Since the founding of manga in the 1940’s its portrayal of women and men characters has vastly changed, better for some and worse for others. There are some manga that focuses more on plot and character development while others focus on artwork that will gain more readers (depending on the artists drawing style).
This manga focuses on the heroine’s journey to greatness through the medium of the theater. She begins as a young girl and progresses as she becomes as she full woman. The art style is more old-school as it was created in the late 1970’s. Though the characters have unnaturally long limbs and faces they have many lifelike facial expressions. There are very few unnecessary angles and the plot is so realistic it might have been based on real life.
In this manga, “History’s Greatest Disciple Kenichi”, the plot revolves around a boy learning martial arts to become strong and protect his love interest. It involves many muscular characters, both male and female, which get more accentuated as time progresses. In the beginning of the manga these features are almost unnoticed but over time they become more and more pronounced almost to the point of grotesqueness. The situation did not improve as unnecessary and sexual angles become more and more frequent. The plot of the manga is sound, engaging and interesting, but these disproportionate muscled men and over sexualized women make it difficult continue to read(for some).
The difference between the plots and art style of these two manga and more brings up an important question, should women and men characters be portrayed with more realistic proportions or should their features be more over the top to draw in more readers?