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Girl Power!How to create a female-friendly manga collection for your library
Leyla Aker, VIZ Media
Robin Brenner, Brooklin...
Manga for every reader
Shonen manga
tween/teen
boys
Shojo manga
tween/teen
girls
Seinen manga
young adult/
adult men
Josei...
What is shonen manga?
• Comics for boys / young male readers, age 8 - 18
• Appeals to both male and female readers
• Made ...
What is shojo manga?
• Comics for girls / young female readers, age 8 – 18
• Read mostly by female readers, but sometimes ...
What is seinen manga?
• Comics for young adults/adults, age 16 and up
• Created with male readers as primary audience, but...
What is josei manga?
• Comics for young adults/adult females, age 16 and up
• Created for female readers primarily, but re...
Psst. There’s boys love manga too.
• Boys love, a.k.a. “BL,” “yaoi manga” or “shonen ai”
• (Usually) erotic boys loving bo...
Comics for girls/women:
Japan vs. US
1950’s 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s 1990’s 2000’s now
1950’s 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s 1990’s 2000...
Comics for girls/women:
US vs. Japan
What do we mean by
“girl-friendly manga?”
Interesting,
empowered
female
characters
Gender-positive
/ gender-fluid,
may inc...
Women who are
just “set
decoration”
Gross, gratuitous
“fanservice”
Harems of girls
who inexplicably
fall for a stupid
guy
...
How will I know?
The Bechdel Test
1. Has to have at least 2 women in it,
2. …who talk to each other about
3. …something be...
How will I know?
The Mako Mori Test
1. Has at least one female character
2. …who gets her own narrative arc
3. …that is no...
How will I know?
Age ratings/descriptions
For readers of
any age
May contain
mild language
and fantasy
violence, but
no sw...
How will I know?
blogs / manga review websites
School Library Journal / Good
Comics for Kids
http://blogs.slj.com/goodcomi...
Recommended Manga for
Kids
Recommended for Kids
Chi’s Sweet Home
By Konami Kanata
Vertical
11+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: A, all ages
Slice of life...
Recommended for Kids
Pokemon Adventures:
Black & White
By Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi
Yamamoto
VIZ Media / Perfect Square
...
Recommended for Kids
Yotsuba&!
By Kiyohiko Azuma
Yen Press
12+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: A, all ages
Slice of life, com...
Recommended for Kids
Kitchen Princess
By Miyuki Kobayashi
and Natsumi Ando
Kodansha Comics
10 Volumes (also available as f...
Recommended for Kids
Cardcaptor Sakura
By CLAMP
Dark Horse Comics
4 omnibus-sized Volumes
Rating: 12 and up
Fantasy/advent...
Recommended for Kids
Young Miss Holmes
By Kaoru Shintani
Seven Seas Manga
3 omnibus-sized Volumes
Rating: A, all ages
Myst...
Recommended Manga for
Tweens/Teens
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Fullmetal Alchemist
By Hiromu Arakawa
VIZ Media
27 volumes (completed, also
available in 3-vo...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Nausicaä of the Valley
of the Wind
By Hayao Miyazaki
VIZ Media
7 volumes (completed, also ava...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
xxxHolic,
Tsubasa: RESERVoir
CHRoNiCLE
By CLAMP
Kodansha Comics
xxxHolic: 19 volumes
Tsubasa:...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
A Silent Voice
By Yoshitoki Oima
Kodansha Comics
7 Volumes
Rating: T – Teen
Drama / Slice of ...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Sailor Moon
By Naoko Takeuchi
Kodansha Comics
12 volumes + 2 volumes of short stories
Rating:...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Attack on Titan
By Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics
15+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: T - Teens
...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Ouran High School Host Club
By Bisco Hattori
VIZ Media / Shojo Beat
18 volumes
Rating: T, tee...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Sakura Hime
By Arina Tanemura
VIZ Media / Shojo Beat
12 volumes
Rating: T – Teen
Fantasy / Ro...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Kimi ni Todoke
By Karuho Shiina
VIZ Media / Shojo Beat
10+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: T, te...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki
By Mamoru Hosoda and Yu
Yen Press
1 volume (hardcover)
Rating: T - ...
Recommended for Tweens/Teens
Children of the Sea
By Daisuke Igarashi
VIZ Media / VIZ Signature
5 volumes
Rating: T - Teen
...
