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Wrap Up: The 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide is over!

Wow, isn’t this time of year busy? Everywhere I turn, people are preparing for various holiday festivities. It almost makes me happy to have gotten Hanukkah and my own gift guide out of the way earlier this month.

Still, a lot of manga bloggers worked long and hard on gift guides for a wide variety of manga lovers (or anime lovers, or comic book lovers, etc.) and we had a great turn out this year. You can check out the complete list of participants here. There might be some gift guides popping up, so if there are a significant amount, I’ll add a late-comers section.

Here are some of the gift guides that have been added to the list in the past week and a half:

Our latest contribution is from Jason S. Yadao of Otaku Ohana in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. I have no idea what his gift guide is like because he passed me a preliminary link for when the post goes up later tonight. Someone PLEASE tell me if the link doesn’t work. Knowing Jason, it’ll be a fun gift guide.

Next up is a gift guide for yaoi beginners from the Red Queen. I’m not sure I’d want to try and sneakily get someone into yaoi like that,  but I’d recommend reading a good number of manga on this list for sheer literary value and because I love them dearly myself.

Linda over at Anime Diet has a fun gift guide focusing on the recipients’ interests. Got a foodie or a pet lover? She’s got a few recommendations for you based on what your friends like reading.

Over at ComicAttack.net, Kristin has a gift guide that includes some of my favorite new manga of the year, including Twin Spica, The Story of Saiunkoku and Grand Guignol Orchestra.

Melinda Beasi of Manga Bookshelf focused on only on manga and manhwa that debuted in 2010, but her list is also full of great choices for the manga-loving ladies on your list. In case you were totally stumped on what you should get your gal pals.

On the other hand, Alex Hoffman of Manga Widget has a list full of selections good for manga-loving guys, but he doesn’t leave out some of the year’s top shoujo manga either.

Got someone who disses manhwa or OEL manga? Lori Henderson of Manga Xanadu has just the gifts to change their minds on her list as well as a few other choices that your recipients might have missed on the bookstore shelves.

That’s it! It’s only minutes until 12/16/10 and no one’s passed me a new link to share with you in a few hours.

The reason I volunteered to host and organize the 2010 Great Manga Gift Guides this year was because last year it was such a fantastic boost for my newbie little blog that no one knew about yet. I hope that in addition to getting great suggestions for your holiday manga shopping, everyone has found a new blog to read and love or felt the holiday spirit while participating in the Great Manga Gift Guide!

Happy holidays and here’s to another year full of great new manga to read!

Additional links:

Announcing the 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide

Week 1

Week 2

Complete Archives

My Shoujo Manga Gift Guide for 2010

 

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2010 Great Manga Gift Guide: Week 2

Hey everyone! Luckily this week was a bit more exciting than the because the Great Manga Gift Guides came rolling in steadily all week!

If you’re still looking to do a Great Manga Gift Guide or if you just want to read them all, you can check out the announcement post, the complete archive and the week 1 reminder. We still have until December 15th, so keep coming back for more Gift Guides and remember that you still have plenty of time to work on your own!

This morning started out with David Welsh of Manga Curmudgeon posting his One Piece MMF/Great Manga Gift guide crossover, the MMF: The Great Shounen Manga Gift Guide for 2010. For his gift guide, David kept in mind One Piece lovers, but recommended different shounen manga that would satisfy similar tastes. (And then added a few recommendations that didn’t have much to do with One Piece at all.) For more MMF goodness happening this month, check out his blog.

Anna over at Manga Report has one of the most well-rounded gift guides I’ve seen this year, covering everything from classic shoujo to seinen, alternative manga, box sets and a few things in between.

Keeping in the spirit of my favorite genre, I wrote another Great Shoujo Manga Gift Guide this year. It was a challenge as I kept venturing into manga that were shoujo or josei-like, but not actually of either genre. It’s very much a reflection of how my tastes have changed this past year to include more seinen and other mature titles, but hopefully it will please recipients who are beginning to mature in their tastes as well.

Angela Eastman wrote a great gift guide over at Bookworm’s Corner which includes something for just about everyone, including herself! Most of her picks were of the shoujo variety, but she also spiced it up with some seinen, biographical manga and shounen picks.

