My Manga Report
Had to write a 300+ English assignment for an English course that im doing at the moment and thought I would share it with you all : )
Something I really like to do in my spare time is read. I enjoy reading many different types of novels, which include general fiction and Manga. Not many people know about manga in western country’s, It came about in the 1800′s in Japan and is very popular in Japan today, Manga constituted an annual 406 billion Japanese yen by 2007, around 3.6 billion US dollars.
Manga is a Japanese comic or graphic novel, that you read right to left instead of left to right. Many Manga’s are based on Anime’s which are Japanese animated shows and films. I have many Manga’s that are based on shows that I have watched, there are usually quite a few books to a series and are always numbered there can be 30 plus Manga books to one Anime show. The art work in Manga is very much like the animated characters in the shows and always very detailed and well drawn. Anime is drawn in much the same artistic style.
There are many Manga cafes in Japan where people drink coffee and read Manga, kind of like Internet cafes in western country’s. It only started to take off and become popular in the US in the early Nineties, It’s also become popular in Europe and the UK now.
I have to buy Manga online from specialist websites as there are not many stores in the UK. I’m hoping that in the future Manga will be more recognised and popular in the UK, so that it will become more widely available and more shops will open up for the demand. One of my favourite Manga’s which I have is called Dears and is based on the Anime of the same name. My hubby has 35 plus Manga books and I love reading then and hope to get many more in the future myself.