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Is Japanese Anime and Manga Taking over the World

Anime is Japanese "animation", shortened, "anime". It originated as early as 1917. Manga is a form of comics and print cartoons that were developed in Japan in the late 19th century.

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Although they are two different forms of comic and animation, they are both an art form that have been highly cherished and celebrated in Japan for a long time and in the recent past here in the United States.

Manga is read by just about everyone in Japan, all ages, and includes a vast number of different genres, from action, sports, fantasy, romance to, as well satirical, business and commerce.

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In the 1950s manga comics quickly became the most popular form of print publishing and began exploding all over the world, becoming a major market and highly profitable for the Japanese economy.

Although in normal cases the comics are represented in black and white, sometimes they are also available in full color.

Coming in magazine form, they often contain many stories within a single publication. To keep the masses captivated, they use suspense by including half stories, which will be continued in the next issue. Much like the American comic books, manga keeps readers hooked and looking forward to the next issue.

anime, anime figures, 	manga figuresIf a series becomes highly successful it is then collected and combined, sectioned into chapters, and republished in paperback books called tankobon.

If the series becomes successful enough, it may be animated. With the world becoming more and connected through different mediums and ways to connect such as the internet, Manga has really caught the attention of people in countries far away from Japan therefore becoming a high demand product globally

Anime, Japanese animation, is really making a name for itself globally as well. Just like the manga comics, Japanese animation has become a huge phenomenon across the globe and being turned into major comic and cartoon features.

Most of the Japanese animations have been adopted by other geographical areas. Some of the most popular cartoons and comics that Americans appreciate and watch today have their roots in the Japanese animation studios. Most of the popular card playing games that we have in the United States also stem from Japanese anime.

The top 10 manga of present time are Bleach, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ruroni Kenshin, One peice, Inuyasha, Death Note, Shakugan, no Shana and Dragonball Z, most of which are not only popular with Japan but also very popular in the United States. Many of their original works are in high demand and therefore very expensive. Check out any auction style website to find out the expense of owning certain issues and first runs of these Japanese artworks. You will be amazed how much they can cost.

The top 10 Japanese Anime are:

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  • Akira
  • Neon Genesis Evagelion
  • Ranma 1/2 series
  • Tenchi Muyo series
  • Ninja Scroll
  • Vampire Hunter D/Bloodlust
  • Macross Pluss
  • Princess Monoke
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Jin Roh.

The same goes for the popularity and high price tags on these collectibles and first run collections. The growing popularity of Japanese art and comics like Anime and Magna continues to grow throughout the world.

Japanese art which has its roots in their culture has become somewhat of an Icon of Japan throughout the world and high collectible and it is loved by readers throughout the world.

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