Questions tagged [manga-production]

Questions pertaining to the process of illustrating, processing, publishing, editing, or otherwise creating manga. This tag generally should NOT be used for questions about things like characterization, thematic elements, or other artistic concerns and certainly not for identification requests

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Has an anime ever come out before the manga was published?

I got into a debate with a friend about whether or not it's possible for an anime to come out before its manga. He claimed that there were several instances where the anime actually preceded the ...
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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 are the legality rules in terms of manga translations?

I know that fan-translated scans and scanned official pages are illegal when a manga is released in English, but I was never sure what the rules were if the manga hasn't been released in English. What ...
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What is the difference between doujinshi and manga?

Doujinshi seem to represent usually works of amateurs, but that is a subjective measure. What is the objective difference between both works?
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Is anime production more efficient than manga production?

To explain, I want to know whether it is more efficient to produce anime or manga, and why. Anime: Needs to be made frame by frame need people to record voice. Manga: Needs lots of paper has to ...
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How does a mangaka get paid?

From what I have seen from anime and heard, doujinshi artists get paid per book they sell at places like Comiket or online, but you have some mangaka who release one chapter per issue of serialized ...
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Why are anime girls drawn without pubic hair?

Why are there no hair drawn down there or anywhere apart from FEMALE character's heads in anime? I heard it was illegal from my friend. Were they making it up?
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What are these color pages for?

If noticed it in several manga now. A extra page added in a fully covered overlay, usually followed by the identical page in either full color or normal colorless. They tend to be red(ish), blue or ...
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What are the steps involved in making a professional manga?

I've been watching Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun and I was surprised at the range of different things that were involved in the process of making a manga - like inking and cutting out sparkles to stick on ...
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Who generally owns the rights for a manga or anime?

Who generally owns the intellectual property (IP) rights to manga characters and stories? In the USA, comic books are generally produced by a team -- writer, artist, inker, colorist, letterer, editor,...
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If the anime came first, what is considered “canon”?

In the case of many anime where the manga came first, things that are included in the anime but not the manga (such as filler arcs) seem to be not considered totally canon to the series, indicating ...
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Why is anime produced faster than manga?

Anime is colorful. It has voice and music. It contains tens of thousands of frames. It requires advanced computer software and high level of technology. On the other hand, manga is nothing but a ...
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What is the purpose of one-shot manga?

One-shot manga usually only consist of one chapter, so what is their purpose? Is it mainly for promotion, filler or contest? And do they have their own media (like a magazine that only consists of one-...
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Is manga censorship in Western countries always done with author consent?

Censorship is usually seen as an act against the author's will. Talking with an editor in my country (Italy) working for a publishing house in the erotic manga market, he tells me that censorship for ...
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Where can I buy raw manga in PDF format?

I'd like to purchase the original Japanese manga in digital form but prefer in PDF format as I don't want to be tied down to using a particular website or even losing my purchased manga (I remember ...
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What is the role of mangaka assistants?

Several mangaka have assistants to help them with producing their manga. Do these assistants perform a standard set of well-defined tasks (similar to a movie's assistant director), or does each ...
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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 ...
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Are there any non-Japanese manga/anime authors or studios?

Manga and anime famously originate from Japan, and the vast majority of the big names in manga and anime are Japanese; Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, Hiromu Arakawa, and Masashi Kishimoto come to mind. ...
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Do manga artists draw their comics by hand or use computers?

In the Bakuman manga, the authors show that the manga artists create a manga without using any technology like computers. Is that how the mangas are drawn?
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Can a mangaka continue another mangaka's manga?

There are plenty of manga that never had an ending for many reasons. For example, High School of the Dead's mangaka, Daisuke Satou, has passed away. Some mangaka also cannot continue their work ...
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How do they serialize manga in Japan?

My friend and I had a conversation the other day about manga in the U.S. and in Japan. I know that in the U.S. manga is sold in the form of a book. My friend said that One Piece and some others are ...
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What is the color of a manga paper?

The background color of a manga paper when scanned online is changed by the scanlators to white (#FFFFFF). However, this is not the background color in an actual manga book. the color in the manga ...
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How far ahead is planning done before a manga is released?

The question speaks for itself. I have always wondered how many of these amazing plots just unwind so naturally. Is it done as they go along or do they have separate set sessions for developing ideas, ...
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Law regarding doujinshi

Doujinshi, as defined on Wikipedia, are self-published works. While not all doujinshi are derived from other manga, they mostly are, like the many Touhou and Naruto doujins. The works that they are ...
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Was Bakuman deliberately made to attract new manga artists in the industry?

The manga and anime Bakuman talks about two middle school boys wanting to be published on a Shonen magazine. The anime clearly set a goal and create antagonists for narration purposes but the story ...
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Is it common for a writer to write for more than one demographic?

