This Wednesday 13th July at 6:30pm, as a part of the Outside-in cinema series in Experimedia here at the Library, we will be showing the recent anime film, Ocean waves. To accompany this film, we will be displaying a selection from our collection of manga titles and titles about manga.

Although we don’t have anywhere near the number of titles as the Manga Library at Monash University’s Clayton Campus, we do have a few titles that illustrate the immense literary power of manga in the sphere of international literature.

One such title is the first volume of Buddha by Osamu Tezuka – known as being one of “the godfathers of manga” – which is the first of eight parts. This adaptation refers to a Japanese original released in 1987 as Budda dai ikkan Kapiravasutu.

Vertical, 2006

Vertical, 2006

We also hold the first volume of another epic work from the 1980s: Akira. This title, which was adapted to film in 1988 to great acclaim, takes place in Neo-Tokyo, not long after World War Three, where a group of young rebels discover a secret government conspiracy that may hold the secret to the beginning of said war.

Kodansha Comics, 2009

Kodansha Comics, 2009

Bringing things back to contemporary times, A drifting life is an extensive autobiographical work by another revered figure in the world of 20th century manga: Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

Drawn & Quarterly, 2009

Drawn & Quarterly, 2009

All these titles can be found on the shelves in the Arts Reading Room.

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