Mangajin 19

$ 19.95

Mangajin 19

$ 19.95

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

  • The life of a translator
    Interviews with the pros
FEATURES 特集 tokushu
6 Mad · Ad
We dropped in this Perot parody just before Perot dropped out; still good for a laugh
8 The Tezuka Controversy
Protestors voice concern over racial images found in the work of Japan's "God of Manga," Tezuka Osamu
14 Translators Talk
Frederik Schodt interviews four professional translators who tell all about their work, lifestyle, and how they got involved in this business anyway
20 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


DEPARTMENTS 連載/コラム rensai / koramu
4 Letters    Our Tokyo distributor responds; a question about archaic Japanese, etc.
5 Brand News    Don't Wally, be happy
23 Computer Corner
Daryl Shadrick reports on two new tools for producing high-resolution laser print output of Japanese text--Adobe Type Manager-J, and Kanji TrueType
24 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.
84 Classifieds
86 Mangajin · Mono
88 Vocabulary Summary


MANGA 漫画 manga
12 Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
34 Tanaka-kun · 田中くん, by Tanaka Hiroshi
36 O-jama Shimasu · オジャマします, by Imazeki Shin
38 Obatarian · オバタリアン, by Hotta Katsuhiko
40 Beranmei Tochan · べらんめい父ちゃん, by Tachibanaya Kikutaro
42 Binbo Seikatsu Manyuaru · ビンボー生活マニュアル, by Maekawa Tsukasa
53 Eigyo Tenteko Nisshi · 営業てんてこ日誌, by Gyu & Kondo
69 The Phoenix · 火の鳥, by Tezuka Osamu

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