, hilarious, magical and memorable Japanese comics for girls with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight and Card Captor Sakura.
12 Cooking Manga That Will Make Your Mouth Water
From the land of Iron Chef comes cooking manga -- Japanese comics about the thrills and spills (mostly spills) that happens when you turn baking, frying and slicing into a competitive sport, and turn the kitchen into a backdrop for romance, comedy and intrigue.
22 Vampire Manga That Fans of Horror and...
Craving more gothic romance and bloodsucking thrills? From Vampire Knight to Hellsing, here's 22 manga tales of tormented vampires, doomed love, blood-thirsty monsters and even some kooky creatures of the night.
20 Classic Manga That Everyone Should Read
New to the joys of manga? Before you read the rest, check out some of the best. Our top 20 list includes recommended reads for every age and every taste. Choose from action-packed shonen manga and romantic shojo manga for kids and teens or cutting-edge graphic novels for adults -- you're sure to discover a comic book that will blow you away.
Cool New Manga for Grown-up Graphic Novel Fans
See a recommended reading list of adult manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for mature readers and the grown-ups who love graphic novels. From the hardboiled action of Dogs and cyberpunk romance of Clover to the rock and roll raunchiness of Detroit Metal City, there's lots of great graphic novels for grown-ups.
Horror Manga: 13 Creepy Comics and Gruesome...
From the slightly spooky tales of Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation to the gory and disturbing Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, get a peek into the spectrum of spooky manga from Japan's creepiest creators. See a recommended reading list of horror manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga that are worth your time and $10.
10 San Diego Comic-Con Survival Tips
Attending San Diego Comic-Con is a lot of fun, but a little advance planning can make the difference between aggravation and satisfaction. See my time-tested San Diego Comic-Con survival tips and make the most out of your trip to America's biggest and best comics, sci-fi, games and collectibles show.
Interview: Hiro Mashima
Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master, came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 1
Is it possible to make a living in manga in North America? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Adam Warren, Fred Gallagher and retailers/pundits/comics experts like Chris Butcher and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion.
Interview: Hiro Mashima - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master. Mashima-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor that makes Fairy Tail one of the most fun and exciting manga debuts of 2008 from Del Rey Manga. Page 2.
Interview: Tite Kubo
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine.
10 Must-Read Yuri Manga
Yuri manga publisher and expert Erica Friedman has read a lot of girls love comics, but when we asked her to pick her 10 favorite yuri manga, she came back with a diverse list of titles, including Strawberry Panic, First Love Sisters and Maria-sama ga Miteru.
10 Shonen Manga That You Must Read
Are you hooked on the adrenaline-rush of shonen manga, but want to try something new? Take a chance on of the most action-packed, humorous and addictive Japanese comics for boys with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Bleach, One Piece and Naruto.
Drawing From Life: Manga About Manga
See a list of 15 manga stories about making manga, including tales that showcase the blood, sweat and tears (and endless efforts to please finicky editors) that comics creators must endure to bring their manga to their adoring fans.
How to Read Manga Without Going Broke
Buying manga can be a costly habit, but there are several ways to enjoy your favorite graphic novels without going broke. Try these 15 money-saving tips and tricks to finding cheap, free or discounted manga deals, ways to trade your unwanted manga, and a few words about scanlations.
Interview: Tite Kubo - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine. Page 2.
Libraries Are Not The Same as Manga Scanlation...
Librarian and author Robin Brenner breaks down four reasons why reading manga from a library is not the same as reading illegal scanlations. When fans have protested the closure of sites that hosted scanlated or pirated manga, many protested that they didn't see the difference between reading manga scanlations online and borrowing and reading manga from a library. Brenner explains why this manga myth deserves to be busted.
Strange Love: Shojo Manga's Weirdest Romances
See a list of the 10 strangest shojo manga love stories, including the odd couples from Guru Guru Pon-Chan, Portrait of M & N and Otomen.
Fun Kids Manga for Young Readers
See a recommended reading list of kids manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for young readers and the young at heart. From the light-hearted, slice-of-life laughs from Yotsuba&! and prehistoric mayhem with Dinosaur Hour to the sports drama of Whistle and Sugar Princess, there's lots of fun reads for kids 12 and younger.
