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   [MANGA.] Miyao, Shigeo. Karutobi Karusuke. Tokyo, 1927.          
First edition, 8vo, pp. [4], 212, [16]; illustrated throughout and printed in green, blue, and orange; pictorial paper-covered boards; remains of original glassine, publisher’s pictorial box; box slightly soiled and with one short split, else generally fine. Shigeo Miyao (1902-1983) was primarily known as a manga artist creating humorous children’s manga such as Kushisuke Manyuki (“The Adventures of Dango Kushisuke”) during the Taisho period. He was born in Tokyo and studied manga with Okamoto Ippei (1886-1948), generally considered the godfather of manga. He was one of the first artists to use the word manga (literally, “funny pictures”) close to its current sense. “Miyao had the distinction of being one of the first professional artists to specialize in children’s comics.” In 1922, he began serializing a 6-panel Manga Taro [Comics Taro] in a daily newspaper which the following year was put into book form “just in time for most copies to be destroyed in the 1923 earthquake. In the present book he writes of the adventures of the samurai super-hero, Karutobi Karusuke. (See Schodt, Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics, 1986, p. 48-49.) Sixty-three hits for Miyao in OCLC, all but one after 1948, the earliest being 1934.

Printed During the American Occupation

  [MANGA.] Taniuchi, Rokuro. Shinjitsu-Ichiro Kun. Tokyo, 1948.   
First edition, small 8vo, (approx. 18 x 12 cm.), pp. [2], 64; text printed in English, kanji, and katakana, pictorial title page printed in orange, 256 illustrated panels in the text (4 to a page), each page spread alternately printed in blue and brown, original color printed wrappers; minor worming in the margins of several leaves, small chip from the corner of one cover, moderate wear, but generally a good or better example. A rare Japanese manga printed during the American occupation of Japan. What makes this manga so interesting is that it seeks to instruct the native English (i.e. American) speaker in the new katakana character, which went through a series of orthographic reforms following World War II as illustrated here; each panel contains phonetic Japanese captioned in English and katakana, and with frequent footnotes explaining the nonstandard American words such as “ain’t” or “cuz” or “lemme.” The katakana syllabary consists of 48 syllables and was originally considered “men’s writing”. Since the 20th century, the katakana character has been used mainly to write non-Chinese loan words, onomatopoeic words, foreign names, in telegrams, and for emphasis (the equivalent of bold, italic or upper case text in English). Before the 20th century all foreign loanwords were written with kanji. Rokuro Taniuchi (born 1921) is a well-known Japanese artist who first began work as a comic artist during the 1940’s. A dozen or so titles of his work appear in OCLC but not one before 1965.

Naruto Manga Chapter 001 Uzumaki Naruto
Naruto Manga Chapter 002 Konohamaru
Naruto Manga Chapter 003 Uchiha Sasuke
Naruto Manga Chapter 004 Hatake Kakashi
Naruto Manga Chapter 005 Carelessness is Your Worst Enemy
Naruto Manga Chapter 006 Not Sasuke-kun
Naruto Manga Chapter 007 Kakashi’s Conclusion



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 2

Naruto Manga Chapter 008 That’s Why You’re Failures
Naruto Manga Chapter 009 The Worst Possible Client
Naruto Manga Chapter 010 Two Down
Naruto Manga Chapter 011 Disembark!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 012 It’s Over
Naruto Manga Chapter 013 I’m a Ninja
Naruto Manga Chapter 014 Secret Plan
Naruto Manga Chapter 015 Sharingan Resurrected
Naruto Manga Chapter 016 English Who Are You?
Naruto Manga Chapter 017 English Preparation for Battle



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 3

Naruto Manga Chapter 018 Training Commences!
Naruto Manga Chapter 019 Symbol of Courage
Naruto Manga Chapter 020 The Country That Had a Hero
Naruto Manga Chapter 021 Encounter in the Forest
Naruto Manga Chapter 022 A Rival Appears
Naruto Manga Chapter 023 Two Surprise Attacks
Naruto Manga Chapter 024 Speed
Naruto Manga Chapter 025 For the Sake of Dreams
Naruto Manga Chapter 026 Crumbling Dreams
Naruto Manga Chapter 027 Awaken



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 4

Naruto Manga Chapter 028 Nine-Tails
Naruto Manga Chapter 029 An Important Person
Naruto Manga Chapter 030 Your Future Is…
Naruto Manga Chapter 031 Their Own Battles
Naruto Manga Chapter 032 A Tool Called Shinobi
Naruto Manga Chapter 033 The Bridge of Heroes
Naruto Manga Chapter 034 Intruders!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 035 Iruka vs. Kakashi
Naruto Manga Chapter 036 Sakura’s Depression



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 5

Naruto Manga Chapter 037 The Worst Match-up
Naruto Manga Chapter 038 An Important Person
Naruto Manga Chapter 039 Challengers
Naruto Manga Chapter 040 The First Test
Naruto Manga Chapter 041 The Devil’s Whisper
Naruto Manga Chapter 042 Each Person’s Battle
Naruto Manga Chapter 043 The Tenth Question
Naruto Manga Chapter 044 Tested Ability
Naruto Manga Chapter 045 The Second Test



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 6

Naruto Manga Chapter 046 The Codeword Is…
Naruto Manga Chapter 047 Predator
Naruto Manga Chapter 048 The Purpose Is…
Naruto Manga Chapter 049 Coward
Naruto Manga Chapter 050 I Must…
Naruto Manga Chapter 051 The Beautiful Beast
Naruto Manga Chapter 052 Condition of Usage
Naruto Manga Chapter 053 Sakura’s Decision
Naruto Manga Chapter 054 Sakura and Ino



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 7

Naruto Manga Chapter 055 All-out War
Naruto Manga Chapter 056 Granted Power
Naruto Manga Chapter 057 Ten Hours Earlier
Naruto Manga Chapter 058 Witnesses
Naruto Manga Chapter 059 Tragedy of Sand
Naruto Manga Chapter 060 Last Chance
Naruto Manga Chapter 061 The Path You Should Take
Naruto Manga Chapter 062 Trapped Rats
Naruto Manga Chapter 063 The Other Face



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 8

Naruto Manga Chapter 064 Hokage’s Message
Naruto Manga Chapter 065 Life-Risking Battles
Naruto Manga Chapter 066 Sakura’s Request
Naruto Manga Chapter 067 Opposing Ability
Naruto Manga Chapter 068 The Uchiha Blood
Naruto Manga Chapter 069 The Terrifying Visitor
Naruto Manga Chapter 070 The One Who Will Die Is…
Naruto Manga Chapter 071 A Wall Too High
Naruto Manga Chapter 072 Rivalry



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 9

Naruto Manga Chapter 073 Announcement of Defeat…!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 074 The Sixth Match and Them…
Naruto Manga Chapter 075 Naruto’s Growth
Naruto Manga Chapter 076 Kiba’s Comeback!! Naruto’s Comeback!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 077 Naruto’s Trick
Naruto Manga Chapter 078 Neji and Hinata
Naruto Manga Chapter 079 The Hyuuga
Naruto Manga Chapter 080 Surpass the Limit
Naruto Manga Chapter 081 Gaara vs…



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 10

Naruto Manga Chapter 082 Lee’s Secret!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 083 Absolute Defense Crumbles!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 084 The Genius of Hard Work
Naruto Manga Chapter 085 Now…
Naruto Manga Chapter 086 A Great Ninja…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 087 Prelims Conclude…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 088 Where’s Sasuke…!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 089 Naruto’s Request…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 090 What About the Training!?



