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SHRRRRRRRIPPPPPPP.
Nighttime. Castleton.


It's dark and murky out when "the Rip" tears open the fabric of reality--and it's even darker when Ryoko Kiyama falls through it and into a strange and unusual world.

But Ryoko soon finds that he's the strange and unusual one.

This Mangaman is indefinitely stuck in our "real" world until...if Dr. Capeletti (a scientist working for the f
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Hardcover, 126 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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Crowinator
Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Four stars for the initial premise and the hilarious and clever parody of manga techniques, 2 stars for the wispy plot and minimal resolution.

Yo, man, this book is so awesomely meta.

Ryoko, a bishonen (beautiful boy), is from a typical manga world, where the norm is demon attacks, high school rumbles, and dudes dressed as girls because they magically change sexes. He accidentally falls through a Rip and ends up in our world, where he’s baffled by the different (Western)
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Amber
Feb 09, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Ryoko Kiyama is sent into the real world of western comics when he stumbles into an inter-dimention rip from a government machine. Can this manga man return to his own universe before he is stuck there forever? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was an interesting concept mixing Japanese manga with western comics. The artwork was great and I loved the story in this. If you enjoy graphic novels, check this out at your local library and wherever graphic novels are sold.
Jessica-Robyn
I really didn't like this. I am honestly surprised by how much this just missed every mark it was aiming for.

We start off with an interesting concept. Creating a story about a manga style teenage boy in a comic book style world after he accidentally crosses a dimensional gateway. But the execution of this concept fell flat on its face.

When I read graphic novels, manga, or comics the first thing I judge the book by is the art, then the characters, then the plot. In Mangaman none of these aspect
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Jubilation Lee
I went into Mangaman not expecting much and finished with those expectations of not-much-ness having basically been met.

The basic premise is that a guy named Ryoko falls through a rip (in time? in a page?) into the “real” world, which unbeknownst to its inhabitants is actually just a Western-style comic. Real World People are familiar with manga, recognize Ryoko as a comic book character come to life, and for the most part seem to be torn between kicking his ass and making out with him. (“I did
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Chibineko
I'm going to be up front with you, the reader. This is worth reading but I'd check it out from the library rather than purchasing it sight unseen. There's some great jokes in here but like others have said, the story is very thin.

Let's start off with what I liked. I enjoyed the art style & I loved the little jokes here & there about how various manga antics would be portrayed in the real world. The art really is wonderful to look at. The manga does tend to suffer from "Drawn by an Ameri
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Pygmy
Apr 04, 2013 Pygmy rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic_novels
The premise sounded fascinating, but the execution left me cold and uninterested. Perhaps I am entirely the wrong audience, and is better suited for newcomers to the world of manga, rather than someone who's been involved since the 90s and is no longer amused by wacky manga conventions.

I've followed Colleen Doran's blog for some time, and while I admire her work ethic and knowledge garnered from years of experience, I don't particularly like her attempts to play chameleon with her art style. I
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Rachel Nabors
Jan 18, 2014 Rachel Nabors rated it it was ok
This is why I don't read American comics.

The good: Clever premise and interesting idea about "the world between the panels."

