Manga: The Complete Guide.

I'm very sorry that I have not added any new post on my blog, but I have a really good reason. That reason is that I bought and I was reading the Manga: The Complete Guide written by Jason Thompson.


I have seen this book many times before at the bookstore that I visit and I decided to pick it up. This book reviews every single manga series that been released in the United States so far. The book starts with the history of manga in Japan and in the U.S. and how to use the reviews. The manga review sections are divided in three sections, general manga reviews and types of manga, yaio reviews, and adult reviews.

The manga reviews are listed in ABC order, which is very helpful to find the manga you want. The ratings range from 0 to 4 stars, but the thing that bothers me is that they could have just gone with a 1 to 5 scale cause 3 would be the average. However, with a scale of 0 to 4, 2 would be the average but you would think to yourself that a manga that gets a rating of 2 stars sucks. You could miss out on a hidden gem because of that.

At the end of the reviews there is two appendixes, age rating and Japanese language. Age rating explains the censorship in manga in the U.S. market (racial issues, religious imagery, very extreme violence, etc.) and age rating. Japanese language explains the translation process of manga and a nifty kanji chart for those who are learning Japanese.

This book is a definitely a buy for any otaku and anime fan out here. This book will help you find a ton of hidden gems that you would have never thought that were around. NOW GO OUT AND BUY IT!!!

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