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 11

Naruto Manga Chapter 091 Disciple Application
Naruto Manga Chapter 092 Leaf and Sound and Sand and…
Naruto Manga Chapter 093 Each’s Passion
Naruto Manga Chapter 094 Key
Naruto Manga Chapter 095 The Meeting
Naruto Manga Chapter 096 The Sudden Intruder
Naruto Manga Chapter 097 Reason to Exist
Naruto Manga Chapter 098 A Proud Failure
Naruto Manga Chapter 099 Main Event Commences!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 12

Naruto Manga Chapter 100 Prepared to Die…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 101 The Other…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 102 The Bird in the Cage…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 103 Loser!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 104 The Power to Change…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 105 The Great Flight!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 106 Sasuke Fails…!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 107 The Guy with No Motivation!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 108 A Hidden Path to Victory…!?



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 13

Naruto Manga Chapter 109 Leaf, Dance…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 110 Finally…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 111 Sasuke vs. Gaara!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 112 Sasuke’s Taijutsu…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 113 Reason for the Lateness…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 114 Attack…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 115 Chuunin Test, Conclusion…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 116 The Crumbling Leaf…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 117 The Assigned Mission…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 14

Naruto Manga Chapter 118 Forced to Stay…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 119 My Life…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 120 Hokage vs. Hokage!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 121 Horrible Reality Test…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 122 Inherited Dying Will!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 123 The Final Sealing
Naruto Manga Chapter 124 The Eternal Battle…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 125 The Moment of Awakening…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 126 Unprepared…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 15

Naruto Manga Chapter 127 Feeling Alive…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 128 Beyond His Limits…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 129 Pain…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 130 Love…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 131 A Name Called Gaara…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 132 Two Boys… Darkness and Light
Naruto Manga Chapter 133 Strong Guys…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 134 Naruto Ninja Chronicles!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 135 The Flight Like a Storm!!



Naruto Manga (Comics) Volume 16

Naruto Manga Chapter 136 The Final Blow…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 137 The Shinobi of the Leaf…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 138 The Crumbling Leaf, End!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 139 The Person’s Name Is…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 140 Proximity…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 141 Uchiha Itachi!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 142 Kakashi vs. Itachi
Naruto Manga Chapter 143 Yondaime’s Inheritance!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 144 A Young Pursuit



Naruto Manga (Comics) Volume 17

Naruto Manga Chapter 145 Memory of Despair
Naruto Manga Chapter 146 Hatred…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 147 My Fight!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 148 Itachi’s Ability!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 149 Legendary…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 150 Start of the Training…!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 151 Chance…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 152 Second Stage
Naruto Manga Chapter 153 Explorers!!



Naruto Manga (Comics) Volume 18

Naruto Manga Chapter 154 Arrived…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 155 The Third Step
Naruto Manga Chapter 156 Business
Naruto Manga Chapter 157 And the Answer is…!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 158 I Won’t Forgive You…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 159 The Wager…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 160 The Necklace of Death…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 161 Tsunade’s Decision!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 162 The Heart That Can’t Resist…!!



Naruto Manga (Comics) Volume 19

Naruto Manga Chapter 163 What Refuses to Decay…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 164 Medical Ninja!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 165 Naruto, Attacks!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 166 A Ninja’s Talents…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 167 The Arrangement…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 168 Just One More Time
Naruto Manga Chapter 169 To Bet One’s Life…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 170 The Battle of the Legendary Three
Naruto Manga Chapter 171 The Inheritor



Naruto Manga (Comics) Volume 20

Naruto Manga Chapter 172 Returning Home
Naruto Manga Chapter 173 Affliction
Naruto Manga Chapter 174 Each and Their Path…!
Naruto Manga Chapter 175 Naruto vs. Sasuke!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 176 Bitter Rivalry…
Naruto Manga Chapter 177 The Four Sounds
Naruto Manga Chapter 178 The Temptation of the Sound…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 179 Don’t Forget…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 180 It’s a Promise!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 21

Naruto Manga Chapter 181 The Fight Begins…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 182 The Gathering!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 183 Promise of a Lifetime
Naruto Manga Chapter 184 Sound vs. Leaf!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 185 In Pursuit of the Sounds…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 186 Mission… Failed!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 187 Praying for Mercy…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 188 Hidden Leaf’s Shinobi…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 189 The Power of Trust…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 190 Inexcusable!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 22

Naruto Manga Chapter 191 Friends…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 192 Plan…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 193 Game Over
Naruto Manga Chapter 194 Probing Each Other
Naruto Manga Chapter 195 Strategy…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 196 The Strongest Foe!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 197 Unyielding Determination!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 198 Reincarnation…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 199 Desire…!!



[b]Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 23

Naruto Manga Chapter 200 According to Plan…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 201 Miscalculation…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 202 The Three Wishes!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 203 Sakon’s Secret
Naruto Manga Chapter 204 Ukon’s Abilities
Naruto Manga Chapter 205 Kiba’s Decision!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 206 Crisis…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 207 The Game is Up
Naruto Manga Chapter 208 The First Hand is a Feint!!



[b]Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 24

Naruto Manga Chapter 209 Reinforcements on the Scene!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 210 Lee’s Secret!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 211 Unpredictable…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 212 Pinch, Pinch, Pinch!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 213 A Large Debt…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 214 Retreat for the Time Being…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 215 Gaara of the Desert
Naruto Manga Chapter 216 Spear and the Shield…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 217 For Precious People



[b]Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 25

Naruto Manga Chapter 218 Brothers of the Leaf!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 219 The Future and the Past
Naruto Manga Chapter 220 Older Brother and Younger Brother
Naruto Manga Chapter 221 A Distant Brother
Naruto Manga Chapter 222 Suspicious of Itachi
Naruto Manga Chapter 223 Sasuke and His Father
Naruto Manga Chapter 224 That Day…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 225 Within the Darkness…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 226 To My Dear Friend…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 26

Naruto Manga Chapter 227 Chidori vs. Rasengan!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 228 Kakashi’s Premonition
Naruto Manga Chapter 229 Bonds…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 230 Time of Awakening!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 231 A Special Power!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 232 Valley of the End
Naruto Manga Chapter 233 The Worst Conclusion…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 234 The Day of Separation…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 235 Mission Failure…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 27

Naruto Manga Chapter 236 The Promise That I Could Not Keep
Naruto Manga Chapter 237 Fool…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 238 The Day of Setting Off!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 239 Kakashi Gaiden 1: Mission Start…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 240 Kakashi Gaiden 2: Teamwork!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 241 Kakashi Gaiden 3: The True Hero
Naruto Manga Chapter 242 Kakashi Gaiden 4: The Crybaby Ninja!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 243 Kakashi Gaiden 5: Present
Naruto Manga Chapter 244 Kakashi Gaiden 6: The Sharingan Hero



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 28

Naruto Manga Chapter 245 Naruto’s Homecoming!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 246 Growth of the Two
Naruto Manga Chapter 247 Those Who Invade the Sand
Naruto Manga Chapter 248 The Ambush on the Sand…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 249 As the Kazekage…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 250 New Team, New Mission!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 251 To The Sand…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 252 Emotions, Racing…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 253 Reliable Reinforcements…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 29

Naruto Manga Chapter 254 Siblings…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 255 Close By!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 256 Those Blocking the Way!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 257 The Value of Kakashi’s Experience
Naruto Manga Chapter 258 Gai vs. Kisame
Naruto Manga Chapter 259 Itachi’s Strength…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 260 Kakashi vs. Itachi!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 261 Jinchuuriki…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 262 Racing Emotions…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 30

Naruto Manga Chapter 263 A Furious Cry…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 264 Sasori’s Art…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 265 Chiyo and Sakura
Naruto Manga Chapter 266 Sasori Appears…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 267 Violent Determination
Naruto Manga Chapter 268 Puppeteer vs. Puppeteer!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 269 All I Can Do
Naruto Manga Chapter 270 Miscalculation…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 271 Unknown Abilities…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 31

