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What is manga?
Short answer - Japanese comics. However, it is more
than just that. Manga appeals to all ages in Japan. There is no
taboo for an adult to be seen reading manga in public, like there
for an adult reading Spider-Man comics in America. You may have
heard to anime. That is Japanese cartoons.
What are the characteristics of manga?
Well it is more than just big eyes. Manga also often
- Masking Effect - this means that
the artist will switch from a cartoony style to a realistic style.
Sometimes cartoony characters will be shown in front of very realistic
backgrounds or a character that might be drawn realistically most
of the time, may be shown cartoony when angry.
- Symbols - we have symbols in American
comics that we recognize (like an image of a saw going through
logs or zzzzzzzzz to show someone is sleeping hard) that are not
used in manga and vice versa.
- huge tear drops - may not be real tears, just showing the
character is very sad
- a deformed vein (usually cross-shapted) on a forehead -
character is angry
- a snot bubble from one nostril - character is asleep
- sweat droplets - confusion
- two parallel lines coming from the bottom rim of the eyes
down to the cheeks - character is crying
- cat mouth - character is being mischievous
- eyes get extremely big and bubbly - excitement
- white cross shape bandage - pain
- thick black lines - anger
- facial features shrinking - shock or rage
- an elipsis over the head - silence, but the character wants
to say something
- index fingers pushing together - character is telling the
truth or a secret
- Hair - often the hair color means
something, not always, though.
- Black - power, evil, sadness, mystery, death
- White - purity, peace, cold, death
- Blue - calm, dependability the daker the color, the more
- Purple - royalty, wisdom, spirituality
- Red - passion, joy, aggression
- Pink - femininity, childlike, kindness
- Orange - balance, enthusiasm, warmth, seeking attention
- Yellow - wealth, courage
- Green - envy, harmony, life, tranquility
- Silver - intelligence, maturity
- Brown - comfort, endurance
Write Japanese - This chart was given
to me by a student teacher who was going off to live in Japan after
he graduated. Break down the word you wish to translate into sounds
(not how you spell it). Consonant sounds will need to be followed
by a vowel sound. For example - Mark might be broken down into these
To my knowledge, this chart is public domain. If you know different,
please let me know who to ask for permission.
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