Friday, October 23, 2009


As you may know, The Hillwood Herald interviewed Zara (aka "Words") from the Design for Giving Contest two weeks ago. Though we live across the world from each other (Zara lives in India), one thing we did have in common was our love for manga anime.

Manga is the Japanese form of a comic book. It is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, and might even surpass the conventional Western comic book in popularity. Japanese manga is much more graceful and fluid than the average American comic book, the words flowing from each page to the next. Japanese manga-styled people are also pretty stylized, barely recognizable as human compared to one.

Animes are Japanese animations, usually based on successful mangas or Japanese light novels.
Some of the most famous mangas/animes include Astroboy by Osamu Tezuka, Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, and Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo.

There four different genres of manga/anime most known in the Western world:

Kodomo: for children (ex: Doraemon, Happy Happy Clover...)
Shounen: for boys (ex: Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Death Note...)
Shoujo: for girls (ex: Sailor Moon, Fruits Basket, Hell Girl, Vampire Knight...)
Seinen: for adults (ex: Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop...)

In addition, there are also many subcategories. Do not take manga and anime lightly, as they are more than the Sunday comics. Some are not appropriate for all ages, so it's a good idea to check the suggested age rating.

Pictures belong to: Nagaru Taniga (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Yana Toboso (Kuroshitsuji) , and Shiro Masamune (Ghost in the Shell)
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By Brigette W.

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