man·​ga | \ˈmäŋ-gə \
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

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Controversially, Johansson was accused of whitewashing her character, which was based on a popular character from Japanese manga. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws from Her Controversial Role as a Trans Man Following Backlash," 13 July 2018 From traditional woodblock prints and calligraphy to manga and digital butterflies, there's something for every taste. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 It was inspired by the atelier Tokiwa-so, another apartment building which from the ’50s to the ’80s was the Chelsea Hotel of Tokyo manga artists. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 This is a common plot for popular Asian dramas like Boys Over Flowers, an iconic Korean series based off a Japanese manga and adapted into many forms, including the new Netflix original series Meteor Garden. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How Crazy Rich Asians turns a traditional Asian rom-com trope into a modern statement," 18 Aug. 2018 The tweet, as reported by, was a series of hashtags that seemingly referred to the popular manga The Promised Neverland. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Fans Think a Manga Called "The Promised Neverland" Contains Clues to "Love Yourself: Answer"," 15 Aug. 2018 The film, based off a Japanese manga character, sparked a petition to recast her in the role. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Scarlett Johansson drops transgender role after backlash: report," 13 July 2018 She was accused of whitewashing the character, which was based off of a Japanese manga character. Lydia Price,, "10 Controversial Movies That Got Everyone Talking ... Before They Were Even Released," 5 July 2018 The series compositions for Hanebad! is being handled by Taku Kishimoto, who not only did the series composition for the best modern sports anime Haikyu!, but also for Erased and 91 Days, which are both excellent manga adaptations. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Eight new anime shows to check out this summer," 29 June 2018

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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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: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel

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