What Is Manga? A Simple Explaination

My friend recently asked me what is manga. Good question, it is good enough that I decided to let the whole world know my answer because it is not going to be a short one. Excuse me for any wandering, as this is a lengthy article, and it follows my chain of thoughts, basically. You can also visit our blog for my Reviews of Novel.

Many People think that manga is simply comics made in the Japan, and likewise, anime are the Japanese adaption of animation. More than often, an anime is the adaption of a popular manga. Partially, it is true, but it can also be pretty misleading for some people. For a word to word translation, anime can be applied for any animated films or movies, and manga is the term used for any cartoon that is printed or published in readable form. I have heard many people say that Japanese steal the Western comics essence to make manga, because of the frames, bubbles that contain conversation, the characters that tend to have big eyes and fair skins, and such. But in fact, it is entirely not true. For a very very long time, the Japanese have been making art that has cartoonish characteristics, some works that portray the Historical Fiction can be traced down to more than hundreds years ago.

 The oldest evidence still bears some striking resemble the modern comics nowaday. The ink drawings from the old times often feature humorous drawings, or animals and caricatured people. When the father of the modern manga as we know nowadays come into the market, he brought some Western elements into Japanese manga. This man is called Tezuka Osamu, who was somewhat influenced by  Max Fleisher and Disney, the founders of western comic culture. However, he still keeps what makes Japanese manga distinct from the Western manga, which are the simple lines and the stylized features. In fact, if we talk about how Japanese manga is influenced by other culture, maybe the Chinese have much more of an impression in comparison with the Western.