Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives
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Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material, resulting in the birth of harlequin mangas which combine popular romance fiction titles with manga aesthetics. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and DC Comics are translating Japanese "classics", like Akira, into English. And of course it wasn't long before Shakespeare received the manga treatment. So what is manga?
Manga roughly translates as "whimsical pictures" and its long history can be traced all the way back to picture books of eighteenth century Japan. Today, it comes in two basic forms: anthology magazines (such as Shukan Shonen Jampu) that contain several serials and manga ‘books' (tankobon) that collect long-running serials from the anthologies and reprint them in one volume. The anthologies contain several serials, generally appear weekly and are so thick, up to 800 pages, that they are colloquially known as phone books. Sold at newspaper stands and in convenience stores, they often attract crowds of people who gather to read their favorite magazine.
Containing sections addressing the manga industry on an international scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts, and fans, and provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject.
as they were. It was in the Jiji Manga that the ﬁrst weekly comic strips appeared. Illustrator Kitazawa Rakuten (a pen name for Kitazawa Yasuji, 1876–1955) created Tagosaku to Mokube no Tokyo kenbutsu (Tagosaku and Mokube Sightseeing in Tokyo), a six-frame series about two country bumpkins who discover the modern world, running water, and gas lamps. Three years later, Kitazawa launched the full-color satirical monthly Tokyo Puck (1905–15), MANGA 23 where many mangaka (manga artists) earned
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Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vol. 5, Living Corpse/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vol. 6, Black Cat/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vols. 7–8, The Collection/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vol. 9, Ghost School/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vol. 10, Death’s Reﬂection/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. 58 MANGA Hino Horror, vol. 11, Gallery of Horrors/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vol. 12, Mystique Mandala of Hell/Hideshi Hino (2004), DH. Hino Horror, vol. 13,
village from the terror of a shape-shifting demon, Oolong, who turns out to be in reality a rather tiny pig. Goku’s friend and training partner Kuririn battles the quite oﬀensive Bactrian in the Tenkaichi Budokai, whose primary weapon is that he has never bathed in his entire life; Bactrian’s weapons include rancid breath and ﬂatulence! Kuririn wins the battle when Goku reminds him that, not having a nose, he is actually impervious to Bactrian’s attacks. Kuririn retaliates with his own gaseous
the Sea of Corruption and make a new life there. . . . Choose love over hatred” (6:131). Hearing her speech the new Dorok Emperor, Namulith (Miralupa’s brother), taunts Nausicaä by activating the God-Warrior and then giving it to her. “Go ahead and take [it] to the ‘pure land’ or wherever you damned well please . . . crawl around with the whole bloody lot on your shoulders, and then see if you can save the world!” (6:148). Like a baby duck, the giant God-Warrior imprints on the ﬁrst person it