Naruto Manga Chapter 272 Chiyo vs. Sasori…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 273 Last Battle!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 274 Ungrantable Dream
Naruto Manga Chapter 275 The Reward
Naruto Manga Chapter 276 New Sharingan
Naruto Manga Chapter 277 Ultimate Art Form
Naruto Manga Chapter 278 The Death of Gaara
Naruto Manga Chapter 279 Wonderous Chakra
Naruto Manga Chapter 280 The Entrusted Wish



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 32

Naruto Manga Chapter 281 The Road to Sasuke!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 282 Kakashi’s Group Returns
Naruto Manga Chapter 283 Search for More Members
Naruto Manga Chapter 284 New Companions
Naruto Manga Chapter 285 You, from “Root”
Naruto Manga Chapter 286 Naruto, and Sasuke, and Sai
Naruto Manga Chapter 287 Untitled
Naruto Manga Chapter 288 Incomprehensible Feelings
Naruto Manga Chapter 289 Akatsuki Sp



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 33

Naruto Manga Chapter 290 The End of Treason
Naruto Manga Chapter 291 The Trigger of Anger
Naruto Manga Chapter 292 The Third Tail
Naruto Manga Chapter 293 Running Wildly
Naruto Manga Chapter 294 The Third Tail
Naruto Manga Chapter 295 To the Kyuubi…
Naruto Manga Chapter 296 A Sorrowful Conclusion
Naruto Manga Chapter 297 Sai’s Mission
Naruto Manga Chapter 298 Secret Mission
Naruto Manga Chapter 299 The Source of Strength…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 34

Naruto Manga Chapter 300 Sai’s Picture Book!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 301 Sai and Sasuke!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 302 Infiltration…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 303 Sai’s Betrayal!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 304 The Reverse Side of Betrayal!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 305 The Bond With Your Friend
Naruto Manga Chapter 306 The Hour of Reunion…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 307 Whim…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 308 Sasuke’s Strength!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 309 Conversation with Kyuubi!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 35

Naruto Manga Chapter 310 Title
Naruto Manga Chapter 311 Nickname
Naruto Manga Chapter 312 Silent Approaching Threat!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 313 The New Duo!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 314 Akatsuki’s Invasion…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 315 Special Training
Naruto Manga Chapter 316 Training Starts
Naruto Manga Chapter 317 The Nightmare Begins
Naruto Manga Chapter 318 Favorable Training
Naruto Manga Chapter 319 The Motivation



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 36 – Cell Number 10

After Naruto gains proper control over the wind element, Kakashi tells him that creating his own unique attack will require mixing wind with his Rasengan. As Naruto struggles to accomplish this task, a Niju Shotai team consisting of Shikamaru Nara and Asuma Sarutobi finds Hidan and Kakuzu. Although they are quickly able to deliver a fatal blow to Hidan, it becomes apparent that Hidan cannot be killed by normal means. Hidan is soon able to “link” himself to Asuma, causing any damage he receives to be transferred to Asuma. As such, Hidan tries to stab himself in the heart, which would kill Asuma yet leave himself unfazed. Shikamaru does his best to prevent this, though Hidan ultimately proves successful. As reinforcements arrive the Akatsuki duo is driven off,and the Niju Shotai members return home to bury Asuma.


Naruto Manga Chapter 320 Bounty Head Money

Naruto Manga Chapter 321 Smooth Talking…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 322 He Can’t Be Killed

Naruto Manga Chapter 323 God’s Judgment

Naruto Manga Chapter 324 Shikamaru’s Analysis

Naruto Manga Chapter 325 There is No After…!

Naruto Manga Chapter 326 Desired Pain…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 327 Within Despair…

Naruto Manga Chapter 328 Team 10

Naruto Manga Chapter 329 The True Goal…!!


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 37 – Shikamaru’s Battle

In this volume, Shikamaru sets out with the remaining members of Team 10 to find Hidan and avenge Asuma. To help them in their quest Kakashi joins them as leader, leaving Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto’s training. Once they find the Akatsuki pair, Shikamaru restrains them with his shadow while Kakashi pierces Kakuzu’s chest. Kakuzu, having multiple extra hearts, survives the attackand frees Hidan, allowing the two to join forces against the Konoha ninja. Needing to separate the two, Shikamaru captures Hidan againand leads him away, where he avenges Asuma by blowing Hidan up and burying his still speaking remains. Kakashi and the others have a considerably more difficult time with Kakuzu who is able to use his extra hearts to a great advantage. Just as they are about to be killed, Naruto arrives with Yamato, Sakura,and Sai to save them.

Naruto Manga Chapter 330 The Sad News…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 331 Team 10 Heads Out…!
Naruto Manga Chapter 332 Shikamaru’s Battle!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 333 Affinity…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 334 Black Transformation…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 335 The Terrible Secret!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 336 Complete Turn Around, Predicament…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 337 Shikamaru’s Genius
Naruto Manga Chapter 338 When He Was Cursed…
Naruto Manga Chapter 339 New Jutsu…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 38 – Practice Makes Perfect

Having advanced his training enough to form a usable attack, Naruto forms his new jutsu. Although Kakuzu is able to avoid the attack for a while, Naruto is ultimately able to strike him with it, destroying his remaining hearts and ending the battle. As the Konoha ninja return home, Sasuke, elsewhere, decides he has learned all he can from Orochimaru. Uninterested in giving Orochimaru his body, Sasuke tries to kill him, though Orochimaru is still able to initiate the body-stealing process. Through the use of his Sharingan, Sasuke is able to turn the process around and absorbs Orochimaru into his own body. Freed from Orochimaru’s control, Sasuke at long last begins recruiting ninja he has deemed essential in his plan to kill his brother, Akatsuki member Itachi Uchiha. After recruiting Suigetsu Hozuki and Karin, he begins searching for the final member of his team, Jugo

Naruto Manga Chapter 340 Dangerous Bridge
Naruto Manga Chapter 341 Fruits of the Training…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 342 King
Naruto Manga Chapter 343 Heartlessly
Naruto Manga Chapter 344 Snake and…
Naruto Manga Chapter 345 The Ritual…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 346 The New Jutsu’s Secret
Naruto Manga Chapter 347 Dropping By on the Way
Naruto Manga Chapter 348 The Next One
Naruto Manga Chapter 349 North Base



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 39 – On the Move

With some reluctance, Jugo agrees to join Sasuke and the others. His team assembled, Sasuke calls them “Snake”, and they split up to search for clues about Itachi’s whereabouts. Once word of Orochimaru’s defeat by Sasuke reaches Konoha, Naruto decides that this would be a good opportunity to try and retrieve Sasuke again. Realizing that Sasuke is looking for Itachi, Naruto sets out with Sakura, Sai, Kakashi, Yamato, and the members of Team 8 to find either of the Uchiha brothers. Akatsuki also learns of Orochimaru’s defeat, and mobilizes Deidara and his new teammate Tobi to deal withSasuke. The two soon find Sasuke, and Deidara meets him in battle, though Sasuke’s abilities soon prove to be more than a match for Deidara’s bombs.

Naruto Manga Chapter 350 Shocking News…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 351 Man to Man Talk
Naruto Manga Chapter 352 The Objective
Naruto Manga Chapter 353 “Akatsuki” Meeting…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 354 The People Starting to Move
Naruto Manga Chapter 355 Which Way…!?
Naruto Manga Chapter 356 Collision…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 357 Deidara vs. Sasuke!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 358 Cornered by C2!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 359 Those Eyes…!!



