Manga: The Complete Guide (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jul 3, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 592 pages
13 Reviews
• 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!
  

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A solid reference guide for otaku and manga beginners alike. Did not agree with a lot of the manga ratings, but that's a matter of preference. Only you can decide on if you'll like the book or not, but it does give fairly decent descriptions of the manga without leaving spoilers. Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Dobbs - Goodreads

This is an incredibly helpful book! It contains short reviews of hundreds of series. When it comes to a great series, it doesn't offer much insight into why it is great. It only states that it is. But ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
CIPHER
CITY HUNTER
CLAMP SCHOOL DETECTIVES
CLAYMORE
CLOVER
CLUB 9
COBRA
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED ASTRAY R
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED X ASTRAY
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING
BATTLEFIELD OF PACIFISTS
BLIND TARGET
ENDLESS WALTZ
GROUND ZERO
MÖBIUS KLEIN

COMIC PARTY CPM
COMICS UNDERGROUND JAPAN
CONFIDENTIAL CONFESSIONS
DEAI
LA CORDA DORO
COSPLAY KOROMOCHAN
COWBOY BEBOP
COYOTE RAGTIME SHOW
CRAYON SHINCHAN
CRESCENT MOON
CRIMSON HERO
CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL
CROSS
CROSSROAD
CRUSHER JOE
CULDCEPT
CYBER 7
CYBORG 009
HYMN FOR THE DEAD
DAME DAME SAITO NIKKI
DANCE TILL TOMORROW
DARK ANGEL
PHOENIX RESURRECTION
DARK EDGE
DARK TALES OF DAILY HORROR
THE DAY OF REVOLUTION
DAZZLE
DEAD END
DEARS
DEATH NOTE
DEATH TRANCE
DEMON CITY SHINJUKU
THE DEMON ORORON
DEMON PALACE BABYLON
THE STORY OF THE TRAIN MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL
DESCENDANTS OF DARKNESS
DESERT CORAL
DEUS VITAE
THE DEVIL DOES EXIST
DEVIL IN THE WATER
DEVIL MAY CRY 3
THE DEVIL WITHIN
DIABOLO
DEJIKOS ADVENTURE
DEJIKOS SUMMER VACATION
LEAVE IT TO PIYOKO
PIYOKO IS NUMBER ONE
DISAPPEARANCE DIARY
DISGAEA
DISGAEA 2
DNANGEL
DOCTOR
DOING TIME
THE WORLD OF JAPANESE FANZINES
DOLIS
DOLL
DOLLS
A CHILDS DREAM
GADGET CAT FROM THE FUTURE
DOROTHEA
DOUBT
DRAGON BALL
DRAGON BALL Z
DRAGON DRIVE
DRAGON HEAD
DRAGON KNIGHTS
DRAGON VOICE
THE TALE OF LUFIAK DUELL
KNIGHTS IN THE DARK CITY
DREAM HOTEL
DREAM SAGA
THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM
DR SLUMP
DUCK PRINCE
THE MAKING OF AN ASIANAMERICAN PRESIDENT
EATMAN
EDUMANGA
EERIE QUEERIE
ELECTRIC MAN ARROW
ELEMENTAL GELADE
THE MAGNIFICENT WORLD
EMMA
THE EMPTY EMPIRE
PICTURE SCROLL TO PROMOTE LOVE
ANGEL
THE AROMATIC BITTERS
BETWEEN THE SHEETS
NOTHING BUT LOVING YOU
WORKS
