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Ubergeekdom => Books => Topic started by: PHI-1618 on February 16, 2007, 02:25:21 pm

Title: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: PHI-1618 on February 16, 2007, 02:25:21 pm
Same as the 'ANIME! It's ANIME!' topic, only this time about the books.
Awesome, I know.

For those yet uninitiated into the hobby, here's some quick info:

Quote from: 'Manga,' via Wikipedia
Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. Outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. As of 2007, manga represents a multi-billion dollar global market. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e and foreign styles of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. It comes mainly in black and white, except for the covers and sometimes the first few pages; in some Animanga all the pages are colored.

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Though roughly equivalent to the American comic book, manga holds more importance in Japanese culture than comics do in American culture. In economic terms, weekly sales of comics in Japan exceed the entire annual output of the American comic industry. Several major manga magazines which contain about a dozen episodes from different authors sell several million copies each per week. Manga is well respected both as an art form and as a form of popular literature, though it has not reached the acceptance level of historically higher art genres such as film or music.

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Like its American counterpart, some manga has been criticized for being violent or sexual. For example, a number of film adaptations of manga such as Ichi the Killer or Old Boy were rated Restricted or Mature in the States. However, there have been no official inquiries or laws trying to limit what can be drawn in manga, except for vague decency laws applying to all published materials, stating that "overly indecent materials should not be sold." This freedom has allowed artists to draw manga for every age group and for about every topic.

So yeah. Manga is diverse (think of something, there's a manga of it) and contains some truly fascinating stories. Let's talk about some of them.

One of my current favorites is DEATH NOTE.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/74/Deathnote011.jpg)

Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, an honors high school student, who comes into possession of a book called the "Death Note." Once he touches it, he's able to see a shinigami, the Japanese equivalent of a grim reaper, and is told that anyone's name he writes into the Death Note will die. Light decides to use the book to kill off criminals of violent crimes in an attempt to create a utopia; but when Interpol brings in a special detective named 'L' to determine what's happening with all these criminals dropping dead, Light's strict sense of morality has to bend to protect himself from L's amazing talents.

It's a serious morality play with some outstanding cleverness and art thrown into it. It's being adapted into an anime and a feature film was released recently.

Click here for a HUGE pic of its awesome artwork. (http://cicadisco.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/images/deathnote07_020021_thumb.jpg)
[Beware all those with dial-up; the above link will destroy you.]

Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Malt on February 16, 2007, 06:25:37 pm
In before trolls people who actually enjoy manga.

SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK TENTACLE RAPE
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Gunner on February 16, 2007, 07:00:22 pm
Srgt Frog is pretty funny, though I haven't pulled it out for a while...
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: operaghost21 on February 17, 2007, 10:07:19 pm
I haven't pulled it out for a while...

that's what...HE SAID!!!
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 18, 2007, 07:54:22 am
I haven't pulled it out for a while...

that's what...HE SAID!!!

ZING!
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: PHI-1618 on February 18, 2007, 10:14:12 am
Srgt Frog is pretty funny, though I haven't pulled it out for a while...

It's a surprisingly entertaining read. I haven't had a chance to revisit the series due to the releases being a bit spotted out, but I do plan on revisiting it in the future.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Cool AN on May 08, 2007, 09:48:58 am
I am a little late, and I am necro bumping, but I really don't care.

Hellsing is awesome.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: SmileyMan on May 08, 2007, 02:48:48 pm
Tentacle rape, Lolicon, Yuri, Furry.

Need I say more than 100% fail?
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: aname on August 02, 2007, 12:59:57 pm
Tentacle rape, Lolicon, Yuri, Furry.

Need I say more than 100% fail?

Furry is not manga. Furry is the embodiment of hell sent to out world in the form of a fursuit and drawings.


and you forgot shotacon *shudder*
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: B.A.S. on August 02, 2007, 01:32:23 pm
oh god manga, doesnt sound good at all. From what ive heard from white people that are really into asian stuff so much that they could be asian. Manga is for adults that read comics? No no this cant be good at all.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: The Time Traveller on August 07, 2007, 07:25:50 pm
SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK
I agree. Manga Sucks. And so does Anime.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: sltlamina on August 07, 2007, 07:37:03 pm
I haven't pulled it out for a while...

that's what...HE SAID!!!

