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 http://www.nyx.net/~cbrown/mangajin/mangajin_toc.html)
The life of a translator Interviews with the pros
Mad · Ad
We dropped in this Perot parody just before Perot dropped out; still good for a laugh
The Tezuka Controversy
Protestors voice concern over racial images found in the work of Japan's "God of Manga," Tezuka Osamu
Frederik Schodt interviews four professional translators who tell all about their work, lifestyle, and how they got involved in this business anyway
Sumo, Japan's Trendy Old Sport
a 2,000-year-old sport is giving baseball a run for the money in the TV ratings wars
rensai / koramu
Letters Our Tokyo distributor responds; a question about archaic Japanese, etc.
Brand News Don't Wally, be happy
Daryl Shadrick reports on two new tools for producing high-resolution laser print output of Japanese text--Adobe Type Manager-J, and Kanji TrueType
Basic Japanese: Introductions
In practice, introductions use an almost random mix of a few basic elements. We introduce you to the elements, and show a few variations.
Mangajin · Mono
Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
Tanaka-kun · 田中くん, by Tanaka Hiroshi
O-jama Shimasu · オジャマします, by Imazeki Shin
Obatarian · オバタリアン, by Hotta Katsuhiko
Beranmei Tochan · べらんめい父ちゃん, by Tachibanaya Kikutaro
Binbo Seikatsu Manyuaru · ビンボー生活マニュアル, by Maekawa Tsukasa