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 On one level, bringing the graphic novels to anime form is an acknowledgement of some of the graphic novels’ Japanese roots, as O’Malley’s big influence for his work were various titles of manga, the Japanese comic book form. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, based on the popular manga comics by Koyoharu Gotouge. Nick Romano,, 16 Mar. 2021 Dragon Ball is gigantic, about as gigantic as a franchise based on a Japanese manga can ever attempt to be. Daniel Dockery, Wired, 9 Nov. 2021 Japanese anime and manga are futuristic forms of animation and comics — but their approaches to gender are often as backward as a sexist 1930s cartoon. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 In 2002, revenue from sales of manga, video games, anime, J-pop, art, films and fashion totaled $12.5 billion — up 300 percent from 1992. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 And what about Japanese manga, which dates back centuries? New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 To deal with the stress of recent climate disasters and the pandemic, Maya began cutting up Japanese manga comic books and replacing the missing scenes with her own artwork. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 The series ranked No. 1 in June and July on the viewership rankings of major video streaming services in Japan, and the original manga by Ken Wakui has exceeded 35 million copies in print. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Manga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel

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