ES
LA ESPERANÇA
EUREKA SEVEN
EVEN A MONKEY CAN DRAW MANGA
EXCEL SAGA
EYESHIELD 21
FIII BANDIT
FAKE
FANTASTIC PANIC
TSUBASA HIKARU
DAIGO OF FIRE COMPANY M
THE FIRST KING ADVENTURE
THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF JAPAN
FIST OF THE BLUE SKY
FIST OF THE NORTH STAR
FIVE STAR STORIES
FLAG FIGHTERS
FLCL
FLESH COLORED HORROR
FLOWER OF THE DEEP SLEEP
FLOWER OF LIFE
FORBIDDEN DANCE
THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS MANGA
FOUR SHOJO STORIES
FREE COLLARS KINGDOM
FROM EROICA WITH LOVE
FROM FAR AWAY
FRONTIER LINE
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
FULL METAL PANIC
FULL METAL PANIC OVERLOAD
FULL MOON O SAGASHITE
THE MYSTERIOUS PLAY
FUSHIGI YÛGI GENBU KAIDEN
FUTABAKUN CHANGE
GACHA GACHA
THE NEXT REVOLUTION
GADGET
GALAXY ANGEL II
GALAXY ANGEL BETA
GALAXY ANGEL PARTY
GALAXY GIRL PANDA BOY
GALS
GAMERZ HEAVEN
GATCHA GACHA
GATE
GATEKEEPERS
GEGEGE NO KITARO
THE GENIUS BAKABON
GENJÛ NO SEIZA
GENOCYBER
GENSHIKEN
GENTLEMANS ALLIANCE
GEOBREEDERS
GETBACKERS
GHOST HUNT
GHOST IN THE SHELL
HUMANERROR PROCESSOR
MANMACHINE INTERFACE
GINGA LEGEND WEED
GINTAMA
GIRL GOT GAME
GIRLS BRAVO
GLASS WINGS
GODCHILD
GO GO HEAVEN
GÔJIN
MIDNIGHT EYE
GOLDEN WARRIOR ICZERONE
GON
THE GOOD WITCH OF THE WEST
GRAVITATION
GRENADIER
GTO
THE EARLY YEARSSHONAN JUNAIGUMI
GUARDIAN ANGEL GETTEN
DEADLY CURVE
GUNDAM THE ORIGIN
GUNHED
A NEW MARCHING SONG
GUNSLINGER GIRL
GUNSMITH CATS
BURST
GYO
HAMSTER CLUB
FOR YOU IN FULL BLOSSOM
HANAUKYO MAID TEAM
HANDS OFF
HAPPY HUSTLE HIGH
MAMA TEACHER IS WONDERFUL
HAPPY MANIA
HARLEM BEAT
THE BACHELOR PRINCE
IDOL DREAMS
BLIND DATE
RESPONSE
HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER
HEARTBROKEN ANGELS
HEAT GUY J
HEAVEN
HEAVY METAL WARRIOR XENON
HE IS MY MASTER
PANZER COPS
HELLSING
HERE IS GREENWOOD
HER MAJESTYS DOG
HIBIKIS MAGIC
HIGH SCHOOL AGENT
HIKARU NO GO
HINADORI GIRL
THE RED SNAKE
THE BUG BOY
ONINBO AND THE BUGS FROM HELL
BLACK CAT
THE COLLECTION
DEATHS REFLECTION
GALLERY OF HORRORS
ZIPANGU NIGHT
SKIN AND BONE
HOROBI
HOTEL HARBOUR VIEW
HOT GIMMICK
GLOOM PARTY
HUNTER X HUNTER
HURRAH SAILOR
HURRICANE GIRLS
HYPER POLICE
HYPER RUNE
ICE BLADE
ICHIGEKI SACCHU HOIHOISAN
IMADOKI NOWADAYS
IMPERFECT HERO
INDIAN SUMMER
INFINITE RYVIUS
INITIAL D
INNOCENT W
CRAZY FOR DOGS
INUYASHA
IONOSAMA FANATICS
IPPONGI BANGS CANVAS DIARY
IRONFIST
IRON WOK JAN
IS
IKEBUKURO WEST GATE PARK
JAPAN
JAPAN AS VIEWED BY 17 CREATORS
AN INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE ECONOMICS THE COMIC BOOK
JESUS
KING OF BANDITS
KING OF BANDITS TWILIGHT TALES
EXTEND
JOAN
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE
JUDAS
JULINE
JUNK FORCE
JUNKO MIZUNOS CINDERALLA
JUNKO MIZUNOS HANSEL AND GRETEL
RECORD OF THE LAST HERO
