These are all the manga I currently own. I've read several others, but no longer have them.

 

1)     Abandon the Old in Tokyo, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

2)     Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade, vol. 1-3, by Satoru Akahori and Ryusei Deguchi

3)     Adolf, vol. 1-5, by Osamu Tezuka

4)     Aho-Girl, vol.1, by Hiroyuki.

5)     Akira, vol. 1-6, by Katsuhiro Otomo

6)     All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, by Yuzo Takada and Nagaru Tanigawa

7)     All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata

8)     Anne-Happy, vol. 1-6, by Cotoji

9)     Another, by Hiro Kiyohara, adapted from novels by Yukito Ayatsuji

10)  Anywhere But Here, by Tori Miki

11)  Apocalypse Meow, vo. 1-3, by Motofumi Kobayashi

12)  Apollo’s Song, by Osamu Tezuka

13)  Appleseed, Books 1-4, by Masamune Shirow

14)  Aqua Knight, vol. 1-3, by Yukito Kishiro

15)  Assassination Classroom, vol. 1-17, by Yasui Matsui

16)  Astro Boy, vol. 1-23, by Osamu Tezuka

17)  Atomcat, by Osamu Tezuka

18)  Attack on titan, vol. 1, by Hajime Isayama

19)  AX – Alternative Manga, edited by Sean Michael Wilson

20)  Ayako, by Osamu Tezuka

21)  Azumanga Daioh – The Manga: The Omnibus, by Kiyohiko Azuma

22)  Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka

23)  Barefoot Gen vol. 1-4, by Kenji Nakazawa

24)  Batman – Child of Dreams, by Kia Asamiya

25)  Batman – Death Mask, by Yoshinori Natsume

26)  Bat-Manga!, by Jiro Kuwata

27)  Battle Rabbits, vol. 1-4, by Ameichi

28)  Battle Royale, vol. 1-15, by Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi

29)  Battle Royale – Angels’ Border, by Koushun Takami, Mikoto Ohnishi and Youhei Ohama

30)  Birthday, by Meimu

31)  The Birth of Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki

32)  Black Blizzard, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

33)  Black Butler, vol 1, by Yana Toboso

34)  Black Jack, vol. 1-17, by Osamu Tezuka

35)  Black Lagoon, vol. 1-10, by Rei Hiroe

36)  Black Magic, by Masamune Shirow

37)  Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, by Yoshio Sawai

38)  Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, vol. 1-5, by Yoshio Sawai

39)  Bomber Girl, by Niwano Makoto

40)  The Book of Human Insects, by Osamu Tezuka

41)  Buddha, vol. 1-8, by Osamu Tezuka

42)  Captain Harlock – Space Piraate: Dimensional Voyage, vol. 1, by Leiji Matsumoto and Kouiti Shimabashi

43)  Captain Ken, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka

44)  Captive Hearts of Oz, vol. 1, by Ryo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru

45)  The Celebration of Haruhi Suzumiya, edited by Shounen Ace Editorial Dept.

46)  Cells At Work, vol. 1-4, by Akane Shimizu

47)  A Centaur’s Life, vol. 1-12, by Kei Murayama

48)  Che Guevara – A Manga Biography, by Chie Shimano and Kiyoshi Konno

49)  Codename: Sailor V, vol. 1-2, by Naoko Takeuchi

50)  Color of Rage, by Kazuo Koike and Seisaku Kano

51)  Comics Underground Japan, edited by Kevin Quigley

52)  Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga, NYLON, BONES and Sho Aikawa

53)  Cosplay Koromo-chan, by Mook

54)  Cowa! , by Akira Toriyama

55)  The Count of Monte Cristo, adapted by Crystal S.Chan And Nokman Poon

56)  Cowboy Bebop, vol. 1-3, Yutaka Nanten and Hajime Yatate

57)  Cowboy Bebop – Shooting Star, vol. 1-2, by Cain Kuga

58)  Cromartie High School, vol. 1-12, by Eiji Nonaka

59)  DanGanRonpa, vol. 1, by Takashi Tsukimi

60)  Dark Waters, by Meimu and Koji Suzuki

61)  Death Note, vol. 1-13, by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

