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About Manga

Manga is term that describes comic books and graphic novels, either originally produced and published in Japan or imitating the art style. Unlike American graphic novels—which are read top-to-bottom, left-to-right and are usually illustrated in full color—manga is typically printed in black-and-white (except for the cover art) and read top-to-bottom, right-to-left. Many manga stories are long-running series that span multiple volumes. It is important to start at the beginning and read the volumes in order. 

Some terms to know:

Anime: Japanese-style animation (think Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh, or Sailor Moon). If a manga is popular enough, it may be adapted into an anime.

Manhwa: Comics and graphic novels originally produced and published in Korea.

MechaManga featuring advanced techology, such as robots, cyborgs, androids, and space stations.

Categories/Demographics of Manga

Kodomomuke: Manga that is geared toward children. These manga tend to be cute and fun. Pokémon is probably the best example of this.

Shonen: Manga that targets the tween/teen boys demographic. Common themes are action, adventure, friendship, and coming of age. Some examples of shonen are: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; Dragon Ball Z; Yu-Gi-Oh; and My Hero Academia.

Shojo: Manga that targets the tween/teen girls demographic. Common themes are romance, drama, and coming of age. Some popular examples are Ouran High School Host Club; Sailor Moon; and Fruits Basket.

Seinen: Manga that targets adult men (ages 18+). Common themes are action, violence, sex, and adult themes. Some examples of seinen manga are One-Punch Man; Berserk; and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Josei: Manga that targets adult women (ages 18+). Common themes are romance, sex, and drama. Examples of josei include Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku; Honey and Clover; and The Delinquent Housewife.

Examples of YA Manga and Manhwa