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Does all manga have to be from Japan?
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Posted 8/25/07
I really like Bizenghast, yet I have some friends who say that Bizenghast isn't really manga and that all manga has to be from Japan. Bizenghast set in Massachusitts, and it's made by an american author, but it looks like manga to me artistic style wise. So I was wondering. For somthing to be true manga or anime does it have to just stylisticallly look asian, or do you think it has to be from Japan or Korea to really be manga/anime. So is it an artistic or cultral category. No wandering off topic although you can discuss similar anime and manga. Here's a pic for those wondering what the art style of Bizenghast is like

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Posted 8/25/07

Hungry205 wrote:

well, according to the hardcore definition of anime, it doesn't have to come from japan, but other shows such as south park would be classified under anime, which would piss off many hardcore anime freaks. i think we need a new name, how about janime ^^

manga, according to the definition, is just japanese-style comic, so i wouldn't see the harm *shrugs*

what would the definition be? (and why would south park also fall under the same category)
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Posted 8/25/07
i dun think manga HAS to be japanese o.O iv seen chinese manga~ and american manga of course (which im not very fond of =.=;;;)
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Yes. Simply because manga is what comic books/graphic novels are called in Japan. Just like how you wouldn't called a Korean manhwa a manga or a Chinese manhua a manga. They're all still comic books, it's just that Japanese ones are called manga.
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Posted 8/25/07
mangas = comics
comics = mangas

any questions?
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Posted 8/25/07

RockyBalboa wrote:

mangas = comics

True!


comics = mangas

Not true. Although all manga are comics, not all comics are manga. The word manga specifically refers to JAPANESE comics. American & European, Chinese, Korean, etc. all have different names. & although they might be influenced by manga in terms of art & whatnot, they aren't manga.
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Posted 8/25/07
their called manga for a reason..

i wonder what would US name their comics?.. oh wait.. Comics?
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Posted 8/25/07

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Hungry205 wrote:

well, according to the hardcore definition of anime, it doesn't have to come from japan, but other shows such as south park would be classified under anime, which would piss off many hardcore anime freaks. i think we need a new name, how about janime ^^

manga, according to the definition, is just japanese-style comic, so i wouldn't see the harm *shrugs*

why would south park also fall under the same category?


some ppl believe that by definition anime is basically anything that is animated, thus involves south park.

Posted 8/25/07

rena13 wrote:


artgeek707 wrote:


Hungry205 wrote:

well, according to the hardcore definition of anime, it doesn't have to come from japan, but other shows such as south park would be classified under anime, which would piss off many hardcore anime freaks. i think we need a new name, how about janime ^^

manga, according to the definition, is just japanese-style comic, so i wouldn't see the harm *shrugs*

why would south park also fall under the same category?


some ppl believe that by definition anime is basically anything that is animated, thus involves south park.




Correction calling all southpark wouldnt piss off all the "hardcore" anime nerds...it would only piss off the n00by teenagers who only enjoy anime simply because its japanese therefore its..."ZOMG ANIME TOTALLY RULZ CARTOONS SUCK LOL!!!"
All people who are truly "hardcore" anime fanatics i would hope realize the proper definition of the word anime so it would be pointless to be pissed off

EDIT- Manga is specifically japanes As where anime is just the word for animation of all types. So yes...all Manga must be made in the japanese styling

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Posted 8/25/07

lokita wrote:


RockyBalboa wrote:

mangas = comics

True!


comics = mangas

Not true. Although all manga are comics, not all comics are manga. The word manga specifically refers to JAPANESE comics. American & European, Chinese, Korean, etc. all have different names. & although they might be influenced by manga in terms of art & whatnot, they aren't manga.


This is pretty much it. Manga is a form of the comic book art, but it doesn't follow that all comics are manga. Manga, besides cultural and artistic forms, really revolves around certain techniques that are used to bring about action, emotion, movement, etc. and are usually related to culture and art in the Japanese sense of the term.

So you could say that Manga made in Japan can capture the more precise essence of Manga, but that doesn't stop an American, who may have learned and assimilated the techniques, from producing a Manga as well.

Since we live in an age of globalization, we should expect to break from the "norms" we like to put around certain art forms. From a historical standpoint, anime actually IS a break from traditional norms, as it is actually an inculturation of American comics into the Japanese culture.
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Posted 10/1/07
You got to admit that the japanese really have some good imagination and creative idea...
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Posted 10/1/07
Noo...all manga doesn't...but manga from Japan is usually better...no offense to anyone...
Posted 10/1/07
uh.. no..
manga = manhwa = comic/cartoon.

manhwa is korean btw
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Posted 12/31/07
I am reading Bizenghast too and i think it´s awsome even if it´s not from Japan! ^^.
Posted 12/31/07
Bizenghast looks good. However, I don't like a lot of the story lines.
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