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Drawing and collecting Manga is a terrific and very fun hobby to start out. Many people have huge collections of Manga which keep appreciating in value and are fun to have.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

Use the white subtabs above to navigate the other Manga resources. We have a Manga forum where you can get your questions & doubts answered, a page with Manga how-to videos, a page with the best handpicked links to other sites, and a page with the best Manga books and products.

Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Introduction


Getting into Manga is just like getting into any other book series. The only thing is that if you have never read a manga before, the number of choices can be quite overwhelming and if you do not know how to distinguish between the different types, you may end up choosing manga that you will not enjoy. Manga is divided into a number of different categories and even along the lines of what is considered to be “boy” and “girl” manga.




Types of Manga


As stated in the introduction there are a number of different types of Manga. The type does not necessarily fall into categories like sci-fi or fantasy but rather the way the story is written. Shojo manga is considered to be manga written for women and it is often written by women. Shonen manga on the other hand is considered to be written for young men. There are also other types of manga that are considered to be for specific age groups of men. In the US however Manga has so far only become popular with the young crowd and therefore most stores only sell Shojo and Shonen manga.




The easiest difference to remember between Shonen and Shojo manga is that Shonen manga is usually filled with mostly action and limited character and story development. There is usually little angst and drama beyond what is necessary to advance the plat. Shojo on the other hand is typically filled with complex plots and characters and plenty of angst and drama. In Shojo manga, the emphasis is rarely on the action but more on the drama and romance between the characters.




There are also types of sexually explicit manga that is available for all sexes and sexual preferences, these are rarely sold in major bookstores but can be found at online book sellers.




Popularity of Manga in Japan


Japan is not only the place that the Manga originated but it is also the place that Manga reigns supreme. It is not strange to see men and women of all ages reading Manga. It is even common of large sections of magazines to be dedicated to serial mangas. But not only is it common to have manga published in book and magazine format but a whole new form of manga has also been developing in Japan.




Some Manga series are so popular that fans will write their own manga stories based on the popular series. These fanstories are called dojinshi. They can expand on stories already written in manga, rewrite the stories in their own way, simply include popular characters or they can even be completely original. These stories are even published and accounted for a $27 billion industry in Japan. Manga is so popular in Japan that people refuse to believe that their favorite series is done that they will pay for stories written by others in order to keep it gong.




Popular Manga Series


Some series of manga are increasingly most popular than others and these manga can extend for 30 books or more. Perhaps one of the most popular mangas as at least among women is Pretty Sailor Soldier Sailor Moon. This manga was also an anime series and it was the popularity of the anime that caused the manga to rise to popularity in the United States.




Another popular manga is Bleach which is currently one of the best selling mangas in Japan and around the world.




Other popular mangas include Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist. The best-selling manga series in Japan to date is One Piece. The manga series has sold over 6 million copies since 2008. The manga features the story of pirates on the search for the elusive treasure that will make them kings among pirates.




Manga and Anime


Quite often people will use the terms manga and anime interchangeably. It is true that many manga have been made into anime and vice versa but the terms are completely different. Manga solely refers to the graphic novels that are published in book form (and read back to front) and anime refers to the animated cartoons.




It is important to note that even though manga and anime may be inspired off one another they can be completely different. For example the Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon manga was written almost entirely for young girls, but the anime was created to have a much broader appeal.




Many people will have different preferences between manga and anime with many believing that the manga is much better than the anime and vice versa. The difference is that typically the anime will focus on the action part of the story while the manga will usually focus more on the characters and the story.