The JSC Manga Library was established in November 2002 as part of Monash University’s Japanese Studies Centre and is the first venue of its kind in Australia to provide both opportunities of education and entertainment through the incorporation of Japanese popular culture, making Japanese manga available to students and non-students alike. This innovative space continues to provide a unique environment in which Japanese popular culture can be easily accessed. The library is currently run by local and international students at Monash.
The library is modeled on the concept of Japanese internet cafes, or manga kissa, offering an extensive collection of over 7000 Japanese manga and other related texts such as magazines and novels. The library provides an exclusive environment and opportunity to access popular Japanese culture from the past and present.
Our manga collection
The Manga Library houses a huge collection of over 7000 manga spanning most genres, including over 700 manga in English as well as a selection of bilingual manga.
Shonen and Shojo Manga
Shonen manga are written for a young male audience and include manga such as Dragon Ball, Slam Dunk and Saint Seya (all of which are in the library plus much more) Shojo manga are comics aimed at young girls. Our shojo collection includes such titles as Sailor Moon, Fruits Basket and the famous Glass Kamen series. We also have a great collection of manga for younger kids such as Doraemon and Chibi Maruko-chan.
Manga Classics and Seinen
The Manga Library also features such ground-breaking classics such as Miyazaki’s original Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind), Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and a huge collection of Osamu Tezuka’s masterpieces such as Tetsuwan atomu (Astro Boy), Hi no tori (Phoenix) and Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight).
Of course if you’re a salary man or an OL, we’ve got you covered too with manga like Golgo 13, Section Chief Kojima and OL Shinkaron.
For those interested in the manga youth culture we have Dragon Head, Monster and Project Arms.
Seminars and Workshops
The Manga Library hosts seminars and workshops bridging manga, manga research and manga translation. Upcoming workshops include:
For the library’s current opening hours, upcoming events and further information please contact the centre:
Address: Japanese Studies Centre, Building 54, Monash University Clayton campus