Definition of manga in English:



  • 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
    • ‘The huge eyes that both Ram and Sita have are apparently a feature of manga and anime in Japan.’
    • ‘I especially want to go to the Graphic Novel cafe and buy anime and manga and merchandise relating to anime and manga.’
    • ‘This is manga for anyone who ever watched Airwolf, filled with angst and aerial combat in equal proportions.’
    • ‘Anime, manga and the more violent of comic titles are not marketed to children.’
    • ‘Matsumoto pioneered manga comics and animation, and has been at its leading edge for over three decades now.’
    • ‘In fact, it's these extra characters that really mark the change from film to manga.’
    • ‘This week we've decided to save you the trouble of buying expensive imported manga and erotic manga!’
    • ‘The first thing he saw was shelf atop shelf, stocked two layers deep with manga.’
    • ‘His hobby was collecting Japanese comic books, also known as manga, and he always seemed to have oily hair.’
    • ‘We collaborate on your manga, with me at the driver's wheel doing the plot writing.’
    • ‘I sat in my back corner all by myself ignoring the whole world and reading my precious manga.’
    • ‘It all stems, he confesses, from a childhood lost to the Japanese cartoon books known as manga.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The larger publishers mentioned above also publish magazines and books in areas outside of manga.’
    • ‘And she kept on pushing me away from my desk, away from my precious manga.’
    • ‘Anime has strong links to manga, the thriving Japanese comic book industry from which it sprang.’
    • ‘In the world of manga, one of the greatest series of all time is Lone Wolf and Cub.’
    comic strip, cartoon strip, comic, graphic novel
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1950s: Japanese, from man rambling, aimless + ga picture.