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.1-3, 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. 1-7, by Cotoji
  9. Another, by Hiro Kiyohara, adapted from novels by Yukito Ayatsuji
  10. Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon – The Complete Missions, by , by Youhei Yausmura and Touki Yanagimi
  11. Anywhere But Here, by Tori Miki
  12. Apocalypse Meow, vo. 1-3, by Motofumi Kobayashi
  13. Apollo’s Song, by Osamu Tezuka
  14. Appleseed, Books 1-4, by Masamune Shirow
  15. Aqua Knight, vol. 1-3, by Yukito Kishiro
  16. Assassination Classroom, vol. 1-19, by Yasui Matsui
  17. Astro Boy, vol. 1-23, by Osamu Tezuka
  18. Atomcat, by Osamu Tezuka
  19. Attack on Titan, vol. 1, by Hajime Isayama
  20. AX – Alternative Manga, edited by Sean Michael Wilson
  21. Ayako, by Osamu Tezuka
  22. Azumanga Daioh – The Manga: The Omnibus, by Kiyohiko Azuma
  23. Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka
  24. Barefoot Gen 1-4, by Kenji Nakazawa
  25. Batman – Child of Dreams, by Kia Asamiya
  26. Batman – Death Mask, by Yoshinori Natsume
  27. Bat-Manga!, by Jiro Kuwata
  28. Battle Rabbits, vol. 1-4, by Ameichi
  29. Battle Royale, vol. 1-15, by Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi
  30. Battle Royale – Angels’ Border, by Koushun Takami, Mikoto Ohnishi and Youhei Ohama
  31. Birthday, by Meimu
  32. The Birth of Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki
  33. Black Blizzard, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  34. Black Butler, vol 1, by Yana Toboso
  35. Black Jack, vol. 1-17, by Osamu Tezuka
  36. Black Lagoon, vol. 1-10, by Rei Hiroe
  37. Black Magic, by Masamune Shirow
  38. Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, by Yoshio Sawai
  39. Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, vol. 1-5, by Yoshio Sawai
  40. Bomber Girl, by Niwano Makoto
  41. The Book of Human Insects, by Osamu Tezuka
  42. Buddha, vol. 1-8, by Osamu Tezuka
  43. Captain Harlock – Space Pirate: Dimensional Voyage, vol. 1-2, by Leiji Matsumoto and Kouiti Shimabashi
  44. Captain Ken, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka
  45. Captive Hearts of Oz, vol. 1, by Ryo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru
  46. The Celebration of Haruhi Suzumiya, edited by Shounen Ace Editorial Dept.
  47. Cells At Work, vol. 1-5, by Akane Shimizu
  48. A Centaur’s Life, vol. 1-13, by Kei Murayama
  49. Che Guevara – A Manga Biography, by Chie Shimano and Kiyoshi Konno
  50. Codename: Sailor V, vol. 1-2, by Naoko Takeuchi
  51. Color of Rage, by Kazuo Koike and Seisaku Kano
  52. Comics Underground Japan, edited by Kevin Quigley
  53. Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga, NYLON, BONES and Sho Aikawa
  54. Cosplay Koromo-chan, by Mook
  55. Cowa!, by Akira Toriyama
  56. The Count of Monte Cristo, adapted by Crystal S.Chan And Nokman Poon
  57. Cowboy Bebop, vol. 1-3, Yutaka Nanten and Hajime Yatate
  58. Cowboy Bebop – Shooting Star, vol. 1-2, by Cain Kuga
  59. Cromartie High School, vol. 1-12, by Eiji Nonaka
  60. DanGanRonpa, vol. 1, by Takashi Tsukimi
  61. Dark Waters, by Meimu and Koji Suzuki
  62. Death Note, vol. 1-13, by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  63. Di GI Charat Theater – Dejiko’s Adventure, vol. 1, by Yuki Kiriga
  64. Di Gi Charat Theater – Leave It To Piyoko!, vol. 1, by Hina
  65. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, vol. 1-10, by Puyo and Nagaru Tanigawa
  66. Dissolving Classroom, by Junji Ito
  67. A Distant Neighborhood, vol. 1-2, by Jiro Taniguchi
  68. Doing Time, by Kazuichi Hanawa
  69. Dokkoida?!, vol. 1-3, by Yu Yagami
  70. Dominion, by Masamune Shirow
  71. Domu – A Child’s Dream, by Katsuhiro Otomo
  72. Don't Meddle With My Daughter, vol. 1, by Nozomu Tamaki
  73. Dororo, vol. 1-3, by Osamu Tezuka
  74. Dragon Ball, vol. 1-16, by Akira Toriyama
  75. Dragon Ball Z, vol. 1-26, by Akira Toriyama
  76. A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  77. Slump, vol. 1-18, by Akira Toriyama
  78. Eagle – The Making of an Asian-American President, vol. 1-4,  by Kaiji Kawaguchi
  79. Edu-Manga: Ludwig Van Beethoven, by Takayuki Kanda and Naoko Takase
  80. Emma, adapted by Po Tse & Crystal S. Chan
  81. Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, vol. 1, by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma
  82. Excel Saga, vol. 1-27, by Rikdo Koshi
  83. Fairy Tail, vol. 1, by Hiro Mashima
  84. Fallen Words, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  85. Fire Force, vol. 1-7, by Atsushi Ohkubo
  86. FLCL Omnibus – The Complete Manga Series, by Gainax and Hajime Ueda
  87. Flesh-Colored Horror, by Junji Ito
  88. The Four Immigrants Manga, by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama
  89. The 14thDalai Lama – A Manga Autobiography, by Tetsu Saiwai
  90. Fragments of Horror, by Junji  Ito
  91. Franken Fran, vol. 1-6, by Katsuhisa Kigitsu
  92. Genkaku Picasso, vol. 1-3, by Usamaru Furuya
  93. Geobreeders, books 1-5, by Akihiro Ito
  94. Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune  Shirow
  95. Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, by Shirow Masamune
  96. Girl Friends – The Complete Collection, vol. 1-2. By Milk Morinaga
  97. Girls & Panzer, vol. 1-3, by Girls und Panzer Projekt and Ryohichi Saitaniya
  98. Girls & Panzer – Little Army, vol. 1-2, by  Tsuchii and Girls und Panzer Projekt
  99. Girls' Last Tour, vol. 1-3,  by Tsukumizu
  100. Good-Bye, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  101. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens,adapted by Crystal S. Chan and Nokman Poon