Reminding us that gift guides shouldn’t always be lists of manga that would please us bloggers, Katherine Dacey of The Manga Critic has a wonderful gift guide for the little ones, including elementary school readers as well as tweens and young teens. Just in case you wanted to expose a few of your younger relatives to manga or just spoil them with something they already love.

That’s all for the gift  guides posted this week, but don’t worry because I expect there will be plenty more to help you fill up those Christmas stockings (or just in case you need to cover a few more nights of Hanukkah.) Happy Manga Shopping!

If I’ve forgotten your Great Manga Gift Guide somewhere, please let me know!

 

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The 2010 Great Shoujo Manga Gift Guide

A few days ago, as I was shopping at Borders, I heard my first Christmas music of the season. Now Christmas music usually makes me want to kill people, but instead of taking it out on the checkout clerk, I decided it would be a good time to start writing this gift guide instead.

Yes, I am a total scrooge when it comes to Christmas, but there are other holidays coming up and this gift guide will be useful for all of them. But before we get started, I would like to remind you that you can find out more about the 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide here and also view other 2010 gift guides.

Now onto something that makes me much less grumpy…shoujo manga! (And some josei too, of course.)

The Prettiest, Shiniest Thing You Can Buy For That Special Someone Who Likes Pretty, Shiny Things

You guessed it! I’m talking about Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. Oh yes, this is 288 pages of hardcover, gold embossed shoujo from a classic master of shoujo manga. Even better, while supplies last, you can get your giftee a copy with a signed plate from Hagio herself when you order the book from Fantagraphics directly. Filled with short stories that span Hagio’s career, this book isn’t for children, but anyone from your mature older teen (if you feel comfortable with them reading about issues like abortion and suicide attempts) to adults who still love a good shoujo fix, classical manga or just something different from the norm. It makes a fantastic read and an excellent coffee table book for someone who loves manga.

For The Naughty Girl

So maybe you’re looking for a manga for that special someone who just happens to be heavily into hilarious smut. If that’s the case, look no further than Butterflies, Flowers. There are very few raunchy shoujo or josei titles that get published in English and this is one of the few that does it successfully without turning the heroine into a pawn of the men vying for her. The relationship between the heroine, Choko, and her romantic interest, Masayuki, is very give and take. Choko used to be the daughter of a very rich family where Masayuki was a servant. Now their roles are reversed as she is a poor, lowly secretary at a real estate company and Masayuki is a high-class executive who likes to sexually harass her openly. But Choko doesn’t let him get away with jack squat if he embarrasses her and Masayuki’s teases are beyond humiliating sometimes. It’s like watching that really cute couple that always makes half-joking, but pointed comments at each other in manga form.

For Someone Who Likes The Cute (or Yotsuba&!)

The obvious choice for this category would be Otomen, but if you know your giftee is already collecting that series, what do you do? They’re going to get themselves the next volume anyway and you’d like to gift something they haven’t read so you can get that “OMG I LOVE THIS MANGA! Thanks for giving it to me! Is there more?” feeling. That’s why I suggest Bunny Drop, an adorable story about a 30-something office worker who decides to spontaneously adopt his 4-year-old aunt when his grandfather dies. (That’s where the Yotsuba&! part came from, if you were wondering.) Bunny Drop is mostly about Daikichi learning the ins and outs of caring for a young, emotional child, he also takes time to connect with her and learn about her mysterious past. Rin, however, steals the show with her cuteness. And, in my opinion, Bunny Drop is the best josei to come out this year.

For The Romantic Who Wants to Be Swept Away

Stepping on Roses by Rinko Ueda is classic romance novel fodder. Poor girl needs money, poor girl meets rich man who just  happens to need a stand-in wife that he doesn’t want to love, money exchanges hands and they wind up falling in love reluctantly. I seem to be one of the few bloggers who actually likes this series, most others think Sumi is a total limp noodle. When I first read it, I too was hesitant because of what other people had said. I was surprised that Sumi wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Sure, she’s clueless about the lifestyle of her rich husband, illiterate and much more, but she sticks to her guns and takes the opportunity to learn and do her job. I felt like Sumi was an English major suddenly stuck into an advanced engineering class. She has the pep and the ability to learn, but feels lost compared to the other characters who grew up in that environment. The important part is she never really loses her resolve. Perhaps I just really like Rinko Ueda’s manga, but she creates an awesome Meiji era/Victorian romance with lots of drama, a cheery heroine and awesome (albeit historically inaccurate) fashion.

