So What Are Manga? Static Anime!

let me *illustrate* some examples. . .

Manga are Japanese comic strips. They are analagous to American strips, although they also appear as cartoon novellas. The word manga was coined by ukiyo-e artist Hokusai during the early nineteenth century to describe his period's magazine illustrations. In Hokusai's day, manga were somewhat surrealistic illustrations of courtesans, actors, and natural scenes. Today, manga are generally tame cartoons after the Western fashion. However, manga tend to have a wider subject base, use more advanced animation techniques, and portray graphic sexual scenes uncommon in Western--or at least American--comics.

Good manga are hard to find in the United States, so if you're reading this and you know of links concerning 'Warau Serusuman', 'Obatarian', 'Naniwa Kinyu-do' and 'Kato Ryusuke No Gi' (translated: 'The Laughing Salesman', 'Grandmartian', 'Way of the Money Lender' and 'Kato Ryusuke's Policy', respectively), please contact me.

Anime are animated Japanese cartoons. They are *much* more popular in the United States than traditional manga, and range from action/adventures to teen romances to well, blue movies. Below are some of the better manga and anime links I've found.


  • Kansai Forum's brief, but extremely informative summary of manga's 200 year evolution, and it's relationship to ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e master Hokusai is discussed.
  • Columbia University's learned exploration of manga, past until present.
  • Manga In Japan, a site that attempts to explain manga's world-wide appeal.
  • Want to have fun while learning Japanese? Mangajin teaches Nihon-go through popular Japanese comic strips. See a translated cartoon, Sore demo Megezu.
  • Yawara!. Manga about a Japanese High School girl who happens to be a Judo champion.

  • Anime

  • Anime is animated equivalent of manga. This link attempts to explain Manga and Anime.
  • A children's favorite (one of mine, too!): the cute, the cuddly, Totoro.
  • Project A-ko. A truly bizarre anime about an annoying robot girl who goes to school by day and saves the world the rest of the time. Her friends? The baby B-ko and their beautiful arch-rival C-ko. Uh-huh. You can catch their movies occasionally on the Sci-Fi Channel, home of the annual Festival of Anime and Saturday Anime.
  • Some anime are for adults only, as this link demonstrates.

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