Don’t confuse Anime and Manga!

Undeniably the greatness that Manga and Anime bring. They are all famous forms of entertainment typical of Japan, with countless famous cartoons and excellent comic works such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Attack on Titan or Your Name.

Manga and Anime both have huge fan communities around the world, not only in Japan.

At first glance, many of you will see that manga and anime have similarities, which creates a lot of confusion and controversy, there has even been a lot of debate among anime and manga fans. So what are they different and what makes each genre unique?

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What is Manga?

Manga is a Japanese term for comic books and cartoons in general from around the world (According to Wikipedia). In a simple sense, Manga is Japanese manga. For the Japanese, Manga is not just a form of entertainment, it is also a way to educate and a part of everyone’s childhood.

The manga has a rather complicated history. Many people believe that the origins of manga can be traced back to the 12th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that the name Manga was mentioned. After World War II, Manga has grown dramatically from many different stories, to works of art to writing style.

Besides contributing to helping Japan become one of the leading cultural exporters in the world, Manga has spread to the Western comic market and has become a phenomenon that attracts the attention of the world. Many fans went to learn Japanese in order to read Manga.

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For those who don’t like manga and anime, they might think manga and anime are just for kids and teenagers. However, manga has genres for all ages, from children and teenagers to adult comics with “adult” elements. And the same goes for Western comics.

Although both Western comics and Japanese Manga share similar concepts, there are some differences, usually in art styles and cultural elements:

The art style is perhaps the most obvious difference. Western comics are mostly realistic style (not 100% of course), while Manga often have more unique styles. In addition, Western comics will often have a variety of colors, while Japanese Manga will only have 2 colors black and white. On certain occasions, a manga chapter may have 1-2 color pages, in addition to manga coloring their numbers are quite low.

Manga originated in Japan, so it influenced a lot from Japanese culture, usually the order of reading, from right to left, unlike Western comics that read from left to right. Also, most manga are set in Japan, so it may be difficult for international readers. Gradually, however, the Manga mentioned more and more international routes, including in mythology or to locations around the world.