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

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The exhibition closes on a pop-culture note, paying tribute to manga comic books, anime movies, Japanese youth culture and their influence on younger designers. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Kimonos Meet Couture," 12 Oct. 2018 The movie itself is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm, a cyberpunk story set in a dystopian future where Alita is an amnesiac bounty hunter who attempts to piece together her past. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Goes Cyberpunk in Her New Music Video," 24 Jan. 2019 Modern movements Contemporary artists still work in forms such as painting and kabuki, but today, manga and anime animation forms are wildly popular across continents and generations. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 Differences, Kanji, and disks Nintendo's latest classic product, announced in May of this year, marks the manga magazine's anniversary milestone in a few remarkable ways. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with Nintendo’s weirdest, and maybe rarest, classic console yet," 12 July 2018 The configuration with more storage will be ideal for those with big audiobook libraries and those who frequently read newspapers, comics, and manga, since those files tend to be larger than text-only e-books. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: A more premium e-reader at the right price," 7 Nov. 2018 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

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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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