Recommended Manga for
Older Teens
Recommended for Older Teens
Nana
By Ai Yazawa
VIZ Media / Shojo Beat
21 volumes (on hiatus)
Rating: OT – Teen
Romance / Dr...
Recommended for Older Teens
A Bride’s Story
By Kaoru Mori
Yen Press
7+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: OT – Teen
History / Dr...
Recommended for Older Teens
Wandering Son
By Takako Shimura
Fantagraphics
15 Volumes (hardcover)
Rating: OT – Teen
Slice o...
Recommended for Older Teens
Loveless
By Yun Kouga
VIZ Media
12+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: OT – Older Teens
Drama / Fant...
Recommended for Older Teens
Claymore
By Norio Yagi
VIZ Media / Shonen Jump Advanced
26+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: OT – ...
Recommended for Older Teens
Limit
By Keiko Suenobu
Vertical
6 volumes
Rating: OT – Older Teen
Drama / Horror / Suspense
So...
Recommended Manga for
Adults
Recommended for Adults
Helter Skelter: Fashion
Unfriendly
By Kyoko Okazaki
Vertical
1 volume
Rating: M – Mature
Drama / Su...
Recommended for Adults
Ooku: The Inner
Chambers
By Fumi Yoshinaga
VIZ Media
10+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: OT – Older Te...
Recommended for Adults
In Clothes Called Fat
By Moyoco Anno
Vertical
1 volume
Rating: OT – Older Teens
Drama / Horror / Ea...
Recommended for Adults
Pink
By Kyoko Okazaki
Vertical
1 volume
Rating: OT – Older Teens
Drama / Slice of Life
Utsubora
By ...
Recommended for Adults
Dogs
By Shirow Miwa
VIZ Media / VIZ Signature
10+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: M – Mature
Action / ...
Recommended for Adults
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
By Fumi Yoshinaga
Vertical
9+ volumes (continuing)
Rating: OT – Older T...
Recommended for Adults
Ristorante Paradiso
By Natsume Ono
VIZ Media
1 volumes
Rating: OT – Older Teen
Slice of life / Dram...
Recommended for Adults
Sakuran
By Moyoco Anno
Vertical
1 volume
Rating: M – Mature
Historical Drama / Romance
A Drunken Dr...
Questions?
Thank you!
Visit MangaComicsManga.com for the list,
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Girl Power! How to create a female-friendly manga collection for your library - TCAF 2015

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How can you find great, girl- and women-friendly manga for your library? Leyla Aker from VIZ Media, Robin Brenner from Brookline Public Library (MA) and Deb Aoki from MangaComicsManga and Publishers Weekly share their picks for new and classic titles that every library should have on their shelves.

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Girl Power! How to create a female-friendly manga collection for your library - TCAF 2015

  1. 1. Girl Power!How to create a female-friendly manga collection for your library Leyla Aker, VIZ Media Robin Brenner, Brookline Public Library Deb Aoki, Publishers Weekly / MangaComicsManga.com Toronto Comic Art Festival 2015
  2. 2. Manga for every reader Shonen manga tween/teen boys Shojo manga tween/teen girls Seinen manga young adult/ adult men Josei manga young adult/ adult women
  3. 3. What is shonen manga? • Comics for boys / young male readers, age 8 - 18 • Appeals to both male and female readers • Made by male and female comic creators • Popular genres include action, fantasy/adventure, sci-fi, romantic comedies, school life, drama/suspense • Popular titles include Naruto, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Nisekoi
  4. 4. What is shojo manga? • Comics for girls / young female readers, age 8 – 18 • Read mostly by female readers, but sometimes read by male readers • Made by mostly female comic creators • Popular genres include romance, fantasy/adventure, romantic comedies, school life, drama/suspense, supernatural • Popular titles include Ouran High School Host Club, Sailor Moon, Alice in the Country of Hearts, My Love Story!!
