Does it ring a bell when the words animé and manga pass through your ears? Do they tickle your mind as to how these words manifested a world that great number people want to reside into? Or perhaps, had that one friend that keeps bothering you to at least try it out? Well, let’s unravel this virtual world as we give you an insight regarding this ever-growing fandom!
The rise of animé and manga is a widely known phenomenon that its popularity is getting out of hand. In fact, people who are exceedingly engaged with these things don’t want to hit the sack and be sleep-deprived just to know the denouement of the story they are watching or reading. Not only in Japan, but people of all ages around the world read and watch it. With its mounting community, the fandom skyrocketed during the early 1970s with the cancellation of animé series “Space Battleship Yamato” airing on Japanese television, which made the Japanese fans united to get the series back on air on the television. This was followed by the international release of animé film “Akira” in 1988, making the fandom stretch even outside the boundaries of Japan.
If you’re wondering how these words came to be, animé was derived from the word ‘animation’, a term used for cartoons in Japan. Manga, on the other hand, came from the Japanese word 漫画, which is composed of two kanji characters 漫 (man) meaning “whimsical or impromptu” and 画 (ga) meaning “pictures”. Today, the word manga is used to refer the words “comics” and “cartooning”. Outside of Japan, however, manga is used to refer to comics formerly published in Japan.
Animé is greatly viewed as a unique art form in which became generally available on Japanese televisions, releases in the form of DVDs, and also over the internet. It associates graphic art, cinematography, characterization and other forms of creative means. Animé enthusiasts all over the world, with their creative tendencies, produce fan-related media such as artworks, fan fictions and some even produce their own fan-animated videos. For instance, the Chinise bilibili user, ROCKMANLAB洛家, who astonished animé fans from around the world with his fan-made animation of Type-Moon’s “Tsukihime”, which reached over 90,000+ up votes. Today, technology-oriented enthusiasts mingle with fellow fans on online animé communities and databases.
Manga are comics usually printed in black-and-white. It is done that way for artistic reasons and mostly, due to time constraints of the artist because some manga are printed and serialized on weekly magazines, each with lots of stories to tell to be continued on the next issue. In addition, it is aimed for all ages, for the reason that it has a wide variety of genres that include romance, action-adventure, science fiction, comedy, sports, horror, gore and the like. To elaborate, Junji Ito’s “Uzumaki”, a horror-themed piece of art which appeared in the weekly manga magazine “Big Comic Spirits” from 1998 to 1999, and Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte (1988) which showed various disturbing artworks: from body parts distorting in uncomfortable positions, to weird geometrical body positions. Yuck!
Animé and manga Culture have truly become worldwide phenomena. Its enthusiasts from around the world want to visit Japan just to explore various sites which they can only see and read in animé and manga. Akihabara, a shopping hub that’s located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, is considered to be the ‘ultimate otaku destination’ of animé fans. Lots of animé-themed shops in this place welcome local and international tourists with loud and stunning animé visuals—enticing them with countless animé and manga content!