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Media Resources

Japanese Media Resources

A wide variety of Japanese media including manga, anime, movies, newspapers, and magazines are available for students at Swarthmore College.


McCabe Library has collected a wide variety of Japanese manga (comics/graphic novels) for all age groups. You can find these by using the subject term "Graphic Novels Japan" in Tripod. The McCabe manga collection includes multivolume sets of: Aishiteruze Beibe (I Love You, Baby) by Yôko Maki; Beresaiyu no bara (The Rose of Versailles) by Riyoko Ikeda; Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka; BLEACH by Taito Kubo, Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (in English); Chobits by CLAMP; Death Note by Takeshi Obata; Dôbutsu no Oishasan (Animal Doctor) by Noriko Sasaki; Doraemon by Fujiko F. Fujio; Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya; Ginga testudô (Galaxy Epress 999) by Reiji Matsumoto; Hakane no renkinjutsu (Fullmetal Alchemist) by Hiromu Arakawa; Hi no tori (The Firebird) by Tezuka Osamu; Kachô Shima Kôsaku by Kinji Hirugane; MARS by Fuyumi Soryo; Nana by Ai Yazawa; Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto; Pô no ichizoku (The Family of Poe) by Moto Hagio; Shin Rupan Sansei (Lupin III) by Monkey Punch; and Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue.

Anime and Live Action Films

Swarthmore and its Tri-Co partners have a growing collection of Japanese films and anime, from silent-period classics to the most recent movies. Swarthmore's Japanese Film Collection is held in McCabe Library and the Language Resource Center (LRC), and all the films are all cataloged in Tripod. Tripod allows for a video/DVD search by keyword, genre, director, etc. For example, you can search select "genre" and search for "samurai films." To find Japanese anime, try the keywords "Japan animated films". To browse all Japanese and Japan-related films, just type "Japan" as the keyword. For the most recent acquisitions, sort your findings by date.


Hard copies of the Asahi Shinbun Newspaper are available for browsing in the newspaper lounge of McCabe Library.

Special Collections

Japan-related materials in special collections at Swarthmore College include a collection of rare materials related to educator, diplomat, and author Inazô Nitobe in the Swarthmore Peace Collection and Friends Historical Library; and an exquisite set of Japanese Lantern Slides from the E. Raymond Wilson Collection.

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