The bad: There is so much yellow face in here. While some of this is all in good fun, like Mar wearing a kimono in the beginning, mostly it felt like out of touch pandering from creators who only understand manga and Japan on a surface level. I have never read a Japanese comic where all these motifs were used together (or at all) or the character talked like that. The windo
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Courtney
Oh, now this is clever: take a manga character and drop him into an American comic world. Said character not only looks like he's ripped straight out of a manga, he even embodies many of the conventions used in the manga format. He's referred to as an "extra-scientific event" by scientists, viewed as a threat to his fellow male high-schoolers, and simply can't seem to find a way to fit in. I suppose that's to be expected when giant drops of sweat appear on your forehead when you're embarrassed o ...more
Jessica Fure
Dec 09, 2011 Jessica Fure rated it did not like it
This was my own fault - the audience for this book is obviously younger than me, and I don't mean that as a derogatory comment. I think this would be a real delight for someone who is new to the Japanse comics genre or to the idea of metafiction; unfortunately, I am neither. Actually, given Doran's old school manga influence - the Mangaman character's design stems from the pre-1990 romance manga style - it might even be a nice hit of nostalgia for some readers who are quite familiar with that hi ...more
Krystl Louwagie
Jan 04, 2015 Krystl Louwagie rated it did not like it
To be fair to my low rating, I didn't think this looked very good, so, I'd like to say that I'm not really the target audience. Except, if I'M not the target audience, then this has got a damn small target audience. Because I adore graphic novels and I read manga as well. But I hate manga and anime that has characters that freak out a lot. It's just not funny. "Funny" in books rarely works for me (unless it's dry or dark), it's usually too cutesy, too cheesy, too dorky. This was definitely no ex ...more
Elizabeth
3.5 instead of 4. Worlds collide when Ryoko Kiyama is transported to a new land through an inter-dimensional rip created by kaiju. This new world (the "real world" to its inhabitants) looks like Western cartoon Mary Worth & works very differently from the manga-sphere that Ryoko comes from. While the government of Maryworth-land figures out how to send Ryoko back, he tries to assimilate & attends school, where he meets Marissa Montaigne, a pretty, popular girl whose trying to figure out ...more
Michael
Oct 22, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
A scifi/manga retelling of Romeo and Juliet? With a nod to Flat Stanley? If you are a manga fan, try to imaginge a manga character rocketed into our world from the two dimensional pages of a comic book world. Every thought bubble actually appears beside his head. Motion lines appear when he runs, then fall to the ground. And that thing they do with their eyes! Clever, fun, and beautifully drawn.
Sam Frankenstein
Aug 31, 2014 Sam Frankenstein rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Let me say first that this is a very creative idea. I mean, a manga character falling into a western style comic through a dimensional portal? Awesome! I like how the two styles, though VERY different, actually worked together in a weird way, and the manga jokes were funny (leaving physical speed lines lying around). The two main characters were also interesting, quirky, and fun to read about. However, despite all of this I really would have liked to have seen more. The ending was sort of anticl ...more
Robin Conley
Apr 27, 2015 Robin Conley rated it really liked it
I really had no idea what this graphic novel was about when I started, so I was surprised when I got into it and discovered it was a story about a manga boy entering the "real" world still looking and experiencing things in the same way he does in the pages of his manga. It was a really fascinating concept and it was pretty nicely executed. The drawings did a nice job of emphasizing the differences between MangaMan and the rest of the world, and it had some great humorous touches as well. The st ...more
Jenn Estepp
Okay - it definitely didn't go where I was expecting it to. Mostly though it made me want to dig out my old "Distant Soil"s and catch up on the ones that came out after I stopped collecting comics.
Molly
Jul 13, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it
This was fun and imaginative. The story was very YA, very fast faced, a little superficial, but good. The art is great. Yay, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for putting out a graphic novel!
Reanne
Dec 04, 2015 Reanne rated it liked it
This was pretty entertaining. For anyone who's read a fair amount of manga, this will probably be pretty amusing. My only real criticism is that I didn't care for the manga art style used. It's pretty old-fashioned, like 80s or 90s, rather than the way mangas drawn today usually look. That's actually probably true for the style used for the rest, too, but I didn't mind that so much. I really would have preferred the manga style was better/more modern, but other than that, it's a pretty entertain ...more
Syd
Dec 18, 2015 Syd rated it liked it
the premise of this book is so great and there are solid little moments, but like others have mentioned, the plot overall is not that interesting. this could have been so much! what happened! also way to start out with casual appropriation to demonstrate someone as oh-so-misunderstood and later toss on some transmisogyny—I know these things are tropes but doesn't mean I want them. (I guess what did I expect with a white dude author)

so get it from the library, pick up the city of glass (or Don Qu
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Michelle
Jan 10, 2014 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
2.5

I see what the author was going for with this, but ultimately this book fell flat for me. What should have been hilarious, exciting, and fun is dark, boring, and disappointing.

