In MetaJLU, there is a list of resources for learning Japanese.

I thought this could be a good reference for something we might do here: create a list of works of reference that may introduce new users into the manga/anime world. This could go from technical works (that provide technical and theoretical details of manga/anime, as well as history of these media) to more informal works that would provide general views into Japanese/otaku culture (Peter Carey's Wrong About Japan comes to mind). It could also, if this kind of questions were to be considered on-topic, contain works that are concerned with the making of anime/manga.

This is just a general idea, but I think it could turn out to be a good thing. Leave your thoughts.

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    I mentioned this in Area51 but I think this would be a good way to link to legal/official streams as well.
    – atlantiza
    Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 3:56

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I think it's a very good idea. We have reference questions on Stack Overflow as well.

Only I don't think it should be done on the meta site, but on the main site, and as a community-wiki. This is a question regarding anime/manga, not about the anime/manga site, therefore I suggest we open it on the main site.

  • Ok, so after some discussion regarding the contents on such a list and how it should be operated, someone will create it.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 10:03
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    Since moderators only have that power to make nice CW, I think we should group the resources in Meta for now, and then we can move them to the Main site.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 10:06
  • By the way, whether the resources go to the Main site or stay on Meta is quite indifferent. But having them on the main site will make them more searchable. :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 18:17

I would propose the following categories for a resource list here:

  • Legal online (English) anime sources
  • Legal online (English) manga sources
  • Links to anime/manga import companies
  • Books about Anime/Manga as art or culture
  • Indexing sites (this might be tricky... as most are fansub indexers... allowed or not?)
  • Major Japanese (language) anime/manga fansites (questionable...)

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