- 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
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.
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.
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.
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Information about this topic gathered in part from:
- Text Copyright 1995 Eri Izawa; further revisions in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 rei [at] mit [dot] edu)