17 Manga by Osamu Tezuka
See a recommended reading list of manga by the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka. From the kid-friendly sci-fi of Astro Boy to the medical drama of Black Jack, the dark, psychological drama of MW to the epic tale of reincarnation and redemption that is Phoenix.
Otaku
There are manga and anime fans, and then there are otaku, the super-fans who eat, drink, shop, collect and obsess over every facet of manga, anime and games. Learn about the origins of otaku culture in Japan, and its spread to Asia, Europe and America.
Interview: Tite Kubo - Page 3
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine. Page 3.
Early Origins of Japanese Comics
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga, from humorous painted scrolls and caricatures by ukiyo-e artists to the early influence of Western comics in Meiji-era Japan.
Tsundere
: " Tsundere " is a Japanese slang word referring to a particular personality type / character archetype
TokyoPop Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company TokyoPop. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles.
The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 1
Read a review of The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 1, a shojo manga series by Sai Yukino and Kairi Yura from Shojo Beat / VIZ Media. Although she comes from a noble lineage, Shurei Hong's family is near broke. But when she's offered a large amount of money to live in the palace, she jumps at the chance, even though it means being the consort to the Emperor, a young man who is rumored to be more interested in enjoying the company of men than ruling his country.
Otaku Gift Guide
Find great gifts for manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, action figures, and more. See what's on an otaku's most wanted lists, including Ultraman tees, Domokun flash drives, dream trips to Tokyo and much, much more.
Introduction to Age Ratings
Manga has something for everyone -- but not all manga is suitable for all ages. Our list breaks down the comics content ratings used by U.S. publishers, and provides examples of popular manga titles in each group.
Fairy Tail Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Fairy Tail, a new shonen manga fantasy adventure series from the creator of Rave Master. Learn more about this tale of wizards and monsters, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Hiro Mashima.
All the Anime and Comics Conventions in the...
Find anime and comic conventions near your city. This list includes 2012 U.S. anime and comic conventions that are scheduled in the South U.S., including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. Page 2.
Introduction to Shojo Manga
About.com's Manga Guide introduces you to the best shojo manga or Japanese comics for girls. With profiles of popular series including magical Sailor Moon to sexy and sophisticated Nana, our introduction takes a look inside the romantic, stylish and humorous world of shojo manga and explains why comics aren't just a guy thing anymore
All the Anime and Comic Conventions You Can...
What’s more fun than reading manga? Going to an anime, manga or comics convention! Our calendar list features an updated schedule of anime, manga and comics conventions in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with dates, locations, events, web sites and links to photo galleries.
Doujinshi
What is doujinshi? Essentially, it's fan-created manga or Japanese comics, but it's much more than that. Learn about the origins of Japanese fan-created comics and the otaku culture that it feeds off and thrives on doujinshi.
VIZ Media Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company Viz Media LLC. Includes address, website, editorial focus and popular current titles.
Interview: Takehiko Inoue
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, recently made an appearance at the Books Kinokuniya in NYC. In our interview with Inoue-sensei, we talked about his manga, his love of sports, and his relationship with his readers.
Moé
: Derived from the Japanese verb " moeru " ("to bud" as in plants or flowers), " moé " can mean several
Introduction to Shonen Manga
Geared for teen and young adult males, shonen manga, such as Naruto, Bleach and One Piece capture readers' attention with their exciting stories and dynamic characters. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this immensely popular style of comics that is winning the hearts of comics fans worldwide.
Shonen Jump Adds New Series, Counts Down to...
Shonen Jump Adds New Series, Counts Down to Day/Date Debut
Making a Living in Manga: Part 5
The fifth part of the Making a Living in Manga series looks at 5 ways that the dysfunctional manga economy in North America could be fixed. It's fairly obvious that career prospects are fairly bleak for North American comics creators who want to draw in a manga-influenced style. But what can be done to make things better? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Kosen and Fred Gallagher had to say in this lively online discussion.
Offset Printing
What is offset printing? Offset printing is the main way that books, magazines, and newspapers are printed today. Offset refers to the use of photo-sensitized printing plates with text and images that are inked and are transferred to paper through large printing presses.
