The Evolution of Baseball Manga

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Japan’s national sport is sumo, but ask me what the most popular sport is, and I would have to say “baseball” (Though soccer is fast catching up in recent years) The interesting thing is that it’s not only the pros that get all the attention. High school baseball championships are also very popular. In fact, summer […]

Manga Artists Drawn by Manga Artists

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Manga about manga artists have grown in popularity in recent years. Some examples: Bakuman (Story: Tsugumi Ohba, Art: Takeshi Obata) a story about two boys who form a team and aim for the top… Aoi Honoo (Kazuhiko Shimamoto), an autobiographical work set against the 1980’s Otaku movement… The peculiar Disappearance Diary, the story of how SF and Bishojo […]

Digital Manga vs. Paper Manga

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A few decades ago, you could always count on finding an abandoned manga magazine lying in the train’s luggage rack. However, if you look today, they are nowhere to be seen. Those who read books, newspapers, or magazines during their commute are in the minority these days. Regardless of age or gender, most passengers are […]