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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga

2d ed. Salem. 2018. 398p. ed. by Bart H. Beaty & . photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781682179123. $195. LIT
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Editors Beaty (English, Univ. of Calgary) and Weiner (Maynard P.L., MA) update the 2013 edition of this work. A brief but insightful introduction discusses how manga evolved, and a time line from the eighth century to 2018 covers highlights, but the bulk is devoted to entries on 65 works of manga. In addition to tackling basic information on authors, artists, plot, characters, and more, these articles analyze themes and art, assess impact, and list adaptations. Each record ends with further reading and a bibliography. Straightforward, and free of academic obfuscation, this enlightening title is a useful starting point for those unfamiliar with manga. However, much of the volume is unchanged from the previous edition. Of the 65 entries, 62 cover the same works. Minor tweaks include mentions of the film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, the 35th-anniversary edition of Akira, and the conclusion of Naruto.
VERDICT For those in need of a solid guide to manga, but libraries that already possess the earlier iteration can skip it.

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