  5. 5. What is seinen manga? • Comics for young adults/adults, age 16 and up • Created with male readers as primary audience, but read by both male and female readers • Made by male and female creators • Popular genres include action/adventure, suspense, horror, crime dramas, comedies, slice of life stories • Popular titles include Monster, Gantz, Black Lagoon, Vinland Saga
  6. 6. What is josei manga? • Comics for young adults/adult females, age 16 and up • Created for female readers primarily, but read by male readers too. • Made mostly by female creators • Popular genres include romance, drama, suspense/horror, comedies, slice of life stories, historical fiction, supernatural, erotica • Popular titles include In Clothes Called Fat, Midnight Secretary
  7. 7. Psst. There’s boys love manga too. • Boys love, a.k.a. “BL,” “yaoi manga” or “shonen ai” • (Usually) erotic boys loving boys comics for young adults/adult females, age 16 and up • Created for female readers primarily, but of interest to gay readers too • Made mostly by female creators • Popular titles include World’s Greatest First Love, Love Stage!! Finder
  8. 8. Comics for girls/women: Japan vs. US 1950’s 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s 1990’s 2000’s now 1950’s 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s 1990’s 2000’s now
  9. 9. Comics for girls/women: US vs. Japan
  10. 10. What do we mean by “girl-friendly manga?” Interesting, empowered female characters Gender-positive / gender-fluid, may include LGBTQ characters Storylines that aren’t solely about “Does he like me?” Women/girls who aren’t just boobs and panties
  11. 11. Women who are just “set decoration” Gross, gratuitous “fanservice” Harems of girls who inexplicably fall for a stupid guy Sexual violence / extreme, stomach- churning violence What do we mean by “girl-friendly manga?”
  12. 12. How will I know? The Bechdel Test 1. Has to have at least 2 women in it, 2. …who talk to each other about 3. …something besides a man
  13. 13. How will I know? The Mako Mori Test 1. Has at least one female character 2. …who gets her own narrative arc 3. …that is not about supporting a man’s story
  14. 14. How will I know? Age ratings/descriptions For readers of any age May contain mild language and fantasy violence, but no swearing or nudity For early teens and older May contain violence, infrequent use of strong language, suggestive themes, crude humor For older teens and adults May include intense/gory violence, sexual content, strong language, alcohol/tobacco or other substance use Suitable for adults only. May contain extreme violence, mature themes and graphic descriptions
  15. 15. How will I know? blogs / manga review websites School Library Journal / Good Comics for Kids http://blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids/ Manga Bookshelf http://mangabookshelf.com/ Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/ Robot 6 http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/ MangaBlog http://mangablog.mangabookshelf.com/ MangaComicsManga http://mangacomicsmanga.com
  16. 16. Recommended Manga for Kids
  17. 17. Recommended for Kids Chi’s Sweet Home By Konami Kanata Vertical 11+ volumes (continuing) Rating: A, all ages Slice of life, cats, comedy A kitten gets separated from her family, and gets adopted by a couple and their pre-school age son. In full color, reads left to right. Charming, slice of life stories for cat lovers.
  18. 18. Recommended for Kids Pokemon Adventures: Black & White By Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto VIZ Media / Perfect Square 8+ volumes (continuing) Rating: A, all ages Adventure / fantasy Two Pokemon trainers, Black (boy) and White (girl) travel the countryside to discover new pocket monsters, gain experience, make friends, and a few enemies along the way.
  19. 19. Recommended for Kids Yotsuba&! By Kiyohiko Azuma Yen Press 12+ volumes (continuing) Rating: A, all ages Slice of life, comedy, family life A little green-haired girl and her adoptive father move to a new town and make friends and discover everyday joys of life. A fun all-ages manga that kids and adults alike can love.
  20. 20. Recommended for Kids Kitchen Princess By Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando Kodansha Comics 10 Volumes (also available as four 3- volume omnibus editions) Rating: A, all ages Romance, cooking, drama Happy Happy Clover By Sayuri Tatsuyama VIZ Media / VIZ Kids 5 Volumes Rating: A, all ages Slice of life, rabbits, comedy/adventure
  21. 21. Recommended for Kids Cardcaptor Sakura By CLAMP Dark Horse Comics 4 omnibus-sized Volumes Rating: 12 and up Fantasy/adventure. A magical book opens the door to a world of adventure Magic Knight Rayearth By CLAMP Dark Horse Comics 2 omnibus Volumes Rating: 12 and up Fantasy/adventure. A trio of girls try to save a magical kingdom
  22. 22. Recommended for Kids Young Miss Holmes By Kaoru Shintani Seven Seas Manga 3 omnibus-sized Volumes Rating: A, all ages Mystery, adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ niece Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll By Yumi Tsukirino and Chisato Seki VIZ Media / VIZ Kids 5 Volumes Rating: A, all ages Fantasy, comedy, puppies!
