Item description for Manga Moods by Saori Takarai...
A raised eyebrow, a curled lip, a wink of the eye. All it takes is a single clever stroke of the G-pen to instantly change a manga character's mood from one extreme to the other: glad to sad, sassy to shy, angry to embarrassed. Illustrator Saori Takarai presents original pencil sketches alongside her finished, full-color drawings, to show just how the transformations take place. In addition, each of the facial expressions is labeled with the Japanese word for the mood being depicted, along with common Japanese conversational phrases and simple translations, making this delightful book a great gift for aspiring artists, language enthusiasts and manga fans alike!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 5.25" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2006
Publisher Japanime Co. Ltd.
ISBN 4921205132 ISBN13 9784921205133
Reviews - What do customers think about Manga Moods?
Kawaiiiii! Feb 9, 2008
This is the best book! The cutest characters come to life on the pages and each facial expression is accompanied by sayings in Japanese (and their English translations) that match the face. I've learnt a lot about cartooning expressions from this book, as well as body language in general - and some really colloquial expressions to boot. This is one of my favourite little books. I have it on my desk all the time.
A "so Kawaii" book! Oct 21, 2007
This is one book that I have been dying to get my hands on for a very long time, but only managed to do so recently.
I was a little surprised when I got the book. Firstly, the book was way smaller than I expected (pocket size), and secondly, I had not really expected it to be a "gift book" kind of book.
Nonetheless, "Manga moods" is colorful and charming is its own ways. There are 40 different kinds of moods, from the standard happy and angry to others like coy, doubtful or malicious. The illustrations are all very cute and manga-like, and the portrayals of the moods are very lively and well executed. In fact, although this isn't a "how to draw manga" kind of book, someone interested in drawing manga (like I do) may have well picked up a pointer or two from the book on drawing different moods from the illustrations (such as movement of eyebrows, shapes of mouth and eyes, and so forth).
In addition, there are two Japanese phrases (with English equivalents) accompanying each mood, which I personally find useful for simple use in my own crappy works. The hiragana chart at the end of the book is a bonus, though not necessarily very essential for those who already have a basic understanding of Japanese. My only gripe is that the Japanese phrases are written in romanji. For me, it would have been better if the original Japanese text were included as well! But then again, this is more of a "gift book" meant to be read for enjoyment rather than for serious learning.
Overall, "Manga moods" has a very clean and sweet feel to it, and to me, it is a refreshing way of looking at the various moods and expressions the book has to offer. Definitely a cute book to have!
The epitome of cute. Jun 14, 2007
This is one of the cutest things I've seen in my life. If you don't like cute stuff (and if so, shame on you), this is still a great resource of facial expressions for manga females in a style similar to titles like Negima or Pita-Ten. The pocket sized nature of it makes it a great book to carry along with you on trips when you may feel like breaking out the sketch book and need a reference for a certain emotion.
Also included with each emotion is the Japanese word for that emotion and two Japanese to English phrases. Not especially useful, honestly, but it's a fun addition.
Kawaii! Mar 8, 2007
Such a cute book! I really enjoy reading it through every now and then. The I go around and torment my roommates by screaming cute little japanese phrases and giggling like a loon. To note the pronunciation in the book is really close to being correct when I'm butchering it.
Young book Jan 18, 2007
I bought this for my teenage niece because it was on her wish list, but when I saw it I thought it looked very babyish for her age. She liked it though.