Kingyo Used Books

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Kingyo Used Books
Kingyousedbooks1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Kingyo Used Books as published by Viz Media
金魚屋古書店
(Kingyoya Koshoten)
Manga
Written by Seimu Yoshizaki
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ikki
Original run 2004Hiatus
Volumes 16
Anime and Manga portal

Kingyo Used Books (Japanese: 金魚屋古書店 Hepburn: Kingyoya Koshoten?) is an ongoing manga series written and illustrated by Seimu Yoshizaki. It follows the happenings which revolve around a small used manga store, specializing in old and obscure manga. The series is loaded with several references to classic manga, such as Dr. Slump and Moretsu Ataro, as well as foreign comics like Jean Giraud's Blueberry. The series is serialized in Shogakukan monthly seinen Ikki magazine and as of February 2013 serial chapters are collected in fourteen tankōbon. The series is licensed in North America by Viz Media under the their Viz Signature Ikki label.

Plot[edit]

The plot is focused around a used manga store, and has a series of vignette-style chapters revolving around different characters. It extols the value of reading manga in one's life, and is notable for having references to several well-known, as well as obscure manga, from the smash-hit Dr. Slump, to the nary heard-of Billy Puck.

Manga[edit]

This series is written by Seimu Yoshizaki and is serialized in Shogakukan monthly seinen Ikki magazine. The serial chapters are collected into ten tankōbon, the first released on December 24, 2004,[1] and the tenth on April 28, 2010.[2] This series has a two volumes prequel Kingyoya Koshoten Suitouchou (金魚屋古書店出納帳?) also serialized in Ikki, both volumes were released on December 24, 2004.[3][4]

In English this series is licensed by Viz Media under the their Viz Signature Ikki label,[5] and the first volume was released on April 20, 2010[6]

Chapters[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 December 24, 2004[7] ISBN 4091885535 April 20, 2010[8] ISBN 978-1-4215-3362-9
  • The Components of Memory
  • Hokusai Manga
  • Far Away
  • The Boy Detective Arrives
  • A Country Without Manga
  • Fujiomi-Kun
  • The Sedori Business
  • Billy and Grandpa's Curious Travelogue
2 August 30, 2005[9] ISBN 4091885543 October 19, 2010[10] ISBN 978-1-4215-3366-7
3 March 30, 2006[11] ISBN 409188315X April 19, 2011[12] ISBN 978-1-4215-3367-4
4 March 30, 2006[13] ISBN 409188346X October 18, 2011[14] ISBN 978-1-4215-3368-1
5 May 30, 2007[15] ISBN 9784091883650
6 December 26, 2007[16] ISBN 9784091883902
7 July 30, 2008[17] ISBN 9784091884206
8 January 30, 2009[18] ISBN 9784091884398
9 September 30, 2009[19] ISBN 9784091884770
10 April 28, 2010[20] ISBN 9784091885159
11 November 30, 2010[21] ISBN 9784091883322
12 June 30, 2011[22] ISBN 9784091885494
13 February 29, 2012[23] ISBN 9784091885746
14 December 27, 2012[24] ISBN 9784091886101
15 November 29, 2013[25] ISBN 9784091886378
16 July 30, 2014[26] ISBN 9784091886606

Reception[edit]

Carlo Santos in his Anime News Network column "Right Turn Only" gave the manga a grade of "B", saying that "if you want to get a non-manga fan into manga, this is probably not the manga to give them." The critic went on to say, "Kingyo is, if anything, too fixated on giving history lessons, trying to drown the reader in footnotes and details rather than letting the series speak for itself."[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 金魚屋古書店 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ 金魚屋古書店 10 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ 金魚屋古書店出納 上 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ 金魚屋古書店出納 下 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kingyo Used Books". Viz Media. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kingyo Used Books, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "金魚屋古書店 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kingyo Used Books, Volume 1". Viz Media. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "金魚屋古書店 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kingyo Used Books, Volume 2". Viz Media. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "金魚屋古書店 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kingyo Used Books, Volume 3". Viz Media. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "金魚屋古書店 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Kingyo Used Books, Volume 3". Viz Media. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "金魚屋古書店 5" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "金魚屋古書店 6" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "金魚屋古書店 7" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ "金魚屋古書店 8" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ "金魚屋古書店 9" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  20. ^ "金魚屋古書店 10" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "金魚屋古書店 11" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ "金魚屋古書店 12" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ "金魚屋古書店 13" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  24. ^ "金魚屋古書店 14" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ "金魚屋古書店 15" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ "金魚屋古書店 16" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  27. ^ Santo, Carlo. "RIGHT TURN ONLY!! Yotsuba and Britannians". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 

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