Last Week’s Discussion:
So, one of my hobbies that I don’t talk about much is manga. I love reading manga just as much as I love reading novels, but it’s not nearly as accepted in America and that’s really disappointing. And dumb. Manga is amazing and I think more people need to lose their stereotypes of it and understand what it really is, but that’s just me. What do the discussioners have to say about manga?
“I think a lot of people don’t know that manga can have very thought provoking topics like bullying and abuse, and that there are manga genres geared towards adules (seinen and josei) in a way that novels for adults are separate from those for young adults.”
“Kind of funny. I thought people respected Manga more than American comics. Hmm. Maybe I hang out with the wrong crowd?”
“I have to admit my ignorance again. But you have made me curious, and I will remedy my educational gap.”
“I’ve only recently started getting in to manga as I always assumed it was something for preteens but am so glad I finally released it isn’t.”
“It’s pure ignorance. Those who call comic books of any type to be childish have probably never read anything other than Archie and Jughead. The bigger negative stigma I’ve run into is people thinking Manga and Hentai are the same thing. Again, this is just ignorance by people who are just spouting half-baked notions and things they overheard.”
Tizzy Matic said:
“I watched DBZ when I was younger and saw a few Bleach episodes; didn’t know what they were though (didn’t like Bleach though, I thought it was weird). That’s probably why it’s taboo. People think it’s weird. Can’t accept other’s cultures, but that’s been a U.S. problem for years. Yeah, it’s diverse here. That’s on the outside. Inside, not so much.”
“I guess the thing is that mostly people who have never watched/ read one single episode of any manga/ anime judge them. I feel like they’re just ignorant and dumb. I’m sorry for being so blunt but it’s true.[…] prejudice and shunning will always be a part of our culture. You just have to do your own things much as you can and get rid of the people who bully you into being their kind of normal.”
There are so many different viewpoints this week about manga and it just goes to show that people still don’t fully know what it is or what to do with it. A few of these amazing bloggers were even part of misguided group before they decided to introduce themselves to manga. This gives me hope. Hope that people can one day enjoy what they enjoy without be subjected to the misguided, misinformed ideas of those who know nothing about manga (or whatever else they enjoy.) Until then, I will continue to educate people and keep the discussion going. 🙂
Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST:
2 thoughts on “Discussion Highlights: Manga”
Haha, seeing my comment up there made me realise I have a typo! I’ll just pretend I didn’t see it. 😛
It’s really nice to see such varied views about this topic. 😀
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HAHAHAHA! I don’t fix typos. 😉 But it’s okay. I don’t think anyone will be too worried about it. Goodness knows there are PLENTY of typos in my posts.
Isn’t it, though? It really goes to show that people don’t truly know what manga is.