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A word used to describe a new level of uncool in north american contemporary culture. Ranked on a higher and larger scale of wierdos, due to their liking for animated porn rathen then something a little more humanistic they have grown to replace the rediculousness of the emo cultue, believe it or not. Aside from the general definitons relating to graphic novels, television, art, etc. Someone who is manga is generally an awkward individual, with either bad hygene, low self-esteem, few friends, and a craving sense of individulity. In some cases they will resemble all of the above. This term is generally used to define the individuals over the age of 13 that continue to enjoy pokemon and sailor moon. As far as the manga children go, we can't have hopes too high in the field of literacy, considering a graphic novel takes less then an afternoon to read, though i will admit it does take skill to follow a series of speech bubbles and caption boxes.
ew that kid is soo manga.
by colour blind February 13, 2008
 
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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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"Manga" are Japanese comic books/graphic novels. The word literally means "whimsical pictures" in Japanese.

Manga is different from American comic books in many ways, which is why it is sometimes translated as graphic novels. Comic books in America tend to be colored, sold in thin booklets, and written for a teenage male audience. Manga is almost always black and white, serialized in manga collections before being sold in bound books, and has many different genres appealing to many different audiences. There are romantic manga for adult women, mob dramas for older men, cute fantasy comedies for young girls, and much, much more. Just about everyone in Japan reads manga, and there is something to suit every taste.

Manga series are often animated into television shows and movies. See anime.
"Have you read Yuu Watase's latest manga?"
by Stephanie M. July 02, 2003
 
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Manga is to Anime what Comics is to Cartoons<p>

You read manga,<br>
You watch Anime<p>

In the west Comics are still mostly aimed at young kids and early teenagers even thou that is slowly changing, but in Japan, manga is for all age groups and isnt labeled with the loser stigma that adult aged comic readers still suffer
Love Hina, GTO and Negima are all manga
by Cataphract September 14, 2004
 
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No, not Japanese comic book porn. Manga usually come before anime. It is comic books or print cartoons, all in one book. Genres of manga are action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business and commerce, and more, sexuality being your comic book porn. In 2006, in Japan, 481 billion yen (4.4 billion dollars) worth of manga was sold. In the same year, in the United States, 175-200 million dollars worth of manga. Manga is usually in black and white, but they some full-color manga exist. A Japanese manga artist is called a mangaka. Manga, literally translated, means 'whimsical pictures.' The word came in common usage in the late 18th century. The first manga magazine was created in 1874, Eshinbun Nipponchi is the name of the manga magazine. In 1905 the manga magazine publishing boom started with the Russo-Japanese War, starting with Tokyo Pakku. A female version of the manga was made, Shojo Sekai, the first shojo (heterosexual romance) magazine was made. Shonen Sekai is the first shounen made, created in 1895. Scanlations exist in this world, fan-scanned manga, either for fun or for helping expand the manga-loving community.
Manga is kinda like American comic books.
by MisaTange July 08, 2009
 
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In the west, Manga are defined as Comic Books of Japanese origin. As a medium, there isn't a difference between Manga and American comic books because they both follow them same method of sequential art. However, there are cultural differences in the way they are presented to the consumer.

In Japan, various Manga stories are printed in anthology magazines (like the Shonen Jump) on cheap paper with no color. Eventually, the individual stories will be reissued in their own digest style collections and resold directly to the consumer.

On the other hand English language comic books are usually given their own individual pamplet that includes color and are reprinted in trade paperback forms.

In Japan, comic books are very popular (the most popular mangas, like One Piece and Dragonball, often sell into the millions) and are more respected as an art because of the various genres that are on the market. While English comic books have a very limited readership and are still looked down upon by many as a worthless art-form and mos of the comics found in comic shops derive from the superhero market. One week sales of a manga in japan outsells the entire yearly American comics market.

The vast majority of Manga's success can be traced to Osama Tezuka, the man often considered to be the father of Japanese comics. In his lifetime he created Astro Boy, the Buddha series, and the Phoenix collections (which is often considered by critics as his defining work).
Popular Manga: Dragonball, Naruto, Berserk, Akira.

Manga is a legitimate artistic medium.
by A. Coleman December 19, 2007
 
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graphic novels, not mango, this guy in a bookstore thought i was talking about mango once
I want some manga for lunch. (NO NO)
by Moondust August 14, 2003
 
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Manga are comics written the format of right to left. A manga can be about anything, such as ninja, space travel, robots,racing,sex, hell there is even a manga about manga. While most manga comes from Japan, as long as it is in the correct format it can come from anywhere.
some well known Manga are,

Naruto, Dragon Ball, .//Hack, Fairy Tail, and Akira.
by Otaku king February 21, 2011