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What is the Difference Between Anime and Manga?

Since most of the Anime Series is adapted from Mangas, viewers often confuse the two as the same.

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Arigato Gojaimas… Since most of the Anime Series is adapted from Manga, viewers often confuse the two as the same. Before we learn about the difference between Anime and Manga, let’s understand these terms separately.

What is Manga?

Manga is a Japanese name coined for the Japanese comic books. And that’s all. However, Manga as an art differs from the regular comic books—in its form, feel and aesthetic value. Although, a manga was generally written by Japanese writers with stories originating from Japan. But nowadays, comic writers from outside Japan have started writing stories for Mangas as well.

What is Anime?

Anime has brought Japan back to life—and has comparatively represented the land more vibrantly as no other art form has, so far.

Anime, to simply put, means animation in the Japanese language. However, it’s aesthetic value and storytelling differs massively from that of the animations as we know in other parts of the world. It’s water-coloured appearance and a unique blend and play of light with colours have created a uniquely cinematic visual identity for itself.

There are two things to look into: Anime series and Anime movies which are sequential and non-sequential, respectively.

What is the difference between Anime and Manga?

Anime is a narrative art form in motion whereas Manga is the narrative mastery of the stills: black and white sketch form. Both of them have distinct appeal when it comes to the feel and effect of the narration. Anime’s watercolour-dipped artsy imageries mixed with the Japanese intonation and language brings the native feel of the place.

Whereas, Manga brings out shots of a variety of scenes bordered within different shapes of frames. Filled with black and white sketches, it creates a stillness and artistic precision that comes rarely with narrative art forms. Mangas are available in print as well as online. While Anime have episodes, Manga have Issue Numbers to track the sequence of the story.

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