Manga: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If it's made in America, what makes it 'manga?' Or are these labels just getting in the way of what we're really beginning to see: American comics evolving toward a hybrid, cross-cultural style? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Kosen, Fred Gallagher, and Jamie Lynn Lano, and retailers/pundits/comics experts like Chris Butcher and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion. Page 3.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Read an interview with Garrett Boast, the founder and publisher of ShojoBerry Magazine, an American shojo manga magazine. Page 3.
Profile of manga publishing company Viz Media LLC. Includes address, website, editorial focus and popular current titles.
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
After World War II, Japan's armed forces have been relegated to non-combat roles on the world stage.
Profile of manga publishing company TokyoPop. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles.
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.
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.
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
: Equivalent to an "NC-17" movie rating, the "M â Mature, Age 18+" rating means that you can expect to
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.
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.
Read a review of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Volume 1, a kodomo (kids) manga series by Akira Himekawa, published by VIZ Kids / VIZ Media. While based on the based on the Nintendo 64 video games of the same name, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time expands upon the basic story of the game and introduces even non-gamers to the universe of Link and friends.
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.
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?
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.
: Equivalent to a "R" movie rating, the "OT â Older Teens, Age 16+" rating means that the dialogue may
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.
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.
: " Tsundere " is a Japanese slang word referring to a particular personality type / character archetype
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.
: Derived from the Japanese verb " moeru " ("to bud" as in plants or flowers), " moé " can mean several
: Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read an interview with Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, the authors of Yokai Attack!, a field guide to Japanese yokai, monsters, spirits and demons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read a review of Hero Tales Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Jin Zhou Huang and Hiromu Arakawa from Yen Press. Taitou is a brash and strong warrior. At his coming-of-age ceremony, Taitou learns that he' s one of the seven heroes prophesied to save the empire and receives a magical sword. But when its stolen, Taitou must learn how to be a hero to get it back.
Definition of seinen manga or Japanese comics for men, plus examples of seinen manga.
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?
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
See a gallery of manga by Moto Hagio, including pages from A Drunken Dream and Other Stories from Fantagraphics, and photos from Hagio-sensei's visit to San Diego Comic-Con 2010. Also included in this gallery are cover art from other classic titles by Hagio-sensei, including The Poe Clan, Heart of Thomas and A Cruel God Reigns.
Find great gifts for shojo manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, toys, and more. See what's on shojo manga fan's most wanted lists, including Fruits Basket manga, Peach Girl DVDs, Pocky purses and much, much more.
A powerful girl loves a wimpy wuss â if there was ever a classic shonen manga formula for romantic comedy,
Read an interview with Hikaru Sasahara, President and CEO of Digital Manga Publishing as he describes his plans for Digital Manga Guild, a 'revolutionary' way of bringing more manga to America by bringing fan translators, editors and letterers together with Japanese publishers and bypassing the traditional licensing system.
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.
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.
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Read a review of Spice and Wolf Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Isuna Hasekura and Keito Koume from Yen Press. Traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence meets Holo, a wolf girl who just happens to be a village's harvest god. As Holo joins Lawrence on his travels, the merchant finds that this wily and sexy wolf has got a thing or two to teach him.
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.
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.
Read an interview with American comics legend Stan Lee and Japanese manga artist Hiroyuki Takei, the co-creators of Ultimo. Lee and Takei made several joint appearances at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to promote the recent addition of Ultimo to the pages of Shonen Jump magazine. Page 2.
From the land that brought you Iron Chef and $100 melons comes Oishinbo , the ultimate graphic novel
Profile of online manga publishing company Vertical Inc.. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Read an interview with Japanese manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto, the artist and author of No. 5, Go Go Monster and Tekkon Kinkreet by Christopher Butcher. Matsumoto explains some of the thoughts and creative process behind No. 5, his epic tale now available in English for the iPad.
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.
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.
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Read a review of Peepo Choo Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Felipe Smith from Vertical. Milton is an American otaku in Chicago who dreams of visiting Japan, the home of the anime and manga that he loves. But Milton's in for a surprise when he wins a trip to Japan and finds himself on a collision course with a homicidal yakuza mobster, an assassin and a bikini model with a violent streak.
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.
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Read a review of World of Warcraft: Death Knight Volume 1, an original English language manga one-shot based on the World of Warcraft MMROPG by Dan Jolley and Rocio Zucchi from TokyoPop. World of WarCraft gamer and blogger Jimmy Blocksom takes a look at this WarCraft manga and sees if it lives up to the excitement of the online fantasy-adventure universe.
In "The Greatest Robot on Earth," Astro Boy encounters Pluto, a powerful robot who is out to defeat the
Read a review of Seduce Me After The Show, a collection of yaoi manga short stories by est em from Deux Press / Aurora Publishing. A flamenco dancer and an actor. A painter with artists block and a gallery owner. An aging punk legend and an up and coming rocker. Seduce Me After The Show brings together these creative men in five short stories about guys loving guys.
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.
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.
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?
Read a review of House of Five Leaves Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Natsume Ono from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. Akitsu Masanosuke is an unemployed samurai who's timid to be an effective bodyguard, but too proud to take any work that he considers to be beneath him. But he may regret this decision after he's hired by a band of outlaws.
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.
Read a review of Tired of Waiting for Love, a yaoi manga series by Aida Saki and Yugi Yamada from Digital Manga Guild / Digital Manga Publishing. Former yakuza gangster Kyousuke Sawaragi spent five years in jail on drug-related charges. Now that he's out, he wants to stay out of trouble. But trouble somehow finds him, as he runs into his former cellmate Shuuya.
