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The difference between Manga, Manhwa, and Manhua, Explained

When you see three keys words Manga, Manwa, and Manhua, you thought that these words are synonyms. Everyone thinks they have the same pronunciation so they think they are from Japan. That’s wrong because they have different features. And now the article will show you more details about the comparison among them.

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The first feature is that the history of Manga, Manhwa, and Manhua. International readers use the following terminology to refer to manga written in a specific country: Manhwa (created by Mangwaga) is a Korean manga, and manhua (created by Manhuajia) is a Chinese strip.

The terms “manga” and “manhwa” are derived from the Chinese word “manhua” Scholars agree that manga originated much earlier, in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The manga was in high demand due to a surge in readership from the 1950s to the 1960s, and it quickly became a worldwide sensation for overseas readers from the late 1980s to the present. The success of manga skyrocketed in mid-century Japan, thanks to the Godfather of Manga, Tezuka Osamu, author of Astro Boy.

During the American occupation (1945–1952), manhwa rose to popularity in the 1950s and 1960s but fell out of favor due to stringent censorship laws in the mid-1960s. Manhwa, on the other hand, gained popularity as Korea introduced digital manhwa known as webtoons, such as Daum Webtoon in 2003 and Naver Webtoon in 2004.

Manhua is a Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong comic book. Manhua is said to have originated in the early twentieth century. Manhua was not legally written in other countries because it was used in politics. That is why Manhuajia produces Manhua stories for social media sites such as QQ Comic and Vcomic.

The second distinguishing feature is the ideal readers.

East Asian comics have tailored their stories to appeal to a variety of audiences. Boys’ shonen manga in Japan is full of high-action and adventure stories like My Hero Academia. Girls’ shoujo manga is mostly comprised of magical girl stories such as Cardcaptor Sakura.

Manga chapters and Light Novel are distributed in Japan in weekly or biweekly magazines such as Shonen Jump. In the case of digital manhwa and manhua, chapters are published on webtoon sites on a weekly basis.

Cultural content and reading direction are other important aspects. East Asian comics’ content reflects its original culture and ideals. There are several fantasy and horror tales in comics, and Manhwa often has plots linked to Korean beauty culture. There are several martial arts-themed comics available when reading manhua.

Each genre’s reading style is also distinct. Manga and manhua are read from top to bottom and right to left. Manhwa, on the other hand, is read in the same way as American and European comics are: from left to right and top to bottom. Digital comics are read from cover to cover.

Last but not least, the artwork and text are also important. Manga is usually written in black and white unless there is a limited edition that is printed in full color or with color pages.

In contrast to digital manhwa, which has a simplified history, manga and manhwa have accurate and informative pictures. While digital manhwas are available in color, printed manhwas and manga are typically available in black and white.

Many comic is often used in manga to explain the tone of neurological and emotional states. Music and soundbites are often used in digital manhwa to enrich the reading experience, providing readers with the best experience possible.

In conclusion, Novel Updates hopping this essay helped you appreciate the distinctions between Manga, Manhwa, and Manhua. Please leave a message if you have any additional details about these three terms.