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on 20 October 2004
It's been six long years since Frederik L Schodt updated his seminal 1983 study, Manga! Manga! World of Japanese Comics. Since then manga's unstoppable rampage across the West has become inescapable. So it's appropriate that someone took stock of this comic 'sub-genre' and updated and re-examined what has become the world's most prevalent comic art form. Paul Gravett manages not only to cover the history of manga, but in doing so explores the social and cultural evolution of Japan from its post-war reinvention to its modem-day literary imperialism. Gravett's book excels not only in discussing such, but also by displaying hundreds of examples of artwork in glorious detail. Everything is here from the crassly commercial Dragon Ball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh! to the grotesque Grand Guignol artwork of Hideshi Hino. It even made this jaded cynic get excited about Nipponese comics once more. No mean feat. Authoritatively written and exquisitely designed, this book demands space on your shelf.
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on 8 December 2004
Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics is a must. Every page is domintated by useful information and the layout throughout is highly atttractive.
It covers every subject in manga, including sci-fi, shounen-ai, kodomo, and hentai.
However, if you are just a fan of simple shoujo manga, full of cuddly cute characters and happy scenes, this book is probably not for you. It includes pictures of horror manga, and it is a little strong on the hentai side.
But, the pictures themselves make this book worth purchasing as in contains some rare manga strips.
So even though it may hold content that some readers' may not find to their taste, there's enough information in here for any manga fan. A must buy.
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on 6 September 2004
This book is an depth look at the history of Manga, and it's key movers and shakers of the last 60 years (No surprises there then). And that is exacally how it reads, like a history book. The text is informative, but mostly uninteresting. This might not be a problem if your a student with a deep interest in all things manga (Like myself), but if your anything less than a totally dedicated nutcase you'll probably find yourself skipping large chunks of text.
The book is not completely without charm though, it contains large amounts of actual Manga at the end of each section. Every page has pictures of covers of manga from pretty much every major character out there. (Manga pages are mostly English format, but some are in japanese, or even in french!)
If your looking for a good source of manga history this is the book for you, but don't expect the text to be as witty or creative as it's subject matter.
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on 20 April 2015
An attractive book giving a concise History of Manga over the past 60 years, I found this book was an easier explanation of recent Manga history.
(More applicable to Manga as we now know it than other books that date manga back 12 centuries or to Victorian times - when old style Japanese cartoons started),
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on 13 January 2011
I bought this book mostly because I heard it contained information about From Eroica With Love, my favourite manga. I was very pleasantly surprised, though. It is big and very luxurious, with nice paper and full of nice images. The information seems to be correct, what little I know, and I enjoyed reading it.
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on 4 April 2016
Paul Gravett is arguably one of the most prolific Manga and comics scholars of the world; and within this tome delivers the ultimate study into the medium of Manga.
A gREAt resource from a treMENDously invaluable world-recognised scholar on the subject.
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on 6 January 2017
Was disappointed this book was nearly new and not new!
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on 25 September 2004
Another great big book all about manga! Covering 60 years of japanimation, it contains articles and pictures detailing the themes, emotions and characters of manga, plus its affect on the Western world.
This is a must-have for die-hard fans everywhere!
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