It’s no surprise that so many people have become attached to many fictional characters in manga. Not only can they see the character in picture form, but they get a much deeper sense of who they are, their actions, how they react in different situations, etc.
Today, there are many different types of conventions (“cons” for short) that people get the opportunities to dress up (cosplay) as their favorite characters to the best of their abilities, as well as what their wallets will allow. Some cons are Anime Boston, Comic Con, Anime Expo, and more, including outside of the U.S.
There are many genres in manga, just as their are in regular books: romance, sci-fi, ecchi, harem, paranormal, horror, school life, shoujo/shonen-ai (girl/girl love; boy/boy love), and more. Some manga (most, really) are series that can stretch on for over 40 volumes, and then there are some that span just one or two volumes.
Why is it so big? The characters, the art style, the stories, all come together to create something that is visually stimulating for a lot of people, where regular word books just don’t cut it. Not only that, but many manga get turned into anime (think Pokemon), which bring those characters to life on screen in 2-D animation.
It’s been a growing trend in the U.S. for over twenty to thirty years, especially with series such as Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam, Naruto, and Bleach, to name a few. Each series produces characters that kids and adults alike feel connected to and want to learn more about them while enjoying the fun, dramatic, scary, and weird antics that they get themselves into.
Have you read manga? What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!