Definition of manga in English:



mass noun
  • A style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

    ‘Takahashi is an artist who truly represents the very best from the world of manga’
    Compare with anime
    • ‘This week we've decided to save you the trouble of buying expensive imported manga and erotic manga!’
    • ‘Matsumoto pioneered manga comics and animation, and has been at its leading edge for over three decades now.’
    • ‘I haven't watched much manga, but the villain did strike me as one of these archetypal brooding nhilistic goths who turn up in manga a lot.’
    • ‘What keeps you reading, despite arcane diversions into the footnotes of manga and anime, is the sense of adventure.’
    • ‘I especially want to go to the Graphic Novel cafe and buy anime and manga and merchandise relating to anime and manga.’
    • ‘And she kept on pushing me away from my desk, away from my precious manga.’
    • ‘The larger publishers mentioned above also publish magazines and books in areas outside of manga.’
    • ‘Anime, manga and the more violent of comic titles are not marketed to children.’
    • ‘It all stems, he confesses, from a childhood lost to the Japanese cartoon books known as manga.’
    • ‘I sat in my back corner all by myself ignoring the whole world and reading my precious manga.’
    • ‘The huge eyes that both Ram and Sita have are apparently a feature of manga and anime in Japan.’
    • ‘The first thing he saw was shelf atop shelf, stocked two layers deep with manga.’
    • ‘We collaborate on your manga, with me at the driver's wheel doing the plot writing.’
    • ‘In the world of manga, one of the greatest series of all time is Lone Wolf and Cub.’
    • ‘Anime has strong links to manga, the thriving Japanese comic book industry from which it sprang.’
    • ‘I would have passed on my compliments to the artist, had it not been a drawing from the disturbingly popular Japanese art form manga.’
    • ‘Graham admits that until recently, he had never even heard of manga.’
    • ‘This is manga for anyone who ever watched Airwolf, filled with angst and aerial combat in equal proportions.’
    • ‘His hobby was collecting Japanese comic books, also known as manga, and he always seemed to have oily hair.’
    • ‘In fact, it's these extra characters that really mark the change from film to manga.’
    comic strip, cartoon strip, comic, graphic novel
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1950s: Japanese, from man ‘rambling, aimless’ + ga ‘picture’.