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Manga and Anime

Manga and Anime

Manga are Japanese comics that are mostly drawn using monochrome colors. The modern day manga first originated in in the mid-1900s, but there is evidence of the first type of Japanese comic appearing over 1000 years ago. Unlike the American comics the ones in Japan are meant to be fleeting and not collected. The Japanese comics can be broadly broken down into four categories which are boys, girls, youths, and mature. From there it can be broken down into sub genres that range from futuristic to slice of life. If a manga series gains enough popularity it will be turned into an animation show most commonly referred to as anime.

Anime has a distinct style that can be defined as Japanese animation. The first accounts of anime can be traced back to 1917, but the characteristic art style that helped form the modern version started from the 1960s. The works by Osamu Tezuka pioneered and popularized anime in both the domestic and international markets. He was the creator of Astro Boy, Black Jack, Kimba the White Lion, and Phoenix. Osamu Tezuka was vital to redefining the industry and was known as “the god of manga.” Since then many companies produced various works like Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Pokemon, etc. The industry has expanded various products like video games, music, concerts, and many more.

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Where to Exerience Manga and Anime in Japan

photo of Akihabara Electric & Anime Town

Kanto | Tokyo | Northern Tokyo

Akihabara Electric & Anime Town

Akihabara is a place where hundreds of electronics can be found and is also known as the otaku capital.

photo of Sanrio Puroland

Kanto | Tokyo | Outlying Areas

Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland is a Sanrio character theme park, which mostly centers on the iconic Hello Kitty.

photo of Nakano Broadway

Kanto | Tokyo | Western Tokyo

Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway is a shopping center that has many anime stores and idol goods available.

photo of Ghibli Museum

Kanto | Tokyo | Outlying Areas

Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka, which is west from central Tokyo, and features the works of Studio Ghibli.

photo of Ishinomaki Manga Museum

Tohoku | Miyagi | Ishinomaki

Ishinomaki Manga Museum

Ishinomori Manga Museum is located in Ishinomaki and is dedicated to Ishinomori Shotaro creator of Kamen Rider.

photo of Suginami Animation Museum

Kanto | Tokyo | Western Tokyo

Suginami Animation Museum

The Suginami Animation Museum is a small museum in Tokyo where visitors can learn the art and history of anime from previous generations until now.

photo of Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Kyoto International Manga Museum

The Kyoto International Manga Museum houses over 300,000 manga and comic books.

photo of Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Kansai | Hyogo | Takarazuka

Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

The Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum is located in Takarazuka and pays homage to the great Osamu Tezuka.

photo of AnimeJapan

Kanto | Tokyo | Southern Tokyo


AnimeJapan is an annual convention of the Japanese animation industry and is one of the largest animation related tradeshows in the world.