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Contrary to what most people in the West think, manga (both the singular and plural form are the same) have NOTHING to do with pronorgraphy. Some manga are pornographic, but that's just a small percentage of manga.

Manga, in Japanese, means "flowing words" or "Undisciplined words". It is an ancient art that has been used for centuries as a form of entertainment. It's basicallt Japanese comic books, which can be easily translated to English. However, just saying manga are comics from Japan is wrong.

First of all, in the US and in Europe, most comics are addressed to young children between the ages of 9 and 13. That is not the case of manga. There are 6-7 major types of manga, each having its own audience. Kodomo manga is for children. Shonen manga is for boys ages 12-18 , Shoujo manga is for gilrs age 12-18. Josei manga is for adult ladies above the age of 20, mainly working women. Seinen manga is for young men between the ages of 18 and 30, and Hentai manga is pornographic, adult manga.

As you can see, saying "comics from Japan" is wrong. Another difference between manga and Western comics is that each comics volume has its own plot, while manga volumes all follow the same plot. The artwork is VERY different. Manga has its own particular artwork, especially when it comes to human faces, particularly the eyes, chin, nose, mouth, forehead... Manga is also read from RIGHT to LEFT. (Yes, even the English ones).

In Japan, 40% of all book & magazine sales are manga. That's a huge number, considering the Japanese read A LOT. In 1998, about 3 billion manga volumes were printed in Japan, I'm sure that number is higher now.

Many manga have been translated to English and are sold everywhere.
GTO, Excel Saga, Inu Yasha, Fushigi Yugi, Naruto, Pretty Face, Hunter x Hunter, Confidential Confessions, Love Hina, and Berserk are all examples of manga.
by Simon B. October 02, 2003
 
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actually manga is a japanese style of drawing usually in comic books
CLAMP writes manga
by goddess December 12, 2002
 
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Japanese comic books.
Shonen Jump
by Brian Tan June 19, 2004
 
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manga is a form of book as in the best fourm of book ever!some manga follows along with anime which is a type of tv show.Manga is also a fourm of drawing. A book in manga is more of a comic book and in the fourm of a book is called a graphic novel.
Manga=form of drawing
by Otaku Kitten October 06, 2005
 
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I just want to point out that Manga is not Japanese comic books in general. It's a common misconception. Manga is actually the style in which the different kinds of comic books are made. For Example: It is actually just Shonen, not Shonen Manga. That would be saying that the artwork was meant for boys ages 12-18. It is only considered Shonen. Remember, Manga is only the art style used. I wouldn't be surprised if none of you knew this.
"And they say I'm not -The Omega Master. Now, I have make some comics with Briana's manga style artwork."-The Omega Master
by -The Omega Master February 26, 2005
 
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n. Art, normally from Japan, but can be from anywhere else, that uses the Japanese anime style.
"Megatokyo is a great webcomic/manga."
by Patters September 03, 2004
 
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Manga is the Japanese word for comics, the drawings have the Japanese style that usually is big eyes and some big boobs. the people that draw these drawings are nerds, Goth, punk, or just really crazy
i don't get why lily wants to spend all day drawing manga drawing with Japanese lady's. and at the same time go around with the clothes and the bunny ears. it's crazy
by youngmen March 30, 2010
 
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-the ultimate scam.
sure, it's cool when you buy it, you can show it off to your friends. but there is one bad thing about it. They take ten minutes to read, and once you've done that, you probably won't read it again, unless it has nudity or it was really cool. Plus, you will have to wait a while until the next one comes out(it leaves you wanting more)
1.Sweet! I got the mega mega XL manga graphic novel. it's the best in Japan.
2.Wow. -_-. that took five minutes to read. Now i've gotta wait until 2008 before the next one gets translated.
3.Wow I read this one fast too.
4.I can't believe I bought this junk!
5.Manga, why have you forsaken me!
See, it's the ultimate scam! You buy one, and it leaves you wanting more. But then you're stuck with the old one. Don't buy it unless the anime version was that uber cool.

by Takamori November 15, 2007