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There can be different reasons for that, let's try to imagine some of them. Lower cost. This is obvious (just compare the prices for black inc cartridges and color cartridges for your printer to see the difference). Also consider that lower cost of production causes lower prices for the end product - so the readers will be more eager to buy manga. Faster ...


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What is thought to be the first anime was a 3 second clip that is 50 frames long, called Katsudo Shashin. In it, a boy writes 活動写真, which means "moving pictures" on a board. Its creator and date of creation are unknown, but it is thought to be from circa 1907. There is an anime short from June 1917 named なまくら刀 (An Obtuse Sword) that is 2 minutes long and a ...


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The traditional Japanese written language goes from right to left. Books in Japan tend to start from the "right-most" side. It's only natural that manga publications follow the same format. Traditionally, Japanese is written in a format called tategaki (縦書き?), which copies the traditional Chinese system. In this format, the characters are written in ...


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The First Anime Astroboy's Claim to Fame Astroboy (1963) is often thought to be the "first anime", but that's false. It does merit some firsts though: it was the first anime to be broadcast overseas, and also the first anime that was broadcast regularly that lasted a full TV slot's duration. What Astroboy isn't, and the real 'first anime' The first ...


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The use of chibis was supposedly started due to Sailor Moon. The term Chibi was popularized by the anime Sailor Moon in the character Chibiusa/Chibi-Moon, who is the daughter of Sailor Moon/Usagi ("Chibi-Usa" as in "Chibi Usagi"). An even tinier character in the same anime was named Chibi Chibi (approximately 3 years old). (Modified 23 September 2009; ...


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Some Notes Before Reading This is an imaginary course that I have created. I think it gives a broad enough overview of the subject for a single term, but I think it could be extended easily to a two term course if a more in-depth knowledge was required. I'm assuming 1 hour lectures twice a week, enough time in seminars to do full screenings, and a ...


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The history of Japanese hentai manga is very, very old. For example, The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife (NSFW) was drawn in 1814. The work is also known as the earliest tentacle erotica. In 1722, the government created a law to ban hentai manga. This means hentai manga had already been known in public. For Japanese hentai anime, Wikipedia entry says Suzumi-...


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Let's take a quick sample of full-length non-children's anime that began airing during the current season (Winter 2014) and see which are based on manga. Based on a manga: D-Frag; Engaged to the Unidentified; Hoozuki no Reitetsu; Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha; Maken-ki 2; Nisekoi; Nobunagun; Noragami; Saki Zenkoku-hen; Sakura Trick; Seitokai Yakuindomo 2; Silver ...


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Of course, North Korea is pretty secretive so not much information is out there in the open - but I did contact the owner of this North Korean manhwa collection and he gave me some insight of his own. You'll see that "Blizzard" is clearly for an older readership than the others, but most of them are aimed at children. There are also manhwa explicitly used ...


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Sorry, this is not manga, but I'd like to mention The Idolmaster. The original game of The Idolmaster is an arcade game about producing girls as idols. However, the first anime series Idolmaster: Xenoglossia is a robot anime. Girls ride big robots named "IDOL". EDIT: Added some background of my understanding. Mushi Production Mushi Production is one of ...


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In the Wikipedia page for "Manga", it says this about the history: In 1905 the manga-magazine publishing boom started with the Russo-Japanese War, Tokyo Pakku was created and became a huge hit. After Tokyo Pakku in 1905, a female version of Shōnen Sekai was created and named Shōjo Sekai, considered the first shōjo magazine. Shōnen Pakku was made and is ...


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Briefly: manhwa is the Korean reading of the word 漫画, while manga is the Japanese reading.1 In their respective languages, both words basically mean the same thing - "comics". In English, we use the Korean reading manhwa to refer to Korean comics, and the Japanese reading manga to refer to Japanese comics. Why do we have different words for these things? ...


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As far as I know, 『アイドルコミックス・実録まんが岡田有希子』 Idol Comics: Documentary Manga Yukiko Okada (published by Gakken in 1984) featuring the story of Yukiko Okada's early life until her debut could be the first of its kind. Update: Idol Comics was a series of manga based on the real lives of not only idols, but also famous baseball players and pro wrestlers ("idol" in ...


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According to an article in Japanese Wikipedia, critics like Hiroki Azuma and Masachi Osawa have cited Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984) as the "pioneering work" or "classical work" featuring this structure in the Japanese anime/manga field. After this movie, the otaku industry experienced a surge in the use of this plot device. Arguably, the ...