JUON
JUON VOL 2
JUST A GIRL
JUSTY
KABUTO
THE RESURRECTION
KAGETORA
KAMICHAMA KARIN
KAMIKAZE
KAMIKAZE GIRLS
KAMIKAZE KAITO JEANNE
KAMIYADORI
REBIRTH OF THE DEMONSLAYER
KANNA
KARE FIRST LOVE
HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES
GIRL MEETS GIRL
KAZAN
KAZE HIKARU
KEDAMONO DAMONO
KEIJI
KEKKAISHI
ETERNAL ALICE RONDO
KIDS JOKER
KIKAIDER CODE 02
KILALA PRINCESS
KINGDOM HEARTS
KING OF THORN
KITCHEN PRINCESS
KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC SAINT SEIYA
KOBO THE LIL RASCAL
KODOCHA
KON KON KOKON
KUROHIME
THE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE
LADY SNOWBLOOD
LAGOON ENGINE
LAGOON ENGINE EINSATZ
LAMENT OF THE LAMB
LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED
THE LAST UNIFORM
LEGAL DRUG
THE LEGEND OF CHUN HYANG
LEGEND OF LEMNEAR
TUNNEL TOWN
A LINK TO THE PAST
LEGENDZ
LETS STAY TOGETHER FOREVER
LILINGPO
A LITTLE SNOW FAIRY SUGAR
LOAN WOLF
LONE WOLF AND CUB
LOST CONTINENT
LOUIE THE RUNE SOLDIER
LOVECOM
LOVE HINA
LOVELESS
LOVE ROMA
LOVE SONG
LULLABIES FROM HELL
LUNAR LEGEND TSUKIHIME
LUPIN III
WORLDS MOST WANTED
LYCANTHROPE LEO
MABURAHO
MADE IN HEAVEN
MAGICAL MATES
MAGICAL X MIRACLE
MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH
MAHOROMATIC
MAICO 2010
MAIL
MAISON IKKOKU
MAMOTTE LOLLIPOP
MANIAC ROAD
MANTIS WOMAN
MÄR
MARIKO PARADE
MARIONETTE GENERATION
MARMALADE BOY
MARS
HORSE WITH NO NAME
MASKED WARRIOR X
MAXION
MECHANICAL MAN BLUES
MEDABOTS
MEGA COMICS
MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR
MEMORIES
MÄRCHEN PRINCE
METAMO KISS
MIDNIGHT PANTHER
MIDORI DAYS
THE MIGHTY BOMBSHELLS
MILLENNIUM SNOW
MINK
MIRACLE GIRLS
MISS ME?
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
THE EMBALMER
HAUNTED HOUSE
RIPREQUIEM IN PHONYBRIAN
MOBILE FIGHTER G GUNDAM
MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR
BLUE DESTINY
ECOLE DU CIEL
THE LAST OUTPOST
LOST WAR CHRONICLES
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0079
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED ASTRAY
MONOKURO KINDERBOOK
MONSTER
THE GIRL WHO CAN DEAL WITH MAGIC MONSTERS
MONSTERS INC
MORE STARLIGHT TO YOUR HEART
MOURNING OF AUTUMN RAIN
LEGEND OF THE NYMPH
MPD PSYCHO
MURDER PRINCESS
MUSASHI NO 9
MUSEUM OF TERROR
MUSHISHI
MY CODE NAME IS CHARMER
MY DEAREST DEVIL PRINCESS
MYHIME
MYSTICAL PRINCE YOSHIDAKUN
NADESICO
NAJICA BLITZ TACTICS
NANA
NANANANA
NARUTO
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND
NECONOCLASM
NEIGHBOR 13
NEMURI KYOSHIRO
ANGELIC DAYS
NESTROBBER
NEW LANCHESTER STRATEGY
NEW VAMPIRE MIYU
NEXTWORLD
NIGHT OF THE BEASTS
DARKSTALKERS REVENGE
NO 5
NODAME CANTABILE
NO NEED FOR TENCHI
NOODLE FIGHTER MIKI
NURSE CALL
NYMPHET
OCTOPUS GIRL
ODE TO KIRIHITO
OFFERED
OGRE SLAYER
OH MY GODDESS
