Sunday, May 09, 2004

Japanese comic anthologies.... 

So, recently Shane Bailey and James Moar decided to check out a Japanese anthology and give a synopsis of what series were in it. You can find Shane's look at here, and Moar's look at Morning here.

I don't own any anthologies myself at the moment (besides the american Jump), so I figured my best bet to help out was to ask people on a manga board. I think it has petered out for now, but there were a couple of very nice entries.

Andrew Cunningham looked at Afternoon, Weekly Shonen Jump, and Sunday. musouka looked at Bessatsu Hana to Yume. Ribby listed the titles in Nakayoshi. philip listed titles in Ribon and La La with hopefully descriptions to come later. jupiterstar looked at Shonen Magazine.

So, some really good stuff between the two entries and the thread. I'll probably bump the thread in a couple of days to see if anyone else has any information.

On a related note, Emily has a nice list of Shoujo Manga Phonebooks, including shonen ai stuff.. Not sure how old these descriptions are, but the main site seems like it has been updated recently, with more manga summaries.

There was also an attempt last year to list all the anthologies by publisher here. It links to the homepage of each of the anthologies, which is pretty helpful if you want to dig around a bit.

I hope we can see more of this kind of information in the future. Schodt's two books have a lot of information, but nothing covering the last 10 years or so. At this rate, I may try to pick up an anthology to two to see what's up. There is so much heresay that goes around from people that don't have direct contact from Japan (including me). It is great to get a bit more of a sense of what's really going on.

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