What is Manga?

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Manga is a Japanese term originating in Japan. The word was derived from the Japanese words “man” which means indiscriminate and “ga” which means picture.  In another definition, the word “man” also means rambling, aimless, and “ga” still means picture.

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Manga is usually adapted into anime, which is a style of Japanese film and television animation.  Manga didn’t resemble comics until 1947, following World War II.  Japanese scrolls with drawings resembling modern manga can be traced to the 12th century.

Manga is considered odd from a Western standpoint, because of how it’s meant to be read. Comics in America, for instance, are read from the left side to the right side, while manga begins on the right and goes to the left. Manga also may seem backwards, because the front cover is where the back of a book would begin for a comic.

Some well-known manga are “Dragon Ball Z” and “Naruto”. These manga are not as well-known as their anime adaptions to television shows, as is the case with most manga. There is no manga that is more popular than its anime counterpart. According to multiple sites on Google, the most popular manga is called “Bleach”, while the most popular anime is “Dragon Ball Z”. This is based on sales of manga books and views of anime episodes.

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