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Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday Mystery: Manga

As requested by a special blogger I thought for this Monday I would talk about mangas. A few years ago--say 6 or so--I was addicted to mangas. I'm sure some of you were as well (Steph~). I wanted to pass on what I learned and what series you should attempt.

First off, what is a manga? "Manga are Japanese comic books. Manga is often made into Japanese cartoons, or Anime. The art in Manga has a very definite look to it and is often referred to as “Manga Style.”' Go here to wiki for more details.

Manga has evolved quite drastically over the years. There are the classics and there are the more modern ones. Modern styles are much more detailed and sharp than compared to the roundness and simplistic of the classics. Think Astro Boy and Bleach. Two very different styles of artwork. I will go into further details in regard to actual titles of mangas.

This might also vary according to the mangaka (a term describing the artist/author). Some have the same style throughout their entire works and sometimes progressively change in one series. Typically it starts off not so "good" but the mangakas grow into it and becomes better toward the middle of the series. The older and more wiser sets, you do not really see much of a difference. It depends on the amount of experience they each have.

If you happen to enjoy or obsess over mangas, you are usually considered an "otaku". There are many terms when it comes to mangas. Once you read more you can familiarize yourself and gradually understand most of it. There are a lot of terms that most mangas would assume you already now.

Genres. There are a lot of genres. Shojou, Shonen, Josei, Yuri, Yaoi, and the typical action, adventure and more. More into that later on.

Aside from Japan, other countries have gotten into this fad. Korea, China, and America itself are producing their own types of "manga" with a different term of course. Again, more into that later.

So what would like to me cover? I will going over popular titles, different titles for different genres (a manga that focuses on music), and various other countries step into mangas with their own popular titles. I will also talk about what I'm currently reading! So stay turn while I figure this all out. If anyone wants to add anything or help me (!) don't hesitate to email me.

14 comments:

  1. oh cool I think it would be neat if you covered all the genres that you mentioned here. Don't forget manga porn. I know that is your fav!

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  2. oh I found it! It is called Hentai. yay :3

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  3. Sharonanne: Did you know a man got arrested for owning hentai? Up to possibly 3 years in jail!

    But anyway, Yan! Is that your collection? Cause if it is, oh my god is all I can say as your fellow manga fan. I've been addicted to manga for about five years. >< Still loving it. =D (As anyone can tell if they watch my blog...)

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  4. Diana: Oh goodness no! I used to collect them but with my 10 year old allowance, they get way too expensive! I used to have like 15 or so before I ended up just giving it away to my friends. I have a friend who has like 40+ mangas o_o it was so pretty--but the money! ah!

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  5. You gave them away? Aw, you could have given them to me! Haha.

    40+ is not a lot. Not as much as three full complete bookshelves or more. Example of one of many crazy otakus: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/cynicaltwister/June28thManga02.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/cynicaltwister/June28thManga01.jpg

    I've seen more than that before online. I think it took up the entire side of a room! (I own about 150 mangas myself)

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  6. oh man, I've got soooo many of these. I've even ordered some japanese ones so I could finish the series sooner. I had an extreme addiciton to Inuyasha, Some of my recent favorites are Tsubassa Chronicles and Vampire Knight.

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  7. wow who asked for you to talk about this. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz kidding kidding! Can't wait to hear more. And how for my special face :3

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  8. Yay!! I'm quite a manga nerd myself, so seeing blogs talk about it always makes me a little happy. :3

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  9. I have a manga for review. I've never read a manga before! I don't know what to do with all the pictures! :)

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  10. Woah look at your collection, so huge!! I want to know what mangas you read. Usually I watch anime and if I find it interesting, I'll search for the manga. Seriously there're so many series I don't know which one to pick up.

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  11. Great post! I love manga. *happy sigh* I'd love to see some recommendations--my family and I are always looking for new great series to start reaading!

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  12. I love manga-I've been reading it more since I started working as a teen librarian. You gotta know your manga in that job! I just found out that Shojo Beat Mag is ceasing publication-sniff! Any suggestions to fill the void that will be left in my library?

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  13. uhmm thanks for the mention xD

    for an easy way to read manga without the expenses, you can always go online for manga scans. that's usually where i read my mangas. there's no way i can pay for them xD and its also where i get my wealth of info from. :D

    and @sharon: ahahaha hentaiii. there was this one kid i knew who was obsessed with it (sooo awkward but yeaa). i even tried watching it once. scarred me for life >.>

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  14. Your manga shelf looks very familiar... oh yeah! It's mine! :)

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