  23. 23. Recommended Manga for Tweens/Teens
  24. 24. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Fullmetal Alchemist By Hiromu Arakawa VIZ Media 27 volumes (completed, also available in 3-volume omnibus volumes) Rating: T – Teen Fantasy / Drama / Action Two brothers discover the price for trying to cheat death via alchemy, as one loses his arm, while the other’s soul is locked in huge suit of armor.
  25. 25. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind By Hayao Miyazaki VIZ Media 7 volumes (completed, also available in 2-volume hardcover boxed edition) Rating: T – Teen Fantasy / Drama / Action A princess of an ecologically- devastated land finds she has an empathic bond with the insect creatures that have terrorized her people, and tries to use these powers to bring peace back to her troubled land.
  26. 26. Recommended for Tweens/Teens xxxHolic, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE By CLAMP Kodansha Comics xxxHolic: 19 volumes Tsubasa: 28 Volumes (both series also available as 3-in-1 omnibus editions) Rating: T – Teen Fantasy / Adventure Two epic series that have multiple cross-overs with each other
  27. 27. Recommended for Tweens/Teens A Silent Voice By Yoshitoki Oima Kodansha Comics 7 Volumes Rating: T – Teen Drama / Slice of Life / Romance A young boy torments and teases a classmate who is hearing impaired. But when he crosses a line, he goes from being the bully to being an outcast. Years later, he meets his former classmate, and tries to gain redemption for his sins.
  28. 28. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Sailor Moon By Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha Comics 12 volumes + 2 volumes of short stories Rating: T - Teen Fantasy / adventure / action / romance Codename: Sailor V By Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha Comics 2 volumes Rating: T - Teen Fantasy / adventure / comedy / romance
  29. 29. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Attack on Titan By Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 15+ volumes (continuing) Rating: T - Teens Fantasy / Adventure / Drama Library Wars By Yumi Kiiro and Hiro Arikawa VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 14+ volumes (continuing) Rating: T - Teen Drama / action / romance
  30. 30. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Ouran High School Host Club By Bisco Hattori VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 18 volumes Rating: T, teen Romance / gender-bending / male harem / comedy Otomen By Aya Kanno VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 18 volumes Rating: T, teen Romantic comedy / gender-bending
  31. 31. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Sakura Hime By Arina Tanemura VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 12 volumes Rating: T – Teen Fantasy / Romance / Drama Kamisama Kiss By Julietta Suzuki VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 20+ volumes (continuing) Rating: T – Teen Fantasy / Romantic Comedy
  32. 32. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Kimi ni Todoke By Karuho Shiina VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 10+ volumes (continuing) Rating: T, teen Slice of life / high school romance / drama Skip Beat! By Yoshiki Nakamura VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 36+ volumes (continuing, also available in 3-in-1 omnibus editions) Rating: T - Teen Romance / showbiz / drama / comedy
  33. 33. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki By Mamoru Hosoda and Yu Yen Press 1 volume (hardcover) Rating: T - Teen Fantasy/ drama / slice of life Your Lie in April By Naoshi Arakawa Kodansha Comics 11 volumes Rating: T – Teens Drama / Music / Romance
  34. 34. Recommended for Tweens/Teens Children of the Sea By Daisuke Igarashi VIZ Media / VIZ Signature 5 volumes Rating: T - Teen Fantasy / drama / magical realism / nature Pride & Prejudice By Jane Austen, Adapted by Stacy King and Po Tse Udon Entertainment 1 volume Rating: T – Teen Romance / drama / historical / literary
  35. 35. Recommended Manga for Older Teens
  36. 36. Recommended for Older Teens Nana By Ai Yazawa VIZ Media / Shojo Beat 21 volumes (on hiatus) Rating: OT – Teen Romance / Drama / Rock Music Two girls named Nana meet while on their way to Tokyo – Nana Komatsu is looking for love and a chic city girl life. Nana Osaki is a charismatic rock and roll singer who lives life on the edge. When the two become roommates, their lives go in unexpected directions.
  37. 37. Recommended for Older Teens A Bride’s Story By Kaoru Mori Yen Press 7+ volumes (continuing) Rating: OT – Teen History / Drama / Slice of Life / Romance Set in the Middle East, near the turn of the 20th century, A Bride’s Story starts off as the story of a 20-year old woman/hunter from a nomadic tribe, as she marries into another family, and discovers that her groom is 8 years younger than she is.
