The Influence of Manga books!

  • Updated on January 23, 2023
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Manga Books: The Good and the Bad Influenced the People of Society!

When it comes to a love for something, everyone has their own preferences. Whether it’s a love for comic books, games, or even breakfast, everyone has their own taking. This is not unique to the human race but rather, a kind of natural trait of all living organisms. Humans are no different in this regard; we all have our own interests, fantasy, and hobbies. One of the greatest things about these preferences is the influence they represent on society. When one person enjoys reading manga, they might not have any direct influence on society, but the same can’t be said for someone who enjoys and is a fan of playing games. These hobbies heavily influenced their consumers in different ways, and some are quite positive while others are quite negative. In this article, we will be exploring this topic and give examples of the good and the bad that comes with manga.

What is Manga?

Mangago is a Japanese word that is short for “comic books”. It is a Japanese style of sequential art that you start to read from right to left (like the Japanese language). It is derived from “America’s Manga: The World of Cleo” which was a hit manga magazine that was first published in Japan in 1969. Manga first became widely popular in the United States in the 1960’s thanks in part to the release of “Sailor Moon”, a Japanese cartoon that was dubbed and released in English that was a hit and one of the bestsellers of all time in the world of manga. Currently, there are over 5000 different manga titles published in Japan each year, with around 100 vol of them being made available in English.

What is Manga’s Influence on Society?

Manga has had a wide range of influences on modern society, both for the better and for the worse. Let’s take a look at some of these. And comment on what have you learned and reviews about manga.

For the Good:

Engaging with thousands of different cultures through the eyes of also thousands of different lenses: As previously mentioned, cite the ability to relate to different cultures and adapted walks of life as one of the greatest things about manga and its influence on society. As a largely Japanese-based art form, thousands of the themes, characters, and settings that create manga can be traced back to Japanese culture. However, just like anything, through the right combination of elements, these elements can also be traced back to European and American cultures. Engaging with different cultures and societies through the eyes of a different culture can be a very enriching experience.

Creation of new cultures and subcultures: One of the most fascinating things about manga is the way that it interacts and worked with society. Just as comic books from different countries and cultures can become popular, so too can manga from different parts of the globe. This can lead to the creation of new cultures and subcultures, especially in the West, where up to 50% of manga titles are created and consumed by everyone who isn’t originally from Japan.

For the Bad:

Exclusion of specific groups from society: Just as manga books can lead to the creation of new subcultures, they can also lead to the marginalization of certain groups. This can include everything from race to gender to sexual orientation. The government of Japan has actually banned the portrayal of gay characters in manga books, anime series, and comics since the 1950s, and there is still a great deal of homophobia present in Japanese pop culture. At the same time, anyone whose sexuality or gender goes against and doesn’t follow the traditional Japanese culture can end up being victimized by this marginalization.

Encouragement of dehumanizing portrayals of certain groups: Many of the content and depictions of characters in manga books can be considered dehumanizing. This can include depictions of sexual violence against women, violence against ethnic and religious minorities, and even oppressive or cruel-based themes. This is not to say that such themes and action don’t exist in other forms of art, but rather, that through the combination of visuals, dialogue, issue, and context, they are often made more explicit in manga books.

What are the Good Things about these Manga books?

Manga has a long history of being used and shelves as a tool for social change, and it continues to be used in this capacity today. Many modern manga titles have storylines that explore themes of social justice, and these titles have been a hugely influential style in Japanese society and the Japanese manga industry itself.

Diversity of genres and subjects: One of the main reasons that manga can be used as a tool for social change is because of its wide range of genres such as romance, mystery, fantasy, action, adventure, and drama. Unlike most other art forms, which are largely limited to depicting society as it is, manga can tackle a wide range of genres, including social issues, through the use of allegory and metaphor.

The authenticity of the art form: Unlike many other forms of entertainment, manga can accurately portray the lives of its characters thanks in large part to the lack of sound in these graphic novels. Thus, the art form can accurately depict the challenges that its characters face, such as poverty, social isolation, and sexual abuse. With the ability to accurately portray challenges, mangaowl can go beyond the surface level and actually engage with its readers on an emotional level.

What are the Bad Things about Manga books?

Like anything, some negatives come with manga’s influence on society. These include the previously mentioned marginalization of certain groups, as well as a general lack of awareness when it comes to social issues.

Exclusion of specific groups from society: One of the negative side effects of the lack of awareness that comes with not knowing about certain social issues is the marginalization of certain groups. This can include everything from race to gender to sexual orientation. While there are a few releases of the LGBT+ manga genre and anime titles available, they are still in the minority. At the same time, these few titles that exist can have a larger impact because they can accurately portray the challenges that LGBT+ people face in society ad guide them for a greater cause.

Lack of representation of women: One of the main problems with the marginalization of women in society is that it is often paired with a lack of representation of them in manga books because what you can often see are stories about the man of all ages. This lack of representation is frequently paired with a stereotypical view of women that can be found in a large number of manga titles that society is aware of.


As can be seen from this article, there are both positive and negative aspects to the influence that manga has on society. While many people are wired within Japanese society that manga has not been able to properly tackle. However, even though the influence of manga in Japanese society is limited, it has still managed to have a great deal of influence on other cultures around the world.

In the end, it is important to remember that there is no one way to be creative and that every human being is unique. Thus, every individual will have their take on the matter, and perhaps even draw inspiration from the arts that we have discussed in this article.


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