62)  Di GI Charat Theater – Dejiko’s Adventure, vol. 1, by Yuki Kiriga

63)  Di Gi Charat Theater – Leave It To Piyoko!, vol. 1, by Hina

64)  The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, vol. 1-9, by Puyo and Nagaru Tanigawa

65)  Dissolving Classroom, by Junji Ito

66)  A Distant Neighborhood, vol. 1-2, by Jiro Taniguchi

67)  Doing Time, by Kazuichi Hanawa

68)  Dokkoida?!, vol. 1-3, by Yu Yagami

69)  Dominion, by Masamune Shirow

70)  Domu – A Child’s Dream, by Katsuhiro Otomo

71)  Dororo, vol. 1-3, by Osamu Tezuka

72)  Dragon Ball, vol. 1-16, by Akira Toriyama

73)  Dragon Ball Z, vol. 1-26, by Akira Toriyama

74)  A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

75)  Dr. Slump, vol. 1-18, by Akira Toriyama

76)  Eagle – The Making of an Asian-American President, vol. 1-4,  by Kaiji Kawaguchi

77)  Edu-Manga: Ludwig Van Beethoven, by Takayuki Kanda and Naoko Takase

78)  Emma, adapted by Po Tse & Crystal S. Chan

79)  Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, vol. 1, by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma

80)  Excel Saga, vol. 1-27, by Rikdo Koshi

81)  Fairy Tail, vol. 1, by Hiro Mashima

82)  Fallen Words, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

83)  Fire Force, vol. 1-5, by Atsushi Ohkubo

84)  FLCL Omnibus – The Complete Manga Series, by Gainax and Hajime Ueda

85)  Flesh-Colored Horror, by Junji Ito

86)  The Four Immigrants Manga, by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama

87)  The 14th Dalai Lama – A Manga Autobiography, by Tetsu Saiwai

88)  Fragments of Horror, by Junji  Ito

89)  Franken Fran, vol. 1-6, by Katsuhisa Kigitsu

90)  Genkaku Picasso, vol. 1-3, by Usamaru Furuya

91)  Geobreeders, books 1-5, by Akihiro Ito

92)  Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune  Shirow

93)  Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, by Shirow Masamune

94)  Girl Friends – The Complete Collection, vol. 1-2. By Milk Morinaga

95)  Girls & Panzer, vol. 1-3, by Girls und Panzer Projekt and Ryohichi Saitaniya

96)  Girls & Panzer – Little Army, vol. 1-2, by  Tsuchii and Girls und Panzer Projekt

97)  Girls' Last Tour, vol. 1-2,  by Tsukumizu

98)  Good-Bye, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

99)  Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Crystal S. Chan and Nokman Poon

100)                 Gunsmith Cats Revised Edition, vol. 1-4, by Kenichi Sonoda

101)                 Gyo, vol. 1-2, by Junji Ito

102)                 Hagakure – The Code of the Samurai, adapted by Sean Michael Wilson and Chie Kutsuwada

103)                 Hatsune Miku -Mikubon, b yOntama

104)                 Helen Keller – From Darkness to Light, by Naoko Takase and Megumi Sugihara

105)                 Heroes Are Extinct!!, vol. 1-3, by Ryoji Hido

106)                 Hetalia Axis Powers, vol. 1-2, by Hidekaz Himaruya

107)                 H. G. Wells – The War of the Worlds, adapted by Variety Art Works

108)                 High School DxD – Asia & Koneko’s Secret Contract!?, by Hiroichi

109)                 High School of the Dead, vol. 1-7, by Daisuke Sato and Shouji Sato

110)                 How Not To Draw Manga, by Reid and Kantz

111)                 H. P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories, adapted by Gou Tanabe

112)                 Hyper Dolls, vol. 103, by Shimpei Itoh

113)                 Ichigeki Sacchu Hoihoi-san, by Kunihiko Tanaka

114)                 Ikigami – The Ultimate Limit, vol. 1-10, by Motoro Mase

115)                 In Clothes Called Fat, by Moyoco Anno

116)                 Insufficient Direction, by Moyoco Anno

117)                 Jaco – The Galactic Patrolman, by Akira Toriyamaa

118)                 Japan Ai – A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan, by Aimee Major Steinberger

119)                 Japan, As Viewed By 17 Creators, by various authors

120)                 Japan Inc., vol. 1-2, Shotaro  Ishinomori

121)                 The Jungle Book, adapted by Crystal S.Chan and Julien Choy

122)                 Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, by Junji Ito

