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Understanding Manga and Anime

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Teens love it. Parents hate it. Librarians are confused by it; and patrons are demanding it. Libraries have begun purchasing both manga and anime, particularly for their teen collections. But the sheer number of titles available can be overwhelming, not to mention the diversity and quirky cultural conventions. In order to build a collection, it is important to understand t ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Libraries Unlimited
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Keit Doesntcare
This is, one of the few educational books I've read with such ease and pleasure. There are no pretentiously long and boring sentences, no unnecessary complications, spirituality or wannabe ego scratching opinions.
The book is all about the information, carefully structured and presented on a delicious plate of interesting facts on Japanese culture. If you want to learn more about manga and anime, and a little bit of Japanese life, this is the book for you.
Emilia P
This was a really great, and refreshingly well-written, primer on what librarians, parents, basically anyone who doesn't take instantly to manga, needs to know about the plots, visual shorthand, series styles, social conventions, and so forth needed to understand the enormously, often scarily, popular medium. I was both surprised by how much I had gleaned from just reading lots of Tezuka, and how much I still didn't know about the stuff that's popular today. Includes tons of succinct series summ ...more
Jessica
A pretty good primer for librarians who know little about manga and anime. Unfortunately, there were a few editing mistakes (titles/annotations repeated twice; wrong annotation for a title) and a few times when the annotation of a manga series does not include the anime adaptation info (or vice versa). Additionally, even though this was released mid 2007, some of the information is already dated, especially with all the recent shakeups in the anime/manga industry. I also preferred the annotation ...more
Lauren
This was an excellent guide to understanding manga (and anime, though the guide concentrates on manga): I wasn't too familiar with the form before, and I now feel like I really understand that appeal and know a lot of good starting points. Brenner includes a lot of annotated recommendation lists, and I'll absolutely be copying down some titles for further exploration! This book is mainly aimed at teachers and librarians, with a particular interest in cultivating a collection of teen-audience man ...more
Rebecca Ann
I loved this book. I needed to understand and enjoy manga ASAP for my new job since they were putting me in charge of Collection Development of the graphic novels/manga. This book was insanely helpful. The first key was, obviously, reading them in the correct direction. That helped a lot, lol. A lot of the cultural humor and use of symbolism was going over my head until I read this, and it also has some handy collection development resources. Now I'm whipping through series, and I even like quit ...more
Melissa
While not the most fun book to read, this is a truly solid introduction to the world of manga for the average librarian. I'm a pretty big comics fan but I just haven't been able to crack the manga barrier and find anything I really connect with, so this book was great for making lists for my library in the future (and gave me leads on a few titles that I might, finally, be able to get into myself). Thanks for the recommendation, Jen!
Smellsofbikes
Intended for librarians, so it's written primarily from the standpoint of someone seeking to provide a collection to a community. It has a lot of useful information on decoding manga symbolism, but it's slow reading. The latter half, particularly, is almost purely librarian-specific, recommending titles and series for different demographics and exploring some ways librarians could expand awareness of manga works.
Marta Boksenbaum
This is an excellent resource on manga and anime. It is well written and thorough, well organized and easy to read. It opens up the wold of manga to non-readers, and helps them understand the symbols, nuances, an cultural differences present in the material. It also includes information on fans of mana and anime and how to set up a club and develop a collection. This is a staple in any Teen Librarian's library.
Jennifer
This is a great resource for librarians or anyone interested in learning more about manga and anime. I would have like Brenner to spend more time on the visual symbols used in manga, but overall I felt I learned a lot from this book. It's definitely aimed more at public librarians than school librarians and I feel some of her age recommendations might be a little too loose for a school library.
Philip Burt
This easy-to-follow resource provides expansive coverage into manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animated films). It provides insights into topics relevant specifically to librarians, such as programming, collection development, challenges and marketing, and I found some of the ideas very useful, such as the "How to Draw Manga and Anime Program at Your Library!"
Amber
Very informative.
AnnaBnana
This is a pretty good professional development resource if you aren't a manga fan. I found that having some of the historical and artistic context for manga gave me more appreciation for it. The book provides good ideas for programming and resources for collection development.
Carrie
Written by a non-fan librarian for other new-to-manga-and-anime librarians, this has a history of anime and manga, booklists, programming ideas, explanations of cultural differences and tips for dealing with challenges.
Mark Yoshida
Very astute intro to manga and anime. Directed more toward librarians who wish to know more about anime and manga in order to build up their libraries' collections.
Jamie
Most helpful and clearly written. Particularly of value is the librarian-specific chapters (I think ch 8).
Michelle Young
Very helpful primer for understanding the basics about manga and anime.
Samantha
Jul 28, 2009 Samantha marked it as to-read
stopped on page 77 due to need to read MSBA books
kelly
Full of info - just couldn't finish it
Lacey
Jul 30, 2008 Lacey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA/Children's Librarians
This book serves as a good introduction to anime and manga for librarians and teachers. I found the programming ideas and title lists particularly useful. Despite its thick size, it is an easy read and it is organized in such a way that a reader doesn't have to wade through the whole volume if they are just looking for, say, insights on shounen action manga. There is a little more coverage of manga than anime, but much of what you learn in this book holds true for both formats as the two are int ...more
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