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August 03, 2005



Actually, I'm really curious to see what the manga landscape will look like in 5 years. A certain subset of manga readers -- and I'm one of them -- thinks that the manga bubble can only expand so far and it will burst.

Or perhaps "burst" is the wrong word; level out might be more accurate. We saw something similar with the domestic anime market, which saw a rapid increase in the late 90s and earlier in this decade, but it's since levelled out and we haven't really seen any new anime companies come onto the scene.

It'll be interesting to see how the landscape will change. Immediately, we have OEL manga coming onto the scene, but we'll soon have more boys love manga and the tangentially-related manga novels.


Kurt - I've read the first 2 volumes of Lone Wolf and Cub and def enjoyed those... give the first volume of "Blade of the Immortal" a try and let me know what you think... do people consider that "real" manga? yes or no - it's worth a read esp consdering this recent pilgrimage/experiment...


Yes, 'Blade of the Immortal' can be considered 'real' manga. It is important to remember that manga is not defined by a particular art style or type of story because manga is technically just the Japanese word for comics.

If you really look at the manga industry in Japan you will see that it includes a broad range in art styles with stories with almost every type of subject matter imaginable. In America we really only get the cream of the crop, with stories that have already shown that they can sell.

As for Original English Language manga, it's been around for well over two decades, although this term is fairly modern and more cumbersome than older labels. Antarctic Press probably has the most history with this, having been publishing 'Amerimanga' for twenty years. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Fred Perry's 'Gold Digger' series and of Adam Warren's comic version of the 'Dirty Pair' anime.

One title I would recommend to action fans that want to check out manga is 'Gunsmith Cats'. It's about two female bounty hunters in Chicago and is one of the most interesting stories I've ever read in any format. It should be noted that the creative team behind this title actually went to Chicago to do research.

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