123)                 Ju-on 2, by Meimu

124)                 Ju-on: Video Side, by Miki Rinno

125)                 Kamikaze Girls, by Novala Takemoto and Yukio Kanesada

126)                 Kana de Manga, art by Chihiro Hattori

127)                 Kanji de Manga, vol. 1-2, art by Chihiro Hattori

128)                 Kill la Kill, vol. 1-3, by Ryo Akizuki

129)                 The Kindaichi Case Files, vol. 1-17, by Yozaburo  Kanari and Fumiya Sato

130)                 Kingyo Used Books, vol. 1-3, by Seimu Yoshizaki

131)                 Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink - The Complete Collection, by Milk Morinaga

132)                 Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki

133)                 Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon, by Shigeru Mizuki

134)                 Lady Snow Blood, vol. 1-4, by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura

135)                 The Legend of Mother Sarah – Tunnel Town, by Katsuhiro Otomo and Takumi Nagayasu

136)                 The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past, by Akira Himekawa

137)                 The Legend of Zelda – Four Seasons, pts. 1-2, by Akira Himekawa

138)                 The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask, by Akira Himekawa

139)                 The Legend of Zelda – The Minish Cap, by Akira Himekawa

140)                 The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time, pts. 1-2, by Akira Himekawa

141)                 The Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Ages, by Akira Himekawa

142)                 The Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Seasons, by Akira Himekawa

143)                 The Legend of Zelda – Phantom Hourglass, by Akira Himekawa

144)                 The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess, vol. 1-2, by Akira Himekawa

145)                 Les Misérables, adapted by SunNeko Lee and Crystal Silvermoon

146)                 Lone Wolf and Cub, vol. 1-28, by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima

147)                 Lost World, by Osamu Tezuka

148)                 Love in Hell: Death Life, vol. 1-2, by Reiji Suzumaru

149)                 Love in Hell: The Complete Trilogy, by Reiji Suzumaru

150)                 Lucky Stars, vol. 1-8, by Kagami Yoshimizu

151)                 Lullabies from Hell, by Hideshi Hino

152)                 Lychee Light Club, by Usamaru Furuya

153)                 Magical Girl Apocalypse, vol. 1-12, by Kentaro Sato

154)                 Magical Girl Site, vol. 1-3, by Kentaro Sato

155)                 Magic Knight Rayearth, vol. 1-2, by CLAMP

156)                 The Manga Cookbook, illustrated by Chihiro  Hattori

157)                 The Manga Guide to Statistics, by Shin Takashi and Trend-Pro Co., Ltd.

158)                 Manga Messiah, by Hidenori Kumai and Kozumi Shinozawa

159)                 Manga Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted by Kate Brown

160)                 Manga Shakespeare – Hamlet, adapted by Emma Vieceli

161)                 Manga Shakespeare – Julius Caesar, adapted by Mustashrik

162)                 Manga Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Sonia Leong

163)                 Mao-chan, vol. 1-2, Ken Akamatsu and Ran

164)                 Marvel Mangaverse – The Rings of Fate, by C. B. Cebulski and Tommy Ohtsuka

165)                 Megatokyo, vol. 1-6, by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston

166)                 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, vol. 1-20, by Gaku Tsugano and Nagaru Tanigawa

167)                 The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, vol. 1-10, by Puyo and Nagaru Tanigawa

168)                 Metropolis, by Osamu Tezuka

169)                 Midori Days, vol. 1-8, by Kazurou Inoue

170)                 The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi, by various authors

171)                 Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, vol. 1-4, by coolkyousinnjya

172)                 Mobile Suit Gundam –The Origin, vol. 1-12, by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

173)                 Mobile Suit Gundam -Thunderbolt, vol. 1-4, by Yasuo Ohgataki

174)                 Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show, by Suehiro Maruo

175)                 Museum of Terror, vol 1-3, by Junji Ito

176)                 MW, by Osamu Tezuka

177)                 My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, vol. 1-2, by Sanzo

178)                 My Hero Academia, vol. 1-9, by Kohei Horikishi

179)                 My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, by Nagata Kabi

180)                 My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1-9, by Takuma Morishige

181)                 The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka

182)                 Neko Ramen, vol. 1-3, by Kenji  Sonishi

183)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion, vol. 1-14, by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

