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The effervescence of manga

Manga has long been at the heart of Japanese culture. Almost every generation of Japanese knows their popular manga trends. The popularity of manga has grown considerably throughout the West in recent years, making it a full-fledged hobby for us too! The fan community surrounding the world of manga is very loyal, which contributes greatly to its continued existence.

What exactly is a manga?

Manga is the equivalent of a comic book, but it originated in the land of the rising sun. Paradoxically, in Japan, the term manga more generally refers to comics, whatever their origins. Today, in the West, the term "manga" refers more generally to Japanese manga, although non-Japanese "manga" is also referred to as manga, as long as it respects the codes of popular Japanese works.

But what is special about them compared to a traditional comic book like we see everywhere? Manga comics are generally read from right to left, which is the reading direction in Japanese, and therefore it is also respected even when the manga is translated into other languages.

Due to high publication rates and limited printing costs, the majority of manga also have the distinction of being drawn in black and white, except for the cover. A manga author also has a specific name, in fact, the title of this profession is Mangaka.

The different categories of Mangas

Japanese comics are traditionally classified according to the age and gender of the target audience. There are six categories:

  • Kodomo, for an audience under 10 years old, regardless of genre.
  • Shōnen, for a male audience aged 8 to 18.
  • Shōjo, for a female audience aged 8 to 18.
  • Seinen, for an adult male audience, i.e. 16 years and older.
  • Josei, the equivalent of Seinen, but for a female audience.
  • Seijin, for an adult audience, from 18 years old.

Manga is becoming increasingly popular

Manga publishing accounts for more than a third of print production and nearly a quarter of all Japanese publishing in terms of revenue.

In Japan, women under the age of 30 read an average of three manga per month, and for men the figure rises to six. In 2008, sales of Japanese digital comics accounted for 3/4 of the 35 billion yen spent on e-book sales. This shows how much manga is part of Japanese culture!

Over the years, manga has grown along with fans and diversified according to the tastes of a growing public to become a hobby not only in Japan, but everywhere else in the world.

The derivatives market

In addition to this, there is a very active derivative market, with shops such as our geek shop, offering manga derivatives, allowing fans to live out their passions off-screen.

Now, manga is really going much further, offering derivative products such as card games, toys, video games, anime and films, and figurines as well, as you can find in our figurine shop.

Some of our best Shōnen manga

  • Attack of the Titans: Follow the story of Eren in his fierce battle against the titans, the giants that drive humans to live in fear of being devoured. In this manga, humanity has been sheltering for decades in cities protected by walls! But the days of fear are over, as Eren and the other soldiers of the Exploration Battalion are ready to do anything to regain their freedom and kill the titans!
  • Demon Slayer: Follow Tanjirō on his quest to free his sister from the curse that has turned him into a demon. Tanjirō becomes a demon slayer in order to find the original demon and have a chance to reverse his sister's fate.
  • One Piece is quite simply the best-selling manga in history. With 470 million copies sold! So don't wait any longer and discover the adventures of Luffy, the most famous pirate of the manga universe, who tries to become the king of the pirates at all costs!

Moreover, you can also find in our shop, all kinds ofOne Piece items, but also items related to many other mangas