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 40 – The Ultimate Art

Sasuke survives Deidara’s strongest attacks. Left without options if he is to gain victory, Deidara blows himself up, hoping to take Sasuke with him. Sasuke escapes the blast, though is forced to regroup with the other members of Snake to rest. After he recuperates, they head to a nearby Akatsuki lair where Sasuke is able to meet with Itachi. Once Sasuke exhibits his increased skills, Itachi consents to meeting with him elsewhere for their last battle. Meanwhile, Tobi, despite seeming to have died during Deidara’s explosion, begins to put his plans into motion. After revealing himself as Madara Uchiha, he assigns the Akatsuki leader, Pain, the task of capturing Naruto. Before Pain can set out on this mission, however, Jiraiya infiltrates Amegakure, and Pain is forced to deal with him before he can go after Naruto.

Naruto Manga Chapter 360 C4 Karura
Naruto Manga Chapter 361 Weak Point…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 362 Ultimate Art!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 363 Sasuke’s Death…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 364 The Objective…!!
Naruto Manga Chapter 365 Chasing Itachi
Naruto Manga Chapter 366 Brothers
Naruto Manga Chapter 367 Itachi and Sasuke
Naruto Manga Chapter 368 Reconnaissance
Naruto Manga Chapter 369 About Pain



Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 41 – Jiraiya Choice

After gathering some intelligence on Pain, Jiraiya goes to confront him. Before he can do so, however, he is found by Pain’s partner, Konan, a former student of his. During a brief battle Jiraiya begins to suspect that Pain is also a former student, Nagato, a belief that is confirmed upon the Akatsuki leader’s arrival. Konan falls back while Pain battles with Jiraiya, and the two exchange blows with their summons. Once Jiraiya’s toads begin to gain the upperhand, Pain summons two additional Pains to fight alongside him. Though caught off guard by this turn of events and left outnumbered, Jiraiya is able to finish off the three bodies. Believing the battle to be won, Jiraiya continues on his way, only to be badly injured by the appearance of three more Pains in addition to the three he just killed.


Naruto Manga Chapter 370 Uneasiness

Naruto Manga Chapter 371 An Old Friend…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 372 A Crying Country!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 373 The Student-and-Teacher Era…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 374 Growth Into a God!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 375 The Two Hermits…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 376 Child of Prophecy!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 377 Sage Mode!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 378 One on One…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 379 Jiraiya’s Choice!!


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 42 – The Secret of the Mangekyo

Though able to capture one of the six, Jiraiya is unable to defeat Pain’s other five bodies. Knowing this will be the only chance to learn the secret behind Pain, he sends the captured body to Tsunade and, doubting that Pain is actually Nagato, goes to investigate the Akatsuki leader’s true identity. Jiraiya succeeds and sends his discovery to Naruto and the rest of Konoha, but dies of the wounds he sustains. Elsewhere, Sasuke meets with Itachi, leaving Snake behind to deal with his partner, Kisame. As Naruto and company near their location, Tobi steps in to stall them so that the two brothers can fight uninhibited. The battle between Sasuke and Itachi commences, and Sasuke is able to use his years of hatred to push Itachi to his limits.


Naruto Manga Chapter 380 That Face…!

Naruto Manga Chapter 381 His True Identity!

Naruto Manga Chapter 382 My Real Decision!

Naruto Manga Chapter 383 The Epilogue, And The…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 384 Two Roads

Naruto Manga Chapter 385 The Secret of the Mangekyou!

Naruto Manga Chapter 386 My New Light!

Naruto Manga Chapter 387 Reality…!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 388 The Gap Between Our Power!

Naruto Manga Chapter 389 Sasuke Turns the Tide!


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 43 – The Man Who Knows the Truth

To bring the battle to a swift end Sasuke conjures up a bolt of lightning to strike Itachi down. Itachi survives the attack, though after removing Orochimaru from Sasuke’s body and saying goodbye to his little brother, dies of a preexisting disease. Tobi collects Sasuke to attend to his injuries and Naruto, having lost Sasuke’s trail, is forced to return home. Once Sasuke regains consciousness Tobi tells him of the Uchiha’s history: that after he, Madara Uchiha, helped to found Konoha, a mistrust between Konoha’s leadership and the Uchiha was created. When years later the Uchiha began planning to overthrow this leadership, Itachi was ordered by Konoha to eliminate his own clan to prevent the Uchiha’s rebellion. While Itachi did as instructed, he chose to spare Sasuke and lived as a criminal so that he could someday die by Sasuke’s hands, effectively avenging the Uchiha. Realizing that Itachi was as much of a victim as he was, Sasuke heads out to destroy Konoha.


Naruto Manga Chapter 390 The Final Jutsu!

Naruto Manga Chapter 391 …With the Thunder!

Naruto Manga Chapter 392 Susano’o!

Naruto Manga Chapter 393 My Eyes…!

Naruto Manga Chapter 394 Sasuke’s Victory

Naruto Manga Chapter 395 The Mystery That Is Tobi

Naruto Manga Chapter 396 Introduction

Naruto Manga Chapter 397 The Man Who Knows The Truth

Naruto Manga Chapter 398 The Leaf’s Origins

Naruto Manga Chapter 399 The Beginning of Everything

Naruto Manga Chapter 400 In The Pits of Hell

Naruto Manga Chapter 401 Illusion

Naruto Manga Chapter 402 Last Words


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 44 – Passing Down the Senjutsu…!!

Upon his return to Konoha, Naruto learns of Jiraiya’s death. Knowing that Akatsuki will be coming for him, Naruto decides to learn how to use senjutsu to prepare himself for the inevitable encounter with Pain. He goes to the home of the toads to train, just as Jiraiya had years earlier, and leaves deciphering Pain’s identity to his friends in Konoha. Elsewhere, Sasuke agrees to have Snake, now renamed “Hawk”, work with Akatsuki in return for their help in destroying Konoha. Hawk is sent to capture the eight-tailed beast, and upon finding its host (Killer Bee) they engage him in battle. Even though Killer Bee proves an even match for the four of them, he nevertheless decides to release the beast within him.


Naruto Manga Chapter 403 Tears

Naruto Manga Chapter 404 Hawk and Akatsuki

Naruto Manga Chapter 405 What He Left Behind

Naruto Manga Chapter 406 Unlock The Future

Naruto Manga Chapter 407 To Naruto

Naruto Manga Chapter 408 Fukasaku’s Proposal

Naruto Manga Chapter 409 Passing Down The Sage Technigues

Naruto Manga Chapter 410 Battle Of Thunder-Cloud Gorge

Naruto Manga Chapter 411 8 Tails VS Sasuke

Naruto Manga Chapter 412 Unprecedented Fear


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 45 – Battlefield Konoha!!

With the full power of the Eight-Tailed Beast, Killer Bee is able to decimate Hawk. Fearing the deaths of his teammates, Sasuke unleashes his newly acquired Mangekyo Sharingan to suppress the beast’s influence and capture Killer Bee. When the Raikage, the leader of Kumogakure and Killer Bee’s brother, learns of this, he decides to convene the five Kage to discuss how to deal with the growing threat that is Akatsuki. As word of the meeting is sent out, Akatsuki attempts to extract the eight-tailed beast from Killer Bee’s body, only to discover that the body is a fake and that Killer Bee still roams free. Elsewhere, Naruto masters senjutsu and begins to apply its teachings to some of his old techniques. While he does so, Pain’s six bodies arrive in Konoha and attack the village in search of him. Taken by surprise, Konoha mobilizes its forces, Kakashi even engaging two of Pain’s bodies at once.