184)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion – Angelic Days, by Fumino Hayashi

185)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion- Campus Apocalypse, vol. 1-4,  by Mingming

186)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion- Comic Tribute, edited by the staff of Young Ace Magazine

187)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students, vol. 1, by Yushio Kawata and Yukito

188)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary, vol. 1-2, by Takumi Yoshimura

189)                 Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Raising Project,  vol. 1-17, by Osamu Takahashi

190)                 Neo Parasyte F, by various authors

191)                 Nextworld, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka

192)                 Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, vol. 1-9, by Keiichi Arawi

193)                 Non Non Biyori, vol 1-8, by Atto

194)                 Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary, vol. 1-6, by Shake-O

195)                 Octopus Girl, vol. 1-3, by Toru Yamazaki

196)                 Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka

197)                 Ohikkoshi, by Hiroaki Samura

198)                 Oishinbo à la Carte – Japanese Cuisine, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

199)                 Oishinbo – Fish, Sushi & Sashimi, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

200)                 Oishinbo – Izakaya: Pub Food, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

201)                 Oishinbo – Ramen & Gyōza, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

202)                 Oishinbo - Sake, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

203)                 Oishinbo – The Joy of Rice, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

204)                 Oishinbo - Vegetables, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

205)                 One-Punch Man, vol. 1-12, by ONE & Yusuke Murata

206)                 Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki

207)                 OPUS, by Satoshi  Kon

208)                 Orion, by Masamune Shirow

209)                 Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, vol. 1-8, by Shirow Masamune & Rikudou Koushi

210)                 Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, by Tageo

211)                 A Patch of Dreams, by Hideji Oda

212)                 Phoenix, vol. 1-12, by Osamu Tezuka

213)                 Pikachu Meets the Press, by Gerard Jones and Ashura Benimaru

214)                 Pink, by Kyoko Okazaki

215)                 Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan, vol. 1-3, by Kenya Suzuki

216)                 Pluto, vol. 1-8, by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka

217)                 Pokémon – Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, by Toshihiro Ono

218)                 Pokémon – Pikachu Shocks Back!, by Toshihiro Ono

219)                 Pokémon – Surfs Up, Pikachu!, by Toshihiro Ono

220)                 Pokémon – The Electric Tale of Pikachu!, by Toshihiro Ono

221)                 Pop Japan Travel – Essential Otaku Guide, by Makoto Nakajima

222)                 Presents, vol. 1-3, by Kanako Inuki

223)                 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1-12, by Naoko Takeuchi

224)                 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon – Short Story, vol. 1-2, by Naoko Takeuchi

225)                 Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Po Tse and Stacy King

226)                 Princess Knight, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka

227)                 Puella Magi Homura Tamura, vol. 1-3, by AFRO

228)                 The Push Man and Other Stories, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

229)                 Queen Emeraldas, vol. 1-2, by Leiji Matsumoto

230)                 Record of Lodoss War – Welcome to Lodoss Island, Book One, by Rei  Hyakuyashiki

231)                 The Ring, vol. 0-2, by Hiroshi Takahashi and Meimu

232)                 Romeo x Juliet, by COM, adapted from animation by GONZO x SPWT

233)                 Samurai Champloo Complete, by Masaru Gotsubo

234)                 Sand Land, by Akira Toriyama

235)                 The Scarlet Letter, adapted by SunNeko Lee and Crystal Silvermoon

236)                 School-Live!, vol. 1-8, by Sadoru Chiba & Norimitsu Kaihou (Nitroplus)

237)                 Secret Comics Japan, edited by Chikao Shiratori

238)                 Sgt. Frog, vol. 1-20, by Mine Yoshizaki

239)                 Sherlock: A Study in Pink, by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Jay

240)                 Sherlock Bones, vol. 1-7, by Yuma Ando and Yuki Saito

241)                 Sherlock: The Blind Banker, by Steve Thompson and Jay

242)                 Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler, by Shigeru Mizuki

243)                 Shirahime-syo, by CLAMP

244)                 Short Cuts, vol. 1-2, by Usamaru Furuya

245)                 Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro, vol. 1-2, by Satoko Kiyuduki

246)                 Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939, by Shigeru Mizuki

