Are Anime and Manga Art?

Are Anime and Manga Art?

Are Anime/Manga Art?

Anime has been a part of our lives for a WHILE. Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! are perfect examples (Sailor Moon and Yu-Gi-Oh! are better as Manga in my opinion). And the question of whether or not Anime/Manga are art has been part of debates for as long as I can remember. That and the “Anime is anime, not cartoons,” but that’s another story entirely.

To help me answer this question, I’m going to bounce off another popular debate; are video games art? I discuss this, “along with” the Nostalgia Critic in another blog post (basically, I took the Nostalgia Critic’s video on the matter and expanded on it): click here to see. In the video, he gives the definition of art as:

  1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture
  2. Works produced by such skill and imagination

If you look at the definition, why wouldn’t Anime and Manga be art?

You have to draw the characters.

You have to draw the setting.

And if the only complaint you have is, “all the characters look the same,” that is the fault of the artists the industry not Anime/Manga themselves.

Anime/Manga is an artform and I have added 4 books to the Recommended Reading List to assist those who wish to improve.


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