Mangajin 17 - The Japan Shop
Mangajin 17 - The Japan Shop
Mangajin 17 - The Japan Shop
Mangajin 17 - The Japan Shop
Mangajin 17 - The Japan Shop
Mangajin 17 - The Japan Shop

Mangajin 17

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PLEASE NOTE: Mangajin ceased publication in 1998. These back issues may be new or used, but they will not be pristine. A few are still in sealed bags (for mailing), but even those are unlikely to be pristine due to shelf-wear and the amount of time passed. Please consider these as learning tools to be used rather than for collecting. That being said, if condition is important to you, please contact us with specific issues and we'll send you photos of the actual items.


Mangajin was a wonderful magazine for learners of Japanese. Each issue somehow had something for every level, but we recommend them most for upper beginners. 

Those interested in translation will love how Mangajin breaks down the manga it presents, explaining grammar, vocabulary, and cultural references with ease.

The cover image above is for this particular issue. The sample pages inside may or may not be from this exact issue. See below for a table of contents (retrieved from

Tezuka Osamu - Japan's "God of Manga"
· 手塚治虫―漫画の神様
4 Politeness Levels - It's only fair to warn you.
5 Pronunciation Guide (and apology from the translations)


8 Mad · Ad - Why does Nintendo become Ninteido? Mad Amando comments on the situation in Seattle.
22 Tezuka Osamu: Japan's "God of Manga" - The Walt Disney of Japan? There's really much more to it; Fred Schodt, an unabashed Tezuka fan himself, reports.


3 Letters - Mangajin gets nailed for a blooper; questions about "v" and "b" in Japanese; etc.
7 Brand News - A clever magazine title, and a special on "Special Days."
16 Basic Japanese: Baby Talk - An introduction to Japanese Toddler-ese; words used only by small children, and how babies tend to mispronounce some sounds.
75 Computer · Corner - Jim Caldwell reports on the latest developments with Unicode.
76 Classifieds - Computer Stuff, Job Seekers, Pen Pals, Clubs & more!
78 Mangajin · Mono - The catalog pages
80 Vocabulary Summary - Words appearing in this issue of Mangajin


10 Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
26 The Phoenix, by Tezuka Osamu
44 Tanaka-kun, by Tanaka Hiroshi
46 Konnichi-wa Kuriko-san, by Terashima Reiko
48 What's Michael, by Kobayashi Makoto
56 Oishinbo (Part II), by Kariya Tetsu and Hanasaki Akira


72 About Books - Cross-cultural reading
73 In the Realm of a Dying Emperor, by Norma Field

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Quality content with really helpful explanations

Firstly, I'm glad the dialogues feel like conversations I would actually have. That makes it so much easier to relate to and remember.

Secondly, the explanations about appropriate politeness level are really helpful and put the different ways of saying things in context. I also like that the books tell you if a word or phrase is very common.

Last but definitely not least, I am impressed by the quality of these books. This isn't the first bundle by Clay & Yumi Boutwell that I've purchased and I will certainly buy more in the future. The content is consistently great. Even the files are well thought out with three different formats included for each book.

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I've been searching for beginner-intermediate Japanese books and graciously came across this bundle (thanks fb). It offers more than just a simple read with crackdown explanation sentence-by-sentence which is extremely helpful. I began to notice myself picking up the pace and the ability to understand without reading the explanation.

TL;DR : Worth it for beginners. Take advantage of the price before it goes off!

I wish there are more books like these to read, and I will purchase other bundles in the future. ありがとうございます。

Excellent ro start your learning experience!

A must read to pick up on the correct way to pronounce and write hiragana with tips for easy memory work and follow up. Greatly recommended!

Excellent listening practice

The vocabulary package is worth the price of entry alone. The pronunciation is so precise, and clear.