I has them. At least I thought I did until I saw this forum thread. I’m way behind compared to some of these people. Maybe if I added in all my Shonen Jump and Shojo Beats… Anyway, that’s not to say my manga collection isn’t still growing. This month is going to be another tough Previews order. There are a lot of not just manga but comic books that are coming out that look good. A new Doctor Who (10th Doctor), a new Fathom series, and I new Voltron in addition to the titles I’ve already added over the last few months: Madame Xanadu, Indiana Jones, and Chuck.
Manga’s going to be tough too. Code Geass is finally coming out, a new Hellsing and Mushishi, and a long list of Viz I need just to keep up to date! There’s also a new Warriors series starting, and a new Pokemon Diamond and Pearl for the kids.
Tokyopop has their usually big solicitations, even though we know a lot of those are getting culled. But there is something I did notice about this month. The order of book listings has been changed. Before, all the Cine Manga was tucked back at the end of their listing with the mature/Blu line. This month, it’s at the front, right after their big promotions. Is this an indication of what books sell, and therefore will survive. There’re only two volumes I’ll order from them, Chibi Vampire and Tactics. There could be a third, but I’m not so sure right now. The second volume of the Disney Fairies is being solicited, but the first volume still hasn’t come out. I would like to know what is up with that. I also wonder, with Disney starting their own imprint, will Tokyopop be losing/giving up these licenses too?
Enough speculating. I found this site, Just Manga, a while ago. It’s actually pretty well known I’m sure, as they advertise on ANN. But, I found a feature they offer pretty interesting. It’s call My Virtual Manga Bookshelf. You have to sign up at the site to use it, but it’s free, and they don’t solicit or send you anything. After signing up, you can then go to the Virtual Manga Shelf, and start searching for the titles you own. You can add individual titles, or you can do a batch. Here’s mine: My Virtual Manga Bookshelf.
And here’s an excerpt of some of the information it gives you:
Total Manga Owned: 751 manga(s)
Total Value of My Manga Collection (in SRP): $7305.57
Genre I Seem to Like Most: Fantasy
Publisher I Bought Most:
Tokyo Pop (269)
Del Rey (50)
It will also give you a graph, breaking down your list by genre, a full list of all your series’ and how many volumes in each, and who your favorite authors are.
There are a few problems I have with this. You can’t remove any titles. Once you put one in, it’s in for good, so make sure you click the right volume numbers, and don’t put in anything you don’t want to keep.
The other problem is that their selection isn’t complete. There are a few series’ I own complete, that they didn’t give me the option of adding, such as What’s Michael, and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
For the most part though, it does give you a good idea of what you have, how much of it you have, and what you like best (if you didn’t know before). I don’t use this as a definitive list of my manga, but I do keep it up to date, just to see if my tastes change.