  102. Gunsmith Cats Revised Edition, vol. 1-4, by Kenichi Sonoda
  103. Gyo, vol. 1-2, by Junji Ito
  104. Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise, vol.1, by Otama
  105. Hagakure – The Code of the Samurai, adapted by Sean Michael Wilson and Chie Kutsuwada
  106. Hatsune Miku -Mikubon, by Ontama
  107. Helen Keller – From Darkness to Light, by Naoko Takase and Megumi Sugihara
  108. Helvetica Standard Bold, by Keiichi Arawi
  109. Helvetica Standard Italic, by Keiichi Arawi.
  110. Heroes Are Extinct!!, vol. 1-3, by Ryoji Hido
  111. Hetalia Axis Powers, vol. 1-2, by Hidekaz Himaruya
  112. H.G. Wells – The War of the Worlds, adapted by Variety Art Works
  113. High School DxD – Asia & Koneko’s Secret Contract!?, by Hiroichi
  114. High School of the Dead, vol. 1-7, by Daisuke Sato and Shouji Sato
  115. How Not To Draw Manga, by Reid and Kantz
  116. P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories, adapted by Gou Tanabe
  117. Hyper Dolls, vol. 103, by Shimpei Itoh
  118. Ichigeki Sacchu Hoihoi-san, by Kunihiko Tanaka
  119. Ikigami – The Ultimate Limit, vol. 1-10, by Motoro Mase
  120. In Clothes Called Fat, by Moyoco Anno
  121. Insufficient Direction, by Moyoco Anno
  122. Jaco – The Galactic Patrolman, by Akira Toriyamaa
  123. Japan Ai – A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan, by Aimee Major Steinberger
  124. Japan, As Viewed By 17 Creators, by various authors
  125. Japan Inc., vol. 1-2, Shotaro  Ishinomori
  126. The Jungle Book, adapted by Crystal S.Chan and Julien Choy
  127. Junji Ito’s Cat Diary:Yon & Mu, by Junji Ito
  128. Ju-on 2, by Meimu
  129. Ju-on: Video Side, by Miki Rinno
  130. Kamikaze Girls, by Novala Takemoto and Yukio Kanesada
  131. Kana de Manga, art by Chihiro Hattori
  132. Kanji de Manga, vol. 1-2, art by Chihiro Hattori
  133. Kill la Kill, vol. 1-3, by Ryo Akizuki
  134. The Kindaichi Case Files, vol. 1-17, by Yozaburo  Kanari and Fumiya Sato
  135. Kingyo Used Books, vol. 1-3, by Seimu Yoshizaki
  136. Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink - The Complete Collection, by Milk Morinaga
