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Manga: The Complete Guide

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• Reviews of more than 900 manga series
• Ratings from 0 to 4 stars
• Guidelines for age-appropriateness
• Number of series volumes
• Background info on series and artists


Whether you’re new to the world of manga-style graphic novels or a longtime reader on the lookout for the next hot series, here’s a comprehen
Paperback, 592 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Del Rey
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Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Jason Thompson, a former editor of Shonen Jump magazine, wrote Manga: The Complete Guide.

It's a Fairly comprehensive reference book concerning the world of manga. This books details manga that has been translated from Japanese into English.

This book, being published in 2007, contains every manga title published up through the start of 2007.

The book is setup with publisher information, appropriate age rating, a summary of the plot, a brief review, and a four-star rating system.

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Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, manga, japan
This was a very helpful book for a newbie to managa. It's a little dated as it's from 2007 or so, but it still has a description and rating for a lot of Japanese manga which is helpful. There are many sections that go into detail about themes, types of manga, manga history, etc. I read through those and then some of the descriptions of the popular manga listed.

Recommended to get started in manga.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Manga: The Complete Guide is certainly quite exhaustive, but it could have offered even more. I noticed a few missing titles—like Mangajin’s Mr. Benihana: The Rocky Aoki Story or Tezuka’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment published in English by The Japan Times—but that’s understandable, as such a work cannot be perfect. However, I would have liked to see more illustrations and more biographical notices. Also, I know it’s not realistic, but I wish we had a really complete manga re ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive manga reference guide. Dense and informative, it contains reviews on all manga ever published in the U.S. as of mid/late 2007. It also has numerous articles on specific genres and topics related to manga.

A few small gripes: the review system is on a scale of 0-4 stars, which can be bit confusing. For example, seeing a book rated 2 stars would typically mean it's fair, but on the book's 0-4 scale 2 stars would be good/average. 1-5 makes more sense (a la the Goodreads rating syste
Laura (ローラ)
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-comics
This was a fun read. There were several entries that I completely disagreed with; but that was probably due to a clash of taste, rather than anything.

There were a few series described that I had been avoiding reading, but thanks to their high ratings I was curious enough to try them.

For those of you new to manga or those attempting to expand your manga reading repertoire…this is a worthy companion.
Joe Crawford
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good resource, even if a little outdated these days. Great way to discover series from the past and what publisher printed them.
Michael Scott
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jason Thompson's Manga The Complete Guide is a survey and analysis of all (most?) of the manga titles officially translated to English and published on the American market. The guide ignores scanlations, that is, scans and translations made by amateurs, and shared via file-sharing networks (e.g., BitTorrent) with the goal of sharing the manga culture abroad. This is a well-written, well-researched survey conducted by a person who seems to truly understand the Japanese culture.

The book contains f
Briana Hanson
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent reference to acquaint you with Manga titles published in English up to the year 2007. Invaluable for helping you find manga you would like as well as sift out the "meh" ones.

As is manga's all-genre-encompassing nature, separate sections exist for yaoi and adult manga titles (idealistic, often pornographic gay relationships and likewise pornographic adult works respectively).

This reference book does an excellent job of educating readers in the different demographic and genre types in
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Well, I was expecting really the "Complete guide to manga" when I ordered this book and not "Complete guide to manga in USA" but never mind. As for the reviews and manga ratings, some are good and some are ridiculous and very subjective. I believe that in this type of book, the author should aim for more objectivity in his ratings. For example, Eden is one of the best manga series ever and it was given 2,5 stars. One of the most popular series, Ai Yori Aoshi, was given 1/2 a star. Negima and Chr ...more
Bob Dobbs
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly helpful book! It contains short reviews of hundreds of series.

When it comes to a great series, it doesn't offer much insight into why it is great. It only states that it is. But the reviews of terrible series where the writers trash them can be pretty funny, and more importantly, do a good job of communicating WHY a series sucks.

It has helped me find many of my favorite series, most of which I didn't even know existed before I read this! It has been a wonderful tool for fi
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Love this incredible book... it features only original Japanese manga which has been translated into English, and gives much detail on original names, kanji, literal translations, publication runs, etc. Very few pictures, so it isn't graphically intense - it was intended as a reference manual, and it suits the bill quite well.

But the online database listed in the book does not feature reviews of manga unavailable at press time, as promised. The book was published in recent weeks, but is already
Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
Comprehensive guide to just about every bit of manga that's ever been translated and published in the U.S., with summaries and ratings and everything, sort of like a VideoHound book for Japanese comics. Probably a little too comprehensive for casual reading, though, at least if you borrowed it from the library like I did. If you own it, and can go through it a little at a time, I'm sure it'd be cool. But when you only have a few weeks, it's pretty daunting.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: japanophiles, otaku, manga fans.
What a cool book. Thompson is the manga reviewer for "Otaku USA" so he knows his stuff. Like any book of this type it's date limited so if you're looking for the latest information about "Naruto", "Bleach" or etc. this is not for you. But if you're wanting to know how many volumes there are to "Monster" or "Card Captor Sakura" this will interest you.
The introductory history of manga, and the appendix about age levels and what's "okay" in Japan vs. US, are interesting and would be very useful to a librarian, parent, or anyone just trying to figure out manga (that's me).
Juanita Tejeda
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great guide for anyone who is into manga and anime whether they be beginners or pros. I especially liked the fact that it lets you know which series have been discontinued. It saved me a lot of money. This is a MUST HAVE for any and all otaku.
Luneth Moon
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A solid reference guide for otaku and manga beginners alike. Did not agree with a lot of the manga ratings, but that's a matter of preference. Only you can decide on if you'll like the book or not, but it does give fairly decent descriptions of the manga without leaving spoilers.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school
so informative and detailed about so much manga. reccomended to look up your faves or find something new!
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
A good reference to look up mangas to suit the reader's taste although it's a little outdated.
Kyoko Shimazaki
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very comprehensive resource. Worth buying for anyone interested in Manga collecting.
Mar 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
One big book of manga reviews. More for if you want to know what is out there.
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
You may not agree with the opinions in this book, but, if you love manga, this the book to read. It's not definitive;no book on manga is. But it's close.
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