Mostly Manga
A Genre Guide to Popular Manga, Manhwa, Manhua, and Anime
by Elizabeth F. S. Kalen
January 2012, 164pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-938-7
$75, £58, 66€, A103
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-234-2
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Manga—print cartoons in a style that originated in Japan—is an increasingly popular format with American audiences, particularly teens and preteens. From Shojo (girls’ comics) to Seinen (men’s comics), each type of manga has a specific audience and distinct characteristics.

Appropriate for any public library collection, this book provides a comprehensive readers' advisory guide for Japanese manga and anime, Korean manhwa, and Chinese manhua.

Japanese manga and anime, Korean manhwa, and Chinese manhua are Asian graphic novels and animated films that have gained great popularity in the last ten years and now are found in most public library collections. Mostly Manga: A Genre Guide to Popular Manga, Manhwa, Manhua, and Anime is the first readers’ advisory guide to focus on this important body of literature.

This guide provides information on all of the major manga and anime formats and genres, covering publications from the early 1990s to the present. It identifies important titles historically and provides a broad representation of what is available in each format. Selected major titles are described in detail, covering the general plot as well as grade level and pertinent awards. The author also discusses common issues related to manga and anime, such as terminology, content and ratings, and censorship.


  • Author, title, subject, and genre indexes
  • An appendix featuring the films of Studio Ghibli
  • Focuses on series that are easy and cost-effective for libraries to collect
  • Demystifies a body of literature unfamiliar to many librarians
Elizabeth F. S. Kalen is a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario's MLIS program. She is an avid fan of manga and anime.


"This new book will serve not only as a guide to aid collection development but also as a handy readers’ advisory for the uninitiated librarian. It will be a staple resource for public libraries but will inform the lighter reading sections of academic libraries also."—ARBA, January 1, 2013

"This resource will be equally helpful for collection development and readers’ advisory, both for libraries just starting out and those with established graphic-novel collections."—Booklist Online, April 15, 2012

"This is helpful to those of us who don't have a keen aficionado in this area. Recommended."—Teacher Librarian, April 1, 2012

"Elizabeth F. S. Kalen brings an expert opinion on how best to manage manga in the modern library, including outlining important titles. Mostly Manga is an excellent reference for any librarian who has the manga requests piling up."—Midwest Book Review, March 1, 2012
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