Japanese Modern Drawing
Characterics & Statistics
Shojo & Shonen
- Shojo is stories about real sittuations.
- Shonen's are stories with a lot of action in them and they are usually the ones that are translated.
- About 1/3 of all books sold in Japan are Manga.
- About 1/2 of all movies sold in Japan are Anime.
- The general characteristics are loosely drawn hair styles simple eyes and small almost invisible noses.
- There are tons of ways to draw those features leading to largely varying artistic preferences.
- It translates from Japanese to English as "Whimsical Pictures"
- It is basically just a style so they started out being single pictures but it has evolved into also including books.
- Based on how characters are usually drawn which is pretty straight forward it is possoble to guess a characters presonality before they talk or if your lucky what they'll say.
- They are designed to be kawaii which is cute in Japanese.
- They are most often used to represent children and with two chibis side by side the one who sports the larger eyes is younger.
- Anime is short for the word animeshiyon which translates into animation in English.
- The big difference between manga and anime is that anime is a special name for aminated versions of manga.
- Quite often one anime can appeal to people with extreme differences in preferences because they include both Shojo and Shonen elments.
- With super popular mangas or animes especially it is reformatted to include english subtitles or be translated to english.
Manga Mania- Christopher Hart