Naruto Manga Chapter 413 Crash

Naruto Manga Chapter 414 Raging Bull

Naruto Manga Chapter 415 A New Power

Naruto Manga Chapter 416 The Legend Of Gusty Ninja…

Naruto Manga Chapter 417 The Raikage Moves

Naruto Manga Chapter 418 Naruto, The Sage!

Naruto Manga Chapter 419 Attack!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 420 Battlefield Leaf!

Naruto Manga Chapter 421 Call Naruto Back!!…

Naruto Manga Chapter 422 Kakashi vs Pain!


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 46 – Naruto Return

Although he is able to defeat one of the six paths, Kakashi is unable to land a blow on the Deva Path and is left on the brink of death. Across the village, Konoha’s other ninja have similar difficulties with the remaining bodies, all the while struggling to find out as much as they can about Pain. Pain eventually discovers Naruto’s whereaboutsand destroys Konoha to teach the villagers the pain of fighting. Naruto returns from his training immediately following Pain’s attack,and takes it upon himself to avenge the damage done to the village and its inhabitants. Using his new senjutsu abilities, Naruto reduces the Six Paths of Pain to two.


Naruto Manga Chapter 423 The Power of Deva Realm!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 424 Determination!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 425 Hatake Kakashi

Naruto Manga Chapter 426 Naruto And Konoha [url]…nonymous-X.rar

Naruto Manga Chapter 427 Reunion

Naruto Manga Chapter 428 Conversation!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 429 “Pain”

Naruto Manga Chapter 430 Naruto’s Return!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 431 Naruto Erupts!!

Naruto Manga Chapter 432 The Return of The Rasen Shuriken!!


Naruto Manga (Comic) Volume 47

Naruto Manga Chapter 433 The Sage’s Arts Give Out…?!…

Naruto Manga Chapter 434 Naruto vs The Deva Path!…

Naruto Manga Chapter 435 Divine Attractor…

Naruto Manga Chapter 436 Peace…

Naruto Manga Chapter 437 Confession…

Naruto Manga Chapter 438 The Seal Shatters…

Naruto Manga Chapter 439 Chibaku Tensei…

Naruto Manga Chapter 440 Speaking With The Fourth!!…

Naruto Manga Chapter 441 Rasen Shuriken vs Shinra Tensei…

Naruto Manga Chapter 442 The Final Gamble!!…



The kanji for “manga” from Seasonal Passersby (Shiki no Yukikai), 1798, by Santō Kyōden and Kitao Shigemasa.

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Manga (kanji: 漫画; hiragana: まんが; katakana: マンガ; About this sound listen (help·info); English /ˈmɑːŋɡə/ or /ˈmæŋɡə/) is the Japanese word for “comics/cartoons” and consists of comics and print cartoons (sometimes also called komikku コミック). In the West, the term “manga” has been appropriated to refer specifically to comics created in Japan, or by Japanese authors, in the Japanese language and conforming to the style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.[1] In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II,[citation needed] but they have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.[2]

In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business/commerce, among others.[3] Since the 1950s, manga has steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry,[4] representing a ¥406 billion market in Japan in 2007 (approximately $3.6 billion) and ¥420 billion ($5.5 billion) in 2009.[5] Manga have also gained a significant worldwide audience.[6] In Europe and the Middle East the market is worth $250 million.[7] In 2008, the U.S. and Canadian manga market was valued at $175 million. The markets in France and the United States are about the same size. Manga stories are typically printed in black-and-white,[8] although some full-color manga exist (e.g. Colorful). In Japan, manga are usually serialized in large manga magazines, often containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. If the series is successful, collected chapters may be republished in paperback books called tankōbon.[9] A manga artist (mangaka in Japanese) typically works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company.[10] If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated after or even during its run,[11] although sometimes manga are drawn centering on previously existing live-action or animated films[12] (e.g. Star Wars).

“Manga” as a term used outside Japan refers specifically to comics originally published in Japan.[13] However, manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world, particularly in Taiwan (“manhua“), South Korea (“manhwa“),[14] and China, notably Hong Kong (“manhua“).[15] In France, “la nouvelle manga” has developed as a form of bande dessinée (literally drawn strip) drawn in styles influenced by Japanese manga. In the United States, people refer to what they perceive as manga “styled” comics as Amerimanga, world manga, or original English-language manga (OEL manga). Still, the original term “manga” is primarily used in English-speaking countries solely to describe comics of Japanese origin.



[edit] Etymology

The Chinese characters used to write the word manga in Japanese can be translated as “whimsical drawings”. The word first came into common usage in the late 18th century with the publication of such works as Santō Kyōden‘s picturebook Shiji no yukikai (1798), and in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa’s Manga hyakujo (1814) and the celebrated Hokusai Manga books (1814–1834) containing assorted drawings from the sketchbooks of the famous ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.[16] Rakuten Kitazawa (1876–1955) first used the word “manga” in the modern sense.[17]

[edit] History and characteristics

Main article: History of manga

Historians and writers on manga history have described two broad and complementary processes shaping modern manga. Their views differ in the relative importance they attribute to the role of cultural and historical events following World War II versus the role of pre-War, Meiji, and pre-Meiji Japanese culture and art.

One view emphasizes events occurring during and after the U.S. Occupation of Japan (1945–1952), and stresses that manga strongly reflect U.S. cultural influences, including U.S. comics (brought to Japan by the GIs) and images and themes from U.S. television, film, and cartoons (especially Disney).[18] Alternately, other writers such as Frederik L. Schodt, Kinko Ito, and Adam L. Kern stress continuity of Japanese cultural and aesthetic traditions as central to the history of manga.[19]

Modern manga originated in the Occupation (1945–1952) and post-Occupation years (1952–early 1960s), while a previously militaristic and ultra-nationalist Japan rebuilt its political and economic infrastructure. An explosion of artistic creativity occurred in this period,[20] involving manga artists such as Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy) and Machiko Hasegawa (Sazae-san).

A kami-shibai story teller from Sazae-san by Machiko Hasegawa. Sazae appears with her hair in a bun.

Astro Boy quickly became (and remains) immensely popular in Japan and elsewhere,[21] and the anime adaptation of Sazae-san continues to run as of 2011[update], regularly drawing more viewers than any other anime on Japanese television. Tezuka and Hasegawa both made stylistic innovations. In Tezuka’s “cinematographic” technique, the panels are like a motion picture that reveals details of action bordering on slow motion as well as rapid zooms from distance to close-up shots. This kind of visual dynamism was widely adopted by later manga artists.[22] Hasegawa’s focus on daily life and on women’s experience also came to characterize later shōjo manga.[23] Between 1950 and 1969, an increasingly large readership for manga emerged in Japan with the solidification of its two main marketing genres, shōnen manga aimed at boys and shōjo manga aimed at girls.[24]

In 1969 a group of female manga artists (later called the Year 24 Group, also known as Magnificent 24s) made their shōjo manga debut (“year 24” comes from the Japanese name for the year 1949, the birth-year of many of these artists).[25] The group included Hagio Moto, Riyoko Ikeda, Yumiko Oshima, Keiko Takemiya, and Ryoko Yamagishi, and they marked the first major entry of female artists into manga.[9] Thereafter, primarily female manga artists would draw shōjo for a readership of girls and young women.[26] In the following decades (1975–present), shōjo manga continued to develop stylistically while simultaneously evolving different but overlapping subgenres.[27] Major subgenres include romance, superheroines, and “Ladies Comics” (in Japanese, redisu レディース, redikomi レディコミ, and josei 女性).[28]

Modern shōjo manga romance features love as a major theme set into emotionally intense narratives of self-realization.[29] With the superheroines, shōjo manga saw releases such as Pink Hanamori‘s Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Reiko Yoshida‘s Tokyo Mew Mew, And, Naoko Takeuchi‘s Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, which became internationally popular in both manga and anime formats.[30] Groups (or sentais) of girls working together have also been popular within this genre. Like Lucia, Hanon, and Rina singing together, and Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus working together.[31]

Manga for male readers sub-divides according to the age of its intended readership: boys up to 18 years old (shōnen manga) and young men 18- to 30-years old (seinen manga);[32] as well as by content, including action-adventure often involving male heroes, slapstick humor, themes of honor, and sometimes explicit sexuality.[33] The Japanese use different kanji for two closely allied meanings of “seinen”—青年 for “youth, young man” and 成年 for “adult, majority”—the second referring to sexually overt manga aimed at grown men and also called seijin (“adult” 成人) manga.[34] Shōnen, seinen, and seijin manga share many features in common.

