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Manga! Manga! by Frederik L. Schodt
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Jun 09, 09

bookshelves: own, manga, japan
Read in May, 2009, read count: 1

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 shown on [Adult Swim:] are actually children's anime in Japan).

There were some images that I didn't care for (the drawn porn) but hey, all countries have their different presentations of pornography (2girls1cup comes to mind). I had to read this for my Japanese history class, and the only thing I fear to hear from other students are judgemental comments about Japanese people and culture.

I only wish there was an updated version of this book. Though I have read some of the manga mentioned (discovering boxes of my mother's and uncles' manga whenever I visited my grandparents' house), the "modern" manga mentioned in the book reflects my mother's youth, not mine or my brother's.
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