A Holiday Gift Guide for Manga Lovers

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mangaholidayBuying gifts for manga fans can be a challenge; if they like a series, they undoubtedly already contain the latest volume. Fortunately, there are plenty of different options, as publishers expand the franchises in different directions with cookbooks, light novels, in addition to different “side dishes.” Here’s a look at some best bets for the otaku who’s been nice of which year (or naughty, if of which’s how you roll).

The Pokémon Cookbook, by Maki Kudo
of which book is actually billed as “Easy & Fun Recipes,” nevertheless the item was originally written for Japanese users, so some of the ingredients may be a bit hard to find (substitutions are suggested), in addition to some of the recipes require a modicum of artistic or culinary skill—while some are genuinely easy, others are downright fussy. of which said, the item is actually a genuinely fun cookbook, with instructions on creating Pikachu out of sweet potatoes, creamed corn, or eggs, as well as Poké Ball sushi in addition to all sorts of Pokémon-influenced bento boxes.

Osamu Tezuka: Anime & Manga Character Sketchbook, by Haruji Mori in addition to Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka: Anime Character Illustrations, by Haruji Mori in addition to Osamu Tezuka

Tezuka is actually known as the “godfather of manga,” in addition to one of the reasons for his popularity was his multitude of expressive characters. These two books are literally pages coming from his sketchbook, in which we see him refining in addition to varying the characters coming from Black Jack, Astro Boy, in addition to different classic manga in addition to anime, with notes (in Japanese, with translations) right on the page. Both books are hardcover; the anime sketchbook is actually 224 pages in addition to the anime in addition to manga sketchbook is actually 144.

Cosplay Basics: A Beginners Guide to the Art of Costume Play, by Yuki Takasou, Rumine, in addition to Kashiko Kurobuchi
The framing tale due to of which book is actually a manga about a girl whose friend invites her into the globe of cosplay. Together, they modify some off-the-rack clothes, shop for tools, fabric, in addition to props for a made-coming from-scratch costume, in addition to go to a cosplay event. These episodes are sandwiched between chapters of instructions on how to create, modify, in addition to accessorize costumes. The book actually takes you through creating a specific magical-girl costume coming from start to finish, with downloadable patterns for the main parts. As may be obvious coming from the cover, there’s a heavy focus on female cosplay. the item was originally written for a Japanese audience, nevertheless the editors have added English-language websites, most of which worked when I checked them. For extra fun, wrap the item which has a copy of volume one of Complex Age, a manga about a cosplayer in her 20s.

Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, by Takeshi Obata
Here’s a splurge for of which special someone: Blanc et Noir is actually a collection of Takeshi Obata’s work coming from 2001 to 2006, a period of which encompasses both Death Note in addition to Hikaru no Go. of which oversized, full-coloration book includes covers in addition to extra illustrations coming from both series, as well as some unrelated portraits, in addition to even a bit of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo fan art. There are several absolutely gorgeous fold-out pages of which show off Obata’s work at its best. The book is actually presented in a slipcase with silver stamping in addition to an oval cutout, in addition to the item comes with laminated, double-sided posters. the item’s definitely a deluxe volume, nevertheless Obata delivers the goods.

Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations, by Yoshitaka Amano
By comparison, Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations is actually a solid bargain. which has a smaller, nevertheless still generous trim size in addition to no slipcover or posters, of which is actually nonetheless a real treat for fans of the illustrator of the Vampire Hunter D light novels in addition to character designer for the Final Fantasy games. Amano includes a romantic style reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, nevertheless of which slim volume shows a broader range, including sketchbook pages, character designs, in addition to drawings in addition to paintings in a variety of styles, coming from unexpectedly cute to an obvious homage to the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. The book also includes several lengthy interviews with Amano, creating the item a must-have for fans in addition to a fascinating read for newcomers.

Attack on Titan Anthology, by Scott Snyder et al.
Attack on Titan: End of the globe, by Touji Asakura in addition to Hajime Isayama

The supply of Attack on Titan books seems almost limitless, which has a huge shelf of volumes set within the globe of the hit manga in addition to anime series—manga spinoffs, light novels, gag manga, even The Science of Attack on Titan. We’re still waiting for someone to write an Attack on Titan cookbook (!), nevertheless within the meantime, here are two brand new books of which any fan should appreciate. For the Attack on Titan Anthology, publisher Kodansha Comics set a legion of non-Japanese comics creators, all of whom are fans of the series, loose within the walled city, in addition to they have created short stories using elements of the series as well as their own original ideas. Attack on Titan: End of the globe is actually not exactly brand new material, nevertheless a novelization of the theatrical movie, telling the familiar story in a different format.

What are you giving the manga reader in your life?

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