n Japan, manga are seen as works of art and because manga has been released for decades in Japan, the fact that times are changing and some have gone digital, the more the older classics in printed format become desirable but also the manga enthusiasts wanting to preserve manga.
In many ways, “Kingyo Used Books” is a manga about exposing people to those classic manga but finding ways to incorporate a story around that manga.
In volume 3, we see how people love the old ’70s horror manga by Kazuo Umezu, how Naoko Takeuchi’s “Sailor Moon” was a big part of the lives of those who grew up with it and how the storyline was positive for little girls and looking back, how the women were heroines or how people were inspired to cook thanks to a manga like “Cooking Papa”. And with each chapter, we are introduced to manga that even manga enthusiasts like myself are quite interested in finding and reading.
But we also learn about other manga enthusiasts in Japan. In Chapter 18, we learn about “Sedori”, the practice of purchasing underpriced books from used bookstores and reselling them at a profit. But in this chapter, it’s not about profit for the sedori featured but exposing one to manga to cheer someone up and make a person happy.
In Chapter 20, we are introduced to lending libraries, which are becoming a rare breed in Japan as bookstores, manga cafe and rental bookstores are where people tend to visit.
Overall, “Kingyo Used Books” continues the storylines of how manga has helped or changed the lives of people. And for me, manga has had an influence in my life and to read this series was so delightful and enjoyable and I know it has influenced the life of many others, not just in Japan, but for people all over the world.
Nostalgic, informative and delightful… “Kingyo Used Books” is a manga series features individual chapters that show how manga has influenced the lives of many people. An insightful and entertaining manga series that manga fans will love!