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All About the Japanese Manga

We all know what comics are and for the Japanese, manga is their comics. Outside of Japan, the word refers to the Japanese comics. There is a wide variety of genres that manga covers, and it reaches audiences in many different and diverse spectrum of ages. The manga is the comic book that has made the Japanese publishing industry truly prosperous. The manga has encouraged different adaptations in different formats including the animated series anime, movies, video games, and novels.

The very first manga was release in 1902 entitled Tagosaku to Mokube Tokyo Kenbustse.

The true meaning of manga comes from combining two terms namely man meaning informal and ga meaning drawing. The literal meaning of manga is informal drawing or something like doodles. Another meaning that the Japanese put in the term is insignificant images. They might call manga insignificant images since they are printed in black and white on cheap paper, yet when it comes to its billions of sales, then it fails to be insignificant at all. The manga artist is the professional that writes or draws manga.

If there is something phenomenal that happened in Japan, it is manga. In the year 1989, 38% of all books and magazines published in Japan were manga.

Manga is enjoyed by almost everyone, young and old alike. In Japan, manga is for all ages and social status, including homemakers, clerks, teenagers, office workers, etc. Erotic manga covers a quarter of all the manga sales.

One of the most popular distribution forms of manga in the manga magazine which sells in Japan for millions of copies each week. The most popular manga magazine in Japan sells around 6 million copies every week. 4 millions copies of manga magazine are sold by the second most popular magazine in Japan.

Manga magazines are published weekly or monthly. Some magazines contain as much as 200 to 900 pages which contain manga series where each series contains around 20 to 40 pages of the magazine. The magazines are printed in black and white low quality paper with the exception of the cover and some pages in the beginning.

Today another variant has emerged as a result of the proliferation of file sharing over the internet. E-comic or digital manga is now the in thing.

Today, magna series and magazines are already online and if you are someone who is fond of this Japanese comics, then you benefit from it being online. You simply have to search online for these manga magazines and you will reach the pages where you can read manga stories from your own devices. You don’t have to purchase those thick manga magazines anymore since you can easily access your manga stories online. Today, manga is available anytime, anywhere through your mobile devices.

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