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(August 02, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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The terms anime and manga are thrown around a lot and often used to mean the same thing – Japanese art or television shows. While they are similar, they are certainly not the same. With so much attention being focused on anime and manga these days, it is important that you understand what make each one different and why they are so popular.

Anime

Anime is simply Japanese animation. It has a very distinct look with elaborated, child like features and bright colors. It seems like we have always had cartoons, and now anime gives us one more choice for a favorite Saturday morning activity.

Anime actually got its start in Japan over 100 years ago. Live action movies weren’t that popular and there wasn’t a great deal of variety in the actors. Over in the United States and United Kingdom, the population is mixed with so many different skin and hair colors that finding different looking actors for parts wasn’t a problem. Apparently it was over in Japan.

So, the answer to the lack of movies was to create animated ones. Animation, or anime, is huge in Japan and long and complex storylines have been extremely popular for years. Anime is becoming a serious art form and the individual style of the art in movies or television shows is often distinct enough to recognize individual artists.

While anime seems to have become extremely popular almost overnight, it has actually had a following in western countries for years. Even some of the classic American cartoons like Bambi and Betty Boop are inspired by anime. The large eyes on both Bambi and Betty are based on a particular style of anime that shows a lot of emotion.

Manga

Anime is a cartoon, and Manga is a story. Manga is printed cartoons and stories and are often very large or broken into several installments.Essentially, manga is a Japanese comic book. It is very common for people of all ages in Japan to read manga and many of the most popular magazines in the country have ongoing manga stories as standard features.

The manga most of us are familiar with are translated versions of the original Japanese story lines. Although many English speaking artists and writers are getting in on the trend. The traditional books or stories are read from top to bottom and right to left, although this isn’t always the case any more. The cover and first few pages might have color, but most of the other pages are in black and white.

In Japan, most of the manga is produced in magazines using very cheap, thin paper – like a phone book. These books contain entire stories and sections of stories all bundled together. Most books are anywhere from 300 to 800 pages long!

Once a particular story has become popular, it might be made into a “real” book or even made into its own anime television show. This is why there is so much confusion between anime and manga. Manga inspired many of the anime shows we know and love. It almost seems like they are the same thing, but they really aren’t. That would be like saying Superman the comic book is the same as Superman the movie.

If you love manga and anime, The Doll Palace can help you get your fix. With tons of new anime coloring pages, you can practice your very own style of art. You might even upload a few of your own favorites to share with everyone else.


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makoV

21/Female
Mesquite, TX
Posted On: June 3, 2009
just thought i would say this

"I LOVE GAARA"
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sailor_asteroi

48/Female
Anna, TX
Posted On: June 3, 2008
I really like both anime and manga - my favorite is Naruto! But I like manga better, there are some anime shows I've seen that in comparison to the manga they butcher a lot of things (namely Sailor Moon - I
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padawancub

23/Female
Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: June 2, 2008
I'm fond of anime and manga both. . .they have good story lines and I like the characters and how they are made. . . .

Oh, and Mrs. 11? Not to be rude or anything, but could you please not type in all caps like that? It makes it hard to read the comment, even if you are upset and telling someone off. . . .
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silver_lightni

105/Female
Lebanon, TN
Posted On: June 2, 2008
Usually anime is based off a manga, but doesn't tell the full story like the manga does. Which makes me usually like th manga more ^_^
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Lingushi

18/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: November 3, 2007
I LOVE ANIME AND MANGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~L ingushi~
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NekiGaara

33/Female
MS
Posted On: October 14, 2007
Because it's fun you, smitdiut ^^
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H2O5

84/Female
Austria
Posted On: October 11, 2007
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: October 9, 2007
RECVA U CAN HUSH OK? I CAN SAY WATEVA I WANNA SAY AND LIKE I SAID B4 AND IM GONNA SAY A MILLION TYMES MORE...IF U DONT LIKE WAT I SAY THEN SO WAT......U DONT GOTTA RESPOND TO EVERY FC..KIN COMMENT I MAKE...U NEED TO DEAL WIT IT AND GET ON WOT UR LIFE AND STOP WASTIN UR TYME COMPLAIN TO ME..AND F.Y.I.... I DONT REALLY GIVE A CRAP ABOUT UR MOTTO CUZ MY MOTTO IS: DONT LISTEN TO OTHA PPL MOTTO...SAY WAT U WANT.....YA FEEL WAT IM SAYIN?? GOOD. I THOUGHT SO. THANK U!
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laurenbizzle63

23/Female
Lyndon, KY
Posted On: October 1, 2007
what? i dont even kno what his website is about i just waned to talk to people but does anyone kno how to get to the I.M thing?
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kish_luver

22/Female
MT
Posted On: September 20, 2007
I was a manga fan before I was an anime fan. I like them both them same though.

*~*Manga Recommendations*~* [*-also and anime]

1. Fruits Basket. [1-17 out. More coming]*

2. NANA.[1-6 out. More coming]*

3. Vampire Knight [1-3 out. More coming]

4. Tokyo MewMew [1-7 & 1-2 in a la mode. Finished]*

5. Mermaid Melody[1-4 first half finished 5-6 second half more coming]*

6. Backstage Prince[1-3? more coming I think]

7. Millinium Snow[1-3? More coming I think]

8. Absolute Boyfriend[1-4 More coming I think]

*~*Anime Recommendations*~* [*-also Manga]

1. InuYasha [ep. 1-200-something. 1-4 Movies]*

2. Fullmetal Alchemist [ep 1-51 Finished 1 movie]*

3. Fruits Basket [ep 1-26 Finished]*

4. The Melancoly of Haruhi Suzamiya [ep 1-?]

Most are shojo [girl] Manga. Very Good. n_n
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Elah

83/Female
Japan
Posted On: September 19, 2007
....manga is a book and anime is a film...there is a big difference. though id prefer Anime with english subtitles
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cheesy_fruitca

19/Female
Gurnee, IL
Posted On: September 3, 2007
They both have advantages, like manga is a fun alternative to books and anime is a tv show, so yea, it's on TV...
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harrah

20/Female
Posted On: August 24, 2007
sailor moon and naruto if naruto is animae and/or magna
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TwiztidKitten

24/Female
Corpus Christi, TX
Posted On: August 13, 2007
I've always prefered manga to anime because the story is the way it was ment to be but can't beat the colors in anime! ^_^ Either way they both rock. YAY!!!
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GuitarHero

21/Female
Philadelphia, PA
Posted On: August 11, 2007
i like reading manga better..but anime roxs too! you get different advantages from reading it or watching it
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