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Anime and Manga World: What You Should Know About Anime and Manga


Anime and Manga World: What You Should Know About Anime and Manga

Anime and Manga became very popular throughout the world the last two decades. Their popularity derives from their originality and. In this article we will cover a few basics that every Anime and Manga enthusiast should know. We will view Anime and Manga as two separate concepts, which is a nice way to go. I hope you will enjoy reading this article.

Anime is an abbreviated pronunciation of a Japanese word which means Animation. In English Anime means Japanese Animation. This original style of animation was developed in the 60s in Japan and became very popular around the world in the 90s. Today it has a huge audience in Japan and global recognition. Apart from the numerous websites about Anime you can find millions of related videos on YouTube. Anime can be hand-drawn or computer animated.

One of the Pioneers of Anime, Osamu Tezuka, who was later called a “Legend” or “God of Manga”, adapted and simplified many American animation techniques to produce material in a short time, with the help of inexperienced staff. The result was astonishing and inspired many people to get involved in the Anime business. Osamu Tezuka gave to this industry its great authenticity and increased its acceptance in the markets worldwide.

Manga on the other hand is a pronunciation of a Japanese word which means Whimsical pictures. It consist of comics and print cartoons. In Japan it is also called “Komikku”. It is a special cartoon style which is considered an art and was developed in Japan around 1870. Today Manga has a large audience of all ages in Japan. You can find all kinds of subjects: drama, comedy, mystery, horror, fantasy, action etc. The Japanese Manga market was over $3 billion in 2009 while the Canadian Manga market was over $170 million the same year. This clearly shows that Manga has become increasingly popular around the world.

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You can find black and white Manga (which is very common) and colorful ones. Usually the story is separated in episodes which are presented in Manga magazines (one episode to be continued in the next issue). If the story becomes a success, collected chapters may be republished in paperback books. In Japan these are called “Tankobon”. A Manga artist is called “Mangaka” in Japanese. These artists usually work in small studios with the help of their staff. Many successful Manga stories where remakes of popular Hollywood movies.

So, these are the things every Anime and Manga enthusiast should know more or less. Broaden your knowledge by searching the web (there are countless Anime and Manga websites) or reading related books and magazines.