Manga

All begginers need to know about manga.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Sugestions For Beginers: CLAMP Works

For beginner fangirls and fanboys I would, without a doubt suggest anything made by CLAMP. Almost all of their works are rated for all audiences. The series are well formatted, beautifully drawn, and the characters will seem real to you. It is simple enough for any beginner to understand. It is also deep enough for any reader to enjoy. Cardcaptor Sakura or Wish, both of which are rated for all audiences, are wonderful to start with. Cardcaptors is an American edited anime, they changed the names, the plot, and cut out a lot of the important things in the series, so if you watched that and thing Cardcaptor Sakura will be just as awful, you might want to rethink your assumption. CLAMP is an all female writing team, well known by fans everywhere.


They wrote Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Carcaptor Sakura: Master of The Clow, Wish, Clover, XXXHolic, Tsubasa, The One I Love, Legal Drug, Magic Knight Rayearth, Rayearth 2, Clamp School Detective, Suki: A Like Story, X/1999, Angelic Layer, Miyuki-Chan In Wonderland, Clamp School Defenders: Duklyon, Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales, Man of Many Faces, Hyper Run, Rex Kyoryuu Monogatari, Yumegari, Tokyo Babylon, Cluster, 20 Menso Ni Onegai and RG Veda.

Commonly Used Terms

Doujinshi is a commonly used term. It is the Japanese term for a fan made comic, whether it’s a comic made with a professional’s characters, or the fan’s own plot and characters. cosplay is short for costume-play, which is when you dress as a character you like, and act like them, claiming to to be them. Yaoi And Yuri and also often used, meaning gay guy and gay girl. A fangirl is a female anime or manga otaku, and an otaku is someone who obsesses; also fangirling is done by both fanboys and fangirls, it the verb form of the noun. Nani would be the second most commonly used saying, meaning, simply, “What?!” Kawai comes in third place, used by fangirls, meaning cute. Baka is probably most widely used term, and favorite without a doubt, because it means stupid.

My Favorite Series

Pita-ten, by Koge-Donbo, is one of my favorite series; because, the art is adorable, and the plot and characters are so touching. It is about a 12 year old boy, named Koutaro Higuchi, who’s next door neighbor is a real angel, and I mean that literally. Misha and Shia live next door to him, and both are interns to be something special. Misha is an angel, and Shia is a demon. Shia cant seem to do anything mean, while Misha messes everything up, and even manages to make children cry, while Shia makes them smile. Koutaro is cought up in all of their mess, trying to be as good of a friend as he can to the two complicated girls next door.
This is Koutaro. This is Shia and Misha.

Manga Art

The art in manga can vary. One great thing about manga is that there is never such a thing as bad art. Different artist use different ways of drawing, those are reffered to as styles. An artists’ style is a lot like a students’ handwriting. You can mimic it, but you always have your own. Most artists start out by mimicking a famous manga-ka’s style, before they have their own. My friend Ryan imitates the style from a racing manga called GTO, by Tohru Fujisawa. Here is an example of my own art and my own character in BLEACH (by Tite Kubo):

What should i know about manga? (FAQ)

Who Makes Manga?
People who make manga are called "Manga-ka." Most manga-ka are female, but a few are males.
Is It Rated?
Manga-ka are required to put rating levels on the back of each book. Recently, are also required to put parental advisory warning on the front of each book if the rating is O.T. (Over Teen: 18+) or higher.
Who Reads Manga?
All kinds of people read it. Mostly, though, people in America and Japan read manga. There are a lot of online groups who are dedicated manga readers.
Isn't Manga Just The Book Version Of Anime (Japanese Animation)?
That statement, though used by many people to simplify the definition of manga to others who ask this, is not quite accurate. Just like most movies were books first, most anime was manga first. In the process of making anime out of manga, the characters and plots are usually tweaked. The art styles are often very different.
What Should I Look For If In Selecting A Manga?
You should first decide what category you are most interested in. Make sure you find the plot interesting. A character that seems interesting, like one you can relate to, or one that makes you laugh are good to look for. It’s okay to judge manga by its cover, a lot of the time, because most artists make the covers reflect the story plot, and the characters.

What is manga?

Manga is the commonly used term for "Japanese Graphic Novel." You could say that manga is like a combination of a novel and a comic book. Some manga is formatted like American comic books, but most of the more recently printed books are read "backwards." When the book is formatted "backwards" it is simply the Japanese way of writing; still, you read the words right to left, but you look at the pictures left to right. The original formatting of manga often throws off beginning fans. Manga is made about anything you can imagine, in Japan. There are fashion, drama, girls, guys, fighting, dancing, action, horror, and many more categories for manga, made for everyone from pre-school students to the elderly or business people.