Manga for the people

I’ve been doing some reflection, stocktake is always good for that I find, lots of mindless zapping, the rapid beep beep of the scanner promotes ponderous thoughts, on what has been popular in the library this year.  I’ve noticed that a lot of my collection is looking very ragged, that most of the new stuff is out, that the perennial faves need to be replaced.  Urgently in some cases – Gone series are falling to bits even though there are something like 5 copies of all of them. I’ve been thinking about what I need to work on for next year and where the budget should be spent. Manga seem to be front and centre of my thoughts as some copies that I hadn’t seen in a while were returned this morning and they are such a pain in terms of barcode placement and shelf space.

I’ve noticed a few things this year:

  • My top two year 9 borrowers are all about the Manga – both are in lower band classes but they read, then re-read every Manga we have.
  • My most avid readers (of books) aren’t much interested in Manga. They’ve dipped in, but overall are more interested in a traditional story.
  • Attack on Titan is just soooo popular that I have to have multiples of the first 5 volumes, and have replaced lots of them due to wear and tear this year and have now started purchasing of both of the sub series.
  • I need some new series suggestions that aren’t too ‘mature’ I have all the usual suspects, and the boys have been great for suggesting new ones, but there are never enough.
  • Where to keep the ever expanding collection?  We have three big bookshelves full of Manga now. Its a monster!
  • Lots of boys that many people consider to be non-readers (lower bands, reading difficulties etc.) read lots of manga.  They are regular visitors to the library and this causes a great deal of surprise for staff visiting the library and finding it full of so called ‘non-readers’.

So, apart from needing to continue to spend bundles of money on manga and replacing the lame and infirm books, I need to investigate space solutions and myriad other things Manga related.

Are your libraries Mangafied?  Are your students obsessed as mine are? Do you have new series I should buy? Let me know in the comments.

Have you caught the Manga bug?  If you haven’t here are some links to start off with.

Manga 101, School Library Journal, This very serious thing which made me a little yawny, but probably holds good stuff for those with longer attention spans than I, This is the always awesome No Flying No Tights, such goodness here. There is a LOT in here at Manga Bookshelf, Read them online yourself at Manga Panda. And Manga Town, so very much Manga in here.

We currently stock: Bleach, Fairy Tail, Naruto, Vampire Knight, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Vagabond, Assassination Classroom (only the first 3), Tokyo Goul (only the first 3), Death Note, Bakuman, Full Metal Alchemist, One, One Punch Man (only a few), Sword Art Online – in it’s various iterations, there are more but I’m stocktake brained at the moment and can’t think of them. I’ll add them as I remember them.






  1. #1 by Steph Ellis on December 6, 2016 - 5:57 PM

    How about plastic bins on the shelves to help with the space issue? Since most Manga readers know what they want, displaying it all is not such an issue. At one of our regional PD days someone said they use fridge bins they bought at K-Mart, which are good because they are see-through.
    Sorry, I don’t have any recs for you! You’ve already got all the ones that are popular at our school. But funnily enough, you’re first two and very last bullet points happen at my school too 🙂
    Will continue to keep an eye and ear out for any new good titles…

  2. #2 by Bridget Schaumann on December 6, 2016 - 8:08 PM

    Now that is an excellent idea Steph, I did try those soft bucket things with handles from the warehouse, they weren’t very good, books got lost in the bottom and they basically weren’t very user friendly. Also tried some crate things I got in K-Mart but they were basically made of flotsam and jetsam and fell to bits with the daily manga bun fight. Might try the suggestion of the fridge bins next. Thanks 🙂

  3. #3 by Miriam Tuohy on December 8, 2016 - 10:25 AM

    Jen suggests: Danganronpa (a bit like Assassination Classroom – kids battling it out to the death), Durarara (murder/mystery kinda thing and apparently the anime is really good); Future Diary (Mirai Nikki) which is a bit like Hunger Games. All sound like some degree violence but as Jen says “they’ll handle that”. LOL! Also World Trigger (gigantic creatures from another dimension). Oh and Mangafox is a good place to read online too. Oh and Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) series. And Noragami. And Bungo Stray Dogs. Obvs check these for suitability – probs OK though.

    You know how much I love K-Mart for awesome cheap display/storage stuff so am gonna 2nd the fridge bin suggestion 🙂

  4. #4 by Alyson Murray on March 2, 2017 - 2:29 PM

    Our boys are besotted with Manga books too! I can’t keep up with the requests. We have these Maga/type titles:
    Bleach, Death note, Ghost hunt, Guruguru Pon-chan, Maximum ride, Natuto (a gazillion of them of course), Witch and Wizard, Vampire Knight, Kuroko’s basketball, Blue Exorcist, etc.

    There are sooooo many good graphic novels out there I feel I could fill a whole library with them 🙂

  5. #5 by Alyson Murray on March 2, 2017 - 2:31 PM

    Yikes – a few typos in my post – how do we edit on here ? 🙂

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