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

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

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

7)      Anne-Happy, vol. 1-4, by Cotoji

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

9)      Anywhere But Here, by Tori Miki

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

11)   Apollo’s Song, by Osamu Tezuka

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

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

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

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

16)   Atomcat, by Osamu Tezuka

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

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

19)   Ayako, by Osamu Tezuka

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

21)   Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka

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

23)   Batman – Child of Dreams, by Kia Asamiya

24)   Batman – Death Mask, by Yoshinori Natsume

25)   Bat-Manga!, by Jiro Kuwata

26)   Battle Rabbits, vol. 1-3, by Ameichi

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

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

29)   Birthday, by Meimu

30)   The Birth of Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki

31)   Black Blizzard, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

32)   Black Butler, vol 1, by Yana Toboso

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

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

35)   Black Magic, by Masamune Shirow

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

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

38)   Bomber Girl, by Niwano Makoto

39)   The Book of Human Insects, by Osamu Tezuka

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

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

42)   Captive Hearts of Oz, vol. 1, byRyo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru

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

44)   Cells At Work, vol. 1-3, by Akane Shimizu

45)   A Centaur’s Life, vol. 1-10, by Kei Murayama

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

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

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

49)   Comics Underground Japan, edited by Kevin Quigley

50)   Cosplay Koromo-chan, by Mook

51)   Cowa! , by Akira Toriyama

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

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

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

55)   DanGanRonpa, vol. 1, by Takashi Tsukimi

56)   Dark Waters, by Meimu and Koji Suzuki

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

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

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

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

61)   Dissolving Classroom, by Junji Ito

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

63)   Doing Time, by Kazuichi Hanawa

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

65)   Dominion, by Masamune Shirow

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

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

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

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

70)   A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

78)   Fallen Words, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

79)   Fire Force, vol. 1-3, by Atsushi Ohkubo

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

81)   Flesh-Colored Horror, by Junji Ito

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

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

84)   Fragments of Horror, by Junji  Ito

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

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

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

88)   Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune  Shirow

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

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

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

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

93)   Good-Bye, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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

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

96)   Gyo, vol. 1-2, by Junji Ito

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

98)   Hatsune Miku -Mikubon, b yOntama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

107)                       Ichigeki Sacchu Hoihoi-san, by Kunihiko Tanaka

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

109)                       In Clothes Called Fat, by Moyoco Anno

110)                       Insufficient Direction, by Moyoco Anno

111)                       Jaco – The Galactic Patrolman, by Akira Toriyamaa

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

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

114)                       Japan Inc., vo. 1-2, Shotaro  Ishinomori

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

116)                       Ju-on 2, by Meimu

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

118)                       Kamikaze Girls, by Novala Takemoto and Yukio Kanesada

119)                       Kana de Manga, art by Chihiro Hattori

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

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

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

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

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

125)                       Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki

126)                       Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon, by Shigeru Mizuki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

137)                       The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess, vol. 1, by Akira Himekawa

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

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

140)                       Lost World, by Osamu Tezuka

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

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

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

144)                       Lullabies from Hell, by Hideshi Hino

145)                       Lychee Light Club, by Usamaru Furuya

146)                       Magical Girl Apocalypse, vol. 1-10, by Kentaro Sato

147)                       Magical Girl Site, vol. 1, by Kentaro Sato

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

149)                       The Manga Cookbook, illustrated by Chihiro  Hattori

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

151)                       Manga Messiah, by Hidenori Kumai and Kozumi Shinozawa

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

153)                       Manga Shakespeare – Hamlet, adapted by Emma Vieceli

154)                       Manga Shakespeare – Julius Caesar, adapted by Mustashrik

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

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

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

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

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

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

161)                       Metropolis, by Osamu Tezuka

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

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

164)                       Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, vol. 1-2, by coolkyousinnjya

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

166)                       Mobile Suit Gundam -Thunderbolt, vol. 1-2, by Yasuo Ohgataki

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

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

169)                       MW, by Osamu Tezuka

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

171)                       My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1-8, by Takuma Morishige

172)                       The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

180)                       Neo Parasyte F, by various authors

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

182)                       Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, vol. 1-7, by Keiichi Arawi

183)                       Non Non Biyori, vol 1-6, by Atto

184)                       Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary, vol. 1-5, by Shake-O

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

186)                       Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka

187)                       Ohikkoshi, by Hiroaki Samura

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

195)                       One-Punch Man, vol. 1-11, by ONE & Yusuke Murata

196)                       Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki

197)                       OPUS, by Satoshi  Kon

198)                       Orion, by Masamune Shirow

199)                       Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, vol. 1-7, by Shirow Masamune & Rikudou Koushi

200)                       Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, by Tageo

201)                       A Patch of Dreams, by Hideji Oda

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

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

204)                       Pink, by Kyoko Okazaki

205)                       Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan, vol. 1-2, by Kenya Suzuki

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

207)                       Pokémon – Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, by Toshihiro Ono

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

217)                       Puella Magi Homura Tamura, vol. 1-2, by AFRO

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

219)                       Queen Emeraldas, vol. 1, by Leiji Matsumoto

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

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

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

223)                       Samurai Champloo Complete, by Masaru Gotsubo

224)                       Sand Land, by Akira Toriyama

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

226)                       School-Live!, vol. 1-6, by Sadoru Chiba & Norimitsu Kaihou (Nitroplus)

227)                       Secret Comics Japan, edited by Chikao Shiratori

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

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

230)                       Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler, by Shigeru Mizuki

231)                       Shirahime-syo, by CLAMP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

246)                       Spiral, by Sakura Mizuki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

259)                       Today’s Cerberus, vol. 1-3, by Ato Sakurai

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

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

262)                       Tokyo Zombie, by Yusaku Hanakuma

263)                       Tomie, vol. 3, by Junji Ito

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

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

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

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

268)                       Tropic of the Sea, by Satoshi Kon

269)                       The Twin Knights, by Osamu Tezuka

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

271)                       Ultraman, vol. 1-4, by Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi

272)                       Unico, by Osamu Tezuka

273)                       Unofficial Hatsune Mix, by Kei

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

275)                       The Walking Man, by Jiro Taniguchi

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

277)                       Who Fighter, by Seiho Takizawa

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

279)                       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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