Questions tagged [manga-history]

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What is the first harem anime or manga? [duplicate]

Harem anime and manga has become pretty popular since the 90s. The first harem anime I saw was Tenchi, but I think that studio might've had an earlier, similar show. I think the definition of a harem ...
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Why are most mainstream comic books about superheroes while mainstream manga covers multiple genres? [closed]

For instance, Shonen is not a genre in itself but rather a target demographic. You can't say that Death Note has anything in similar with HunterxHunter. However, Superman, Batman and Spiderman are ...
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What was the first Hentai ever made?

I just want to ask what is the first Hentai manga and what is the first Hentai anime?
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Are there books which compare Western with Japanese storytelling structures and conventions?

I know a lot of people will say that the West and Japanese storytelling sensibilities are the same except for some minor differences. However, I don't agree at all. I was reading Hirohiko Araki's (...
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Is writing a manga more similar to writing a screenplay than writing a traditional comic book or even a western graphic novel?

The more I read about manga the more I realize that its skews heavily towards the visual. I'm wondering if there's graphic novel writer who talks about the differences between writing a manga and ...
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When & where did the unnatural hair color aka “You gotta have blue hair trope” originate?

I specifically want to know which manga or anime started the trend, so I can reason from there to the how question, in order to not make general assumptions. There was a time in manga/anime where ...
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How did Japonism, if at all, affect manga/anime?

While researching my own question How important was the invention of blue towards anime?, I landed relatively quickly on Hokusai, which was one of the key instigators of Japonisme. Japonisme, is ...
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Why do females always run like this?

There are many examples of completely serious or plainly normal scenes in anime where a girl is running but then, I have to burst out in laughter because they are swinging their arms horizontally left ...
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What are those lines under some anime characters eyes supposed to be / mean?

Some anime characters have lines under their eyes. I was wondering what it represents? Is it supposed to be like having dark circles under the eyes like some people in real life or? Below is a ...
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What percentage of hentai manga artists are female?

I've been wondering about that for a long time, and it turns out (after cursory googling) that a lot of the hentai mangas that get translated into English are drawn by female mangakas, according to ...
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What's the meaning behind the rarity item's classified in Anime/manga?

In anime, i always seen some item rarity that classified like S (super) SS (super super (?) ) maybe... i dont know and many alphabetic words. Why did they add like "S" for super on the classified ...
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What is the first ever produced anime and manga?

What is the first anime ever produced in Japan? And what is the first anime film and first anime series produced? I heard that it was Astro Boy, is that true? And what is the first ever manga ...
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How did “other world” or “isekai” stories gain so much popularity and where do they have their roots?

There are and have been so many stories of that type being released, especially in the light novel or manga section, and I noticed that these stories often follow a similar pattern and have a similar ...
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Significance of “cross” on cover page?

I was just wondering if there was any significance to the cross (like someone has put an 'x' across the picture) on certain manga covers. I noticed it recently with the titles Vampire-chan x Junior-...
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How did manga as we know it today come to be?

While researching my own question How important was the invention of blue towards anime?, I landed relatively quickly on Hokusai. The page states that Hokusai is incorrectly considered the precedent ...
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Why is pornographic anime and manga referred to as “hentai” by non-Japanese sources? And when did it start?

If you try to google "hentai definition" most result would define hentai as a Japanese genres of manga and anime with sexually explicit images and plots. But Wikipedia explains it otherwise: In ...
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Who started the format 18-36 pages in weekly and 36-60 pages in monthly manga magazine?

There are a bunch of manga magazines like: Weekly Weekly Shonen Jump Weekly Shonen Sunday Weekly Shonen Magazine and many more Monthly Monthly Urasunday Ultra Jump and many more There is a ...
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Rather then a company published manga, can a self-published manga become an adapted anime?

Did it ever happen before when self-published mangas become adapted into an anime without having mangas published by companies?
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Is there a complete physical archive of Weekly Shounen Jump (or Shounen Sunday or Shounen Magazine)?

Considering that Weekly Shounen Jump (or Sunday or Magazine) have given rise to many franchises of great cultural significance, is there a library, museum, or some place that has a complete physical ...
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Whats the origin of Harem genre

Harem is genre in Anime and Manga involving a Male protagonist surrounded by girls who have feelings for him Harem is a popular genre in the anime/manga industry but what are the origins of how it ...
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Why Japan makes most of Manga's which supplied to the world?

Almost 99% Manga are written in Japan. Why is that so? Do they have any culture which support it? e.g. Naruto, One Piece, Death Note, Fairy Tale, Bleach etc.
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What defines the art-style of Japanese manga?

Even though manga has lots of different art styles we still have an idea that certain styles are "manga style" and other ones aren't. What is it about an art style that lets us know it's manga style? ...
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Has a manga series ever affected Jump or similar magazines sales a lot?

For example when Naruto started or ended has the sales ever fluctuate?
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Before the era of Naruto, One Piece and Bleach being published simultaneously, was there ever another well-defined “Holy Trinity” of Manga?