ADVENTURES OF THE MINIGODDESSES
OLD BOY
OMUKAE DESU
ONEGAI TEACHER
ONEGAI TWINS
THE ONE I LOVE
ONE MISSED CALL
ONE POUND GOSPEL
NIGHT OF GENESIS
OPARTS HUNTER
ORFINA
BLOOD
ORPHEN
OTHELLO
OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB
OUTLANDERS
OVER THE RAINBOW
OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY
PACHINKO PLAYER
PANKU PONK
PANORAMA OF HELL
PARASYTE
PASSION FRUIT
A PATCH OF DREAMS
PATH OF THE ASSASSIN
PEACE MAKER
PEACEMAKER KUROGANE
PEACH GIRL
SAES STORY
PEARL PINK
PENGUIN REVOLUTION
A PERFECT DAY FOR LOVE LETTERS
PHOENIX
MERMAID MELODY
PIECES OF A SPIRAL
PILGRIM JÄGER
PINEAPPLE ARMY
PITATEN OFFICIAL FAN BOOK
GOKKUN PUCHO
PIXY JUNKET
PLANETES
PLANET LADDER
CAPTAINS LOG
PLATINUM GARDEN
THE ELECTRIC TALE OF PIKACHU
POKÉMON ADVENTURES
POKÉMON MYSTERY DUNGEON
POPCORN ROMANCE
LA PORTRAIT DE PETITE COSSETTE
THE NEW LEGEND OF SNOW WHITE
PRETTY FACE
THE PRINCE OF TENNIS
PRINCESS AI
PRINCESS KNIGHT
PRINCESS NINJA SCROLL TENKA MUSÔ
PRINCESS PRINCESS
PRINCESS RESURRECTION
PRINCESS TUTU
PROJECT ARMS
PROJECT X
PSYCHIC ACADEMY
PSYCHONAUTS
PURE TRANCE
PURGATORY KABUKI
PURI PURI
THE EARTH INVADER GIRL
QWAN
R2 RISE R TO THE SECOND POWER
RAHXEPHON
RAI
RAIKA
RANMA ½
RAVE MASTER
RAY
THE REBEL SWORD
REBORN
THE RECIPE FOR GERTRUDE
CHRONICLES OF THE HEROIC KNIGHT
DEEDLITS TALE
THE GREY WITCH
THE LADY OF PHARIS
RED RIVER
REIKO THE ZOMBIE SHOP
REMOTE
REVENGE OF MOUFLON
REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA
THE ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA
RG VEDA
RICA TTE KANJI
THE RING
THE RING VOL 2
SPIRAL
BIRTHDAY
RIOT
ROD READ OR DIE
ROD READ OR DREAM
ROSE HIP ZERO
THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES
ROZEN MAIDEN
RUMIC THEATER
RUMIC WORLD TRILOGY
RUROUNI KENSHIN
SABER MARIONETTE J
SABER TIGER
SAILOR MOON
SAINT TAIL
SAIYUKI RELOAD
SAKE JOCK
SAKURA TAISEN
SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
SAMURAI CRUSADER
SAMURAI DEEPER KYO
SAMURAI EXECUTIONER
SAMURAI GIRL REAL BOUT HIGH SCHOOL
SAMURAI MAN
SAMURAI SHODOWN
SAMURAI SON OF DEATH
SAND LAND
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
THE LEGEND OF THE SATSUMA SAMURAI
SCARY BOOK
SCHOOL RUMBLE
SCHOOL ZONE
SCRAPPED PRINCESS
SCRYED
SECRET CHASER
SECRET COMICS JAPAN
SEIKAI TRILOGY
SEIMADEN
SENGOKU NIGHTS
SENSUAL PHRASE
SEQUENCE
SERAPHIC FEATHER
SEVEN OF SEVEN
SEXY VOICE AND ROBO
SGT FROG
SHADOW LADY
SHAKUGAN NO SHANA
SHAMAN KING
SHAOLIN SISTERS
REBORN
BLADE OF THE MINSTREL
SNOW GODDESS TALES
SHOJO BEATS MANGA ARTIST ACADEMY
SHORT CUTS
SHRINE OF THE MORNING MIST
SHUGO CHARA
SILBUSTER
SILENT MÖBIUS
SISTER RED
SKIP BEAT
THE SKULL MAN
SLAM DUNK
SLAYERS MEDIEVAL MAYHEM
SLAYERS PREMIUM
SLAYERS SUPEREXPLOSIVE DEMON STORY
SMUGGLER
SOCRATES IN LOVE
