Mangas are not just for children, on the contrary, many mangas are intended to be read by adults.
Manga is becoming more democratic and more and more adults and children are discovering this prolific universe with original and entertaining stories. Especially for you, Karine Bourgery and Alexia Solamito, both librarians at the Monaco Media Library and manga enthusiasts, you have selected four Japanese comic books to discover to end the summer in style.
1. The Fox and the little Tanuki
- The Fox and the little TanukiMi Tagawa – Ki-oon Editions, 2018.
The drawings of mad beauty and lyricism, on their own, are worth a detour to the media library for admirers.
The story tells that of a small Tanuki born with extraordinary powers including that of changing into a human. For this reason, the animal is rejected by its family and it is the fox Senzo, once imprisoned by the gods, who is forced to raise it. The powerful fox with a troubled past is normally also endowed with power. However, the gods to counter him and enslave him have installed a ban collar on him.
Karine Bourgery particularly appreciates this manga for the knowledge it gives her about yokai (small supernatural Japanese creatures) and more broadly about Japanese folklore. In summary, this manga is like a pretty, wonderfully illustrated tale for everyone, from the age of 6. Four volumes are already available at the Caroline library.
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2. Shaman King
- shaman kingHiroyuki Takei – Kana Editions, 2020.
Here is an old manga which returns to the front of the stage, for its 20th anniversary. Released in 1998 in Japan and in 2020 in France, most French speakers had only known its animated adaptation. This is the case of Alexia Solamito, in whom this manga arouses nostalgia.
She tells us the story: it is a world where one is Shaman. Every Shaman For that there is a big tournament with a lot of fights. » « It’s Yu-Gi-Oh! adds Karine Bourgery. In addition to the fight story, specific to shonen (a genre normally dedicated to boys), the manga also tells of the budding friendship between a group of friends.
The first 12 volumes out of the 17 published are already available at the Caroline Library. Knowing that it is a special collection that compiles several original volumes into one manga. Which gives material to read.
- Asadore!Naoki Urasawa – Kana Editions, 2018.
Second favorite of Alexia Solamito, Asadore!. By the same author as the bestseller Freak, the manga is aimed at a slightly older audience than the previous two. Indeed, the librarian recommends it rather to teenagers since the story begins with the kidnapping of the little girl and heroine of the manga. Only, this kidnapping is ultimately only a pretext to talk about something else! A mystery that Alexia Solamito wants to keep whole so as not to spoil the discovery of the plot for us.
For the moment, 6 volumes have been published, 5 of which can be borrowed from the Louis Notari library.
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4. Sorcerer’s Workshop
- The wizard’s workshopKamone Shirahama – Pika Editions, 2016.
Last of the selection, The wizard’s workshopwe take you into a fantastic and passionate universe that Karine Bourgery advises all teenagers and adults.
” It’s the story of a little girl named Coco who is passionate about the world of magic. Except that in the world she lives in, either you’re a magician or you’re not. She is not and yet it is her dream. […] One day a magician will arrive in his village. There has been a breakdown and the wizard is asked to help. He agrees on the condition that no one sees what he is doing. While locked in a room, Coco tries to watch. She realizes that to be a sorcerer, you only need to know how to draw with suitable accessories. ! says the librarian passionately. Subsequently, by succeeding in magic, Coco will transform her mother into a statue. Saved in extremisCoco will become the wizard’s student to learn how to free his mother.
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For last Christmas, the entire media library made an Advent calendar with their most beautiful finds to spend a happy month of December. For the occasion, Karine Bourgery has created a short original video to present her manga. It is Hanako-kun in the toiletof course available at the media library.
Workshops to discover
On July 29, the library offered a manga discovery workshop at the Caroline library. The opportunity for participating children to discover the world of manga, the publication system in Japan, the meaning of reading, derivative products, the difference between a manga and an anime… The date of the next meeting is not yet not fixed yet but it should arrive in the fall.