Manga vs anime

Manga is a Japanese style of graphic novels and comic books that is aimed at adults as well as children. In manga, the characters have oversized eyes, the drawings are often in black and white. Manga stories are told in serial form. Manga style descends from Japanese aesthetics, though many see the influence of American comic books brought into Japan during the post-World War II, Occupation years. Katsushika Hokusai coined the term manga in 1814 to describe a free-flowing, quirky style. Manga began to be used in its modern sense in 1984, manga literally means involuntary pictures.

Anime is a Japanese style of animation for television and film, often based on previously published manga. Anime appears in Japan in 1985 as the Japanese word for animation, taken from the French verb, animé. In short, manga is printed material and anime is video material.



Despite calls for manga imagery to be included in the new rules, there was strong resistance from manga artists, free-speech advocates and publishers, who said it would impinge on freedom of expression and allow authorities to make arbitrary decisions about art. (Japan Today)

During each session, members discuss their favorite manga comics, what series they may be enjoying at the moment and complete a club activity together. (The Hawaii Army Weekly)

It became such a success that it spawned a number of spin-off manga, including Attack on Titan: Junior High and Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, as well as animated adaptations, prose novels and two live-action movies. (The Hollywood Reporter)

For fans of anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese-style comics and artwork), conventions like Youmacon practically qualify as unofficial holidays, ones that cosplayers (costume wearing fans) often spend all year slaving away at the sewing machine for. (The Detroit News)

Big doe eyes, a tiny nose and a doll like pout: Meet the real life Aussie teen who spends hours every day transforming herself in a Japanese anime character (The Daily Mail)

A mash-up of international fairy tales with an original story about a young woman on a quest through a fantasy land of enchantresses, shape-shifters and magic potions, “Spellbound” features a sound inspired by world music and a colorful look inspired by Japanese anime. (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


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  1. What word should you use if you are referring to the style itself, irrespective of the medium? For example, if a video game uses this visual style, how should you refer to it (a video game being neither manga nor anime)?

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