Differentiating Manga from Anime

Manga: This is a collection of narratives illustrated on physical pages. It dates back to 1798 in Japanese pop culture. The first production described 'Shiji no yukikai', a commonly known picture book. In 1814, the trend continued with other publications such as Hokusai Manga and Aikawa Minwa's Manga Hyakujo. Like the regular cartoons, manga is two-dimensional and non-realistic. The most predominant aspect in the top manga series is satire. Today, the genre is still exploding with artistic creativity.

Anime: Pronounced as 'ani-may', it refers to stories which can be displayed on a TV or a computer. Anime is more realistic, and comes in 3D, with characters having distinctive features and motions. As the US cartoon industry was developing such series as Mickey Mouse, Japanese artists were making a unique style of comics. Osamu Tezuka, a renowned cartoonist and the Godfather of manga and anime, devised the large-eye aesthetic and used it in his first anime series, Astro Boy, that was first broadcast in 1963. It was the first Japanese comic to hit the US airwaves. Between 1970 and 1980, other adaptations with sophisticated themes including Star Blazers and Robotech took over. The anime market continued to grow, hitting about $400 million as indicated by the Japan External Trade Organisation.

1 Nov 2019