Tag: Manga

Enrichment of Illustrated Emotion

Visual expressions of emotion are a large contextual component in most graphic novels. If we were to rely solely on dialogue and narration with expressionless characters, the tone of the story would drastically shift. We may generally consider the depiction of emotions to be a simple task of manipulating the shape of or space between facial features. However, it’s interesting to note that there… Read more →

Tale of Two Cities

It was middle school when I first started reading manga, but watching anime did not come until college and the subscription to Netflix, because sometimes good English dubs are hard to find. Even though I had been reading Manga for years at this point I had not read anything as intense or graphic as Akira. I guess to some people… Read more →

Reflection #3: Akira

I’ve really enjoyed Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira this past week. I’ve never read manga before now so it was a bit of a new experience for me. Some of the major difference that I noticed in manga opposed to other more western comic styles were the super detailed panels, the amount of panels and the superhero-like action sequences.   Daniel R.… Read more →

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Warning

Each dystopian story dreamed up by its visionary, whether writer, illustrator, or auteur, cries out a warning for the possibility of a bleak future. The stunning manga Akira, also adapted to film, by Katsuhiro Otomo introduces the protagonist Kaneda riding through Neo-Tokyo into the desolation of Old Tokyo — the city ruined by the nuclear attacks of Third World War. Neo-Tokyo, glossy and… Read more →

Rice Ball in the Produce Aisle

Manga the Japanese style of graphic novel has become a big sensation in the United States, but where is a beginning reader to start? Some manga can be graphic and intense in a variety of ways. For someone who wants a little of everything, love, drama, fighting, ancient prophecy, animals, Fruits Baskets is the starting place to begin.    … Read more →

Yu-Gi-Oh: A Transmedia Case Study

I remember in third grade hearing about a trading card game called “Yu-Gi-Oh,” and I thought it was the strangest thing. Then everyone I knew started buying the cards, and “dueling” at recess, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. Like everyone else, I quickly became addicted to the card game, spending tons and tons of… Read more →

An Unexpected Surprise

In class we discussed each of our experiences with either manga or anime. Stylistically, manga never caught my attention when browsing the book aisles at stores like Barnes and Noble or Books-a-Million. I saw manga and anime as something that was “too eclectic for me to ever enjoy”. In fact, the only recent exposure I’ve had to it was being… Read more →