247)                 Showa: A History of Japan 1939-1944, by Shigeru Mizuki

248)                 Showa: A History of Japan 1944-1953, by Shigeru Mizuki

249)                 Slayers – City of Lost Souls, by Hajime Kanzaka and Shoko Yoshinaka

250)                 Slayers Special, book 1, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka

251)                 Slayers Special – Lesser of Two Evils, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka

252)                 Slayers Special - Notorious, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka

253)                 Slayers Special - Spellbound, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka

254)                 Slayers - Return, by Hajime Kanzaka and Shoko Yoshinaka

255)                 Speed Racer – Mach Go Go Go, vol. 1-2, by Tatsuo Yoshida

256)                 Spider-Man J – Japanese Daze, by Yamanaka Akira

257)                 Spider-Man J – Japanese Knights, by Yamanaka Akira

258)                 Spiral, by Sakura Mizuki

259)                 S.S. Astro, vol. 1, by Negi Banno

260)                 Star Wars – A New Hope, vol. 1-4, by Hisao Tamaki

261)                 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, vol. 1-4, by Toshiko Kudo

262)                 Star Wars – Return of the Jedi. Vol. 1-4, by Shinichi Hiromoto

263)                 Star Wars- The Phantom Menace, vol. 1-2, by Kia Asamiya

264)                 Steam Detectives, vo. 1-8, by Kia Asamiya

265)                 St. Lunatic High School, vol. 1-2, by Majiko!

266)                 Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky, vol. 1-2, by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonis & Yuuki Tanaka

267)                 Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches, vol 1-2, by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonish & Atsuto Sinozuka

268)                 Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us, by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonish & Shin Kyogoku

269)                 Sunshine Sketch, vol. 1-8, by Ume Aoki

270)                 Thomas Edison – Genius of the Electric Age, by Tatsuyoshi  Kobayashi and Tetsuya Kurosawa

271)                 Today’s Cerberus, vol. 1-4, by Ato Sakurai

272)                 Tokyo Ghoul, vol. 1, by Sui Ishida

273)                 Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode, vol. 1-2, by Mia Ikumi

274)                 Tokyo Zombie, by Yusaku Hanakuma

275)                 Tomie, vol. 3, by Junji Ito

276)                 Tomodachi Monster, vol. 1, by Yoshihiko Inui

277)                 Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, by Tony Takezaki

278)                 Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, by Fumiyo  Kouno

279)                 Triton of the Sea, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka

280)                 Tropic of the Sea, by Satoshi Kon

281)                 The Twin Knights, by Osamu Tezuka

282)                 The Two Faces of Tomorrow, by James P.Hogan and Yukinobu Hoshino

283)                 Ultraman, vol. 1-8, by Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi

284)                 Unico, by Osamu Tezuka

285)                 Unofficial Hatsune Mix, by Kei

286)                 Uzumaki, vol. 1-3, by Junji Ito

287)                 The Walking Man, by Jiro Taniguchi

288)                 What’s Michael?, vol. 1-10, Makoto Kobayashi

289)                 Who Fighter, by Seiho Takizawa

290)                 Young Miss Holmes, Casebooks 1-7, by Kaoru Shintani

291)                 You’re Under Arrest! Lights and Siren!, by Kosuke Fujishima

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Baron, would you know how healthy the manga industry is in Japan these days? I was wondering whether Japanese youth are drifting away from manga now that movies and TV are so easy to find online (because I want to know if the internet is going to kill reading).

I suppose the age groups that most read manga might also be shrinking in size. I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons US comics sales went down coming into the 70s was the Baby Boomers grew up.

I can speak a bit on this myself, Luke. Manga is popular with the youth, but it also still super popular with adults. It isn't as normal for people,as they grow older, to quit reading them. There isn't the stigma of adults reading manga in Japan like there seems to adults in America reading comic books. There is a Japanese restaurant here in Dallas that has shelves of manga on shelves for customers to come in and read.

They have a bunch of very popular genres in Japan, also anthologies have never gone out of style like they did in America.

Thanks, Travis. It's interesting they haven't, because the fact that that they did in the US seems logical to me. With the US system one chooses for oneself the mix of features one wants to read. There was a parallel movement in the US fiction market after the war; from anthology magazines, to paperback books.

