Japan, for such a long time, has been well – known for its unique and abundant culture. When referring to Japan, it is common that people will think about a place where manga and anime have their own origin. “Manga” is a term widely used for comic books and more specifically, Japanese comics. Also, the term “anime” is understood as cartoons which are based on Japanese manga. Manga and anime have been loved by people of all ages and from all walks of life since its first publication. Created by Japanese authors with living attitudes which are very Japanese, manga and anime have special features that set them apart from the other comics and cartoons in the world. Let’s explore what features make manga and anime become one of the most popular kinds of art nowadays.
1. Characters in Japanese manga and anime are very similar to people in real life.
Actually, if American comics and cartoons tend to depict the life of some superheroes with supernatural ability, Japanese manga and anime seem to go in the opposite way. Though there are also some manga and anime of which contents are about heroes, in general, Japanese manga and anime are often fond of depicting daily life of characters. Taking an example to make it clear, Doraemon is a beloved manga which is very popular for children. It pays attention to the life of Nobita – a clumsy boy and usually bullied by the other classmates. Depicting every things happening in daily life of Nobita, the author tends to emphasize on the true friendship among characters in Doraemon as well as honorable companionship between people. What’s more, together with the robot cat Doraemon, the manga author also expresses the eternal faith of people for a better – coming future. With a simple, authentic but very impressive style of writing, the story comes closer and closer to readers and becomes the most popular manga in the world.
2. Japanese manga and anime do not avoid showing the dark side of society.
When reading Western comics or watching Western cartoons, it is very easy for us to realize that they often avoid showing what is seen as the downside of human beings society. Therefore, the lives in Western comics and cartoons seem to be so unrealistic. Meanwhile, Japanese manga and anime are not afraid of expressing the negative side. The lives depicted in manga can be seen somewhere in Japanese society or even in the others. They do not avoid writing about a beggar on a street, a housemaid in a wealthy family or even a killer to name but a few. An explanation for this difference may be in Western countries, comics and cartoons are supposed to children. Hence, things appeared in the comics or cartoons tend to be kept as positive as possible. Differently, Japanese manga and anime cater for all tastes and all ages. There are both manga, anime for children which are majority and manga, anime for teenagers as well as for adults. The subjects in Japanese manga and anime are very various ranging from love, marriage… to detective or war…. The very wide choice of manga and anime makes them become more and more famous and beloved.
3. Together with the popularity of manga and anime, there are many events and places of interest related to manga and anime in Japan.
If you are a manga – aholic and you have chance in Japan, especially in Tokyo where there exist many special events about manga and anime celebrated annually, it must be a trip of your life. The more popular manga and anime become, the more visitors come to Japan to attend many kinds of manga and anime events or just drop by a manga cafe along a street of Tokyo or Osaka to pick a manga and relax. Nowadays, every year, the anime Japan or also known as Tokyo Anime Fair, is celebrated in Tokyo, which is recognized as the largest animation related event in the world. Moreover, there are also some manga museums in Kyoto and Tokyo which have witnessed the beginning and development of Japanese manga and anime. Along with special features, the very events and museums also contribute an important part in distigushing Japanese manga and anime from the other kinds of comics and cartoons around the world.