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As Beska notes in useful comments at the related question Does the “bloody nose” trope necessarily imply a sexual situation?, I think it steps around the question: whether there is a difference between what is understood in normal Japanese society vs anime. and However, when I mentioned this to a Japanese person (someone who was not a big anime ...


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As an artist, I can say that coloring with high quality really requires a LOT of time and effort even for anime art styles. It is nothing like a coloring book, because you really have to make it perfect or near-perfect for a public audience, and you also have to do shading and highlights (for most styles). So, coloring is generally reserved for finer ...


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Ha ha ha ha ha OH YES. China: Death Note, Code Geass (temporarily), Blood-C, Psycho-Pass, Attack on Titan, Deadman Wonderland and more and anything with yaoi content France: Temporarily banned Kinnikuman for having a heroic character that wore a swastika Iran: Basically everything is banned unless the Ministry of Islamic Culture approves it (unlikely to ...


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The series mentioned by senshin in the comments are hard to beat. But here is a new record: Chiisana Koi no Monogatari (小さな恋のものがたり) ran for 52 years, from 1962 to 2014. It was created by Chikako Mitsuhashi and published by Manga Time. A total of 43 were published. Sources: wikipedia and myanimelist. According to the same wikipedia article, the record to ...


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(This was originally going to be a comment, but I'm going to go ahead and make this an answer and explain why I'm not sure it is possible to effectively answer this question. I could well be convinced otherwise, though!) Unlike obscenity, you don't know (old) iyashikei when you see it So, here's the problem, as I see it. iyashikei is one of those things ...


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The concept of Big 3 is really vague. Some say it's just a made up word for the current popular manga in the West, which is One Piece, Naruto and Bleach during the early 2000s. At the same time, online streaming is getting popular around that time, mainly Youtube and Crunchyroll for anime, and also the internet is booming at the same time (stocks of dotcoms, ...


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Japan makes the world's manga because, manga is, by English-language definitions, Japanese​. In reference to manga published in the United States, Wikipedia states: [T]he original parent loan word, manga, is still used by publishers such as Tokyopop, Harper Collins, and various small presses as a blanket term for all of their bound graphic novels—without ...


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The first anime or manga to have all the elements of the harem genre is Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OVA anime: 1992). It has multiple female characters pursuing the same male lead, a constant presence in his life, in this case living with him in the same house. Like most examples of this genre the main character acquired his harem accidentally and doesn't ...


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There are a few anime adaptations of doujins and Artist CGs, like Z-Ton's "A Beautiful Greed" and Maron Maron's "Yareruko! Densha Ecchi", both of these are NSFW. Also that short anime "Getsuyoubi no Tawawa" was based on illustrations Himura Kiseki posted on pixiv that later got released as compilations on Comiket, so this is a doujin as well. Those are the ...


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Looking at a WARNING! TvTropes WARNING! One thing is clear, this kind of running is an exageration. So you will not probably find examples in real world. But what is it exageration of? That character is female and that she is a ditz. In proper "girly run" arms are close to body and move in controlled way. This (supposedly) allows control of bouncing breasts....


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"Manga textbooks" for studying science and math are nice examples of what would be an exception. It's troublesome to keep the tategaki if you want to have some equations in them.


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For What is the relationship of the Yin-yang to the 5 Chakra nature elements? Base from here: Yin relates to one's spiritual energy and Yang relates to one's physical energy and it's necessary to utilise both of these in order to mould chakra for ninjutsu. According to Yamato, the manipulation of Yin and Yang is the source of non-elemental ...


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Isekai: The genre that took over modern anime is a video by Gigguk that, while amusing, also covers a lot of the actual history. Essentially, the idea of being pulled into another world is at least as old as "Alice in Wonderland" (although you could probably find some proto-isekai in works like Dante's Inferno or even folk tales of the land of Faerie). What'...


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You're comparing apples with Ferraris here. Western comics as we consume them place more of an emphasis on the characters themselves as their selling point and charm, which is the chief reason that all three of the series you've mentioned have been told and retold time and again, and all exist in their own universes, with little to no bleed over. Manga as ...


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I haven't seen firsthand proof that shounen manga are getting more violent, but let's say it's true. It does happen; popular media seem to follow weird cycles where the average level of violence rises steadily for a while, until you get to peak violence, and then there's a violence recession and things calm down for a while. In American film, the major peak ...


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Anime might be produced based from many types of different stuff, not limited to manga, but also other stuff, like light novels. There are also some anime that aren't based on any manga. From my understanding an artist or mangaka creates their comic called manga and it gets published by a major studio if it's deemed worthy. Yes, this is pretty much ...


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