  38. 38. Recommended for Older Teens Wandering Son By Takako Shimura Fantagraphics 15 Volumes (hardcover) Rating: OT – Teen Slice of Life / Drama / Transgender Two tweens, a boy and a girl, on the cusp of puberty discover that they share a secret: they are transgendered. Sensitively handled and thoughtfully told, Wandering Son is a timely tale told from a unique point of view.
  39. 39. Recommended for Older Teens Loveless By Yun Kouga VIZ Media 12+ volumes (continuing) Rating: OT – Older Teens Drama / Fantasy / Romance / Gender-fluid Paradise Kiss By Ai Yazawa Vertical 3 volumes (new 2-in-1 ominbus edition) Rating: OT – Teen Romance / Drama / Fashion
  40. 40. Recommended for Older Teens Claymore By Norio Yagi VIZ Media / Shonen Jump Advanced 26+ volumes (continuing) Rating: OT – Older Teen Action / Adventure / Fantasy Emma By Kaoru Mori Yen Press 5 volumes (10 vol. in new 2-in-1 hardcover edition) Rating: OT – Older Teens Historical Romance / Drama
  41. 41. Recommended for Older Teens Limit By Keiko Suenobu Vertical 6 volumes Rating: OT – Older Teen Drama / Horror / Suspense Solanin By Asano Inio VIZ Media / VIZ Signature 1 volume Rating: OT - Older Teens Drama / Slice of Life / 20-something coming of age
  42. 42. Recommended Manga for Adults
  43. 43. Recommended for Adults Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly By Kyoko Okazaki Vertical 1 volume Rating: M – Mature Drama / Suspense / Fashion / Horror A beautiful actress goes to increasingly extreme lengths to preserve her beauty, and discovers that the cost of retaining her looks is perhaps more than she can afford.
  44. 44. Recommended for Adults Ooku: The Inner Chambers By Fumi Yoshinaga VIZ Media 10+ volumes (continuing) Rating: OT – Older Teens Historical Romance / Drama Set in 17th century Japan, Ooku asks a simple but complicated question: what if a plague killed off 70% of Japan’s male population, and the Shogun and most of the ruling class roles are taken up by women instead of men?
  45. 45. Recommended for Adults In Clothes Called Fat By Moyoco Anno Vertical 1 volume Rating: OT – Older Teens Drama / Horror / Eating Disorders 20-something Noko seems to have a great life: a good job, a loving boyfriend. But when she begins to believe that a few extra pounds are keeping her from perfection, she goes down a self-destructive path.
  46. 46. Recommended for Adults Pink By Kyoko Okazaki Vertical 1 volume Rating: OT – Older Teens Drama / Slice of Life Utsubora By Asumiko Nakamura Vertical 1 volumes Rating: M – Mature Suspense / Drama / Horror
  47. 47. Recommended for Adults Dogs By Shirow Miwa VIZ Media / VIZ Signature 10+ volumes (continuing) Rating: M – Mature Action / Suspense / Drama / Sci-Fi Gangsta. By Kohske VIZ Media / VIZ Signature 6+ volumes (continuing) Rating: M – Mature Action / Drama
  48. 48. Recommended for Adults What Did You Eat Yesterday? By Fumi Yoshinaga Vertical 9+ volumes (continuing) Rating: OT – Older Teens Comedy / Cooking / Gay Slice of Life All My Darling Daughters By Fumi Yoshinaga VIZ Media / VIZ Signature 1 volumes Rating: OT – Older Teen Slice of life / Drama
  49. 49. Recommended for Adults Ristorante Paradiso By Natsume Ono VIZ Media 1 volumes Rating: OT – Older Teen Slice of life / Drama / Romance / Food Gente By Natsume Ono VIZ Media 3 volumes Rating: OT – Older Teen Slice of life / Drama / Romance / Food
  50. 50. Recommended for Adults Sakuran By Moyoco Anno Vertical 1 volume Rating: M – Mature Historical Drama / Romance A Drunken Dream & Other Stories By Moto Hagio Fantagraphics 1 volume Rating: OT – Older Teen Drama / Sci-Fi / Slice of Life
  51. 51. Questions?
  52. 52. Thank you! Visit MangaComicsManga.com for the list, or take a handout!

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