Spookiest (and Silliest) Ghosts and Zombies Manga
Looking for the best manga ghost stories and graphic novels about zombies and the evil dead? From Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Zombie Loan, here's my list of some of the spookiest, silliest and most entertaining ghost stories and zombie rampages ever captured in manga.
9 "War is Hell" Military Manga
After World War II, Japan's armed forces have been relegated to non-combat roles on the world stage.
Interview: Takehiko Inoue - Page 2
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, recently made an appearance at the Books Kinokuniya in NYC. In our interview with Inoue-sensei, we talked about his manga, his love of sports, and his relationship with his readers. Page 2.
San Diego Comic-Con International Profile
Profile of San Diego Comic Con International, a comics, sci-fi, anime, movies and pop culture convention held annually in Southern California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Gothic & Lolita Bible – Alice in Angelic...
Gothic and Lolita fashion is more than just ready-to-wear. There's a strong "sew-it-yourself" aesthetic
Manga Gift Books Guide
Find gift-worthy art books and deluxe editions that manga readers will love. From lavishly illustrated guides to the manga and anime legends like Osamu Tezuka and Satoshi Kon, to wonderful one-shots that can introduce even novices to the joys of manga.
Michael Gombos' Top 9 Manga
As Director of Asian Licensing for Dark Horse, Michael Gombos reads lots and lots of manga and manhwa to find the next big thing. But given the choice, what did he pick for the manga he most enjoys reading and re-reading? See his choices for the best manga worth reading, including GANTZ, Hellsing and Sekitou Erejii in Michael Gombos' Top 9 Manga List.
CMX Manga Publisher Profile
From the house that Superman built, CMX Manga is the manga-centric imprint of DC Comics. Publishing a mix of classic and contemporary Japanese comics, shojo and shonen manga titles, CMX has recently added Megatokyo, an original English-language manga series to its roster.
M - Mature Age 18+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to an "NC-17" movie rating, the "M – Mature, Age 18+" rating means that you can expect to
Little Butterfly
Read a review of Little Butterfly, a yaoi manga series by Hinako Takanaga from June Manga / Digital Manga Publishing. Sullen teenager Nakahara has got a lot of problems, but the friendship of upbeat Kojima isn’t one of them. Can their friendship and later, their love endure Kojima's problems at home?
Chinese Manhua, Comics and Graphic Novels
See a list of Chinese comics or manhua in English, by Chinese creators and artists, including stories both contemporary and historic-themed stories, including Remember, The History of the West Wing and Wild Animals.
Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1
Read a review of Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1, an adult manga series by Katsu Aki from TokyoPop. Newlyweds Makoto and Yura discover that they're both virgins, and they've both got a lot to learn about the fine art of getting it on.
Josei Manga - Ladies Comics
: Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of
Afterschool Charisma Volume 1
Read a review of Afterschool Charisma Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Kumiko Suekane from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. The students of St. Kleio Academy are blessed, and cursed with very unique lives: they are all clones of famous (and infamous) historical figures. But are they doomed to repeat the lives, mistakes and deaths of their predecessors? And what sinister forces are conspiring to kill all of the St. Kleio clones?
Naruto Series Profile and Story Summary
Why is Naruto one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Naruto's creator, Masashi Kishimoto.
Interview: Bryan Lee O'Malley
Read an interview with comics creator Bryan Lee O'Malley, the artist and author of Scott Pilgrim andLost at Sea. O'Malley was in Toronto for the midnight release party for Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour at The Beguiling, and to promote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the feature film adaptation of his story about a slacker, the girl he loves, and the seven evil exes that he must defeat in order to date her.
Del Rey Manga Publisher Profile
A division of U.S. publishing giant Random House working in partnership with Kodansha, Del Rey Manga publishes English-language editions of Japanese manga. See more information about this company, plus a list of their bestselling titles.
Interview: Svetlana Chmakova
About.com Manga interviewed Svetlana Chmakova at the 2007 New York Anime Festival, as Dramacon Volume 3 was released and her next series, Night School was announced. With so much accomplished and so much on the horizon for this global manga creator, we spoke with Chmakova about Dramacon, her favorite manga and her plans for her next series, Night School.
