Manga-tize Your Library: Resource Guide for Librarians

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Web Resources
  • 4chan ( Started in 2003 by a 15-year-old New Yorker, 4chan is a generally anonymous forum where people can post pictures and have discussions relating to anime and manga. Categories include Japanese culture, interests, creative, adult (18+), other, and miscellaneous (18+). The site has garnered national attention and has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and L.A Times.
  • Anime Cons ( Find updates on the latest anime conventions throughout the world. Anyone is allowed to post their convention.
  • (http://www.cosplay): The most popular place to upload and browse cosplay photos and chat with other cosplayers.
  • Deviant Art ( An online community where artists share and discuss their work. While Deviant Art is a place for all types of artwork, there is a heavy focus on fan art.
  • ( The #1 site for uploading and reading fanfiction. The site’s continually updated archive is filled with millions of fanfics for television series, movies, books, plays, and anime/manga series. Anyone over 13 can register for a free account and begin posting or reading stories.
  • Graphic Novel Reporter ( This site, targeted towards librarians, reviews graphic novels and manga for children, teens, and adults. Reviews include new releases, recent releases, and older releases. The site also has a variety of core lists for collection development, best-of lists, creator interviews, and other relevant information about graphic novels.
  • Librarians Guide to Anime ( This great resource for librarians provides an overview of anime and manga, reviews series, discusses ratings, and gives ideas for anime and manga library programs.
  • No Flying, No Tights ( Graphic novel and manga review site, created by young adult librarian Robin Brenner. The site is broken into three categories based on target audiences: children, teens, and adults.

Book Resources

Brenner, R.E. (2007). Understanding anime and manga. Westport, Connecticut:  Libraries Unlimited.

Fletcher-Spear, K., & Jenson-Benjamin, M. (2010). Library collections for teens: Manga  and graphic novels. New York: Neil-Schuman.

Goldsmith, F. (2005). Graphic novels now: Building, managing, and marketing a dynamic collection. Chicago: American Library Association.

Goldsmith, F. (2009). The readers’ advisory guide to graphic novels. Chicago: American Library Association.

Gravett, P. (2004). Manga: Sixty years of Japanese comics. New York: Harper Collins. 

Kalen, E. (2012). Mostly manga: A genre guide to popular manga, manhwa, manhua, and anime. Westport, Conneticut: Libraries Unlimited.

Napier, S.J. (2000). Anime: from Akira to Princess Mononoke. New York: Palgrave.

 Manga Reviews

An important question librarians often ask regarding collection development is "where can I find reviews about manga?" Additionally, other collection development concerns include having space for long-running titles (ie: Naruto, Bleach, etc.) and about ratings. Some publishers like Tokyopop put ratings on their manga, but because of cultural differences between Japan and America, and what is considered "appropriate" for children and teens, the ratings are not universal. Other than professional review sources, which I will list below, Googling titles will often give you a wealth of information from manga and anime consumers. Personal blogs, websites, and message boards entries can prove valuable. 

No Flying No Tights, created by librarian and anime/manga guru Robin Brenner, reviews manga, graphic novels and anime. Additionally, there are great lists that come out, put together by the reviewers (myself included), including must-haves, broken up by age group, as well as worthwhile anime to watch on the popular streaming website (now legal with ways for librarians and educators to sign up for free and paid accounts). 

School Library Journal reviews manga, as well as Voices of Youth Advocates.