My Manga Blog

{July 20, 2010}   Tale of two Nana’s

Nana is one of those little comics that accidentally become insanely famous. Released in 2000, it is a shojo manga. Its story revolves around two girls, both named Nana. They come to Tokyo in search of Tokyo. They run into each other and end up sharing an apartment. The rest of the story focuses on their lives and the relationship between them.

On the one hand there is the Nana (Komatsu) who lacks any ambition in life and blames her back luck on a demon while on the other there is the other Nana (Osaki) who is a singer and punk rocker with a strong drive. We have the drive-less Nana talking about her deepest feelings to the new Nana.

As the story progresses, it managed to keep the reader curious and entertained. The story itself springs quite a few surprises. So popular has it been that there have been two films based on it already and countless songs inspired by it. Volume 19 of the series was the third highest selling manga book in 2008, which speaks volumes about its popularity. It already has 21 volumes and growing! It seems the fable of two Nana’s is going to continue for a while.


{June 24, 2010}   Manga Controversies

With the freely talked about sex and violence in manga comics, it comes as little surprise that these comic books have been involved in countless manga controversies.

One of the most popular is the Kodomo no Jikan, whose story revolves around a grade school teacher who has to handle a female student having a crush on him. The relationship between the two central characters in the manga book kept the comic from releasing in North America, where such content was controversial.

Kodomo no Jikan

Or consider the case of Angel, which depicted the central character in numerous sexual activities. In France, the manga was straightforward banned from exhibition is stores. In Japan, too, it was temporarily suspended.

The very question of whether reading manga is an unpatriotic act has been a matter of popular debate in China, adding to the manga controversies. Chinese teenagers are torn between love for their nation and the love for Japanese manga. China and Japan, as nations, do not always get along well.

Adding to all these manga controversies is Chip Kidd who, just a couple of years back, released a manga comic featuring a variation of Batman, and titled it Bat-Manga: The secret history of Batman in Japan. Needless to say, he was flamed on countless numerous boards for not giving credit to Jiro Kuwata, who originally created the comics that Chip Kidd had created.

It seems that manga controversies have emerged not just for their content, but also because of the way the content is presented. The last two examples prove that controversies can even emerge without having anything to do with the manga content itself.

{June 18, 2010}   Types of Manga

We would like the first article here to introduce the reader to the various styles of manga. There are mainly six different kinds of manga.


The first is Shoujo, which is meant for girls. It focuses on romantic stories, thought it can have other elements.


Josei manga can be described as the grown up version of Shoujo. While Shoujo is targeted at teenage girls, Josei’s target audience includes adult women. It’s stories, correspondingly, revolve around romances involving adults.


Shounen can be described as the boy-targeted equivalent of Shoujo, since it focuses more on fights. It, too, might have other elements.


Seinen is another form of Japanese cartoons that targets people interested in sports. They usually contain much less violence than Shounen manga.


Yaoi or Slash manga covers male relationships, sexual and otherwise. This category, too, is mainly targeted at female audiences, though it has significant male readership. It contains plenty of pornographic material, making the reader base mainly adults and teens.


Ecchi or Hentai manga is popularly known for pornographic elements. The reader base consists of adults or teens.

In general, manga contains plenty of material with violent and sexual undertones.

In future articles, we have a lot more manga to cover! We hope that by reading this blog, readers will have a more comprehensive idea of manga, and those who, till now, had very little exposure to it, will be converted to fans of this beautiful category of cartoons.

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