Print On Demand (POD) Publishing
What is print on demand (POD) publishing? Print on demand allows for printing relatively small quantities of a book or comic with a shorter turnaround time than traditional offset printing. This makes this option very attractive for self-publishing graphic novels and comics.
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 3
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan. Page 3.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 2
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New York Anime Festival Convention Profile
Profile of New York Anime Festival, an anime and manga convention held annually in New York City. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
Interview: Kun Gao of Crunchyroll
Read an interview with Kun Gao, the CEO of Crunchyroll as he explains Crunchyroll's plans to develop a platform for online manga publishing that publishers and distributors from all over the world can use to bring more manga online and available to more readers around the world. We also discuss the challenges that publishers face as they balance ease of use with the need for digital rights management.
Manga Cafe Mika
Manga Cafe Mika, San Francisco Japantown, Kintetsu Mall, Bay Area manga cafe
Top 10 Manga Reviewing Tips
As the manga guide / editor for About.com, I get to read and write about a lot of manga. Along the way, I've learned a few things about the in's and out's of manga reviewing. Here are 10 tips for manga reviews that have worked well for me.
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories
Read a review of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, a collection of shojo and josei manga short stories by Moto Hagio from Fantagraphics. A Drunken Dream offers a long-overdue glimpse into Hagio's 40-year career, showcasing some early and recent stories. With its mix of sci-fi, romance, tragedy and comedy, A Drunken Dream is a memorable manga journey that shouldn't be missed or dismissed.
History of Manga - Manga Goes to War
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga during the pivotal years between its first introduction to Western comics to its role in World War II and the changes caused by post-war occupation.
Introduction to Original English Language Manga
Inspired by Japanese manga but created by American, European or Canadian creators, original English language manga or OEL manga is staking its claim to its place the world of comics and mainstream publishing. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this emerging and fast-growing segment of the graphic novels world.
Gantz Volume 1
Read a review of Gantz Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Hiroya Oku from Dark Horse Manga. When high school students Kei and Masaru save a homeless guy from certain death at a subway station, they end up dying horribly instead. But have they really? The two arrive in a room filled with others who have recently died, and find that they've been enlisted to kill aliens in Tokyo by a black orb called Gantz.
Interview: Felipe Smith
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan.
Seinen Manga
Definition of seinen manga or Japanese comics for men, plus examples of seinen manga.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 3
Do many would-be manga artists have the skills to pay the bills? That is, are they creating publication-ready, professional quality work? Do they have the business and marketing smarts to sell themselves and their work? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Adam Warren, and Jamie Lynn Lano had to say in this lively online discussion.
Astro Boy Volume 1 & 2
Read a review of Astro Boy Volume 1 & 2, a shonen manga series by Osamu Tezuka from Dark Horse. Created to replace a scientist's deceased son, Astro Boy is a boy robot who strives to use his mighty powers to foster peace and understanding between men and machines.
Dramacon Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Dramacon, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Svetlana Chmakova. Aspiring manga writer Christie finds new friends, new heartaches and possibly a boyfriend and a new career at an anime convention in Dramacon, a original English language (OEL) shojo manga series.
T - Teens Age 13+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG-13" movie rating, the "T - Teens, Age 13+" rating means that there may be some
Takehiko Inoue Mural Painting Photo Gallery
Takehiko Inoue, Japanese manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Real came to New York to paint a special mural featuring characters from his seinen manga series, Vagabond. See photos of Takehiko Inoue's mural painting event and reception at Books Kinokuniya's new Bryant Park branch in New York City in November 2007.
Slam Dunk Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Slam Dunk, a basketball manga by Takehiko Inoue, including a story summary, character descriptions and notable facts about this shonen manga series. Learn more about Inoue-sensei and the numerous awards and accolades that he received for this influential graphic novel.
Interview: Keiko Takemiya - Page 2
Legendary artist, author and educator Keiko Takemiya has been creating and innovating in the world of manga for over 40 years. Read our interview and discover Takemiya-sensei's take on being a female artist in the Seventies, her role in the creation and evolution of boys love / yaoi manga, and her feelings about the new anime version of To Terra released in 2007. Page 2.