Boys and young men became some of the earliest readers of manga after World War II. From the 1950s on, shōnen manga focused on topics thought to interest the archetypal boy, including subjects like robots, space-travel, and heroic action-adventure.[35] Popular themes include science fiction, technology, sports, and supernatural settings. Manga with solitary costumed superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man generally did not become as popular.[36]

The role of girls and women in manga produced for male readers has evolved considerably over time to include those featuring single pretty girls (bishōjo)[37] such as Belldandy from Oh My Goddess!, stories where such girls and women surround the hero, as in Negima and Hanaukyo Maid Team, or groups of heavily armed female warriors (sentō bishōjo)[38]

With the relaxation of censorship in Japan in the 1990s, a wide variety of explicit sexual themes appeared in manga intended for male readers, and correspondingly occur in English translations.[39] However, in 2010 the Tokyo Metropolitan Government passed a bill to restrict harmful content.[1]

The gekiga style of drawing—emotionally dark, often starkly realistic, sometimes very violent—focuses on the day-in, day-out grim realities of life, often drawn in gritty and unpretty fashions.[40] Gekiga such as Sampei Shirato‘s 1959–1962 Chronicles of a Ninja’s Military Accomplishments (Ninja Bugeichō) arose in the late 1950s and 1960s partly from left-wing student and working-class political activism[41] and partly from the aesthetic dissatisfaction of young manga artists like Yoshihiro Tatsumi with existing manga.[42]

[edit] Publications

In Japan, manga constituted an annual 406 billion yen (approximately $3.6 billion USD) publication-industry by 2007.[43] Recently, the manga industry has expanded worldwide, where distribution companies license and reprint manga into their native languages.

After a series has run for a while, publishers often collect the stories together and print them in dedicated book-sized volumes, called tankōbon. These are the equivalent of U.S. trade paperbacks or graphic novels. These volumes use higher-quality paper, and are useful to those who want to “catch up” with a series so they can follow it in the magazines or if they find the cost of the weeklies or monthlies to be prohibitive. Recently, “deluxe” versions have also been printed as readers have gotten older and the need for something special grew. Old manga have also been reprinted using somewhat lesser quality paper and sold for 100 yen (about $1 U.S. dollar) each to compete with the used book market.

Marketeers primarily classify manga by the age and gender of the target readership.[44] In particular, books and magazines sold to boys (shōnen) and girls (shōjo) have distinctive cover art and are placed on different shelves in most bookstores. Due to cross-readership, consumer response is not limited by demographics. For example, male readers subscribing to a series intended for girls and so on.

Japan also has manga cafés, or manga kissa (kissa is an abbreviation of kissaten). At a manga kissa, people drink coffee and read manga, and sometimes stay there overnight.

There has been an increase in the amount of publications of original webmanga. It is internationally drawn by enthusiasts of all levels of experience, and is intended for online viewing. It can be ordered in graphic novel form if available in print.

The Kyoto International Manga Museum maintains a very large website listing manga published in Japanese.[45]

[edit] Magazines

Eshinbun Nipponchi; credited as the first manga magazine ever made.

Manga magazines usually have many series running concurrently with approximately 20–40 pages allocated to each series per issue. Other magazines such as the anime fandom magazine Newtype featured single chapters within their monthly periodicals. Other magazines like Nakayoshi feature many stories written by many different artists; these magazines, or “anthology magazines”, as they are also known (colloquially “phone books”), are usually printed on low-quality newsprint and can be anywhere from 200 to more than 850 pages thick. Manga magazines also contain one-shot comics and various four-panel yonkoma (equivalent to comic strips). Manga series can run for many years if they are successful. Manga artists sometimes start out with a few “one-shot” manga projects just to try to get their name out. If these are successful and receive good reviews, they are continued. Magazines often have a short life.[46]

[edit] History

Kanagaki Robun and Kawanabe Kyosai created the first manga magazine in 1874: Eshinbun Nipponchi. The magazine was heavily influenced by Japan Punch, founded in 1862 by Charles Wirgman, a British cartoonist. Eshinbun Nipponchi had a very simple style of drawings and did not become popular with many people. Eshinbun Nipponchi ended after three issues. The magazine Kisho Shimbun in 1875 was inspired by Eshinbun Nipponchi, which was followed by Marumaru Chinbun in 1877, and then Garakuta Chinpo in 1879.[47] Shōnen Sekai was the first shōnen magazine created in 1895 by Iwaya Sazanami, a famous writer of Japanese children’s literature back then. Shōnen Sekai had a strong focus on the First Sino-Japanese War.[48]

In 1905 the manga-magazine publishing boom started with the Russo-Japanese War,[49] Tokyo Pakku was created and became a huge hit.[50] After Tokyo Pakku in 1905, a female version of Shōnen Sekai was created and named Shōjo Sekai, considered the first shōjo magazine.[51] Shōnen Pakku was made and is considered the first children’s manga magazine. The children’s demographic was in an early stage of development in the Meiji period. Shōnen Pakku was influenced from foreign children’s magazines such as Puck which an employee of Jitsugyō no Nihon (publisher of the magazine) saw and decided to emulate. In 1924, Kodomo Pakku was launched as another children’s manga magazine after Shōnen Pakku.[50] During the boom, Poten (derived from the French “potin”) was published in 1908. All the pages were in full color with influences from Tokyo Pakku and Osaka Pakku. It is unknown if there were any more issues besides the first one.[49] Kodomo Pakku was launched May 1924 by Tokyosha and featured high-quality art by many members of the manga artistry like Takei Takeo, Takehisa Yumeji and Aso Yutaka. Some of the manga featured speech balloons, where other manga from the previous eras did not use speech balloons and were silent.[50]

Published from May 1935 to January 1941, Manga no Kuni coincided with the period of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Manga no Kuni featured information on becoming a mangaka and on other comics industries around the world. Manga no Kuni handed its title to Sashie Manga Kenkyū in August 1940.[52]

[edit] Dōjinshi

Main article: Dōjinshi

Dōjinshi, produced by small publishers outside of the mainstream commercial market, resemble in their publishing small-press independently published comic books in the United States. Comiket, the largest comic book convention in the world with around 500,000 visitors gathering over three days, is devoted to dōjinshi. While they most often contain original stories, many are parodies of or include characters from popular manga and anime series. Some dōjinshi continue with a series’ story or write an entirely new one using its characters, much like fan fiction. In 2007, dōjinshi sold for 27.73 billion yen (245 million USD).[43]

[edit] International markets

Main article: Manga outside Japan

As of 2007[update] the influence of manga on international comics had grown considerably over the past two decades.[53] “Influence” is used here to refer to effects on the comics markets outside of Japan and to aesthetic effects on comics artists internationally.

