Japanese Fantasy Manga" is one of the first books to fully examine the cross-cultural overlap between Japanese manga and Western fantasy characters. This comprehensive guide identifies characters that appear in fantasy manga by most notable features mythological origins ranging from Greek myths to Biblical figures and, of course a stunning, full-page illustration. Organized into three chapters Characters, Vocations, and Superpowers, this volume will fully flesh out the most popular characters and themes in fantasy manga today: Chapter 1: Characters - elves, dwarves, hobbits, mermaids, giants, gods: gods, angels, devils, fairies: demons, vampires, goblins: dragons, unicorns, chimeras: Oni, Tengu, Yokai, Kaiju, etc. (monsters unique to Japanese culture); Chapter 2: Vocations (ranging from the medieval to contemporary); Swordsman, archer, wizard, and blacksmith, and knight; and, Policeman, businessman, musician, doctor, nurse, and teenager; and, Chapter 3: Superpowers (ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary): Magic, sorcery, and healing; Weapons handling (swords, spears, brass knuckles, etc.); Robot operations, animal domestication; and, Singing, dancing, teaching.
In the same vein as anime/fantasy video game franchises such as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Final Fantasy", "Japanese Fantasy Manga" will appeal to video game, manga, and fantasy fans across the globe.