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Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics

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Since first published in 1983, Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics has been the book to read for all those interested in Japanese comics. It is virtually the "bible" from which all studies and appreciation of manga begins. More than that, given the influence of Japanese manga on animation and on American-produced comics as well, Manga! Manga! provides the ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 15th 1986 by Kodansha (first published 1983)
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Caro M.
Apr 15, 2015 Caro M. rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and highly recommended book for every manga fan. F.L.Schodt introduces his readers into traditional and cultural background of manga and Japanese pop-culture in general. It's not a new book, so it doesn't include many new names and titles, that grew into fame after 90-ies (no Evangelion, no Ghost in Shell, not even Sailor Moon was mentioned), but it's still very informative and worth a read.
Andrew S.
Sep 08, 2009 Andrew S. rated it it was amazing
As a westerner who lives in Asia I must daily align my cultural background and biases to that of my host country . . . it is the West that embodies the idea of modernism (aesthetically, architecturally, industrially, etc.), and therefore, ironically, exports the idea of post-modernism as the pre-eminent conceptual framework (mind-set) of contemporary urban societies . . . but who is to say what is truly important or what is simply imposed on places, like Hong Kong, that have yet to fully digest ...more
Lars Guthrie
Oct 06, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it
Andrew Peyrie, my good Goodreads friend, turned me on to this, and he has a stellar review posted.

Schodt writes from experience. He is the author of several other works on Japanese culture, especially as related to graphic arts, and also translated the Osamu Tezuka's 'Astro Boy' series for the American market. 'Manga! Manga!' is justifiably considered a standard source for research on Japanese comics. My only complaint is that it needs to be updated. Since its publication in 1983, manga has had
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I bought this book while I'm writing my dissertation about manga and I wanted to start from the basic. Schodt's work is the first of a long series of book about that matter.

What I found interesting was the perspective the author used for this book. He knew he was going to present something extremely new to a public which didn't know absolutely nothing about Japanese comics and had a completely different idea of comics.

I don't agree with the Schodt only towards the end when he writes that it will
Aug 20, 2010 Nozomi rated it liked it
Shelves: own, manga, japan
It was interesting to read about the origins of manga, as I read it when I was younger, my brother read it when he was younger, and my mother read it when she was younger.

Manga aren't just comics that children read, but a huge media form in Japan. That said, let's hope readers put away the stereotypes reading manga has in their own countries (as I know the stereotypes in America are pretty negative). Also, the norms about what is shown and censored are different (for example, some of the anime s
Jul 01, 2014 Enrique rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
El libro escrito por Frederik L. Schodt es un trabajo excelente, no por su extensión que es muy pequeña, sino por la dificultad de conseguir materiales que hablen sobre la teoría del cómic japonés y su historia.

Sin embargo, este libro ha quedado desfasado (su primera edición es del año 1986). Su estilo es claro y con numerosas referencias para las personas que desconocen sobre el tema. Además, añade tres capítulos de tres mangas clásicos para complementar su lectura.

Recomiendo otro libro escri
Apr 27, 2009 Nish rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture, amok, japan, comics
Good introduction to Manga and its relationship with the Japanese psyche. Reflections on the history of cartooning in Japan, WWII, and the modern Manga industry are provided though it is a bit dated around the 1980s. Unique archetypes include "kiddie porn, samurai exam crammers, Yakuza assassins, expressionistic axe-murderers, etc." There are sample comics at the end to read.
Eric Orchard
Jul 03, 2012 Eric Orchard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, non-fiction
The book that brilliantly explained to me all the manga I was reading and made me want to discover even more.
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Frederik L. Schodt is an American translator, interpreter and writer.

Schodt's father was in the US foreign service, and he grew up in Norway, Australia, and Japan. The family first went to Japan in 1965 when Schodt was fifteen. They left in 1967 but Schodt remained to graduate from Tokyo's American School in Japan, in 1968. After entering the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1970 Schodt
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