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 One of the most influential action films of all time is actually this 1995 sci-fi anime epic from Mamoru Oshii based on the manga of the same name. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now," 16 Jan. 2021 But despite the shared format, Japanese manga are pretty different from American superhero comics, and a lot of adjustments had to be made to Spider-Man’s MO during the translation process. Christian Holub,, "How the Marvel’s 616 docuseries uncovered the mystery of a '70s Japanese Spider-Man show," 20 Nov. 2020 The series is based on the Japanese manga by Haro Aso. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2020: Our favorite shows and binges in a year of living distantly," 26 Dec. 2020 Just like Marvel’s heroes, many successful manga can be drawn out for decades. Gearoid Reidy,, "Ghibli’s Box-Office Record Set to Be ‘Slain’ by New Anime Giant," 18 Dec. 2020 There’s no bling, no playfulness, no manga or anime imagery. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics’ Review: A Kiln-Fired Culture," 9 Dec. 2020 Inspired by these phantoms, Hajime, a quiet, polite man, wrote and illustrated Attack on Titan, one of the most popular manga to gain a following outside of Japan. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Why Attack on Titan Is the Alt-Right’s Favorite Manga," 16 Nov. 2020 The various myths and folk tales, depicted in semi-realistic manga style, are fascinating both as glimpses into Japanese culture and as an exploration of universal human fears. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "3 must-read graphic novels, from horror to war," 9 Nov. 2020 The live-action remake of the Japanese manga (a comic or graphic novel) did not do well at the box office. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Color-blind casting still doesn't get a pass," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Manga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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man·​ga | \ ˈmäŋ-gə \

Kids Definition of manga

: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel

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