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Japanese History Manga

#1
Has anyone explored this and have any recommendations on what's good and cheap?  I would probably want to get it through Amazon on the kindle since I have to throw out / give away any real books I buy when I move and I don't know how much longer I'll be in this sharehouse.  I'm looking for Manga since my only foray into actual History books in Japanese was a bit difficult and it seemed the author was writing to a Japanese audience that had some familiarity with the history as opposed to a real beginner.  Recommendations don't to be manga.
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#2
In the ビリギャル book the teacher recommended these:
- 学研まんが日本の歴史シリーズ
- 少年少女日本の歴史 by 小学館

Apparently the one by 集英社 was no good, but I can't exactly remember the reasons why.
Should be able to find out more at http://kasumi.xyz/entry1.html
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#3
+1. I don't have any recommendations to offer, but am very interested in any and all responses to the thread.
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(2017-07-06, 12:52 am)Nandemonai Wrote: In the ビリギャル book the teacher recommended these:
- 学研まんが日本の歴史シリーズ
- 少年少女日本の歴史 by 小学館

Apparently the one by 集英社 was no good, but I can't exactly remember the reasons why.
Should be able to find out more at http://kasumi.xyz/entry1.html

I checked that link and didn't see more options although I could look more carefully but what caught my eye is how the author of the page really felt that newer history manga had gone down in quality the past 20 years and was recommending editions from 1997 (or so). Of course, I'm solely interested in ebook editions so this clearly puts me outside the range of what he considers quality. The prices add up too. If I follow through and get a complete set it's about $130 or so.
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#5
If you drop into a used book store like Book Off, you can find a good textbook that covers basic facts starting from the 縄文時代 and going up. The one I picked up last time is called 早わかり日本史, and is also available from Amazon JP. It's pretty good, but dry.

I also bought 少年少女日本の歴史、but found much of it too silly to bother with.

EDIT: There's another book whose name escapes me at the moment and is sitting on my bookshelf at home, but it's a general introduction to Japan's history, economy and culture written in side-by-side English and Japanese. I'll try and remember to get the details on it tonight and post them.
Edited: 2017-07-06, 12:30 pm
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#6
For a non-written medium you could probably do worse than the NHK history programs for high schools, which start at the stone age and work forwards. It looks like they've redone their video player so it works on android now, which is cool, though they've also broken up all the programmes into 5 minute chunks, which is a bit irritating. If you poke around there are also textual summaries of each ep (eg this is for ep 1), which might be handy for mining vocab pre-watch or if you get lost watching.
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I have recently been reading the English edition at my local library. Pretty good.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showa:_A_History_of_Japan
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(2017-07-06, 2:13 pm)pm215 Wrote: For a non-written medium you could probably do worse than the NHK history programs for high schools, which start at the stone age and work forwards. It looks like they've redone their video player so it works on android now, which is cool, though they've also broken up all the programmes into 5 minute chunks, which is a bit irritating. If you poke around there are also textual summaries of each ep (eg this is for ep 1), which might be handy for mining vocab pre-watch or if you get lost watching.

Omg I remember when I was trying to be really high key AJATT and I used their high school Maths programme to try and study for my maths gcse exam lol. This one looks sort of hilarious, this old guy looks like he's cosplaying as a wise old dude from some manga imagining of turn of the century europe and his class is made up of AKB48 members lol. I think this is exactly how I want to learn history.
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(2017-07-08, 1:32 am)Helena4 Wrote:
(2017-07-06, 2:13 pm)pm215 Wrote: For a non-written medium you could probably do worse than the NHK history programs for high schools, which start at the stone age and work forwards. It looks like they've redone their video player so it works on android now, which is cool, though they've also broken up all the programmes into 5 minute chunks, which is a bit irritating. If you poke around there are also textual summaries of each ep (eg this is for ep 1), which might be handy for mining vocab pre-watch or if you get lost watching.

Omg I remember when I was trying to be really high key AJATT and I used their high school Maths programme to try and study for my maths gcse exam lol. This one looks sort of hilarious, this old guy looks like he's cosplaying as a wise old dude from some manga imagining of turn of the century europe and his class is made up of AKB48 members lol. I think this is exactly how I want to learn history.

Yeah right?  This looks nuts. I can't not watch it i think.
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#10
Yeah, it is a bit bonkers (I think the previous set of NHK history videos were more traditionally serious), and there isn't much meat in each programme, but it looks like it at least skims over everything so you get a vague idea of what the average Japanese person knows about their country's history, and you have a framework to put any more serious materials in some kind of context.
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