Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Manga (And Also Anime) Monday, the place where we dive into the compelling world of manga and anime. Sorry about missing the post yesterday, I got swamped unexpectedly. I’m gunna make up for it today though! Here we go!!!
It goes almost without saying that, from a western standpoint, anime and manga can seem pretty weird. Actually it may even seem weird from an objective standpoint, if that’s even possible. That weirdness can be incredibly good, but also make some things more difficult. Let’s get the bad stuff out of way first.
Anime’s weirdness stems from the fact that Japan’s culture and society developed with minimal influence from the outside world. This is due to Japan have many natural barriers that prevent the distribution of culture. Therefore, Japanese media are grounded in a culture that has had almost no outside influence and is incredibly unique. However, this means that the humor and sensibilities of Japanese entertainment is geared towards a very specific audience. This makes it harder for media like anime and manga to translate and appeal to a more global audience.
However, this situation also has some beneficial qualities. By coming from a very unique culture, manga and anime have the ability to express that specific and interesting culture. Anime and manga also are refreshing in that they do not typically fall into the many tropes and common themes that western storytelling does. That’s not to say anime and manga does not have cliches, but they are different than the ones westerns are used to.
Alright guys, that about does it. I know this post is on the shorter side, but I’m a bit under the weather so please give me a pass. Have a great start to the week and I’ll try to get it together for Wednesday.