Anime & Manga became very popular throughout the world the last two decades. Their popularity derives from their originality. In this article we will cover a few basics that every Anime & 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.
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 & Manga enthusiast should know more or less. Broaden your knowledge by searching the web (there are countless Anime & Manga websites) or reading related books and magazines.
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