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How to start reading comics: convenient entry points into the worlds of Marvel and DC

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Manga (or Japanese comics) cover a wide variety of topics and can target both children and adults. Japanese translated comics are interesting to read, in addition, they serve as a simple way of understanding modern Japanese culture.

  1. 1 Determine what type of manga you are interested in. There are various options to choose from. Typically, comics are classified by gender and age of the target audience:
    • Shojo. This type of manga is aimed at girls 12-18 years old and tells stories about a specific character. Popular topics may include the following: girl-sorceress, school romance, historical romance, modern romance, science fiction, sports, horror / vampires, love between boys (yaoi). Examples of works: "Fruit basket», «Tricks of passion», «Mysterious game», «Beautiful girl», «Vampire Knight», «Nothing but love for you», «Emma», «Godson», «Oran High School Dating Club"And"He and she and their circumstances».
      • Witch girl (maho shojo) is a popular shojo subgenre for young girls, where there is a heroine with superhuman abilities who fights evil and protects the Earth. Examples are the following works: "Sailor moon», «Sakura - the lord of the cards», «Alice 19», «Guardian Chara», «Tokyo meow meow"And"Wedding peach».
    • Bisejo (a beautiful girl) includes very beautiful girls or animals. Beauty is pouring over the edge. For example, include "Hamtaro».
    • Syonen. Action-style stories for boys. Syonen usually includes a humorous idea, which emphasizes male heroes. Companionship between boys and men in sports teams and battle groups is also usually part of the plan. Syonen comic book titles often mention exaggerated female characters. Examples of such comics include: “Naruto», «One piece», «Rut», «Ranma 1/2», «Crown Throw», «Lupine III», «Bleach», «Inuyasha», «Prince of tennis», «Love and hina"," Gun Blaze West "(in English)," Rogue Kenshin "," Hunter x Hunter ","Tenty is superfluous!», «Initial Dee"And"Steel alarm!».
      • Mecha is a subgenre of senens and includes giant robots. To the works of fur include "Gundam wing"(In English),"Voltron"And"Big oh».
    • Shonen-ah. These are stories telling about love between young men, which are mainly aimed at a female audience. Shonen-ai are for teenage girls and usually describe feminine, effeminate groups of guys like NSYNC.
    • Seinen The manga is mostly aimed at young men, although some of them are designed for men over 40. Unlike senens, seinen includes a wider variety of artistic styles and themes from avant-garde to pornography. While the Seinen contains many topics from the Senen, they are more attached to reality and have a pronounced emphasis on design. Most appreciated by readers due to the depth and maturity of the manga, such as “Apartment building Ikkoku"And"Ghost in armor", Relate to this particular genre. Among other popular Seinen, mention should be made of “Lone wolf and his child», «Golgo 13», «Eagle», «Death note"And"Monster». «Chobits"Targets a more mature audience.
    • Josei is the female equivalent of seinen and equivalent to the novel "Harlequin." Most josei belong to the yaoi genre. The plot usually includes the following: office life, marriage, children, infidelity, family and romance. Comics that are not related to yaoi: "Heavenly kiss», «Happy mania"(In English),"My pet», «Blue», «Walking butterfly"(In English),"Midnight secretary"And"Honey and Clover».

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