For Your Future Astronaut

Twin Spica is like a dramatic space-age shoujo manga. That’s saying a lot because Twin Spica actually ran in a seinen magazine. Still, it reminds me a lot of the shoujo classic To Terra…, without the dramatic racial politics and the super-advanced civilization, of course. With the cute school girl heroine and the competitive astronaut school drama, it’s something any shoujo manga or scifi fan can enjoy. At the same time, it’s a great gift for someone who isn’t a fan of all the normal shoujo cliches and wants something a little bit more mature and original. It’s a little bit heavy and sad at times, but if your giftee isn’t the Arina Tanemura manga type, then a couple volumes of Twin Spica will make an excellent gift.

For The Graphic Novel Purist

Got someone in your life who you want to share your passion for manga with, but they’re more about the graphic novels? Perhaps you should pair Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters with Natsume Ono’s Not Simple. Both are fantastic manga that focus more on the craft of storytelling than keeping the story going like many manga do. Any woman with a mother can relate to All My Darling Daughters and Not Simple’s tragic story is intriguing. They’re both great ways to show the reluctant reader that manga isn’t all just about ninjas and magical girls, but has a lot of titles to fit different tastes.

For The Fangirl

I know I shouldn’t do this because I worked on the series… I’ve been trying so hard not to, but…Hetalia: Axis Powers. There! I said it! If your giftee doesn’t already have it, then get it for them! If they didn’t like the anime, don’t take this as a bad sign. I’ve heard tons of people saying they liked the manga way more, but hated the anime and I can see why. The anime was fujoshi-fied in order to make more money, but the manga is a lot less overwhelmingly cutesy and more about the political/historical relationships. If all else fails, TOKYOPOP has a lot of charming shoujo manga in their catalog. But I shouldn’t say anymore! NRGH, THIS IS SO HARD!!!! Seriously, they’ve put out some great shoujo in the past few years. I just don’t feel right pimping more than one recent title.

For The Shoujo Fan Who’s Read Every Single Japanese Manga You Can Think Of

Have an extensive shoujo collector to shop for? Get her started on sunjeong manhwa! There’s plenty of cute titles out there like 10, 20, 30, X Diary and Please, Please Me from Netcomics. Yen Press has a pretty substantial sunjeong manhwa catalog and TOKYOPOP has a ton of out of print manhwa that were very under-appreciated, so you can probably find some in a bargain bin somewhere. (Sadly, but at least it’s cheap, right?)

For Your Shoujo Manga Fan/Foodie

There are actually a lot of manga that fit this category out there, but I love Mixed Vegetables the best. It’s about two kids in a culinary high school who have dreams to be a pasty chef and a sushi chef, but the one dreaming of being sushi chef is the daughter of a pastry chef and the one dreaming of being a pastry chef is a son of a sushi chef! Obviously, they team up to help each other achieve their dreams, but along the way there’s a lot of romance, drama and focus on delicious sushi and pastries! Nummers. It’s a typical shoujo manga in a lot of ways, but at the same time, a bit like a shounen manga where the protagonists are fighting to reach their dreams.

For The One Who Still Stumps You

I’ll always recommend this as long as I live: gift cards. If you truly have no clue, there is nothing better than a good chunk of money (at least $25) on a bookstore gift card. Or a local comic book store gift card (assuming they have a substantial manga section) or a Right Stuf gift card. That way, your giftee will get the money to spend on whatever manga they want and you will know they will be satisfied with that next volume or two of their favorite series.

In case you didn’t find what you were looking for with this list, you can also check out my Shoujo Manga Gift Guide from last year. Happy shopping!

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The 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide: Week 1 Reminder!

