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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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I believe Japan's obscenity laws have some particular rules regarding pubic hair. Also, often hentai artists prefer a hairless body for their particular demographic / fetish / etc. Up until the mid 1990s, pubic hair had to be censored in Japanese media. The law has been relaxed since, but as it had been common to do without hair, many artists continued with ...


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Yes, there are exceptions to the "rule" that an anime must be inspired by a manga. There are indeed some anime that do not have a manga corresponding, and other such things. But yes, there are also anime series which inspired one or more manga. The following list are some of the (arbitrarily selected as recognizable) names from a more complete list ...


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Doujinshi is closer to what we think of as "indie/self-published" comics compared to manga. Professionals can produce doujinshi as well as amateurs, and many mangaka will produce doujinshi on the side when they're otherwise unable to produce a certain work for legal reasons. Doujinshi are often, but not limited to: Fanart of pre-existing intellectual ...


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This is a matter of international copyright law, and as such is fairly complicated and depends on where you live. However, for most of the developed world the laws are fairly standardized and so, if you're willing to paint with broad brush-strokes and ignore technical nuances, the laws are all pretty universal. Most countries in the world are parties to ...


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A production is only as productive as the people that make it up. Manga production happens at a much smaller scale compared to anime production. For anime production, on top of publisher front costs, you have to get your staff, sponsors, script, character/set designers, broadcasting rights, and advertising ready before the production even starts. ...


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Depending on your definition of filler, I would say yes, there are indeed filler arcs in manga. I say this for a few reasons. The other answer on here as I write this assumes that the manga is always the original content, which is untrue. While that's the most common way to do things (adapt manga into anime) there are certainly cases of adapting anime into ...


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From what I could find... Tite Kubo, creator of Bleach only went to high school and he only started to take art seriously around age 17. Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail also didn't have any formal art training. Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Kenshin. Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy. Eiichiro Oda, creator of One Piece (who was also a college dropout). ...


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Mangas are usually written by one person, called the mangaka. The mangaka has to come up with creative ideas, original scenery, character expressions and dialogues while making sure that the story flow is coherent and planning ahead to pick up the story in the next chapter and see if he/she can take it from there. The mangaka first has to draw everything in ...


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This is a bit hard to measure, but shounen is clearly the top demographic group. Popularity is usually measured by magazine circulation. The difficulty in this is that there is a lot of overlap of readers, and also that different demographic groups read widely different amounts of manga. For instance, a young reader in the target audience of shounen ...


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This is a matter of artistic style and a branding strategy. As a prime example: Studio Ghibli films are arguably the highest-quality anime produced. They painstakingly aim for realism in the movements of characters and objects and the backgrounds are lush and extremely detailed. The balance of light and shadow accurately matches real life, and every cell ...


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Yes it is possible. And it is actually quite common. A couple of recent examples would be: Sora no Woto (Sound of the Sky) Puella Magi Madoka Magica Note that in both examples here, there is some overlap between the release dates of the Anime and the Manga. But the key point is that the Anime was started first. Often times an Anime would be done as an ...


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What is considered canon is generally decided by the author(s) or license holder. I think you need to get a better idea of the definition of canon. the original work from which the fan fiction author borrows or a descriptor of specific incidents, relationships, or story arcs that take place within the overall canon Wikipedia (Original revision ...


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There's the so called WebToon, which is most likely the one you refer to (and you are reading). Frankly speaking, printed color pages are not cheap. They cost a lot more than B&W page and are difficult to print correctly. With webtoons there's no such thing as "printing", everything is done digitally. Manwha that is done in B&W completely due its ...


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Interesting question... I searched it up on different websites. This how I found out! Choosing the theme Before anything is done the theme or story is chosen. An idea is needed - What is the genre? What should the Manga tell the reader? etc. All these things have to be done at first before the drawing is starting. If an existing anime is converted into a ...


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These pages are using spot coloring: This type of printing consists of printing with 1 or more pre-mixed colors (generally 1, 2 or 3 colors at once). Spot printing uses a color system of solid, premixed colors known as Pantone colors. As mentioned on that page, the benefits of spot coloring are: When using spot printing, colors are more accurate ...


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No? [...] are they Freeware and Shareware? First things first, we have some terminology confusion here. Nobody describes anything besides computer software as "freeware" and/or "shareware". Manga is not software. Manga, like other creative works, are generally encumbered by copyright, the entire point of which is that the creator (i.e. not you) has ...


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First of all, I doubt they'd look at any scripts not written in Japanese. Second of all, I'm rather doubtful you'd have much success simply pitching an idea to a studio as a person outside the industry. There are, however, many venues to get an idea made into an anime, eventually, but these venues require the person who came up with the idea to produce ...


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Every artist has different drawing techniques. Some fully use the computer (using a drawing tablet and photoshop) Some fully draw by hand (using pencil, then pen, then erasing the pencil, the making the pen lined bolder) Some use a combination of the two (Draw by hand, scan to computer, complete with photoshop). It's really up to the artist.


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The color varies widely based on multiple factors: Lighting Paper type (I'll get there in a minute) Scanner type and quality Therefore, I can't 100% give you a color estimate (it could be anything from very light yellowish-gray to very dark gray). As for paper types. There are also several types of paper that could be used for printing manga: Newspaper-...


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Relevant TV Tropes page. It's easier for animators to keep one face pattern and differentiate through other features that are unique to that character - hair colour, hair design, eyes, etc. The love-live girls are a good example of this. They're very unique at first, but their faces are mostly similar designs. Some benefits of keeping the same face is ...


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I've heard a list of anime referred to as "The Big Four": The first thing to be aware of is this: the idea of the "Big Four" is localized to the English-speaking / Western (possibly just North American?) fanbase. There is not an equivalent notion in Japan. This strongly suggests that an explanation for the "Big Four" must involve an understanding of the ...


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The information that answers your question is on the Wikipedia entry for Manga. They describe the general process about how manga is distributed starting at the "Magazine" level: Magazines Eshinbun Nipponchi is credited as the first manga magazine ever made. Manga magazines usually have many series running concurrently with approximately 20–40 ...


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These are called Ben-Day dots. Depending on the size and spacing of the dots, you can create different shades using a single colour - or, with a limited colour palette you can produce different shades not available to you. This is often used to save on printing costs, as you can get a wide range of shades/colours with a smaller usage of ink and no need for ...


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To answer this question, we need to take in account the several factors that will decide how and how much they are paid: The number of pages drawn for each issues (20 pages or more). The regularity of his work (weekly, monthly...). The experience of the mangaka (newcomer, experienced...). The popularity of the mangaka's work (that 2002 manga you have never ...


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You are over-thinking it. I guess we only talk about official localizations here, since in non-official ones, anything can be done. When an official localization is made, some kind of contract is being signed between the possessor of rights for the manga (the author, a publishing house, doesn't matter), and the company that is going to make the localization....


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Yes, there are some legitimate websites on which you can read manga and watch anime for free. Crunchyroll is one of them. While Crunchyroll started out as a site that streamed anime without licenses (i.e. illegally), they are now fully legitimate and above-board. Of course, Crunchyroll has to pay for licenses for the anime they stream - the producers over ...


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Yes, it can. It is usually up to the publisher if they want to pursue continuing a series, depending on who owns the rights (family member tend to have a say in it as well). Note that for HotD, the plot creator was known to be a slow writer to begin with (2 years between vol. 6 and 7), and the manga was on hiatus for quite a while before his death (2011). ...


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