This book provides in-depth insight into the most popular and studied manga graphic novels. It focuses on translated works that have been influential in the development of the manga tradition, and includes classics as well as more recent manga works. Often defined by stylized line work, cultural-specific narratives and compelling storytelling, and often in contrast to the character-centric framework of American comics, manga encompasses a broad range of genres and subgenres, including Ecchi anime, Haren anime and Yuri. Each critical essay, presented by leading writers in the field, shows the wide range of literary themes and dynamic artistic styles inherent in the manga format. Every manga work discussed includes: publication history; short creator biography; detailed plot summary; list of characters; description of artistic style; theme analysis; and bibliography with suggestions for further reading. Contains helpful appendices and indexes, a general bibliography, and timeline.