Differences Between Japanese Manga And American Comic Books


Differences Between Japanese Manga And American Comic Books

Manga is a popular new form of Japanese comics that recently gained a significant following among American comic book lovers. It is not uncommon to see people very familiar with Japanese comic book culture reading of the new Manga comic books. In fact, many are turning to this manga form, to keep up with the advances in the art form. However, when it comes to it, there are some differences between Japanese manga and American comic books.

Like any other Japanese comic book, American manga is normally in full color in single panels. In Japanese, there are two distinct kinds of comics: comic-hand and manga-Hana. In comic-hand, there are three panels per page. The first panel usually features a small scene, or an action, while the second panel shows a larger scene. The third panel, which generally is the beginning of a new story, offers a final look at the action that took place.

The manga-hand forms of Japanese comic books are a lot like their Western counterparts. The difference lies in the use of the panel that is split into two. Since the pages of these comics are usually longer than the single panels of the comic-hand versions, they feature four panels per page. In addition, this panel arrangement gives the readers a more engaging experience of the comic.

Differences Between Japanese Manga And American Comic Books
Differences Between Japanese Manga And American Comic Books

Detailed Analysis of How Two Different Manga Appeal to Readers

For readers who have seen the manga-hand form of Japanese comics before, this may sound odd. However, the four panels per page give readers the impression that the pages of the comic book are actually together. Even though they are one after another, the panels actually flow together in a fluid motion. This helps the reader keep up with the flow of the story. It also allows the reader to enjoy the entire comic without the feeling that they are reading a conventional newspaper comic strip.

However, in American manga, there is no such thing as four panels per page. Instead, there is a separation in the five panels. It can be hard to follow the flow of the panels in single-panel comics. And readers have a tendency to lose interest if there are too many panels on the page.

Another difference is the placement of the side characters in the manga format. As the panels are by indentations, the side characters do not fit into the page, unless they are very small. In addition, in some cases, side characters are omitted from the comic altogether. These circumstances do not occur in Japanese manga.

But, there is one major difference between American manga and Japanese manga, which is the use of bold text. In American comics, they use bold text. In contrast, the text in Japanese manga is frequently in a larger font. This means that the characters and words are easier to read, even when they are very close to one another.

Differences Between Japanese Manga And American Comic Books
Differences Between Japanese Manga And American Comic Books

Conclusion

The side characters, meanwhile, are much larger in Japanese manga. Although the characters are very small, their position within the comic page makes it seem like the page is actually larger than it really is. This “distorting” effect creates a very interesting visual aspect that helps the readers to keep up with the dialogue.

In addition, manga uses panels that are do not have a direct link to one another. Often, there are several panels that are together, without their connections, until after the main story is complete. It can be hard to read the continuity within the comic pages. But, this unusual presentation creates a new visual element that keeps the reader interested.

Another feature that sets American comics apart from Japanese manga, is the inclusion of overlays. Often, panels are with black borders around them. But in some cases, they cover it with a special font, as in the case of newspaper comics. Besides, the overlay provides a little background story on the pages, as well as useful information about the characters and their personalities.

Unlike American comics, where the text becomes blank if the page is turned upside down, all of the panels in Japanese manga actually have some kind of text in them. The text is usually clear and unobtrusive and is the only visual information provided by the panels. It is often centered on the upper left-hand corner of the panels. But you can occasionally find it at the bottom of the page, as well.

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