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Manga – Japanese cultural landings

While many controversies erupt about how manga should be seen? Can not help but recognize that Japanese comic genre, with bold graphics and profound content, it stole the heart and occupied the imagination of global audiences.

Manga and anime have been the pillars of pop culture long before this art form sought its way to the West. Indeed, the manga term first appeared in the late 18th century in Japan, but this type of comic only became popular in the US in the 1960s, when the popular anime series Astro Boy was imported by the United States. By 2007, the US anime market alone was worth about $ 4.35 billion.

The manga still has a very distinctive appearance. An expression of emotions is clearly just one of many. Emotions are often exaggerated to make comedy, such as green tendons on the character’s forehead to show stress, or sweating that means anxiety. Another example is a character with an X-shaped eye that has fainted or is ill.

Manga and anime are drawn in the same painting style. Painting is usually done with pen and ink, lines are clearly important. Most characters have very large eyes shaped almonds and odd body proportions. Both anime and manga are influenced by Japanese calligraphy and painting art – a round brush head used to draw bold strokes.

Anime festivals such as Anime Expo, Otakon, and JACON, started around the early 1990s and are now held annually in cities across Europe, Asia, and America. Many members join cosplay, in which they dress up as anime characters. Painters, voice actors, film directors and Japanese musicians are all invited to these events. Universities, high schools, and community centers have begun to have anime clubs as a way to share and display anime and manga. As the influence of manga and anime is increasing, the world will become more and more knowledgeable about the culture of the land of the rising sun.