  137. Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki
  138. Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon, by Shigeru Mizuki
  139. Lady Snow Blood, vol. 1-4, by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura
  140. The Legend of Mother Sarah – Tunnel Town, by Katsuhiro Otomo and Takumi Nagayasu
  141. The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past, by Akira Himekawa
  142. The Legend of Zelda – Four Seasons, pts. 1-2, by Akira Himekawa
  143. The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask, by Akira Himekawa
  144. The Legend of Zelda – The Minish Cap, by Akira Himekawa
  145. The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time, pts. 1-2, by Akira Himekawa
  146. The Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Ages, by Akira Himekawa
  147. The Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Seasons, by Akira Himekawa
  148. The Legend of Zelda – Phantom Hourglass, by Akira Himekawa
  149. The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess, vol. 1-2, by Akira Himekawa
  150. Les Misérables, adapted by SunNeko Lee and Crystal Silvermoon
  151. Lone Wolf and Cub, vol. 1-28, by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
  152. Lost World, by Osamu Tezuka
  153. Love in Hell: Death Life, vol. 1-2, by Reiji Suzumaru
  154. Love in Hell: The Complete Trilogy, by Reiji Suzumaru
  155. Lucky Stars, vol. 1-8, by Kagami Yoshimizu
  156. Lullabies from Hell, by Hideshi Hino
  157. Lychee Light Club, by Usamaru Furuya
  158. Magical Girl Apocalypse, vol. 1-13, by Kentaro Sato
  159. Magical Girl Site, vol. 1-4, by Kentaro Sato
  160. Magic Knight Rayearth, vol. 1-2, by CLAMP
  161. The Manga Cookbook, illustrated by Chihiro  Hattori
  162. The Manga Guide to Statistics, by Shin Takashi and Trend-Pro Co., Ltd.
  163. Manga Messiah, by Hidenori Kumai and Kozumi Shinozawa
  164. Manga Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted by Kate Brown
  165. Manga Shakespeare – Hamlet, adapted by Emma Vieceli
  166. Manga Shakespeare – Julius Caesar, adapted by Mustashrik
  167. Manga Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Sonia Leong
  168. Mao-chan, vol. 1-2, Ken Akamatsu and Ran
  169. Marvel Mangaverse – The Rings of Fate, by C. B. Cebulski and Tommy Ohtsuka
  170. Megatokyo, vol. 1-6, by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston
  171. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, vol. 1-20, by Gaku Tsugano and Nagaru Tanigawa
  172. The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, vol. 1-11, by Puyo and Nagaru Tanigawa
  173. Metropolis, by Osamu Tezuka
  174. Midori Days, vol. 1-8, by Kazurou Inoue
  175. The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi, by various authors
  176. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, vol. 1-5, by coolkyousinnjya
  177. Mobile Suit Gundam –The Origin, vol. 1-12, by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
  178. Mobile Suit Gundam -Thunderbolt, vol. 1-5, by Yasuo Ohgataki
  179. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show, by Suehiro Maruo
  180. Museum of Terror, vol 1-3, by Junji Ito
  181. MW, by Osamu Tezuka
  182. My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, vol. 1-2, by Sanzo
  183. My Hero Academia, vol. 1-10, by Kohei Horikishi
  184. My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, by Nagata Kabi
  185. My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1-9, by Takuma Morishige
  186. The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka
  187. Neko Ramen, vol. 1-3, by Kenji  Sonishi
  188. Neon Genesis Evangelion, vol. 1-14, by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
  189. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Angelic Days, by Fumino Hayashi