The reading direction in a traditional manga

Traditionally, manga stories flow from top to bottom and from right to left. Some publishers of translated manga keep to this original format. Other publishers mirror the pages horizontally before printing the translation, changing the reading direction to a more “Western” left to right, so as not to confuse foreign readers or traditional comics-consumers. This practice is known as “flipping”.[54] For the most part, criticism suggests that flipping goes against the original intentions of the creator (for example, if a person wears a shirt that reads “MAY” on it, and gets flipped, then the word is altered to “YAM”), who may be ignorant of how awkward is to read comics when the eyes must flow through the pages and text in opposite directions, resulting in an experience that’s quite distinct from reading something that flows homogeneously. Flipping may also cause oddities with familiar asymmetrical objects or layouts, such as a car being depicted with the gas pedal on the left and the brake on the right, or a shirt with the buttons on the wrong side, but these issues are minor when compared to the unnatural reading flow, and some of them could be solved with an adaptation work that goes beyond just translation and blind flipping.[55]

[edit] United States

Manga made their way only gradually into U.S. markets, first in association with anime and then independently.[56] Some U.S. fans became aware of manga in the 1970s and early 1980s.[57] However, anime was initially more accessible than manga to U.S. fans,[58] many of whom were college-age young people who found it easier to obtain, subtitle, and exhibit video tapes of anime than translate, reproduce, and distribute tankōbon-style manga books.[59] One of the first manga translated into English and marketed in the U.S. was Keiji Nakazawa‘s Barefoot Gen, an autobiographical story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima issued by Leonard Rifas and Educomics (1980–1982).[60] More manga were translated between the mid-1980s and 1990s, including Golgo 13 in 1986, Lone Wolf and Cub from First Comics in 1987, and Kamui, Area 88, and Mai the Psychic Girl, also in 1987 and all from Viz MediaEclipse Comics.[61] Others soon followed, including Akira from Marvel ComicsEpic Comics imprint and Appleseed from Eclipse Comics in 1988, and later Iczer-1 (Antarctic Press, 1994) and Ippongi Bang‘s F-111 Bandit (Antarctic Press, 1995).

In the 1980s to the mid-1990s, Japanese animation, like Akira, Dragon Ball, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Pokémon, made a bigger impact on the fan experience and in the market than manga.[62] Matters changed when translator-entrepreneur Toren Smith founded Studio Proteus in 1986. Smith and Studio Proteus acted as an agent and translator of many Japanese manga, including Masamune Shirow‘s Appleseed and Kōsuke Fujishima‘s Oh My Goddess!, for Dark Horse and Eros Comix, eliminating the need for these publishers to seek their own contacts in Japan.[63] Simultaneously, the Japanese publisher Shogakukan opened a U.S. market initiative with their U.S. subsidiary Viz, enabling Viz to draw directly on Shogakukan’s catalogue and translation skills.[54]

A young boy reading Black Cat in a Barnes & Noble bookstore

Japanese publishers began pursuing a U.S. market in the mid-1990s due to a stagnation in the domestic market for manga.[64] The U.S. manga market took an upturn with mid-1990s anime and manga versions of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell (translated by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith) becoming very popular among fans.[65] Another success of the mid-1990s was Sailor Moon.[66] By 1995–1998, the Sailor Moon manga had been exported to over 23 countries, including China, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, North America and most of Europe.[67] In 1997, Mixx Entertainment began publishing Sailor Moon, along with CLAMP‘s Magic Knight Rayearth, Hitoshi Iwaaki‘s Parasyte and Tsutomu Takahashi‘s Ice Blade in the monthly manga magazine MixxZine. Two years later, MixxZine was renamed to Tokyopop before discontinuing in 2000. Mixx Entertainment, later renamed Tokyopop, also published manga in trade paperbacks and, like Viz, began aggressive marketing of manga to both young male and young female demographics.[68]

In the following years, manga became increasingly popular, and new publishers entered the field while the established publishers greatly expanded their catalogues.[69] As of 2008[update], the U.S. and Canadian manga market generated $175 million in annual sales.[70] Simultaneously, mainstream U.S. media began to discuss manga, with articles in The New York Times, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired magazine.[71]

[edit] Europe

Manga has influenced European cartooning in a way somewhat different from the U.S. experience. Broadcast anime in Italy and France opened the European market to manga during the 1970s.[72] French art has borrowed from Japan since the 19th century (Japonisme),[73] and has its own highly developed tradition of bande dessinée cartooning.[74] In France, beginning in the mid-1990s,[75] manga has proven very popular to a wide readership, accounting for about one-third of comics sales in France since 2004.[76] According to the Japan External Trade Organization, sales of manga reached $212.6 million within France and Germany alone in 2006.[72] France represents about 50% of the European market.[77] European publishers marketing manga translated into French include Glénat, Asuka, Casterman, Kana, and Pika Édition, among others.

European publishers also translate manga into German, Italian, Dutch, and other languages. As of 2007, about 70% of all comics sold in Germany are manga.[78] Manga publishers based in the United Kingdom include Gollancz and Titan Books. Manga publishers from the United States have a strong marketing presence in the United Kingdom: for example, the Tanoshimi line from Random House.

[edit] Localized manga

A number of artists in the United States have drawn comics and cartoons influenced by manga. As an early example, Vernon Grant drew manga-influenced comics while living in Japan in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[79] Others include Frank Miller‘s mid-1980s Ronin, Adam Warren and Toren Smith’s 1988 The Dirty Pair,[80] Ben Dunn‘s 1987 Ninja High School, Stan Sakai‘s 1984 Usagi Yojimbo, and Manga Shi 2000 from Crusade Comics (1997).

By the 21st century several U.S. manga publishers had begun to produce work by U.S. artists under the broad marketing label of manga.[81] In 2002, I.C. Entertainment, formerly Studio Ironcat and now out of business, launched a series of manga by U.S. artists called Amerimanga.[82] In 2004 eigoMANGA launched Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk anthology series. Seven Seas Entertainment followed suit with World Manga.[83] Simultaneously, TokyoPop introduced original English-language manga (OEL manga) later renamed Global Manga.[84] TokyoPop is currently the largest U.S. publisher of original English language manga.[85]

Francophone artists have also developed their own versions of manga, like Frédéric Boilet‘s la nouvelle manga. Boilet has worked in France and in Japan, sometimes collaborating with Japanese artists.[86]


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2007 Will Eisner Awards Manga Nominees

San Diego Comic-Con International, July 23, 2007

The 2007 Will Eisner Awards recognized the growing influence of manga in the American comics scene by creating a new category, Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan. A variety of titles were nominated, including Old Boy by Garon Tsuchiya, Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga and Naoki Urasawa’s Monster.

The winners were be announced at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International at a Friday night reception on the San Diego Convention Center, and in the end, only Old Boy walked off with a prize.

The Walking Man by Jiro Taniguchi

The Walking Man by Jiro Taniguchi

Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga

Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster

Old Boy Volume 1 by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi

Old Boy Volume 1 by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi

After School Nightmare by Setona Mizushiro

Dramacon Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

Dramacon Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka


2008 Will Eisner Awards Manga Nominees

San Diego Comic-Con International, July 27, 2008

Continuing the trend from the 2007 Eisners, Comic-Con International has recognized 13 manga and manga-related titles in its nominations for the 2008 Will Eisner Awards.

Besides nominating five noteworthy titles in the manga-specific category, Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material–Japan, the Eisner judges also nominated Japanese creators in several other categories, including Best Short Story (Book by Yuichi Yokoyama and Town of Evening Calm by Fumiyo Kouno; Best Publication for Kids (Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma) and two creator-specific nominations for Fumi Yoshinaga and Takeshi Obata. See the full list of 2008 Eisner nominees.

The winners will be announced at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International at a reception on Friday, July 25 at the San Diego Convention Center.

