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
Recent Examples of manga from the Web
Tajima’s Comic-Con week special Naruto Ramen, named for the Japanese manga series, is available through Sunday.
More recently, Scarlett Johannson played the main role in 2017's Ghost in the Shell, a movie based on a Japanese manga series.
Akihabara, Tokyo’s mecca for manga and anime, is also the heart of a fetish for schoolgirls and their uniforms.
In addition to working with top J-pop artists like Aikawa Nanase, his career encapsulates everything from TV appearances and writing books to being featured as a manga character on bottles of Fanta orange soda.
As one of the most popular manga in recent memory, Death Note has been adapted countless times in its native Japan, most famously in an anime series that ran from 2006 to 2007 and is streaming on Netflix and Hulu.
A fantasy-adventure focused on martial arts, friendship and slugfests, Akira Toriyama’s manga has sold more than 200 million books and $5 billion worth of character merchandise worldwide.
Netflix on Thursday released a trailer for its upcoming Death Note film, also based on a Japanese manga.
That's the strange and dark premise that fuels Death Note, a manga series that ran from 2003 to 2006.
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Origin and Etymology of manga
Japanese, comic, cartoon, from man- involuntary, aimless + -ga picture
First Known Use: circa 1951See Words from the same year
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Definition of manga for Students
: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel
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