Japanese comics and animation have their unique style that distinguish them from their western counterparts. In fact, they are now considered a genre of their own. They have a universal appeal that is why it is no longer surprising why their popularity has spread throughout the world. What is even more interesting is, these Japanese arts attract children and adults alike.
Majority of the anime series and movies are filmed versions of a manga. Whether on paper or the TV screen, their stories always captivate the imagination of the audience. Aside from cute and fantasy stories that are aimed for children, there are several manga and anime that cover mature subjects. Regardless if you like characters with fantastic powers or those that reflect people in real life, you will surely find something that you can easily relate to.
Three of the best-selling manga/anime of all time are One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Naruto. These three, according to Wikipedia, have sold over 345 million, 230 million, and 205 million copies respectively. Although they have different authors, Eiichiro Oda for One Piece, Akira Toriyama for Dragon Ball, and Masashi Kishimoto for Naruto, they are all under the same publisher, Shueisha.
The earliest manga and anime series were introduced in the 60’s, and their popularity continues to grow over the years. Now, this modern art has become so ingrained in Japanese culture and daily life that it has become a part of their national identity. Anime and manga lovers in Japan started to organized events wherein they meet up and dress themselves in the costume of their favorite anime characters. This event is called Cosplay, which is now being practiced by anime and manga fans in several other countries.
Cosplay attracts even those who are not a big fan of anime and manga. This is because every year, more participants are putting more efforts to make their costume a more realistic replica of the anime. Several artists and publishing companies are continuously pushing the boundaries just to meet the need of audiences for new anime and manga with unique stories. Whether you are a fan or not, there is no denying that this is Japan’s contribution to the world’s pop culture.
Here’s a video of some cosplayers showing off their best anime costumers. This literally makes the world of manga and anime more colorful!