Preconceptions of Manga Lurid and Creepy Strange and hard to understand
The reality Wide range of subject matter Less challenging than you think Lots of approachable material for all ages Offbeat format, characters, and themes makes manga irresistable to teens!
Manga Terms, part 1 Shonen: Manga for tween/teen boys
Manga Terms, part 2 Shojo – Manga for tween/teen girls
Manga Terms, part 3 Seinen – Manga geared to older male readers Josei – Manga geared older female readers Otaku – Slang term for manga/anime nerd
Manga Genres All the ones you know and love: Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Slice-of-Life. Unique and offbeat genres too!
“Best in Japan”/Quest Hero aspires to be the greatest in Japan at…something. Baseball, auto racing, music, etc. Faces foe after foe and plenty of defeats, but ultimately triumphs.
Cooking Showdown Remember “Iron Chef”? Love of cooking and food is major component of Japanese culture. Offshoot of “Best in Japan”/Quest genre.
Giant Robot/Space Opera Classic Japanese manga genre (Voltron, Robotech). Not as popular as it used to be, but still in demand. Science fiction stories with giant, human-piloted robots at the center of the action.
Harem Comedy Main character seeks true love while fighting off unwanted advances of multiple admirers. Occasionally suggestive…. Geared toward guys, but plenty of titles geared toward female readers. This theme is a popular element to many storylines.
Ghost Hunter Protagonist must find and fight evil spirits. Strong “ghost story” tradition in Japan. Can be light-hearted, action-packed, or eerie.
Naruto Masashi Kishimoto (Viz) Ninja-centered Action/Adventure “Shonen manga” with strong female readership Ages 12 and up
Fruits Basket Natsuki Takaya (Tokyopop) Orphan girl must solve adoptive family's curse Funny, light- hearted series that doesn’t skimp on drama. Strong teen and tween girl appeal 13 and up
Hikaru No Go Yumi Hotta (Viz) Classic “Quest” – with the help of a friendly ghost, a young boy works to be the finest Go player in Japan Good for all ages
Bleach Tite Kubo (Viz) Full-on action with ghostly/samurai edge Stylish and funny 14 and up (mildly suggestive) Teen boy audience
Yotsuba&! Kiyohiko Azuma (ADV/Yen Press) Daily tribulations of precocious 5 year old Sweet enough for kids and clever enough for adult readers Great for all ages
Death Note Tsugumi Ohba (Viz) Dark tale of murderous justice Eerie and thought- provoking Popular with both genders Best for older teens
Kare Kano Masami Tsuda (Tokyopop) “Perfect” girl not so perfect…. Romantic/rivalry comedy Perfect for teen girls, 13 and up
One Piece Eiichiro Oba (Viz) Pirate adventure Slapstick, cartoonish action with occasional pirate naughtiness Silly and fun 12 years old and up
Best of Miyazaki – Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbor Totoro (Viz) 3 “film comics” taken from classic Japanese animation films. Charming, easy to enjoy and understand, great for younger readers.
The Wallflower Tomoko Hayakawa (Del Ray) Makeover madness Goofy and fun Older teen girl audience, 15 and up
Full Metal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa (Viz) Action/Adventure with loads of political intrigue Unique “Steampunk” setting 13 and up
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Nagaru Tanagawa (Yen Press) Offbeat combination of comedy, romance, coming of age, and far-out science fiction Strong female characters Will appeal to both genders Best for older teens (some risqué’ elements, somewhat esoteric plot )
Yakitate Japan Takashi Hashiguchi (Viz) Mix of comedy, cooking showdown, and food science Cross-gender appeal Best for 14 and up (cheesecake, goofy wordplay)
High School Debut Kazune Kawahara (Viz) “My Fair Lady”- style Romantic Comedy Up and coming shojo series Teen girl audience, 13 and up
School Rumble Jin Kobayashi (Del Ray) Slapstick comedy/romance/high school highjinks Humor: silly and relatively innocent Appealing to tweens and teens, with a cross-gender appeal
Offbeat Manga for Older Readers Moyashimon Masayuki Ishikawa (Del Ray) Masayuki Ishikawa (Del Ray) Science/educational manga…and about the funniest and most approachable book about microbiology ever printed. Dororo Ozuma Tezuka (Yen Press) Ozuma Tezuka (Yen Press) From Ozuma Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and the “Godfather” of modern manga, a creepy and engaging tale of revenge and destiny set in medieval Japan.
Offbeat Titles, part 2 Oishinbo Oishinbo Tetsu Kariya(Viz) Tetsu Kariya(Viz) a not “just” a manga – It’s a great book about Japanese cuisine. With the Light Keiko Tobe (Yen Press) A true life account of a mother’s struggle with her son’s crippling autism.
More than Manga Drawing books 1. Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics by Christopher Hart (Watson-Guptil Publications) 2. Manga School by Selena Lin (Tokyopop) 3. Manga Pro Superstar Workshop: How to Create and Sell Comics and Graphic Novels by Collen Doran (Impact) 4. How to Draw Anime & Game Characters series (Digital Manga Distribution) Japanese culture, language, and history Clothing design for “cosplay” Japanese street fashion – Fruits by Shoichi Aoki
Resources, Pt 1 Manga publisher websites (Yen Press, Viz, Tokyopop, Del Ray) www.mangablog.com, www.noflyingnotights.com www.mangablog.com www.noflyingnotights.com www.mangablog.com www.noflyingnotights.com Wikipedia (best for background info) Graphic Novels in Libraries Listserv (GNLIB-Lemail@example.com) GNLIB-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org Librarian’s Guide to Anime and Manga (www.koyagi.com/libguide.html) www.koyagi.com/libguide.html
Resources, Pt 2 Manga: The Complete Guide by Jason Thompson YALSA’s Great Graphic Novel for Teens list “Flip test” Ask your patrons!