Manga in Japan is what we call comics in America. It is a social phenomenon in Japan, where all sorts of subjects exist—from social issues, romantic stories, to science fiction. Reading manga is one of the most successful comic book experiences globally, as weekly manga revenue in Japan is equivalent to the annual returns of the American comic industry.
Manga began to conquer the world during the 1980s. Its most famous classics include Yoshihiro Togashi’s “Sniper,” Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece,” Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto,” Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball,” Gosho Aoyama’s “Detective Conan” and Tite Kubo’s “Bleach.”
Most manga titles, published in lengthy volumes, have been adapted into anime series, and many best-selling manga stories have been translated into different languages. Together with the most popular manga series, the anime versions have remarkably spread worldwide and become a favorite of youth and teenagers both in American and European counterparts (e.g. France, Spain, German, etc.) as well as in the Arab world.
In this article, we’d like to share with you ten of the most popular manga and anime, which today’s youth have followed extensively and which contributed significantly as people’s source of entertainment and imagination.