New Engineering

Book, from New Engineering

The Ice Wanderer and Other Stories

Return to the Sea, from The Ice Wanderer and Other Stories

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

Town of Evening Calm

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster


Scene from Yotsuba Volume 3

Apollo’s Song

Apollo’s Song – Synthians


2009 Will Eisner Awards Manga Nominees

San Diego Comic-Con International, July 23 -26, 2009

After nominating 13 manga titles in 2008, there were significantly fewer Japanese comics given the nod for the 2009 Will Eisner Awards, with only 8 nominations, including a double nomination for Naoki-Urasawa’s Monster.

Voting for the Eisner Awards is limited to comics professionals, including comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers. Comics press, marketing / PR professionals in the comics biz and fans are not allowed to vote in the Eisners. See the full list of 2009 Eisner nominees.

The winners will be announced at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International at a reception on Friday, July 24 at the San Diego Convention Center.


Naoki Urasawa’s Monster Volume 18

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster Volume 18



Dororo Volume 1

Dororo Volume 1

Quest for the Missing Girl

Cat-Eyed Boy Volume 1

Cat-Eyed Boy Volume 1







SAILOR MOON Mixx Manga English Comic Books 1st Prints

Sailormoon English Manga comic books put out by MiXX Magazine before they changed into ToykoPop. These are beautiful as new condition having been put away for many years



The Differences Between Japanese Manga & American Comics

What are the primary differences between Japanese Manga (Comics) and American Comics?


There is a big difference in art styles between Manga, which is more stylized (exaggerated) and American comics, which tend to be more “realistic”. There are also quite a few serious differences between the two types of comics. Some of the differences, just to mention a few of them are the cost, creation, diverse audience and genres, presentation and even size.

The creation of Manga as well as its presentation is quite different than American Comics. Manga is printed in black-and-white format while American comics are the majority of the time in full color. Also, when you look at a graphic novel or Manga you will notice a difference in the size. Manga is frequently smaller than traditional American comic books, usually digest-size and roughly half to one-third the size of American comics. But where the American comics are generally thin like a small magazine, running about 32 pages, Manga comic books are thick and can be hundreds of pages in length!


In page count, Manga is quite similar to graphic novels, which are often just collections of the ongoing American comics. But unlike American graphic novels, which are usually just a collection of monthly comics in a single unified story or story arc, Manga books are often apart of an even bigger story and a complete Manga storyline can run thousands of pages.

Another difference between traditional American comics is that mainstream American comics are often created in a sort of assembly-line fashion. They have a writer (story), a penciler (initial sketch), inker (uses a pen to ink over the sketch), letterer (adds dialog) and a colorist (colors the inked sketch). Most Manga books are done by a single creator, who combines all those chores (except coloring).


Also Manga story lines usually move at a much quicker pace. Due to the high page count, one reads a Manga book at an accelerated pace. Manga books almost always have fewer panels and less dialogue (rambling) per page than American comic books. The price for Manga is also more than the average comic book and a bit more than a standard paperback novel, the small size of Manga and black-and-white printing rather than full color keeps the cost down. The lack color is made up when you consider the story development that it’ll have with the amount of pages it has.


In Japan, Manga is not viewed as just for kids unlike the American stereotype. There pretty much is a Manga for everyone. With that being stated there are three main genres in Japanese Manga: Shonen Manga (boy’s comics), Shojo Manga (girl’s comics) and Hentai (adult comics).

Shonen Manga is pretty much comics that are primarily action and/or adventure geared. If you’d like to view some examples of that genre, I’d recommend “Bleach” and/or “Full Metal Alchemist”. Shojo Manga is for the opposite sex; they are often about relationships and/or love interests. Please note that even though a particular genre is geared towards a certain audience it’s not limited to just that audience (unless otherwise stated). Finally Hentai Manga, I won’t delve much into this since it is primarily for adults and NOT suitable for children (just to be safe in case a child is reading this). Anyways, Hentai Manga is sometimes sexually explicit and/or adult-themed. In other words, do not purchase this for your child.

Next time someone asks you what the difference is between Manga and [American] comics, you can surprise them with your knowledge.




four volumes in manga – comic book

these were two books – The Dangerous Mr Ryder and The Marriage Debt – each in a two voume set.


Here is Mr Ryder with the blonde heroine above. (The scene on the orange bedspread is not as sinister as it looks, by the way – Jack Ryder is trying to prevent the infuriated Grand Duchess knifing him in the back!) This is the first of my Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series, so I’m hoping this one does well and they print all 6!


Below is The Marriage Debt with my hero, Nicholas, in Newgate, about to hang as Black Jack Standon, notorious highwayman. I love the way the artist has captured Katherine’s fierce determination to save him from the gallows.


I had no idea what to expect inside – would the story be cut, changed – how could I tell? But it was soon very clear that the manga version was incredibly true to the original book: I could follow it easily from the pictures and it all seems to be there.

I’m not sure that I entirely like the heroines with their huge eyes, but the heroes are to die for! Sexy, smouldering men of action who are also accomplished, tender lovers – definitely swoon-making.


Here’s an example of the inside at the beginning of The Marriage Debt.


I think it is vivid and really carries you through the story. This scene is from the extract below – see what you think. The hero looks just as I imagined him.


What was particularly interesting, from the point of view of image, was that The Marriage Debt is being reprinted this month in the UK in the first volume of The Regency Collection 2011. Regency Pleasures also contains The Model Debutante – I’m not sure what the Manga artist would have made of the nude modelling scenes in that!


The very different cover for that volume is shown at the bottom of the page.


The beginning of The Marriage Debt –


The tall man in the frieze coat sat cross-legged on the hard bench, put his elbows on his knees, his chin on his clasped hands and thought. It required some concentration to ignore the shackles on his legs, the cold that seeped out of the damp walls, the rustles and squeaking in the rotten straw that covered the floor and the constant noise that echoed through the long dark corridors.
A few cells away a man was screaming an incoherent flood of obscenities that seemed to have gone on for hours. More distantly someone was dragging a stick across the bars of one of the great rooms, a monotonous music which fretted at the nerves. A boy was sobbing somewhere close. Footsteps on the flags outside and the clank and jingle of keys heralded the passing of a pair of turnkeys.
Long ago his father had said he was born to be hanged. At the time he had laughed: nothing had seemed more improbable. Now the words spoken in anger had been proven right: in eight days he would step outside Newgate gaol to the gallows platform and the hangman’s noose.

One small mercy was that they had put him in a cell by himself, not thrown him into one of the common yards where pickpockets and murderers, petty thieves and rapists crowded together, sleeping in great filthy chambers as best they might, fighting amongst themselves and preying on the weakest amongst them if they could.
Apparently his notoriety as Black Jack Standon was worth enough in tips to the turnkeys for them to keep him apart where he could be better shown off to the languid gentlemen and over-excited ladies who found an afternoon’s slumming a stimulating entertainment. The sight of an infamous highwayman who had made the Oxford road through Hertfordshire his hunting ground was the climax of the visit to one of London’s most feared prisons.
He had hurled his bowl at the group who had clustered around the narrow barred opening an hour or two ago and smiled grimly at the shrieks and curses when the foul liquid which passed as stew splattered the fine clothes on the other side of the grill. He doubted they’d feed him again today after that. It was no loss, he seemed to have passed beyond hunger after the trial – if such it could be called.

What do you think of the manga version? Attractive or off-putting? I love them, but I like the elegant lady on the Pleasures cover as well

[edit] Awards

The Japanese manga industry grants a large number of awards, mostly sponsored by publishers, with the winning prize usually including publication of the winning stories in magazines released by the sponsoring publisher. Examples of these awards include:

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded the International Manga Award annually since May 2007.[87


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