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Analyse This: A Generalized Timeline of the History of Anime and Manga (Part One)

May 30, 2012, by , posted in Features, History

WARNING:

This is a post on the history of manga with mentions of anime. This is just a series of observations about the history, the similarities, trends and the way anime and manga has changed over the years. I would just like to state firstly in no way, with my limited resources, inability to read Japanese and blatant preference for manga, should this be thought of as a conclusive history. There will be gaps, factual mistakes, and spelling errors which if spotted, should be commented upon.

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Analyse This: Shoujo Manga

May 4, 2012, by , posted in Features, History

Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka and Mistress Fortune by Arina Tanemura

The shoujo demographic contains females generally younger than 18. Shoujo manga has a reputation for being over melodramatic, sugary sweet and suffocating their characters in flowers. Shoujo anime is much the same, albeit without as many flowers or sparkles.

Shoujo manga is actually quite varied. The only thing that has remained utterly constant in shoujo manga is the need for romance, preferably with a side dish of angst and the big eyes. Fantasy, action, psychological and horror works have been successful but this demographic has always largely thrived upon romance and ‘slice of life’.

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