I recall a few years ago (around 2011) the phrase "holy trinity" being thrown around to describe the size, magnitude and importance of One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto all running in Shonen Jump. Now, ...
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Are there anime named after a manga, but totally different from it?

Lots of manga get an anime adaption, and pretty often the anime's story deviates partly or a lot from the story told in the manga. This usually leads to different endings lacking information, or even ...
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How does a series go from manga to anime?

In a previous question, I asked about Dragon Ball Super being released before its manga. My question here is about the life cycle of a manga becoming an anime. From my understanding, an artist or ...
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When did the practice of having multiple series for a world begin?

I have seen at least two manga where there are multiple series told from the points of view of different characters, but all set in the same world and at or around the same time. First is chrome-...
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Did manga from North Korea undergo the same audience changes as in the rest of Asia?

I was looking at Tongil Tour's website and saw that manga is sold on the streets of the DPRK: I was able to find one manga that was translated into english and a site that sells books from the DPRK, ...
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Why are manga black and white?

This question triggered my curiosity for this question. Why most of manga are black and white? Is this because of more cost if they add colors to it?
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What is the origin of chibi versions of characters?

In anime and manga, there are versions of characters' drawings that are called "chibi" or "super deformed". What is the history behind this, and when did drawing chibi versions of characters start?
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What is the longest-running manga series that has already ended before september 2016?

Ah! My Goddess manga has run from september 1988 to june 2014, and that is 25 years, 9 months. Of the manga series that have already ended by this posting (before september 2016), what is the longest-...
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Why is shonen manga's goriness these days abundant?

So I just read The Promised Neverland and the goriness is kinda jarring for me (and it's in Weekly Shonen Jump). It's a not alone there, actually. HxH has its own share of goriness. Shingeki no Kyojin ...
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What was the first anime/manga/light novel to accurately represent Japanese school life?

A common theme in a number of anime/manga/light novels is that the cast are students currently going to school. While some titles use this as a backdrop to show how the cast used to have normal lives ...
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What was the first iyashikei series?

This essay on Reddit gives a pretty good definition for iyashikei: Iyashikei means “healing-type” and the genre’s works reflect this meaning. Iyashikei aims to heal the viewer through delivering a ...
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Are there any anime/manga that have caused outrage to the point of them being banned in any culture? [closed]

I want to know if there is any city/country or culture that has banned any manga/anime because it opposes their beliefs? I have read articles that say Pokemon is against Christianity; however, are ...
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What were the first anime and manga based on real idols?

AKB0048 (anime) and AKB49 (manga) are based on popular Japanese idol group AKB48. What were the first manga and anime based on real idols instead of fictional characters?
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Why are manga read from right to left? Has it always been so?

Why are manga read right to left? Has it always been so? Are there any exceptions? (Flipped mangas are excused from this question.)
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Origins of the nose-bleed in anime/manga

In a similar spirit to my previous question, I wonder who was the first artist to feature a nose-bleed when thinking, shall we say, "provocative thoughts"? Did it become popularized in anime/manga ...
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What is the origin (or first known work) of this “Reluctant Maou Heiress” trope we see in several contemporary works?

This "Reluctant Demon King (魔王 Maou) Heiress" trope seems to be a subversion of the classic "Hero vs Demons" fantasy genre. The demon king is gone, and the heir to the throne and/or the owner of Maou'...
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What should a university-level course about manga and anime culture cover as part of its curriculum?

This question is not asking about a course that teaches how to create manga or anime, but a curriculum of a course similar to English literature. Such course would teach the history and culture of ...
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Is it unusual for mangas to be in colour? [duplicate]

I have been reading some mangas lately and they seem to be commonly done in black and white rather than colour. Also, according to the community at other websites such as comicvine.com, they are ...
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Why are there different words for “manga” and “manhwa”?

So lately I have been noticing that a lot of people on fora tend to mistake manga and manhwa. And of course, I know that manga stands for comics made in Japan, and manhwa for comics made in Korea. ...
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Are anime that are not based on manga common?

Has there ever been an anime that was not based on a manga? I notice that most if not all were actually mangas before they were turned into a TV series. Is it common for an anime to be created ...
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What was the first manga magazine?

What was the first manga magazine? And what manga are published in there? I'm curious about this, I'm only familiar with Shonen Jump and it published in Japan by Shueisha from 1970 I was wondering if ...
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Relationship of Yin-Yang in Five Chakra nature elements

After reading this question about Chakra nature of Tailed Beasts. It came across my mind what is the relationship of the Yin-yang to the 5 Chakra nature elements? And how come you can classify a ...
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Origins of the sweat droplet [duplicate]

When an anime character is embarrassed, they often draw him/her with a sweat droplet. Which artist came up with this idea and how did it become so prevalent in anime/manga?
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Which might be the first anime and manga “time loop” type

In a few anime and manga the protagonist or entire group are stuck in certain time event can't make time move forward. I mean whatever the protagonist does, the day is always September 2 all the time. ...
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What was the first manga in color?

I know that there are mangas printed in color as opposed to black and white. One example of this is Colorful by Torajirō Kishi, which is the only one that I know of. What was the first manga that was ...