CLAMP writes for more than one demographic of manga--Cardcaptor Sakura is shoujo while Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is shounen and xxxHolic is seinen. Masashi Kishimoto, the author of Naruto, however,...
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Is there filler manga?

When watching anime I often come across filler episodes or arcs. They are often episodes that are not described in the manga. I haven't read much manga, so I was wondering: Does manga also have ...
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What is the most popular demographic?

I know that, in general, the higher-ranked manga tend to be shounen, such as One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto (based generally, I think, on readership). Is there anything showing general demographic ...
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What does “It will restart in issue #1” mean?

The last page of Naruto Ch. 655 says, "Next week the series takes a break. It will restart in issue #1." I don't understand what issue #1 means. Could someone kindly explain?
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Why are manga cover pages not relevant with the current arc?

In manga cover pages for the tankoubon version, I find it funny that the cover page always/often is not related to the content of the book. Usually there is a big event of sorts that are drawn on the ...
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There's a manga I like and I want it published in the West. What can I do about it?

It's not just one single manga, there are quite a few that I like and that are not published in the West. Some of them are moderately popular in Japan, but most are obscure. The vast majority are ...
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Why do the stronger enemies in anime/manga tend to look more human?

So if the question sounded a bit confusing, allow me to explain. In media that feature a lot of non-human characters, such as many video games, anime, manga, or movies, the low-level enemies always ...
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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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Why do anime and manga use the same faces?

Many shows use the same face template throughout. Why do they use this?
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Why do manwha more oftenly have colored pages then manga?

Lately, I been reading quite some more manwha cause of their good stories. But I can't help but notice that manwha use a lot more colored pages, sometimes even fully colored volumes. Or just all pages ...
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Do Japanese manga magazines have ISSNs?

I know Viz's Shonen Jump has an ISSN (1545-7818), but that's from North America. Do any Japanese manga magazines (e.g. Weekly Shonen Jump, Monthly Shonen Gangan, Dengeki Daioh, Comic Yuri Hime, etc.) ...
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Why is there so much nudity in anime and manga?

I have been watching anime & reading manga since 2 years ago. There are so many good anime and manga, but I find it somewhat strange that there is so much nudity in Japanese TV shows, anime, and ...
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Is there any other manga artist/s whose style is like CLAMP's?

Is there any other manga artist/s (famous or not-so-famous) who caters anime or manga like CLAMP's style? I'm talking about the cross-over style or the re-using of anime characters from one of their ...
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Who decides the usage of furigana in a manga?

Recently I started to seriously read digital manga in Japanese by utilizing their free-reading (立ち読み: read while standing) feature for some first chapters. Then I realized that some serieses use ...
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Why do light novels and manga have long titles?

So, I came across these comments in an r/manga post: KibaTeo: Even a short series became an isekai MonochromeGuy: That statement itself just sounds like a LN title. in0ri: Gotta triple ...
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Are anime episodes/manga chapters really free?

I believe almost all of the people watching anime or reading manga get them from various sites like watchop.com, Crunchyroll, anime44, etc., and similarly for manga there are various sites. But are ...
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What is this sheet Toshinou Kyouko is using?

While I was looking for a cute image to post in the chat room, I came across this image I remember in Season 2 Episode 8 - Chinatsu Unrivalled (I think), Toshinō Kyōko gets everyone to help her with ...
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Which is the manga series with the highest number of volumes?

There are some famous manga like One Piece have 77 volumes and are still ongoing or Naruto which has 72 volumes. Which manga series is the one with the highest number of volumes ?
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Are manga artists really pressured by the editors not to put dangerous or illegal scenes in their works?

In the Monthly Girls' Nozaki Kun (both in the episode 1 of the anime and chapter 1 of the manga), Nozaki tells Sakura that the bicycle scene cannot have tandem riding because it is against the vehicle ...
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Thematic or mood effects of shadow placement on a character's face?

Not sure if this is on topic here as it's not a question about a specific manga... or even specifically about manga, but about comic books in general. The use of shadow is important for conveying ...
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Are there any female mangaka pretending to be a male?

Manga magazines are usually targeted to a specific age and gender of readers. Usually shounen manga are written by males even if there are notable examples of female artists working on shounen series (...
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What is the block used to symbolize the end of a chapter called?

What do they call this bar? Is there official terminology for it? Sometimes they add filler text to explain the predicament the heroes are in inside of it or surrounding it. It also somewhat seems ...
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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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What phenomenon are at play such that the “Big Four” are limited to four and not a growing list?

I've heard a list of anime referred to as "The Big Four": Dragon Ball Z Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden One Piece Bleach What phenomenon are at play that there aren't more than 4 anime like these? I ...
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Why is manga typically created with screentones rather than grayscale fills?

I was recently introduced to the screen-tone process. Here's a short video for reference. Why was this, and why is this still the prominent technique for coloring manga? What advantages do screen-...