Notes

Notes on the Bibliographies

All lists are current through June 2016.  Full site updates occur quarterly.

Except for factual data, authors retain all copyright to their materials.

Please send comments or corrections here.  (However, please read the rest of the notes first.)

If parts of the tables appear as gibberish, this is probably just because of the Japanese text (UTF-8 encoding).  All material is presented in both languages except for external links, which appear only in the language of the site in question.

Since I am an associate of both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.jpAmazon.co.jp, I will be including links to those stores.  Any ISBN number which is a link will go to the appropriate page in the appropriate database.

Transliterations of names and titles have been confirmed, whenever possible, in at least two sources, though of course that still does not guarantee their accuracy!  Those marked with an asterisk (*) are unconfirmed.  I’ve listed what seems to be most likely in those cases, but Japanese comics are notorious for using odd or "punny" readings of their titles.

Except for those few cases where I have been able to determine that they have other preferences, the artists’ names are all listed in Western order with standard transliteration.

Unless otherwise indicated, works are listed by the release date (if a series, by the release date of the first volume).  Popular works are often rereleased in a new format or by a different publisher; all of a title’s releases are listed under the original release.

Pieces that appeared only in magazines are not currently included.

Full information is given only for titles that are comics, horror/mystery/suspense, and for girls.  Works that are related to such a title (illustration books, novelizations, etc.) are listed under that title.  Other works, if any, are listed at the bottom of the page.

Sources vary as to the intended audience for some of the comic banners.  The publishers are the only real authorities here, and even those with web sites generally don’t have information about their older publications.  So some banners are still uncertain:

Banner: Publisher: Currently Listed as:
Hit Comics Hibari Shobou Girls’
Horror House Comics Tairiku Shobou Girls’
Lemon Comics Rippu Shobo Girls’
Petit Flower Comics Shogakukan Girls’
Solitaire Comics Kosaido Publishing Girls’
Sun Comics Asahi Sonorama Boys’
Sun Comics - Strawberry Series Asahi Sonorama Girls’
Toen Comics Toen Shobou Adult
Toen Comics - Horror Series Toen Shobou Girls’

In those cases where a comic has a separate author and artist, it is listed under the artist’s name with the author noted in the commentary.  One case worthy of special note:  Setsuwasha (説話社) is a specialist editorial service that was intimately involved in the production of Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha (実業之日本社)’s magazines (My Birthday, Kyoufu Manga 666, etc.).  Therefore it often appears along with the author on Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha publications.  I am not, however, including it in the lists here.


Volume Sizes

This is a list of the most common page sizes for Japanese comics volumes ("tankoubon"), listed from the largest to the smallest.  There are also, of course, other less common sizes.

Please note that the measurements given are the ISO paper standards; volumes from different printers will vary in size.

  • A4:

    21 cm x 29.7 cm / 8.3 in x 11.7 in
  • B5:

    17.6 cm x 25 cm / 6.9 in x 9.8 in
  • A5:

    14.8 cm x 21 cm / 5.8 in x 8.3 in
    Probably the most popular of the larger sizes; AKIRA, Appleseed, RayEarth, Short Program, and many other titles all were originally released as A5s.
  • B6:

    12.5 cm x 17.6 cm / 4.9 in x 6.9 in (technically; it actually seems to be closer to 12.8 cm x 18.3 cm / 5.1 in x 7.2 in)
    Another popular format; Wings Comics and Asuka Deluxes standardly come as B6s.
  • Shinsho-ban (新書版):

    11.3 cm x 17.5 cm / 4.5 in x 6.9 in
    The "standard tankoubon"; the vast majority of volumes are printed in this size.
  • A6 / Bunko-ban (文庫版):

    10.5 cm x 14.8 cm / 4.1 in x 5.8 in
    The smallest format, but the volumes contain more pages than a shinsho-ban and the paper and print quality are significantly better to appeal to collectors.  These are often reprints, although there are some titles which have been released only in this format.

Most volumes have around 200 pages, but there are also "wide-ban" (ワイド版) releases which can have 400 or more.  Wide-ban are usually B6-sized reprints of titles that were popular as a shinsho-ban release.