I went to my local library yesterday and decided to peruse through the juvenille/young adult fiction section. Then it popped up into my mind that the section was also where all the manga and comic books were located. I was very pleased to find a large number of manga available from a variety of popular series. In other words, it wasn't all Naruto like I expected. Some of the titles were Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (yay!), Prince of Tennis, Peach Girl, Fairy Tale and Fruits Basket. I know the main branch of the Louisville libraries also has a lot of manga. The best part was that it wasn't just the first three volumes--they had at least fifty percent of several series. I know the library in my smaller hometown of Paducah has a fair amount of manga and a ton of anime series on DVD from Inuyasha to Twelve Kingdoms.
I really love the fact that libraries are investing in this type of reading and viewing material. It's great if you want to try out a popular series that you're not so sure of. It's wonderful financially because it's free! Also, it's legal! Free and legal--what more could ask? So if you don't have the funds to purchase the latest three volumes of Bleach manga or you have a fit nostalgia and want to watch Sailor Moon, the library is the place to go!
Does the library in your area carry manga and/or anime? How much? Is there a lot of a variety or is it mostly certain series? Do you often go to the library to check out manga and anime? If your library doesn't offer any or a wide selection of manga and anime, do you wish it would? How about school libraries--do they have manga in their collections? Would you like to see manga there too?
Flower Mound, Texas – March 3, 2009 – FUNimation Entertainment will be bringing many of its top titles to a theatre near you: your home computer. The anime leader has completed an agreement with Gaia Online, the leading online hangout for teens and young adults, for select series to enjoy a virtual theatrical run through Gaia Online Cinema.
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.
After decades the 'blackout' rule may be coming to an end.