SOMEDAYS DREAMERS
SPELLBOUND
SORCERER HUNTERS
SOS
SOTAKUN NO AKIHABARA FUNTOKI
THE ORIGINAL MANGA
THE MAGIC OF LOVE
SPIRIT OF WONDER
STAINLESS STEEL ARMADILLO
THE MANGA
A NEW HOPE
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
RETURN OF THE JEDI
THE PHANTOM MENACE
STEAM DETECTIVES
STEEL ANGEL KURUMI
STELLVIA
STONE
STRAIN
STRAWBERRY 100
STRAWBERRY PANIC
STREET FIGHTER II
RYU FINAL
STREET FIGHTER ALPHA
STRIKER
SUGAR SUGAR RUNE
THE SUCCESSOR OF FATE
SUKI
SUPER DIMENSIONAL FORTRESS MACROSS II
SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES
CAMMY
THE EVOLUTION OF JAPANESE WORKING WOMEN
SUZUKA
SWAN
SWEAT AND HONEY
SWORD OF THE DARK ONES
TACTICS
TAIL OF THE MOON
TAIMASHIN
THE TALE OF GENJI
TANPENSHU
SASAMI STORIES
HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE CRISIS
TENJHO TENGE
THE DRAGON CYCLE
TENSHI JA NAI
TESTAROTHO
TETRAGRAMMATON LABYRINTH
THE TIME GUARDIAN
THE TIMES OF BOTCHAN
TIME TRAVELER AI
TOGARI
TOKYO BABYLON
TOKYO BOYS GIRLS
TOKYO MEW MEW
TOKYO MEW MEW A LA MODE
TOKYO TRIBES
TOMIE
TO TERRA
TOUGH
TOWER OF THE FUTURE
TOWN OF EVENING CALM COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS
A SHOJO MANGA
TRAIN + TRAIN
TRAMPS LIKE US
TRANSLUCENT
TREASURE HUNTER
TRIGUN MAXIMUM
TRINITY BLOOD
MOON PHASE
TUXEDO GIN
TWILIGHT OF THE DARK MASTER
TWIN SIGNAL
THE TWO FACES OF TOMORROW
THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY
ULTRA CUTE
ULTRA MANIAC
UNTIL THE FULL MOON
URBAN MIRAGE
UZUMAKI
VAGABOND
VAIZARD
THE VAMPIRE DAHLIA
VAMPIRE GAME
VAMPIRE KNIGHT
VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU
VAMPIRE YUI
VARIANTE
VENUS VERSUS VIRUS
THE VENUS WARS
VERSION
VIDEO GIRL AI
VIRTUAL BANG
THE VISION OF ESCAFLOWNE
HOSHI NO KOE
VOYEUR
VS
THE WALKING MAN
THE WALLFLOWER
THE WANDERER
THE MANGA
WARRIORS OF TAO
WEATHER WOMAN
WEDDING PEACH
YOUNG LOVE
WELCOME TO LODOSS ISLAND
WHATS MICHAEL?
WHISTLE
WHO FIGHTER WITH HEART OF DARKNESS
WILD 7
WILD ACT
WILD ADAPTER
WILD BOOGIE
WISH
WITCHBLADE MANGA
W JULIET
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SAZAESAN
THE WORLD EXISTS FOR ME
THE WORLD OF NARUE
WORST
WOUNDED MAN
X1999
2 TIMES TWO
XDAY
XKAI
THE MANGA
YAKITATE JAPAN
YOKI KOTO KIKU
YOTSUBA
YOU ME
THE YOUNG MAGICIAN
YOUR AND MY SECRET
YUBISAKI MILK TEA
YUGIOH
DUELIST
YUGIOH GX
YURARA
YUYU HAKUSHO
ZATCH BELL
ZIPANG
ZODIAC PI
ZOIDS CHAOTIC CENTURY
ZOIDS NEW CENTURY
ZOMBIE POWDER
ZYWORD
YAOIAND GAY MANGA 
ADULT MANGA 
AFTERWORD
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ARTIST INDEX
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
THE COMPLETE GUIDE
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

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.
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