Read a review of Wandering Son Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Shimura Takako from Fantagraphics Books. Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki find that they have something in common: they're transgendered tweens on the cusp of puberty, and their lives are about to get really complicated.
Read a review of Ayako, a seinen manga epic by Osamu Tezuka from Vertical. As the youngest daughter of the Tenge family, Ayako has been locked away for most of her life to keep the family's secrets secret. But as she grows up, her family's dysfunctional hierarchy begins to crumble.
Only one modern manga creator would write a scene where a man is suddenly run over by a truck and his
Megatokyo, a popular webcomic series, has crossed over to mainstream publishing success. Follow this humorous tale of two gamers lost in the land of giant robots and obsessive otakus, as they try to make sense of life and love in Japan.
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.
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Read a review of Yokai Doctor Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yuki Sato from Del Rey Manga. Kotoko is descended from a long line of exorcists, so she knows all about yokai, or spirits, sprites and demons that most humans can't see. Then one day she meets a classmate who shares her abilities, and has a few extra of his own: he's a yokai doctor who helps heal sickly spirits.
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?
Set in Victorian England, Emma is a tender shoujo manga love story, sensitively told, of a young maid and her relationship with the eldest son of a wealthy family. While class distinctions of English society try keep them apart, their romance begins and blossoms Volume 1, setting the stage for drama in the volumes to come. Read a review of this historical shojo manga romance from CMX Manga.
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.
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.
Read a review of Ultimate Venus Volume 1, a shojo manga romance by Takako Shigematsu from Go! Comi. Now that Yuzu's mom has died, she's a homeless orphan, or so she thinks. Then a handsome guy who he works for her rich grandmother finds her and whisks her away to a life of luxury and privilege she's never known before. Can this fish-out-water survive the rough waters in the world of the rich and devious?
Read a description of Yotsuba&! (Yotsubato), an all-ages slice of life comedy series by Kiyohiko Azuma. Read a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about the background of this award-winning manga series from the creator of Azumanga Daioh.
Read a review of Toto! The Wonderful Adventure Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yuko Osada from Del Rey Manga. Kakashi is a young boy who burns with the desire to follow in his globe-trotting father's footsteps to leave his tiny island home to see the world. One day, he stows away on a passing dirigible, gets taken hostage by a pack of bandits and his adventure begins...
Read a review of Blood Honey, a yaoi manga one-shot by Sakyou Yozakura from BLU Manga / TokyoPop. Akabane is a nurse who just happens to be descended from vampires. Mayuzumi is a blood donor who enjoys giving blood so much, he actually gets turned on by it. Naturally, their complementary fetishes bring these two unlikely souls together for some bloodletting and blood-getting.
Read an interview with Junko Mizuno, the Japanese manga artist, illustrator and artist. Mizuno's manga works include cute / grotesque horror comics like Pure Trance, Cinderalla, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu.
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.
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?
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.
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond completes his mural at Books Kinokuniya Bryant Park in New York City. Page 13.
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Manga by Asumiko Nakamura as featured in Gothic & Lolita Bible Volume 1. Page 9.
Read our interview and find out how Chip Kidd and Saul Ferris combined their shared love for Batman memorabilia from the Sixties to collect rare and long-forgotten manga stories from Shonen King magazine into Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan, a comics art book from Pantheon Books.
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.
Profile of Otaku USA, a monthly anime, manga, video game, film and Japanese pop culture magazine published in the U.S. by Sovereign Homestead Magazine Publishing / Sovereign Media. Includes information about regular columns, Otaku USA's editorial focus and subscription information.
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.
Read a review of Chibikuro Party, the first volume of the Dayan children's books series by Akiko Ikeda from Dark Horse Books. Dayan is a mischievous little cat who finds out that he doesn't know his birthday, much less what a birthday is. He enlists the help of a trio of witches who help him out, but he doesn't realize what they expect from him in return.
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.
Hikari Hamura loves to draw, so his classmates have given him the nickname "Picasso." But when a horrible
Read a review of Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go Volume 1 and 2, a classic shonen series by Tatsuo Yoshida from Digital Manga Publishing (DMP). This deluxe presentation of Yoshida's original manga from 1966 gives readers a look at the inspiration for the hit animated TV series and feature film, Speed Racer.
Read a review of Fairy Tail Volume 1, a new action adventure shonen manga series by Hiro Mashima from Del Rey Manga. Lucy is an aspiring wizard who wants nothing more than to join the hottest magic guild around, Fairy Tail. When she meets Natsu and his talking cat Happy, she finds herself hooked up for the adventure of a lifetime.
Read a review of Nightschool Volumes 1 & 2, an original English language manga series by Svetlana Chmakova from Yen Press. In this series from the creator of Dramacon, readers are plunged into a fantasy world where teenage witches and vampires may wield fearsome powers of darkness, but they still have to go to school.
Profile of North American manga publishing company Yen Press. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, submission policy, and popular current titles.
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Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond completes his mural at Books Kinokuniya Bryant Park in New York City. Page 11.
Read a review of Only One Wish, a shojo manga one-shot by Mia Ikumi from Del Rey Manga. If you send a text message on a school stairs landing at midnight, you just might get a visit from a witch who'll grant you just one wish – but be careful what you wish for...
Read a review of Fairy Tail Volume 2, a new action adventure shonen manga series by Hiro Mashima from Del Rey Manga. In this second volume, Lucy, Natsu and Happy are on a mission to find and destroy a book. Trouble is, the book is in the possession of a rich politician who's got two powerful bodyguards and a posse of very ugly maids protecting him.
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