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.
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