OT - Older Teens Age 16+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "R" movie rating, the "OT – Older Teens, Age 16+" rating means that the dialogue may
Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha
Read comments from fans, and commentary about scanlation site Mangastream and their decision to pull their fan-translated versions of Shonen Jump manga from their website, and the arrival of Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America.
Anime Expo Convention Profile
Profile of Anime Expo, an anime and manga convention held annually in Southern California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 4
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Death Note Volume 1
In Death Note Volume 1, high school student Light Yagami finds a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to kill criminals with just the stroke of a pen. Read our review and see why Deathnote is one of the most talked-about shonen manga titles in years.
The Dark Hunters Volume 1
Read a review of The Dark Hunters Volume 1, a original english language manga series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Claudia Campos from St. Martin's Griffin. A mild-mannered accountant named Amanda meets a sexy blond immortal vampire hunter named Kyrian of Thrace, and sparks fly.
Fruits Basket Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Fruits Basket, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Natsuki Takaya. One of the most popular shojo manga released in the U.S., Fruits Basket is a 23-volume fantasy/romance/soap opera about an ever-cheerful high school girl and a very wealthy family with a strange curse. 13 members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animal spirits represented in the Chinese zodiac.
Digital Manga Publishing Publisher Profile
Read a profile of Digital Manga Publishing, a print and digital manga publishing company based in Gardena, California. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Arata The Legend Volume 1
Read a review of Arata The Legend Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yuu Watase from Shonen Sunday / VIZ Media. Two boys, both named Arata cross dimensions to change places with each other and inherit each others' problems. Modern teen Arata Hinohara finds himself in a fantasy world where the gods and humans co-exist; a world where his Arata-counterpart has been framed for an assassination attempt.
Vertical Inc. Publisher Profile
Profile of online manga publishing company Vertical Inc.. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Higurashi: When They Cry Volume 1
Read a review of Higurashi: When They Cry Volume 1, a horror manga series by Ryukishi07 and Karin Suzuragi from Yen Press. Keiichi Maebara is the new kid in town, and he's already made lots of friends. But high school hi-jinks aside, there's something sinister simmering just below the surface, and Keiichi is starting to suspect that his newfound friends are hiding a horrifying secret from him.
6 Tips To Get More Manga in Your Local Library
Want to get more manga added to your local library's collection? Librarian and author Robin Brenner shares 6 simple ways to help nudge your local librarian to get hip to the manga tip.
Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List
Manga editor, author and expert Jason Thompson has read thousands of Japanese comics. But given the choice, what did he pick as his top 10 all-time favorite manga series? See his picks, from the popular to the obscure, including Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Sugar Sugar Rune and Panorama of Hell in Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List.
Q&A with Yoshitaka Amano
Read a Q&A session with legendary character designer, artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano from New York Anime Festival 2008. Find out why the artist behind Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D loves American superhero comics, how he straddles the worlds of fine art, video games and manga and his creative strategies that has made him one of the most successful illustrators in Japan.
Interview: Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
Read an interview with Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, the authors of Yokai Attack!, a field guide to Japanese yokai, monsters, spirits and demons.
Shonen Jump (U.S.) Manga Magazine Profile
Profile of Shonen Jump, a monthly shonen manga magazine for boys, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Blood+ Volume 1
Read a review of Blood+, a seinen manga series by Asuka Katsura from Dark Horse. Based on the animated sequel to Blood: The Last Vampire, Blood+ picks up the story decades after Saya's vampire hunting work in Vietnam War-ear Okinawa. Now a high school student with amnesia, Saya enjoys her new life with her adopted family, but her destiny catches up with her soon than she expects.
Bleach Manga Profile
Why is Bleach one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Bleach's creator, Tite Kubo.
Kasumi Volume 2 Preview
Kasumi Volume 2, Chapter 3, Page 24 by Hirofumi Sugimoto and Surt Lim, published by Del Rey Manga. Page 21.
Bakuman Volume 1
Read a review of Bakuman Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata from Shonen Jump / VIZ Media. 14-year old Moritaka loves to draw, but it's not until his classmate Takagi approaches him that he even considers pursuing a career as a manga artist. Together, the two boys begin pursuing their dream of becoming professional comics creators – but are they up to the challenge?
