Explaining Manga

Manga (maw-n-gah) is :

  • Japanese comics, graphic novels
  • Read from Right to Left, upper right corner to lower left corner
  • Written for everyone, and are available in different genres
  • Drawing style is distinctive – most usually with huge hair and large eyes
  • Focused on character development
  • Mix of harsh reality with the tantalizing world of fantasy – often portray characters going to work or school
  • Manga tend to portray technology sympathetically
  • Usually written by a single author with input by an editor
  • Manga also tend to be drawn for a weekly or biweekly publication containing numerous other comics by other authors — and the editors expect cliffhangers/you-really-want-to-read-the-next-issue endings each time

Major Classification of Manga

Shojo : aimed at girls and women. These manga usually feature love relationships and intense self discovery.

  • La Corda d’Oro
  • Otomen

Shonen : aimed at boys up to 18 years old. This manga is most likely to feature stories about robots, space-travel, sports and heroic adventures.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh
  • Naruto

Seinen : aimed at men 18 – 30 years old. This manga is similar to Shonen manga, but is more likely to contain adult content. The stories will highlight slapstick humor, honor, and adventures.

  • Bleach
  • Bakuman

Seijin : adult content aimed at men over 30 years old.

Manga-influenced comics can be found in other parts of the world, but are known by different names to distinguish these comics from Japanese manga.

Taiwan  = manhua
China  = manhua
South Korea = manhwa
France  = la nouvelle manga

Useful Websites

Baka Updates : news and information about manga release dates, and series data

Manga Joujou : news and reviews about manga series

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