Japanese Manga is Skyrocketing Past All Mainstream US Comics


 

Anime News Network’s gathered information from industry analysts who believe manga’s skyrocketing success is here to remain, and makes the following observations:

 

COVID isolation is not the only factor contributing to manga’s growth in popularity, however. Many fans are simply choosing manga over comics produced by companies such as Marvel and DC. This could be for a variety of reasons. Manga is written by one author, as opposed to a company, which allows for more creativity and flexibility, a more consistent art style, and often bolder topics. The internet has also increased manga’s popularity, with the availability of reading content online and the accessibility of online forums for fans to discuss their favorite series.

 

They come close to admitting why manga’s surpassing US superhero fare in the mainstream, but it’s also because, by sharp contrast, said superhero tales owned by conglomerates seen today are simply of bad quality, continuity’s been ruined, as the stories and art become worse and worse. The repeated company wide crossovers obviously aren’t helping either, as they’re another reason for loss of creative freedom at the Big Two, along with divisive, woke leftist politics. Something which, for now, most mangakas and animators haven’t been victimized by, but if their guard is let down, it could happen, and may have happened with at least a few video game producers.

 

So, good for Japan if they can hold firm on their commitment to creativity, but if they falter, they can’t be surprised if they too will eventually find more failure than success.

 

 

Originally published here.


Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1

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