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Manga S.

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Contrary to popular stereotypes, a real manga is more than just amusing pictures to accompany a captivating story about anything from romance and adventure to business and erotica.

In Japan, manga are as much in demand as they are in the form of art and as a literary work. And in both cases, manga are predominantly published in black and white.

The comprehensible drawings, the richness of the plot, the wide variety of characters, and the uniqueness of the characters have won this art the widest audience in the world.

Another peculiarity is that there is no exact translation of the term "manga". The original word is expressed in two Japanese characters, which were written by the legendary graphic artist Santo Kyoden back in 1798. Remarkably, the interpretation of these symbols is still a challenge even for professionals.

As for the style itself, there is no strict framework - it is rather a free style. The author is free to choose drawing technique, to change graphics at his own discretion, and to use visual hyperbole. The closest European notion to this phenomenon is considered to be the grotesque.

And indeed, when examined in detail, it is easy to find commonalities between them. However, unlike the classical grotesque, the original Japanese works in the manga style are distinguished not only by a large number of details in the traditional black and white pictures, but also by some other features:

  1. The extensive use of the principles of symbolism - a gravitation
    towards the values of the unspoken (for example, the time of action
    can be indicated by drawing the setting or rising sun in the
    background, and the mood can be conveyed by depicting a falling leaf
    or a broken branch);

  2. Exaggerated drawings of life circumstances;

  3. Contrasting emphasis on tragic and comic moments;

  4. Disproportionately large eyes in almost all the characters.

Although the reader does not see a riot of colour, he can easily count the petals on a rose or note the excitement of the characters by an altered brow curve or a lowered corner of the mouth. The writing of blows, explosions and the like are also often found in the background to add vividness.

Despite all the outrage from fans who reject the connection to the word 'comic book', that's exactly what manga is.

At the end of WWII Japan felt a strong western influence which gave rise to the development of local visual arts.

However, the first mention of the creation of drawn history goes back to the 12th century and is attributed to the humorous drawings of a Buddhist monk by the name of Toba (better known in Japanese culture as the Kakuyu monk).

The newfangled term peaked around the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries when the style of ink drawings was enriched by the ukiyo-e tradition and artists began to adopt some Western techniques related mainly to proportions and compositional features.