Last Updated on May 10, 2023 by Touseef Umair
It is impossible to escape manga images. We rarely consider the origins and meanings of the characters in the manga. We are often unaware that there is a rich storytelling language behind every manga graphic, as rich in symbolism as any Renaissance work of art.
What is Manga?
Manga is an art in which a story is telling. Manga mainly consists of visual images, and is an extension of the comic strips first published in Japanese newspapers at the end of 19th century. Manga stories are type of comic and graphic novels. They can be read by anyone of any age and include a variety of genres, which may include scientific fiction, romance, or books about adventures.
How a beginner read Manga?
Japanese manga traditionally reads from right to left which is the reverse of English. Vermonia is the first Japanese manga which was created by YOYO. In original manga style books, the action, the word bubbles, and sound effects are all written.
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Four steps to read Manga
- Choose the manga
- Start to read
- Reading panels
- Reading character’s emotion
1: Choose the manga
· Learn different type of manga
There are basic five types of manga
- .Seinen is referred as men’s manga.
- Women’s manga is josei.
- For girls Shojo manga,
- For boys shonen manga.
- Children’s manga is called kodomo
· Investigate the various manga subgenres.
Manga consist a wide range of subjects and ideas. Some popular types of manga are as action, mystery, adventure, romance, humour, slice of life, science fiction, fantasy, gender bender, historical, harem, and robot.
· Discover some well-known manga series.
When you start to read your first manga, spend some time exploring popular series.
- Two popular science fiction series are Ghost in the Shell and Akira.
- Two well-known fantasy series are Dragon Ball and Pokemon Adventures
- Love Hina is a classic manga series.
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 is a robot and time travel anime.
2: Start to read
· According to your personality select manga
It is time to decide what kind of manga you will read if you are aware with some books or series. Follow your heart and select anything which truly thrills you.
· Start with the first manga in series
Manga are available in series form and a lot of stories are found here. Start your work with the first story and then go onward so it is convenient to understand. If a series is popular then all the stories or parts are available in one volume. This thing is mentioned on its cover.
· Put your book with the spine on right side
Manga is read with the magazine or book spine on the right side. When you put the manga on the table it is compulsory that leaf ends are on the left side and spine is placed to right. This is the reverse of English books.
· Start from the title, author name and edition
It is important to start reading from the correct side of panel. Title and author name are written on the first page of manga. If you are reading from the wrong side then flip the manga.
3: Reading Panels
· Read the panel in correct sequence
Like the all other start to read from right to left. Start to read from the top right corner of the page. When the line is end go far right of the following row.
- Start with top most side, if the panels are arranged in vertical manner.
- It is important to start reading from right to left whether the lines are arranged in correct manner or not. Start with the highest row or column and then come to downward.
· Read dialogue balloons in correct sequence
Dialogue balloons in which the chatty text are present must be read from right to left side and from top to bottom.
· Black panel background
The black background in the panel indicates the flash back. This signalized that this event had occurred in past.
· Changing back ground from black to white
At the top which panel has black background it shows the past. Then slowly the panel becomes shading to gray and finally reach to white which indicate the present time.
4: Reading character’s emotion
· Read the sign bubbles
When there is empty dialogue box or empty space below their mouth this means that the character is expressing their emotions just by saying no words or with the help of expressions.
· Interpret lines across the face
Manga’s character sometimes expressed as blushing with lines drawn across the nose and cheeks. These expressions show the emotions as embarrassed, delighted or having romantic feelings for other character.
· Read nose bleed as lust instead of injury
When a character appears on a page of manga as the nose is bleeding this not termed for injury but this symbolized that they are having lustful thoughts about the another character or they both are staring each other lustfully.
· Drop of sweat as embarrassment
The sweat drop on the head of the character shows that the character is feeling embarrassment. This is less severe than by blushing to see other character. This drop is found on the top of head. This also indicated that the character is feeling uncomfortable in the given situation and trying to hide the expressions.
· Facial shadows and dark auras
A shadow floating in background or purple, gray and black spot in the background is shown in the manga panel this means that the character is filled with negative energy.
The manga is easy to read if the four steps are followed. In the manga panel the key point is start reading from right to left and top to bottom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to read manga on internet?
Yes, it is. But rules must be followed as to start read from right to left and top to bottom.
Is there any possibility to get American way on paper?
Yes, but this is not correct for all the types of manga. Some look appropriate when flip while most of them are not.
Are all manga found in Japanese?
No, many of them are found in English, and also in other languages.