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How society considers manga
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Posted 7/9/10
I noticed that the word manga can create a large variety of reactions from....

1. What is manga?: an usual reaction from my experience, from my teachers, friends and even library. Only internet allows me to share my manga passion in my little city

2. Manga is *censored*! this reaction is when people link manga with violence: some people consider manga is only dragon ball z and Ken : they thought those sometimes violent and crude mangas were only for children...that caused their misunderstanding.

3. French tv opinion: manga is Tesuka. Each time Tv talks about manga, they only refer to old manga: they stopped at Tesuka great art...

4.Manga is freaks who love big eyes: the usual definition of manga is "big eyed characters", no less no more.

5. Manga is illogical and stupid: i got this opinion from a professional comics author, who is well know and published in France: he tried to prove me that the asian way to read and write is stupid and illogical: no comments. He also said that manga consisted about drawing useless and endless scenes....pity on ignorants.

6.Manga is...

when you have so much words that you can't define what is manga for you...


have you experienced such reactions?
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Posted 7/9/10
backwards book
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Posted 7/9/10
i think where i live its not really well known most people who would know manga only, like the #3, know the old ones like dragonball-z, yu-gi-oh, e.t.c. but then a few people i knowtalk about it in their groups. when i was in grade 6, when i brought a shounen jump magazine, like 5 guys and one girl, like jumped on me cause they said that the (i think it was Yu Gi Oh?) card that came as gift with it was really rare. but yeah, i didnt even know they liked manga so that was nice surprise
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Posted 7/9/10
LOLs. nowadays... society are more onto watching than reading..
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Posted 7/9/10
Dunno, don't give a toss what people think about what I'm reading. Then again, I care what people read.


I would come with an example, but the only example I can think of now, would make me think that I am on a witch hunt.
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Posted 7/10/10
*rolls eyes* I'm reading my manga and people will go, why are you reading that backwards and that looks so ugly they have such big eyes...of course I told them its better than any cartoon they will ever watch on tv and read in a comic book.
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24 / F / california
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Posted 7/10/10
their first reaction is '' MANGO''??
I'm like ''never mind''
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28 / M / England
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Posted 7/17/10
I'm looking for some weird or social realist manga. I have got some yoshihiro tatsumi and taiyo matsumoto and really like that they are some what realist and mildly violent. does anyone know any others similar to them that are available in britain or online to buy. i've been reading loads read berserk, vampire hunter, anything that would probably be abit teeny. i know some of the obvious ones like urotsukidoji, battle royale, but want some society like manga
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24 / M / Vana'diel
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Posted 7/17/10
Something I can enjoy,something others shun.
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28 / M / England
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Posted 7/17/10
yeah i like that manga
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Posted 7/17/10 , edited 7/17/10
Manga, well, to many (like non Asian countries), who don't know manga well enough, or who don't encounter enough manga......manga: it's like graphic novel, for teens or kids.
But actually manga is for all ages. It's not something only for the non-grown up (all ages).



5. Manga is illogical and stupid: i got this opinion from a professional comics author, who is well know and published in France: he tried to prove me that the asian way to read and write is stupid and illogical: no comments. He also said that manga consisted about drawing useless and endless scenes....pity on ignorants.

Pity on his ignorants and arrogant, and close mined. He don't know what's manga. If manga is such as crap, how come it's feed so many people, a huge industry in Japan, and spreading around the world too.
Posted 7/19/10
Jeez, a lot of opinions are too complicated (from the first post's examples ones).
All I hear is "You read comicbooks, ya-ya"
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Posted 7/21/10
*sigh* I usually get reactions #1 and #4 the most.
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People around here are pretty interested in manga, actually. They'll make fun of the anime club, but when you're reading Yen+ or Shounen Jump (Because they canceled Shoujo Jump, and now I am ANGRY) or a book manga, they're genuinely curious. They'll ask you what you're reading, ask if they can see it, flip through it, and if you can draw it you get a lot of compliments. Unfortunately, a lot of other aspects of Japanese Pop Culture rile them up, so if you go around in Lolita, you get a lot of rude comments ^^;; but that seems to happen everywhere.
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Posted 7/21/10 , edited 7/21/10
I dunno, I don't usually have to read manga around people. Most of my friends like comics, and they don't consider manga to be inferior, even the ones who don't read manga. The main thing I see that makes manga and anime (and even comic books!) appear to be an aberration to normal people in Western culture is that it is a "cartoon." When an adolescent or adult likes "cartoons," it goes against the social stigma that cartoons are for children. I think that this will likely change with time, at least in America, where cartoons made for adults are becoming increasingly popular.

Although, if most of the media thinks of Tezuka when they show manga, I'd say that's a good thing. Tezuka was an amazing person; almost like the Walt Disney of anime and manga. (You could also consider this about Miyazaki, another person who would be fitting with the title.)


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