  190. Neon Genesis Evangelion- Campus Apocalypse, vol. 1-4,  by Mingming
  191. Neon Genesis Evangelion- Comic Tribute, edited by the staff of Young Ace Magazine
  192. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students, vol. 1-2, by Yushio Kawata and Yukito
  193. Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary, vol. 1-2, by Takumi Yoshimura
  194. Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Raising Project,  vol. 1-17, by Osamu Takahashi
  195. Neo Parasyte F, by various authors
  196. Neo Parasyte M, by various authors
  197. Nextworld, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka
  198. Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, vol. 1-10, by Keiichi Arawi
  199. Non Non Biyori, vol 1-8, by Atto
  200. Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary, vol. 1-6, by Shake-O
  201. Octopus Girl, vol. 1-3, by Toru Yamazaki
  202. Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka
  203. Ohikkoshi, by Hiroaki Samura
  204. Oishinboà la Carte – Japanese Cuisine, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  205. Oishinbo – Fish, Sushi & Sashimi, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  206. Oishinbo – Izakaya: Pub Food, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  207. Oishinbo – Ramen & Gyōza, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  208. Oishinbo - Sake, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  209. Oishinbo – The Joy of Rice, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  210. Oishinbo - Vegetables, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  211. One-Punch Man, vol. 1-12, by ONE & Yusuke Murata
  212. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki
  213. OPUS, by Satoshi  Kon
  214. Orion, by Masamune Shirow
  215. Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, vol. 1-8, by Shirow Masamune & Rikudou Koushi
  216. Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, by Tageo
  217. A Patch of Dreams, by Hideji Oda
  218. Phoenix, vol. 1-12, by Osamu Tezuka
  219. Pikachu Meets the Press, by Gerard Jones and Ashura Benimaru
  220. Pink, by Kyoko Okazaki
  221. Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan, vol. 1-4, by Kenya Suzuki
  222. Pluto, vol. 1-8, by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka
  223. Pokémon – Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, by Toshihiro Ono
  224. Pokémon – Pikachu Shocks Back!, by Toshihiro Ono
  225. Pokémon – Surfs Up, Pikachu!, by Toshihiro Ono
  226. Pokémon – The Electric Tale of Pikachu!, by Toshihiro Ono
  227. Pop Japan Travel – Essential Otaku Guide, by Makoto Nakajima
  228. Presents, vol. 1-3, by Kanako Inuki
  229. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 1-12, by Naoko Takeuchi
  230. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon – Short Story, vol. 1-2, by Naoko Takeuchi
  231. Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Po Tse and Stacy King
  232. Princess Knight, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka
  233. Puella Magi Homura Tamura, vol. 1-3, by AFRO
  234. The Push Man and Other Stories, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  235. Queen Emeraldas, vol. 1-2, by Leiji Matsumoto
  236. Record of Lodoss War – Welcome to Lodoss Island, Book One, by Rei  Hyakuyashiki
  237. The Ring, vol. 0-2, by Hiroshi Takahashi and Meimu
  238. Romeo x Juliet, by COM, adapted from animation by GONZO x SPWT
  239. Samurai Champloo Complete, by Masaru Gotsubo
  240. Sand Land, by Akira Toriyama
  241. The Scarlet Letter, adapted by SunNeko Lee and Crystal Silvermoon
  242. School-Live!, vol. 1-9, by Sadoru Chiba & Norimitsu Kaihou (Nitroplus)
