Here is a list to give to the reader of graphic novel literature a la Maus
who has not yet experienced manga or has not been able to separate the gems from the junk. (Alas, what is popular is not necessarily what is good, and American publishers are generally only interested in the former, so pickings are rather slim.)A, A'
by HAGIO, Moto - A minor sci-fi work from one of the greatest Japanese manga artists.Banana Fish
by YOSHIDA, Akimi - Consistently ranked the best manga title ever by readers. A gang/Mafia thriller.Death Note
by OHBA, Tsugumi and OBATA, Takeshi - Surprisingly good, especially the first story arc.Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga
by AIHARA, Koji and TAKEKUMA, Kentaro - Everything you ever wanted (or didn't want, as the case may be) to know about manga...played for laughs.Nodame Cantabile
by NINOMIYA, Tomoko - An eccentric romantic comedy.Phoenix
by TEZUKA, Osamu - The God of Manga's magnum opus.Planetes
by YUKIMURA, Makoto - A sci-fi story that takes itself quite seriously. Not bad.Secret Comics Japan
by various - A glimpse into the world of avant-garde manga publishing.Short Cuts
by FURUYA, Usamaru - Clever, hilarious, and technically-perfect even when there's no deep message.Tramps Like Us
by OGAWA, Yayoi - Addresses feminist and post-feminist concerns of contemporary Japanese women.