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(June 28, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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I don't know about you, but I grew up on the standard fare of books and television. Big Bird and Junie B. Jones were about as exciting as it got in my young life, and I wasn't a big reader or cartoon watcher until recently. I discovered something that a lot of other people have known about for years Anime and Manga.

What is This Stuff?

This anime and manga stuff is great. I was okay with cartoons, but when I saw how much deeper cartoons were in the Japanese style, I was hooked. The kind of stories you find in teen shows and novels are now showing up in cartoons and comic books. (The comic books are officially called graphic novels if you want to impress your English teacher.)

Basically, the Japanese style of artwork has come to us with great stories, interesting illustrations and characters we can relate to. The artwork is anime, short for animation. This includes the cartoons, movies and video games. Manga is the style of written work from Japan. Manga is the Japanese word for comics. Manga and Anime are easily confused because they are actually so similar.

Why is anime and manga so Good?

In Japan, one week of manga sales beats out a full year of the United State's entire comic book industry. They sell more in a week than we do in a year. There must be a reason, and it didn't take fans of anime and manga long to find it. The stuff is just plain interesting and pretty easy to read.

Both manga and anime are produced in series. This means there is always something new coming up. Characters can be normal or have special powers. Most of them are a lot like normal human being with the same sort of feelings and experiences we have. Anime and manga are also like a grown-up picture book. Instead of having to visualize what a character looks like in your head, you can see him or her in every frame. The really great part is that the story the characters tell is something like you would never find in your little sister's books.

Give anime a Try

If you're not already into manga or anime, you should really give it a try. Anime is the easiest way to get started. Most cartoons have subtitles or are dubbed in English if they are really from Japan. Others are created here in the Japanese style using English.

The same is true of Manga. True Manga comes from Japan and is written in Japanese. The books have been translated to English though so those of us over here can enjoy them, too. Some books are now written and published in the US or UK since the demand has grown so much in the last few years.

The books read from the back to the front, and don't be surprised if you are just getting into the story when it cuts off. Manga is highly addictive because you always have to read the next one to see what happens. And you'll want to know believe me.

Anime is all over the television and internet. If you have a really good librarian in your school or neighborhood, you may be able to check some manga books out without having to buy them. One word of caution, though. Over in Japan, manga and anime include stories and pictures for all age groups. That means you might find something great for kids and teens, but you might also stumble on something that is made only for adults. Ask a friend for some good suggestions and you'll be well on your way to your very own Anime addiction.


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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: June 29, 2007
i draw it too. when i was eight or so, i saw a girl drawing it at one of my sister's volleyball tournaments. i thought it looked so cool and being an artsy type, i just had to learn how to draw it. i got a few books, and now my friends ask me to draw them! i like the manga series Yotsuba&! and i ADORE!!!!!!! movies hiyao mizaki (sp??????) like howl's moving castle. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! : icon10:
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babyangeldrago

23/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: June 29, 2007
i live in holland, and we dont have any manga here and the anime we have is childish to me (pokemon isnt fun anymore when youre 16). but i watch anime at youtube, and my favorites there are love hina, dn angel and wolf's rain.

you should absolutely watch loveh hina! its pretty neat. and funny. although it isnt made for really small childeren because it is a bit sexually themed...
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tecnochick

21/Female
Crystal Lake, IL
Posted On: June 29, 2007
I am extremly addicted to naruto, Inuyasha, and Card Captor Sakura. My friends and i love anime!!!!!!!!!!
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PattyBlack

24/Female
Mexico
Posted On: June 29, 2007
YAY! I love manga and anime (both )My favorites are Sailor Moon,Pokemon,Saint Tail and Cardcaptor Sakura
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I_am_hyper

25/Male
New York, NY
Posted On: June 29, 2007
I love anime! My all-time fave is Sailor Moon. I'm not sure if Poke'mon is anime but if it is I love it the same as Sailor Moon!
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its_skiz_not_s

19/Female
Germany
Posted On: June 29, 2007
I really hate anime.....

ESPECIALLY Naruto.

I think I'll stick to written books.
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Rogue18

27/Female
Australia
Posted On: June 29, 2007
I have always been an Manga and Anime fan since I watched Neon Genesis and Ghost in the Shell! ^_^

I even got an Anime Cosplay outfit of Major Misato Katsurugi of Neon Genesis Evangelion! ^_^
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my_boy_jet

108/Female
Weston, MO
Posted On: June 28, 2007
I love manga- Fruits Basket and Somday's Dreamers being my favorites- and I don't really care for anime, but great acrticle.
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element_wind91

23/Female
Bowling Green, OH
Posted On: June 28, 2007
by the way, any other fangirls here who absolutely adore yaoi?
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element_wind91

23/Female
Bowling Green, OH
Posted On: June 28, 2007
ugh, you have NO IDEA how much of a fangirl for both anime and manga I am. I'm mainly into shoujo stuff like tokyo mew mew (NEVER WATCH THE ENGLISH VERSION) , but i also am a HUGE fan of stuff like naruto and other less-popular stuff as well!
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Estelle04

28/Female
Lebanon, MO
Posted On: June 28, 2007
I love manga and anime. I even used some Alice 19th for my paper in my Young Adult Lit. class. The artist who does this manga is Yuu Watase, she also has done Fushigi Yugi, which I recommend for girls. Her star characters have always been women, most of them have strong personalities, though Alice is a shy girl. Anyway, I think the base manga for girls are Shoujo, it is genre in manga. For boys well, if you like cars you'll love initial D. Main Stream anime is: Full metal achlemist, naruto, bleach, dragon ball z, sailor moon, most people have heard of these and they are common. My favorites right now are Saiyuki, Gravitation, and Gokusen. Saiyuki is a journey style anime with lots of humor, Gravitation is a popular boy love anime and manga with humor, angst, and romance, and Gokusen is about a teacher who is sort of a mob leader. My favorite manga is Absolete Boyfriend!
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bunnypixie

106/Female
Galt, CA
Posted On: June 28, 2007
fun stuff
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x_cORNfLAKES_x

21/Female
Hattiesburg, MS
Posted On: June 28, 2007
Ya anime rox!! My favs are sailor moon inuyasha and pokemon and bleach!!
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bananas10

19/Female
Posted On: June 28, 2007
Anime AND Manga are awesome!! Yes it's true...it is very addictive, I should know this because I am addicted!!
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April_J_Humphr

31/Female
WV
Posted On: June 28, 2007
I am so addicted to anime too! My favorite anime is InuYasha and Sailor Moon!
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