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Desire to escape ? Discover the manga, graphic literature of Japanese inspiration. The titles that rocked your youth through more confidential works will allow you to discover the world of manga . It covers all aspects of life, from the imaginary to the daily worries. Are you ready to start reading these original works? 


A popular literary genre in the land of the rising sun, manga has its origins in medieval Japan. You have to go back to Nara's time (710 to 794) to find your ancestor, narrative scrolls made up of paintings and illustrated texts called emakis.

Thereafter, the style evolves at the time when Japan opens up to the outside world. Under the Meiji era , Japanese borders fell and the country was steeped in Western culture. Graphic art is diversifying and is largely inspired by European and American codes.

Today, the very prolific Osamu Tezuka is considered to be the father of these works. It will help popularize graphic literature in the country. After the Second World War, he renewed the rules by creating the first style effects, namely: onomatopoeias, impressions of movement and changes of plan. 

The themes of the story evolve to no longer focus solely on adventures and the authors tackle more complex and more realistic subjects. It was during this period that the manga became widely popular.

The dissemination of this art in France will be more difficult despite the will of the publishers. However, works like Akira will manage to meet their readers. However, it was not until the 1990s and the animated adaptations in the Club Dorothée that the genre found its audience.


You are probably wondering what are the ingredients for the success of a manga? We explain everything to you. First of all, the comic strip in Japanese sauce obeys particular codes:

  • The number of pages is often more important than the European comic strip. A volume has around 100 to 200 pages.

  • A rich graphic code to express the feelings of the characters. Thus, the eyes are generally larger to reinforce the expressions of the message. There are also writing conventions which allow the emotions of the protagonists to be transcribed directly.

  • He has more plates than European comics.

  • The structure of the action is different and is modeled on the cinema plans. The impression of movement is the desired effect. The narrative is broken down into time and action.

  • The reading direction is different from classic comics. Indeed, the reading is done from left to right contrary to what is done in the West.

So we see that the manga is not the same as the other styles of graphic literature.

A multitude of genres

With its meteoric development during the 20th century, there are today a multitude of manga genres. The story's intrigue has developed to adapt to its different targets. Children, adolescents, adults, women or men; the manga will entertain you and meet your expectations. The story is based on both fantasy and police investigations. Find out more via our page dedicated to manga targets. 

The great authors

Large publishers have embarked on the publication of manga. Artists of all ages have created special universes that take the imagination on a journey. The best known among them is Osamu Tezuka with books such as Astro the little robot. The shonen remains the most popular with literary series like Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama, One Piece by Eiichirō Oda. 

In the world of shojo, Moto Hagio, the forerunner of this type of manga, stands out particularly with well-known works such as Iles sont eleven! , Ruru to mimi.

The big publishers

In France, the main publishing houses are: Glénat, Kana, Pika and Kurokawa. They publish series like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and Death Note. They are mainly present on the shonen and shojos market.

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