  243. Secret Comics Japan, edited by Chikao Shiratori
  244. Frog, vol. 1-20, by Mine Yoshizaki
  245. Sherlock: A Study in Pink, by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Jay
  246. Sherlock Bones, vol. 1-7, by Yuma Ando and Yuki Saito
  247. Sherlock: The Blind Banker, by Steve Thompson and Jay
  248. Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler, by Shigeru Mizuki
  249. Shirahime-syo, by CLAMP
  250. Short Cuts, vol. 1-2, by Usamaru Furuya
  251. Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro, vol. 1-2, by Satoko Kiyuduki
  252. Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939, by Shigeru Mizuki
  253. Showa: A History of Japan 1939-1944, by Shigeru Mizuki
  254. Showa: A History of Japan 1944-1953, by Shigeru Mizuki
  255. Slayers – City of Lost Souls, by Hajime Kanzaka and Shoko Yoshinaka
  256. Slayers Special, book 1, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka
  257. Slayers Special – Lesser of Two Evils, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka
  258. Slayers Special - Notorious, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka
  259. Slayers Special - Spellbound, by Hajime Kanzaka and Tommy Ohtsuka
  260. Slayers - Return, by Hajime Kanzaka and Shoko Yoshinaka
  261. So, I'm A Spider, So What?, vol. 1, by Asahiro Kakashi and Okina Baba
  262. Speed Racer – Mach Go Go Go, vol. 1-2, by Tatsuo Yoshida
  263. Spider-Man J – Japanese Daze, by Yamanaka Akira
  264. Spider-Man J – Japanese Knights, by Yamanaka Akira
  265. Spiral, by Sakura Mizuki
  266. S. Astro, vol. 1, by Negi Banno
  267. Star Wars – A New Hope, vol. 1-4, by Hisao Tamaki
  268. Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, vol. 1-4, by Toshiko Kudo
  269. Star Wars – Return of the Jedi. Vol. 1-4, by Shinichi Hiromoto
  270. Star Wars- The Phantom Menace, vol. 1-2, by Kia Asamiya
  271. Steam Detectives, vo. 1-8, by Kia Asamiya
  272. Lunatic High School, vol. 1-2, by Majiko!
  273. The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Stacy King and various artists
  274. Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky, vol. 1-2, by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonis & Yuuki Tanaka
  275. Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches, vol 1-2, by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonish & Atsuto Sinozuka
  276. Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us, by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonish & Shin Kyogoku
  277. Sunshine Sketch, vol. 1-8, by Ume Aoki
  278. Thomas Edison – Genius of the Electric Age, by Tatsuyoshi  Kobayashi and Tetsuya Kurosawa
  279. Today’s Cerberus, vol. 1-6, by Ato Sakurai
  280. Tokyo Ghoul, vol. 1, by Sui Ishida
  281. Tokyo Mew Mewà la Mode, vol. 1-2, by Mia Ikumi
  282. Tokyo Zombie, by Yusaku Hanakuma
  283. Tomie, vol. 3, by Junji Ito
  284. Tomodachi Monster, vol. 1, by Yoshihiko Inui
  285. Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, by Tony Takezaki
  286. Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, by Fumiyo  Kouno
  287. Triton of the Sea, vol. 1-2, by Osamu Tezuka
  288. Tropic of the Sea, by Satoshi Kon
  289. The Twin Knights, by Osamu Tezuka
  290. The Two Faces of Tomorrow, by James P.Hogan and Yukinobu Hoshino
  291. Ultraman, 1-9, by Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi
  292. Unico, by Osamu Tezuka
  293. Unofficial Hatsune Mix, by Kei
  294. Uzumaki, vol. 1-3, by Junji Ito
  295. The Walking Man, by Jiro Taniguchi
  296. What’s Michael?, vol. 1-10, Makoto Kobayashi
  297. Who Fighter, by Seiho Takizawa
  298. Young Miss Holmes, Casebooks 1-7, by Kaoru Shintani
  299. 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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