Shonen Jump Catches Up With Japan's Jump
See what Andy Nakatani, Editor in Chief of the North America edition of Weekly Shonen Jump had to say about the relaunch of VIZ Media's digital manga magazine, as it moved to simultaneous publication with the Japanese edition of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, including comments about the new series, One Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata and plans for making Shonen Jump available to readers outside of North America.
With The Light Volume 1
Based on the true-life experiences of parents raising autistic children, With The Light (Hikari to Tomoni) tells the story of Sachiko, a young mother and her struggles to understand autism and her autistic son, Hikaru. Read a review of With The Light Volume 1, a josei manga graphic novel by Keiko Tobe from Yen Press.
Interview: Jason Hoffs
Read an interview with Jason Hoffs, Head of Productions at VIZ Productions, as he talks about the upcoming live action feature film based on Bleach by Tite Kubo, now in production at Warner Brothers.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Artist Profile
Considered by many to be the father of modern manga, Dr. Osamu Tezuka created numerous memorable characters and stories in his 43-year career in Japanese comics. Read about his life, his most notable creations and accomplishments.
not simple
Read a review of not simple, a seinen manga one-shot by Natsume Ono from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. Ian is a lost soul, searching for his long-lost sister. Along the way, he meets a novelist who becomes so fascinated by the heartbreak and bad breaks that Ian has endured all these years, he tells Ian that his next book will be about him – but will his book have a happy or tragic ending?
Astro Boy Volume 3
In "The Greatest Robot on Earth," Astro Boy encounters Pluto, a powerful robot who is out to defeat the
Interview: Nina Matsumoto
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Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist
Read a review of Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, a film essays book series by Andrew Osmond from Stone Bridge Press. Guest reviewer Brad Rice (Editor in Chief at Japanator.com) takes a look at Osmond's overview of this Japanese anime auteur's feature films.
Blue Exorcist Volume 1
Read a review of Blue Exorcist Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Kazue Kato from Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media. Scrappy Rin Okumura and his studious twin brother Yukio both grew up under the care of Father Fujimoto. But upon turning 15, Rin discovers a secret that has been kept from him since birth: he’s the half-human/half-demon son of Satan. After a brush with the demon lord, Rin swears to battle his father by becoming an exorcist.
Y Square
Read a review of Y Square, a romantic comedy shojo manga series by German manga creator Judith Park from Yen Press. Yoshitaka is a dunce in romance, with a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Yagate has girls flocking to his side. So what happens when two very different Y guys try to figure out what turns girls on?
Toriko Volume 1
Read a review of Toriko Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro from Shonen Jump / VIZ Media. It's the golden age of gastronomy in a world where the most amazing, delicious and rare delicacies are there for the eating. But many of the tastiest treats are also extremely dangerous to capture and bring to the dinner table. When the stakes are high and the monster steaks are rare, there's only one man with the appetite for danger: Toriko, the gourmet hunter.
Interview: Surt Lim and Hirofumi Sugimoto
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Hirofumi Sugimoto and American author Surt Lim, the co-creators of Kasumi, an original English shojo manga fantasy romance series published by Del Rey Manga. Kasumi gets transferred to an elite private school, but soon she discovers that she and a few of her classmates have special powers.
Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen
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NYAF '10: Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for...
Author and librarian Robin Brenner gathered a group of manga bloggers, experts and readers for the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Christopher Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Aker and Erica Friedman discussed the issues about boys love and girls love manga for gay readers, why readers in Japan and the U.S. view these stories differently and provided a recommended reading list.
Death Note Movies Photo Gallery
See photos from Death Note, Death Note: The Last Note and L: Change the World, the trilogy of live-action film adaptations of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's shonen manga series from VIZ Pictures. Our Death Note movie preview gallery includes scenes from this Japanese supernatural suspense starring Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami, Kenichi Matsuyama as L and Erika Toda as Misa Amane.
