Friday, September 26, 2008

Are You A Manga Fan?

Yes, are you a Manga fan or what about Anime? Are you a fan of it as well? Or are you like me, who had never heard the word before, let alone know what either is?
Well according to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. Manga is "Japanese comic books or graphic novels," c.1984, from Jap. "cartoon, caricature," lit. "involuntary pictures." Term said to have been coined 1814 by artist Katsushika Hokusai to "convey a sense of free-flowing composition and quirky style."
And Anime is a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality. [Japanese, short for animēshon, animation, from English animation.]
My how the times have changed since my youth. In those days you had comics and then on TV Cartoons. And then you had those quirky cheap japans styled ones. And now? And now they are an Art Form in their own right with their own following and individual names.
What else has changed by development since your youth and although once despised now is valued in its’ own right? And what other things are you currently rejecting as useless that perhaps you should be having another look t to see their true value now, rather than later?

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