I had bought Kana De Manga on a whim two years ago. I remember that day as if it was yesterday, It was a saturday morning and I decided to pass the time by buying more books to add to my collection. It was out of Barnes and Nobles or Walden Books (AKA Borders.) I choose to scour the books at Borders since it was less crowded, and as I was searching for something interesting to read -- I came across the "How-to" section of the store. I've always knew I'd start learning Japanese one day, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend money on a book that I might not learn anything from.
In the end I swallowed my tongue and bought the first book in the Kana De Manga edition. Till this day I can't say how much I love it. I've learned the Japanese ABC's in Hiragana and Katakana in a short span of time. There's excellent examples on every page. The book shows you the letter written in Hiragana and Katakana with a description of the letter your learning and a example of how to write the letter. In Japanese writing there is a certain way to begin and end the strokes correctly; so you'll write like other Japanese Natives.
Let's not forget the charts they have on the front and back of the book for reference. I always use these charts when If I forget the spelling of an letter.This was an excellent start for a beginner like myself.