man·​ga | \ ˈmäŋ-gə How to pronounce manga (audio) \
plural manga also mangas

Definition of manga

: Japanese comic books and graphic novels considered collectively as a genre The characters' faces beam the big-eyed, manically jolly winsomeness that in anime and manga signals contentment.— Peter Schjeldahl also : an individual comic book or graphic novel of the manga genre This black-and-white manga is based on the Japanese animated TV series of the same name … Library Journal

Examples of manga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The technique was borrowed from Japanese manga character Naruto Uzumaki, who runs with his head down and arms stretched behind him. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 One particularly powerful fight, in which Alita is against all odds but somehow survives, is, in some ways, lifted almost identically from the source manga, as if the filmmakers used the original series art as a storyboard. Sam Machkovech, Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best films of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 The manga, drawn by Japanese artist Tomomi Shimizu, has been translated into English, Chinese and Uighur. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Japanese manga about a Uighur woman’s persecution in China becomes viral hit," 14 Dec. 2019 The Naruto Run is named after a manga character who runs at superhuman speed with his arms stretched out behind him. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Area 51 Raid: Everything That’s Happening in the Desert Today," 20 Sep. 2019 The Evangelion manga, which originally began appearing in Japan before the anime series even aired, was intended to be an official companion to the anime. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s re-translation of Neon Genesis Evangelion is drawing backlash for queer erasure," 24 June 2019 The introduction of the toy corresponded with the start of the Beyblade manga series of the same name. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Watch out for cheap spinning battle toy brands when shopping, state warns. Some contain toxic levels of lead.," 26 Nov. 2019 Episode Three: The Ideal Woman Quick preview: Kae, 23, is a manga (comic book) artist and has dreams of creating her own. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'Queer Eye' goes to Japan: What to know about the new season (yes, you'll be crying)," 2 Nov. 2019 Tuesday 9/24: Join fellow comic fans to talk about graphic novels, manga, comic movies and more. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s on: La Mesa hosting community workshop," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of manga

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manga

Japanese, comic, cartoon, from man- involuntary, aimless + -ga picture

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The first known use of manga was circa 1951

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manga.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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Kids Definition of manga

: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel

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