Black Butler Volume 1
Read a review of Black Butler Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yana Toboso from Yen Press. Sebastian is the utterly unflappable and completely competent butler in service to young Ciel Phantomhive, the heir and head of the household of the Phantomhive toy manufacturing empire. But are there darker reasons for Sebastian's almost inhuman ability to serve?
Future Diary Volume 1
Read a review of Future Diary Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Sakae Esuno from TokyoPop. Yukiteru is a quiet, somewhat antisocial high school student who'd rather sit on the sidelines observing people than actually connecting with them in any way. But his obsession with texting to his cell phone diary plays a key part in a high stakes game of cosmic and deadly proportions.
A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2, a seinen manga series by Jiro Taniguchi from Fanfare - Ponent Mon. Middle-aged salaryman finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to live his life as a 14-year old boy once more, with all of his adult memories and knowledge intact. Can he or should he change the past?
Recommended Reading - Top 10 Lists of Essential...
With so many manga titles out there to choose from, where should you start? Check out our top 10 lists of the latest and greatest manga series to get a taste of these cream of the crop comics and graphic novels.
Interview: Yuna Kagesaki
Japanese manga artist Yuna Kagesaki made her first visit to an American anime convention at Sakura-Con 2008. At two panel appearances, Kagesaki-sensei answered questions from moderators and from her fans in the audience. See what she had to say about her life as a manga-ka, the Chibi Vampire manga and anime, her impressions of her American fans and her plans for her next projects.
E - Everyone / A - All Ages Content Rating
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JManga Publisher Profile
Profile of online manga publishing company JManga. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
JuYoun Lee on Yen Press' Talent Search, Plus...
After their 2012 New Talent Search, Yen Press Senior Editor JuYoun Lee explains some of the common pitfalls of aspiring manga creators in North America. She also offers some advice for artists, and she explained why there were no 'winners' in this yearly search for new comics creators.
Tantric Stripfighter Trina Volume 1
Read a review of Tantric Stripfighter Trina Volume 1, a original English language manga series by Ken Faggio and Fernando Furukawa from TokyoPop. Trina Devi saw her tribe killed off by mercenaries. Now the last of the Tantric Strip Fighters is out for revenge.
Mushishi Series Profile
Title: Mushishi (US and Japan) Author and Artist: Yuki Urushibara Publishers: Del Rey Manga (US) Kodansha
High School of the Dead Volume 1
Read a review of High School of the Dead Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Daisuke Sato and Shouji Sato from Yen Press. When zombies invade their high school, a mismatched group of students and teachers must find a way to band together to stay alive against an ever-increasing hoard of the blood-thirsty undead.
Voices of Love
Read a review of Voices of Love, a sexually explicit collection of josei manga short stories by Kanae Hazuki from LuvLuv Press / Aurora Publishing. Mika's a 25-year old school teacher. Her neighbor Naokazu is not only keeping her up at night with his noisy ways, he turns up one day in her classroom as one of her students. What happens when the sparks fly between this unlikely pair?
Yaoi-Con Convention Profile
Profile of Yaoi-Con, a yaoi / boys love anime and manga convention held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
Uzumaki Manga Series Profile and Story Summary
In Uzumaki, a small Japanese village is gripped by a strange obsession with spirals. Junji Ito's horror masterpiece offers a series of short stories that describe the bizarre fates of the villagers, each story more inventive and horrifying than the last. Read a description of the Uzumaki manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Junji Ito.
Aurora Publishing Publisher Profile
Founded: 2006 (Stopped publishing in North America in 2010) Official Web Sites: http://www.aurora-publishing.com
Zombie-Loan Manga Profile and Story Summary
Michiru is a shy high school girl, with a very special gift: She can see rings around a person's neck that indicates their imminent death. While this ability frightens her, Michiru soon meets two handsome and mysterious classmates who not only understand her ability, they find it very useful to pay off their supernatural debt. Read a description of Zombie-Loan, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about the creators of the Zombie-Loan manga, Peach Pit.
Interview: Erica Friedman - Page 2
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite Japanese yuri manga stories where the girl gets the girl. Also, learn more about the origins of yuri manga and YuriCon, America's only convention dedicated to girls love manga and anime. Page 2.
