It is believed that manga began as early as the 12th century, or the 1100s when they would be written on scrolls. It is also believed to be the start of right-to-left reading method.
If you don’t already know, Manga is a Japanese word which mean “comic”. Some even say that manga dates back to only the 1700s or the 18th century. A few renowned artists believe that after the bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the idea of old manga drawings, painting and art in general changed and they moved to more softer forms such as the manga images that we see today, including chibi art forms.
The most popular mangas today are Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Death Note amongst many others.
However, some see this transformation from more serious form of art of manga into more of an entertaining genre as an essential part in the growth in popularity of Japanese cartoonism. Because of this transformation, Japanese anime has gained popularity around the world and it has become one of the niches that Japan is known for.
Manga characters usually have large, beautiful eyes, hair often defined to be big, out of proportion and at times, spiked, and idealistically thin, and tall physiques. Some characters, like that in Dragonball series, the men are shown to be especially muscular, and well-built.
After the World War II, cartoonists formed their own groups and gave manga and anime a new form, using them as a tool to reach out to the vast community and outside, and communicate their messages through manga and anime. In the beginning they were used to communicate messages to the Japanese locals about propagandas which were formed to defeat their enemies.
Their attempts did not go futile as we can now see the anime and manga world flourishing ever so successfull