It’s been a week since I launched the 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide. Entries have been trickling in slowly, but I’m not too worried. If you still want to participate you still have until December 15th. That’s 20 days to get yours in! Plenty of time, I hope, but if you feel like you’re having trouble writing yours, please feel free to contact me through this blog or via Twitter and we can brainstorm together.

Here are some of the lovely gift guides I’ve gotten today:

Deb Aoki’s Best Continuing Manga of 2010– While it’s not specifically a gift guide, this list will definitely give you an idea of what the best (and worst) manga on the market are.

Rob McMonigal’s 2010 Manga Gift Guide– Rob’s list isn’t afraid to go out on a limb and suggest manga that you might not think to connect with your giftees, but will spark their interest for sure. He also has a Fantagraphics-specific gift guide in case you’re also shopping for some non-manga people.

Erica Friedman’s Great Yuri Manga Gift Guide-Once again, Erica graces us with fantastic suggestions for people who love yuri manga. Erica being the expert on the subject, I can’t imagine you’ll walk away from any of her suggestions unsatisfied.

As always, you can find out more about the Great Manga Gift Guide in the original announcement post and in the complete listing of 2010 manga gift guides. Happy manga shopping!

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Announcing the 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide

Last year, in response to the New York Times releasing a Graphic Novel Gift Guide that featured absolutely no manga at all, David Welsh of  The Manga Curmudgeon and Erica Friedman of Ozaku started the Great Manga Gift Guide in order to help out shoppers looking to buy gifts for manga fans. Tons of bloggers participated and shared their picks for the best manga gifts on the market. (Because, seriously, what is up with NOT including manga in your holiday gift guide?! Kids love it!)

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, this is the perfect time to start preparing for the intense holiday shopping season. But just in case you find yourself busy with (American) Thanksgiving, Hanukah or a myriad of holiday parties and activities, the Great Manga Gift Guide will be running from now until December 15th, plenty of time to peruse the guides or post one of your own. Everyone is welcome to participate and post about the manga, anime and other otaku hobbies that don’t get mentioned in mainstream media gift guides!

This year, Erica Friedman starts us off with a Great Yuri Anime Gift Guide (a yuri manga gift guide is forthcoming).

2011 Great Manga Gift Guides

The Great Manga Gift Guide on Twitter (search for hashtag #gmgg)

2010 Great Manga Gift Guides

The Great Manga Gift Guide is open to everyone, so please feel free to make up your own gift guide! If you would like to see your gift guide included in the 2011 list or have any questions about the Great Manga Gift Guide, please contact Daniella Orihuela-Gruber either via e-mail or Twitter

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2010 Great Manga Gift Guides

Here is a list of all the Great Manga Gift Guides that have been posted by anime and manga bloggers in 2010. If you would like to find out more about the Great Manga Gift Guide, check out this post. There are also gift guides from 2009. This post will be updated every day, as needed, until December 15th, 2010. If you have a gift guide, but do not see it here, please leave a comment with a link to your Great Manga Gift Guide post.

About.com- Best New Manga of 2010

About.com- Best Continuing Manga of 2010

All About Manga- The 2010 Great Shoujo Manga Gift Guide

Anime Diet- 2010 Great Manga Gift Guide Take Two!

Bookworm’s Corner- The Great Manga Gift Guide

Comic Attack- Bento Bako Weekly: (Mostly) Manga Gift Guide

Comics Reporter- Black Friday Holiday Shopping Guide ’10 (Not purely a manga gift guide, but manga is included!)

Manga Bookshelf-2010 Manga Bookshelf Gift Guide

Manga Critic- The Manga Critic’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide (Great if you’re shopping for younger readers!)

Manga Curmudgeon- MMF: The Great Shounen Manga Gift Guide for 2010

Manga Report- 2010 Manga Gift Guide

Manga Widget- The 2010 Manga Widget Gift Guide

Manga Xanadu 2010 Manga Gift Guide

Otaku Ohana

Ozaku- Great Yuri Anime Gift Guide

Ozaku- Great Yuri Manga Gift Guide

Panel Patter- 2010 Manga Gift Guide

The Red Queen- Guide of Yaoi Beginners: Subtle Introduction to Boy’s Love for Different Tastes

Happy manga shopping! :D

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