Rosario + Vampire Volume 1
A powerful girl loves a wimpy wuss – if there was ever a classic shonen manga formula for romantic comedy,
PULP Manga Anthology Magazine Profile
Profile of PULP, a monthly manga anthology magazine, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Future Lovers
Read a review of Future Lovers, a yaoi manga one-shot by Saika Kunieda from Deux Press. Kento is a straight-laced school teacher who dreams of marrying and starting a family. But a night of passion with a gay man changes his plans in ways he never expected.
Death Note Volume 12
Read a review of the final, climatic volume of Death Note, the supernatural suspense shonen manga title by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata from Shonen Jump Advanced.
Interview: NaRae Lee
Read an interview with NaRae Lee, the Korean manhwa artist behind the graphic novel adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride. Lee made her first trip to the United States to appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to sign autographs at the Yen Press booth and meet fans of her work that's featured in Yen Plus Magazine.
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FanimeCon Anime Convention Profile
Profile of FanimeCon, an anime and manga convention held annually in San Jose, California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Interview: Erica Friedman
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite Japanese yuri manga stories where the girl gets the girl. Also, learn more about the origins of yuri manga and YuriCon, America's only convention dedicated to girls love manga and anime.
Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1
Read a review of Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1, a yonkoma manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya from TokyoPop. Oh history… so dull and boring – that is, until you re-imagine the various nations of the world as very cute boys with country-specific personality quirks. Take a look at the Axis Powers of WWII: Germany's a hard-ass, Japan is shy, and Italy is a pasta-loving buffoon.
Lovely Complex Manga Profile and Story Summary
Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in her class. Atsushi Otani is the shortest boy in school. When this mismatched pair decides to help each other find dates, they're perplexed when their efforts only result in their classmates thinking that they're the couple in love. Read a description of the Love*Com (Lovely Complex) shojo manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Aya Nakahara.
Gakuen Alice Volume 1
Read a review of Gakuen Alice Volume 1 by Tachibana Higuchi from TokyoPop. A girl enters an exclusive academy and struggles to fit in while staying true to herself. This sounds familiar, but Gakuen Alice puts a new twist on the term 'gifted students' by giving the kids and teachers mysterious powers and telling a tale with an unusual mix of light comedy, magical fantasy with a hint of dark drama.
Yen Plus Manga Magazine Profile
Profile of Yen Plus, a monthly manhwa and manga magazine for older teens and young adults published in the U.S. by Yen Press. Includes information about comics series featured including James Patterson's Maximum Ride and Soul Eater, regular columns and Yen Plus's editorial focus.
Kasumi - Tree Concept Art
Tree concept art from Kasumi by Hirofumi Sugimoto from Kasumi by Monkey Square, published by Del Rey Manga. Page 31.
Nana by Ai Yazawa - Series Profile and Story...
Stylish, romantic and hip, Nana by Ai Yazawa is one of the best-selling shojo manga series out today. Read story summaries, character profiles and learn more about Nana artist, Ai Yazawa.
Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and yuri manga as selected by the panelists at the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ (Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer) panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Chris Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Acker, Erica Friedman and moderator Robin Brenner selected 20 titles worth recommending to gay readers and gave reasons why these books are noteworthy.
Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha - Page 2
Read comments from fans, and commentary about scanlation site Mangastream and their decision to pull their fan-translated versions of Shonen Jump manga from their website, and the arrival of Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America. Page 2.
Interview: Svetlana Chmakova - Page 2
About.com interviewed Svetlana Chmakova at the 2007 New York Anime Festival, as Dramacon Volume 3 was released and her next series, Night School was announced. With so much accomplished and so much on the horizon for this global manga creator, we spoke with Chmakova about Dramacon, her favorite manga and her plans for her next series, Night School. Page 2.
Butterflies, Flowers Volumes 1, 2 and 3
Read a review of Butterflies, Flowers Volumes 1-3, a josei manga series by Yuki Yoshihara from Shojo Beat / VIZ Media. Choko Kuze comes from a once-wealthy family that has fallen upon hard times. At her first office job, she gets assigned to work under Masayuki Domoto, a handsome, but strict and slightly strange supervisor. To her surprise, she finds that Domoto was once her servant when she was a child.

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