C'mon! A manga/real world crossover almost writes itself. This book missed the mark completely.

The female lead, in particular, is probably one of the book's weakest points. She's a bored, beautiful, popular white girl with no problems other than that she's...bored? Too many people love her? Ho hum.

"Mangaman" himself is
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Danielle
Jun 21, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels, ya, arc
Very entertaining. Will definitely be buying this one for the library.
Joaquín Jiménez-Waingort
I really wanted to like Mangaman, I really did. The cover was nice, the blurb was interesting, and I wanted to read a graphic novel, so I picked it up.
Mangaman is about a guy from manga who pops into our world via an interdimentional void. He goes to school like a normal boy, even though he's not, while a scientist works on a portal so he can go back to his world.
Anyways, the manga dude meets some girl and they fall in love. The love story was really what killed this book. It was cheesy, rushe
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Alex
Jan 21, 2015 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fiction
A clever idea for a comic - a boy from the world of Manga falls through a rip into the world of Western comics, bringing various stylistic conventions with him.

But it's one of those clever ideas that is so central it ends up overpowering the actual story and characters. Still, it's well told and beautifully drawn. And if it has one great triumph, it's that it marries the western style of realistic(ish) drama and straightforward plotting with the eastern style of a comic that is more interested i
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GraceAnne
Jul 06, 2011 GraceAnne rated it it was amazing
Adorable, just adorable.
Cornerofmadness
Aug 11, 2012 Cornerofmadness rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Rebecca
What would happen if a manga character--complete with speed lines, chibi forms, visible mental imaging, and of course big eyes and long hair--appeared in our world? Ryoko isn't sure how he got there, but it has something to do with a rip in reality, possibly caused by the kaiju creatures who live in the white space between panels--and realities. While the government tries to figure out how to send him back, he goes to high school and falls for the beautiful Marissa, who's trying to get over a dr ...more
Ramie
Aug 05, 2011 Ramie rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Okay first off this is very cute. It is one of those things that masters honoring and yet making of a genre all at once.

The description of the book really is the whole plot - Ryoko falls through a rip landing in the western world. Being a high school kid in American high school is tough enough. Being a high school kid in an American high school when your thoughts show up over your head, your eyes turn to your hearts if you like a girl, and your actions create visible lines that get left behind
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Brian Williams
Jun 07, 2012 Brian Williams rated it it was amazing
This book fell into the very small group of books that I have ever given five stars to. That means I believe it accomplished everything it set out to do in story, characters, and artwork.
Going into reading this I was torn because to be honest the last few Barry Lyga books I didn't care much for but on the other side of the road Colleen Doran is one of my favorite artists and I want to read everything she is involved with. Honestly I thought I'd end up enjoying the art but skipping through the
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Kayt
May 17, 2012 Kayt rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wanted to like it, but Mangaman was as flat as its main character.

Cool premise, right? Manga character falls into the "real world" (AKA an American-style comic book), and hilarity ensues at all the differences between styles. What manga fan hasn't thought of that at some point?

And the storyline was kinda contrived, but we can live with that, right? You have some interdimensional alien/boy fall into your world and determine he's not a threat, so in case you can't send him back, let's introduce
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Barbara
Nov 06, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla, graphic-novels
When Ryoko, an attractive young man with a blend of feminine and masculine features, falls through a rip in time and space and lands in our world, he is shunned by many of those he encounters. After all, he is truly an outsider in the high school pecking order because he is so very different. But he catches the eye of Marissa Montaigne, a popular, beautiful high schooler who is bored with her current life and her on again, off again relationship with a football player who spends more time drinki ...more
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When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wou
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