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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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 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 Faces Major Backlash for Being Cast as a Trans Man in a New Movie," 4 July 2018 Fans of the manga began a petition to recast her in 2015. Alexia Fernandez,, "Scarlett Johansson Dismisses Criticism Over Her Decision to Play Transgender Man in New Film," 3 July 2018 The film will be directed by Rupert Sanders, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who is the director behind Ghost in the Shell, the 2016 movie which was heavily criticized for its whitewashing of a popular Japanese manga series. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Will Reportedly Play a Trans Man in New Movie "Rub & Tug"," 3 July 2018 Tuesday Anime Club: Come watch anime, eat Japanese snacks, read manga, and sketch your favorite characters after school at the library. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Take a trip back to World War I battlefields at Lake Forest Library event," 27 May 2018 Nintendo is releasing a gold and red Famicom Mini in Japan that comes preloaded with 20 games that are based on manga, as spotted by Kotaku. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Nintendo is making a special edition Famicom Mini loaded with manga games," 14 May 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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