Japan is a country that is as rich in culture and tradition as it is in terms of technology and economics. The Japanese believe in modernization while still upholding their rich history which is why the country is an amazing hybrid of culture and technology. It is because of this Japan has been able to influence the entire world despite its size.
Culture of Manga
Among the vast array of cultures that this country has to offer, without a doubt the one which is more widely known is its culture of the manga. With its origins dating back to the 12th century, the Japanese manga tradition is now spread worldwide. In fact, mangas are so popular domestically, as well as internationally, that it has been formally accepted as a form of literature and art. Contrary to popular belief, manga is not exclusive only for children and mangas that are aimed especially for bigger audiences do exist. The influence of Japanese manga in the world is so huge that certain universities even provide higher studies under the subject.
Much like any work of literature, manga can be classified under different genres. Among the numerous officially recognized manga series, there exists a manga for every single genre there is. Besides the magazine where they are published, mangas are also sold separately as a volume with 9-10 chapters per volume. Whether it be the amazing artwork or the incredible plot, mangas truly resonate with the vast majority that read them.
How does a manga look like?
Now coming to the style, unlike western comic books, you have to read the manga from right to left. A manga is drawn entirely by ink, meaning that the artwork is black and white. There is no fixed panel distribution and the authors use them to suit the story they’re going with.
New to the world of manga? You must be wondering where to start reading. Then it is best that you start with the genre you like the most. Here I list some of the manga which are more prominently known among the masses. Book depository has them all for you and with VoucherCodesUAE you can get a discount on every one of them.
Here is the list of manga available on Book depository
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Genre: Action, fantasy, adventure, comedy, supernatural
The classic story about an orphan who wants to be the greatest ninja and become the Hokage (leader of his village). Naruto has to work with his teammates and undergo vigorous training. By undertaking difficult missions, Naruto must work his way to become a full-fledged ninja recognized by his village. Check out the amazing story of Naruto filled with adventure, action and inspiration.
Author: Akira Toriyama
Genre: Action, fantasy, martial arts, comedy, supernatural, adventure
Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts. He is also in a quest to explore the world in search of the seven mystical orbs known as the Dragon Balls. The balls, when gathered together can summon a dragon able to grant any 3 wishes. During his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls for their own desires. His adventures are part of his journey to becoming the strongest warrior in the universe.
Author: Oda Eiichiro
Genre: Action, Superpowers, fantasy, comedy, adventure
The plot follows the story of Monkey. D. Luffy, a child with the dream of finding the greatest treasure in existence, the One Piece. Armed with a straw hat, a small boat and an elastic body he sets out on an amazing journey to find his own crew. For that he needs a worthy ship that can conquer the Grand Line and make him the Pirate King.
Case Closed (Detective Conan)
Author: Gosho Aoyama
Genre: Mystery, detective, action, school life, drama, comedy
Shinichi Kudo is a high-school student, who, by using observation and deduction, is good at solving mysteries. While investigating one, the criminals that he was watching catch him and he is forced to take an experimental drug. Leaving him for dead, the criminals disappear. However, Instead of killing him, the drug turns Shinichi into a little kid. To preserve the illusion of his ‘disappearance, Shinichi adopts a new name based on his favorite author (Arthur Conan Doyle) and becomes Conan Edogawa. Despite this, young Detective Conan now has a mission. To find the criminals who did this to him and get the antidote to that drug.
Author: Takehiko Inoue
Genre: Sports, school life, romance, drama, comedy
Slam dunk is the story of Sakuragi Hanamichi, a high school delinquent who has a thing for getting rejected by girls. The story begins after his 50th rejection from a girl, who turned out to like a guy from the basketball team. Hanamichi swears hatred upon the sport and its members. But soon, he runs into the beautiful Haruko Akagi, who sees his tall stature as something amazing rather than frightening, and asks if he likes basketball. Immediately smitten, he says yes and even tries impressing Haruko with a (failed) slam dunk! Haruko is nonetheless excited by his powerful jumps and strength, and convinces him to join the basketball team! It is the best sports manga ever written, it is highly recommended that you read it even if you don’t play the sport.
Author: Naoko Takeuchi
Genre: School life, action, supernatural, magical girls, shoujo, comedy
The series follows the adventures of a schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino, a 14-year-old and in her second year of middle school. She’s a bit of a crybaby and klutzy but can transform into a warrior of justice, Sailormoon! She leads a diverse group of comrades, the Sailor Guardians, as they battle against villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System.