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Manga 101 - Basic Walk-through of the Manga World

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Manga Categories - The Types of Manga
Manga 101 - Basic Walk-through of the Manga World

(From Left to Right) Naruto(Shonen), Battle Royale(Seinen), and Fruits Basket(Shojo)

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Since Manga is so widely popular in Japan, different kinds of Manga has become known. Each has its own title and when getting into Manga, it can help to know what is what. Below is a list of the different kinds of Manga.
  1. Shônen – Boy’s Manga – (Pronounced Show-Nen)
  2. Shôjo – Girl’s Manga – (Pronounced Show-Joe)
  3. Seinen – Men’s Manga – (Pronounced Say-Nen)
  4. Josei (or redikomi) – Women’s Manga – (Pronounced Joe-Say)
  5. Kodomo – Children’s Manga – (Pronounced Kow-Dow-Mow)

Don’t let these different titles scare you; they are just there to help differentiate the many kinds of Manga. Generally, you will be able to know if you will like an upcoming Manga title by what group it is a part of. Shonen Manga is usually action packed and humorous, Shojo Manga is often more lighthearted and involves romance. Seinen Manga will often have more adult themes, with some containing graphic violence and sexually explicit material. There is even a group of Manga and Anime that is referred to as Hentai, which is erotic Manga. This kind of Manga is considered pornographic by most people. Regardless of what your tastes are, you should be able to find a kind of Manga you prefer.

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