I benefited from reading anthologies growing up (Australian reprint titles and British comics), as I read many things in them I wouldn't have otherwise. Perhaps anthologies are better suited for customers who could use someone to guide them to the good stuff: younger readers, or readers who don't want to spend a lot of time figuring out what to buy. It may also be that for many readers eight pages of "Judge Dredd" or whatever a week is enough.

Anthologies might also be better for readers looking for something new.

Anthologies don't sell well in America. That's why short stories are difficult to sell and people trying to break into writing are usually told to forget them and try to write a novel. Stephen King said that even at a dollar a word (and unless you're already famous good luck breaking into one of those few markets) he was losing money spending time on stories that could have been more profitably used on his next book.

Yeah, to be honest, I haven't heard much about how the manga industry is doing in Japan.  I'll have to see what I can find out.

Thanks, Baron.

I get the impression that the manga industry has a longer tradition of collections of popular material, such as Osamu Tezuka's, being kept in print. (This could be my misapprehension; I'm not sure it's based on anything other than that many older collections are only now getting translated.) This contrasts with the US market, in which formerly much material was not collected and older stories were hard to get.

This makes me wonder if in the Japanese market the old to some extent crowds out the new. I suppose we don't worry about that happening in the novel market. But maybe readers go to anthologies for new material, single-feature collections for old.

In the 80s the prices of US back issues went up because people wanted to collect them. Perhaps the US original issue market prevented the emergence of a more robust collections market.

I've read that in Japan there are manga rental places, where you can rent manga that you want to read but don't feel a need to own.  I wonder how that skews the sales figures.

 

 

There's alot of manga that never gets translated. Not just hardcore hentai stuff, but things that would be hugely controversial for a US market, like USA-bashing stuff., and Japan-wins-the-Pacific-War stories, and so on.  There's also stuff that I have no idea why it was never translated, like Doraemon,which is popular in Japan, but - as far as I know - has never been available in translation.

I'm very interested to hear about the rental places, but they're just a form of library. One might compare video rental places. Private libraries used to exist in Britain and Australia, and I would guess some of these used a rental system.(1) I don't happen to know if the US had them.

I have a theory that US comics used to be shared more than they likely are today: kids would read their friends' comics, comics were easy to find second-hand. That might've been a reason why the shared universes were viable.

(1) In the British film Lost (1956) the police identify a kidnapper through a sensational novel she's borrowed from a store's small library.

Updated to add The Scarlet Letter, adapted by SunNeko Lee and Crystal Silvermoon, another manga adaptation of classic literature.  It's reasonably well done. The art is nice, and the story is told well. It's hard for me to evaluate it as an adaptation, since I've never read the original. Must take a look at it sometime.

Updated with Captain Ken vol. 1, Great Expectations, Mobile Suit Gundam vol. 9 and Tony Takezaki's Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Went through one of my occasional Cullings o' the Manga Collection. Below is the list of manga that was donated to the  local library. None of it was all that bad, per se. Mostly it was just stuff that I wasn't likely to re-read again.  

1)      Big Hero 6, vol. 1-2, by Haruki Ueno

2)      Final Fantasy Type-O, Takatoshi  Shiozawa

3)      Ghost Talker’s Daydream. vol. 1-6, by Okuse Saki and Meguro Sankichi

4)      Japan, by Buronson Kentaro Miura

5)      Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations, vol. 1-4,  by Kenji Kuroda and Kazuo Maekawa

6)      Noragami – Stray God, vol. 1-2, by Adachitoka

7)      Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, vol. 1-5, by Kenji Kuroda and Kazuo Maekawa

8)      Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Official Casebook, vol. 1-2, adapted by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley

9)      Pokémon – Arceus and the Jewel of Life, by Makoto Mizobuchi

10)   Pokémon – Diamond and Pearl Adventure, vol. 1-8, Shigekatsu Ihara

11)   Pokémon – Giratina & The Sky Warrior!, by Makoto Hijioka

12)   Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem – The Sword of Justice, by Momota Inoue

13)   Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom, by Momota Inoue

14)   Pokémon – The Rise of Darkrai, by Ryo Takamisaki

15)   Pokémon – Zoroark – Master of Illusions, by Momota Inoue

16)   Silent Möbius – Complete Edition, vol. 1-4, by Kia Asamiya

17)   Terra Formars, vol. 1, by Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana

18)   Tomie, vol. 1-2, by Junji Ito

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