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					A Close Look at Japanese Culture

<p>Manga is basically a kind of graphic comic, originally written in
Japanese and then translated to English. Manga has found considerable
popularity in the markets of America as they are quite different from our
traditional American comics.</p><p>We being Americans usually perceive
that comics are meant for children. But the trends are changing with the
introduction of talented writers such as Alan Moore, Craig Thompson and
Neil Gaiman. In Japan, Manga is read and enjoyed by all age groups, from
school going children to proficient adults. Basically Manga can be
related to animated movies and like movies Manga also comes in variety of
subjects such as dramas, romance, horror, mystery, science fiction,
sports, comedies, fantasies and action flicks.</p><p>During all these
years, Manga has made its own space in the American markets. Manga
existed from a long time but it was only in the last one or two decades
that it gained such wide popularity. The very first one introduced to
American was known as "Four immigrants" and this Manga was drawn by
Yoshitaka Kiyama, a Japanese art student. The more popular collections of
Manga include The Legend of Kamui, Mai the Psychic Girl, Sailor Moon and
Dragon Ball Z.</p><p>One of the most amazing things about Manga is that
they are read in the direction opposite to our American Books. These
books start from the back and are therefore read in reverse direction.
Unlike American comic titles, the titles of Japanese Magna classically
are drawn and written by one person. Therefore, these books are more art
coherent than ours.</p><p>Each Manga contains a large variety of subjects
covered. Many Manga contain adventurous stories in which teens encounter
evil forces, whereas some historic Manga contain the details of various
historic eras. Manga are also based on relationship stories and the
stories related to parenting. In fact according to the taste of different
readers Manga comes in countless themes.</p><p>Most Manga are much
smaller in size as compared to American Comic Books but the length of
each issue is about 150-200 pages than our 20-30. In Japan, these lengthy
comic books are very popular and are generally put out each month. Some
modern Manga are even influenced by popular Japanese arts like Yokai
(Monsters and ghosts) and Shunga (the erotic art).</p><p>Osamu Tezuka is
believed to be the father of Today's Manga. His most famous creation was
Astro Boy also known as Mighty Atom. Modern Manga are usually
unpredictable and hence capture the interest of the readers for as very
long time. The characters of Manga comics are drawn by using simple
animated looks that gives them an energetic appearance. The stories are
twisty and full of turns. Even superheroes die and sometimes also come
back to life, the bad guys do not get defeated easily and the remarkable
action keeps the readers hooked.</p><p>Manga are in fact a wonderful
source of having a close look at Japanese culture, writing styles and
literature. The most recent Manga Movie that has been scheduled to be
released somewhere in 2009 is "The Watchmen". The Manga characters have
been so popular these days that kids simply love to put their posters on
walls and wallpapers on their PCs. Some of the characters that have
driven children crazy include Kakashi, Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke. There
are countless ways for Americans to check out these comics and find a
series that can capture their interest.</p><p>For more information on
Manga, visit <a target="_new"
href="http://www.vmanga.com">http://www.vmanga.com</a></p>

				
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