Usenet Manga Guide

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Title: Usenet Manga Guide, The Ultimate Manga Guide
External Links: The Ultimate Manga Guide
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In its own words: "Since its inception in 1992, the Usenet Manga Guide has been one of the largest, most comprehensive and up-to-date references for manga in the English language." It started as a text file circulated via rec.arts.manga.

It was later adapted to a web version called The Ultimate Manga Guide maintained by Peter Van Huffel. This version was updated between 1997 and 2004. It won multiple awards including Pick of the Year in 1998 from the Anime Web Turnpike.

Since 2004, other sources of English-language information on manga have grown. Wikipedia now has a fair amount of information on well-known series, and many scanlation tracking sites like Manga Updates also provide general information about the original Japanese series. However, the Ultimate Manga Guide's emphasis on tankoubon rather than scanlations, doujinshi, or magazines and its coverage of a number of obscure series still set it apart.


  • Chih-Ping Kuo - 1992
  • Iain Sinclair - 1992-1997
  • Peter Van Huffel - 1997-present?


In addition to many individual contributions by users of the guide, large portions of the information were found in Fukuya's Comic Catalog and Touhan's monthly manga releases sheets.