July 24, 2014
On July 10th, I went to the largest anime convention in Winnipeg, Ai-kon. When I went, they had a huge selection of manga there. Winnipeg Public Library has a large selection of manga to read as well. Just like regular novels, manga comes in a variety of genres, such as: romance, action-adventure, drama, comedy, science-fiction and much more.
The two broadest categories of manga are shojo and shonen. Shojo manga is usually meant for girls, but can be read by anyone. Shojo is more associated with romance and drama rather than action or sports. Shonen is usually meant for boys, but can also be read by anyone. Shonen is associated with action and sports more than anything else. The most popular shojo manga series is called Fruits Basket and the most popular shonen manga is called Death Note. From the research I've done, both series seem to be getting nothing but good feedback.
There are many other popular manga, in fact, hundreds more, but not all manga are for everyone. Sometimes manga can be somewhat confusing to read. For example, if a reader is reading in America and the character makes a reference to Japanese culture, the reader might not know what the "character198" means. So, the manga is changed around a bit. Sometimes only slightly, sometimes quite drastically. From changing a word to changing the name of a character.
The library that has the largest selection of manga in Winnipeg is the Millennium Library. They have stocked half a wall full with nothing but manga. Pretty much every variety and theme, and many different titles. The other branches have good selections of manga as well, but not as big as the Millennium. Of course you can search the title or series you're looking for in the online catalogue and request that it be transferred to the branch of your choice!
Just because some series of manga aren’t popular, doesn’t mean they aren’t good. A recommendation for someone who wants to try reading manga but hasn’t read any yet would be One Piece. This just happens to be one of the titles that that Manga Club at Sir William Stephenson Library is reading this summer. If you're interested in joining the Manga Club it's still not too late there are a few meetings left this summer. Check out the poster for all the details.
Xander is a member of the St. James-Assiniboia Library's Youth Advisory Council, which is why he gets to call himself a library insider and do awesome things like write for this blog. Find out more about the Youth Advisory Council on this page.