I woulda totally done that had I ever been in this topic before :D

ZING!
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Gunner on August 07, 2007, 08:01:33 pm
I haven't pulled it out for a while...

that's what...HE SAID!!!

I woulda totally done that had I ever been in this topic before :D

ZING!
I just read it today.

FAILURE.... TO THE MAXX!!!1!
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: sltlamina on August 07, 2007, 08:07:48 pm
Read what?

OVER USAGE OF LARGE GREEN LETTERS!

...that's enough.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Gunner on August 07, 2007, 08:15:40 pm
Yes, this silly war is over.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: sltlamina on August 07, 2007, 08:26:28 pm
Hooray, we must sign a treaty and ban Hentai. I'm fed up of using Google images for totally innocent things *looks around nervously*, and I end up finding these pictures with people cut in half with their intestines hanging up and tentacle rape...ALL IN ONE PICTURE! It's horrible, it's traumatizing!

Stay away from Asians people! They have this horrible stuff, AND...Ninjas, you shouldn't see either! (well, you wont see the second one)
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Gunner on August 07, 2007, 08:40:10 pm
Hooray, we must sign a treaty and ban Hentai. I'm fed up of using Google images for totally innocent things *looks around nervously*, and I end up finding these pictures with people cut in half with their intestines hanging up and tentacle rape...ALL IN ONE PICTURE! It's horrible, it's traumatizing!

Stay away from Asians people! They have this horrible stuff, AND...Ninjas, you shouldn't see either! (well, you wont see the second one)
I won't mention whats wrong with this.
Hentai, is not manga anymore. It is Hentai. Its porn.
And the thing you saw is guro. An abomination of the internet. Not Hentai, which is not Manga.
Ecchi is manga.
No Hentai.
And Asians, what the freak, I have never heard such racist crap since some idiot sent me a link to an OIFY thread.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: sltlamina on August 07, 2007, 08:54:44 pm
It's not racist, it's supposed to be funny. All the people at my School that are Asian actually say that stuff to me! Wait...that's ummm, self...what's the word, hatred?

How is saying Manga is bad, and Ninjas are cool racism? If anything that's complimentary! Asian people rule!
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Behumat on August 22, 2007, 01:52:38 am
Not really Manga, but not sure where it would fit, Japanese novel? Anyway, the books to twelve kingdoms are being translated and released into the US. If you enjoyed the anime, you should check it out.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Gunner on August 22, 2007, 08:41:23 am
Not really Manga, but not sure where it would fit, Japanese novel? Anyway, the books to twelve kingdoms are being translated and released into the US. If you enjoyed the anime, you should check it out.
Pretty sure it doesn't count itself as a Manga, but it is connected to the anime, soo.... :-\
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Werechicken on May 29, 2008, 06:22:41 pm
I was going to create a new topic for this but may as well use this.

Has anyone heard of Daemon Detective Neuro (http://www.onemanga.com/Majin_Tantei_Nougami_Neuro/) (if not the link has most of the chapters)

It's basically about a demon who feeds on mysteries. It's surprisingly funny with a very twisted sense of humor. The humor and the art style, especially during the really crazy bits, are very reminiscent of stuff by Jhonen Vasquez (Squee, Johnny the homicidal maniac and invader zim).

The style is very weird and messed up, but I would really recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different.
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: huggkruka on June 04, 2008, 06:08:55 am
I respect manga mostly because it has given us such classic adaptations as Grave of the Fireflies, Akira, Oldboy, and many of the Miyazaki movies. I've only ever read one manga, Akira(all 2000 pages of it in one day!) and it was INSANE. For an architecture lover such as myself it's pornography. Nothing can top it, so I'm not even gonna bother reading anything else.  :)
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Yuu on November 13, 2010, 01:01:08 am
One, I'm clear...

Two, you're clear...

Three, everybody's clear...



CLEAR!



So yeah.

Just bought several new volumes of Aa! Megamisama, and decided to bring this thread up in case some of the newer guys here might also want to post some of the stuff they're reading.

 :)
Title: Re: MANGA! It's MANGA!
Post by: Cyst on November 27, 2010, 02:58:49 pm
Speaking of Manga...

I just typed more than I ever have...

Because of Death Note.