Many thanks to my good friend Scott Alario for help with this page.



*Comic art in Japan dates to the 8th century, but the first example of cartooning is ascribed to a Buddhist priest, Bishop Toda, who created a series called Chohjuugiga , or the "Animal Scrolls" at the beginning of the 12th century.

The word used today for comics is manga, a word coined by the famous woodblock-print artist Hokusai in the early 18th century. The word used for animated versions of the manga is anime, the Japanese translation of animation.

The image on the right is from the animated cartoon Dragon Ball Z. It links to a film strip that shows two characters melding to form a superhero,

(The film is brief, but is over 1 megabyte and will take several minutes to download.)


In many countries, the advent of TV seriously eroded interest in printed matter. In Japan, the animated versions of popular manga, especially the 1963 TV release of Astro Boy, served only to stimulate interest in the printed versions, so that today the circulation of many of the popular weekly printed series is well into the millions.


Two currently popular manga and anime series

Sailor Moon

Tenchi Muyo

There are manga for all age groups, from 4-year old girls to the adult sarariman (white collar worker). A curious fact is that many, although certainly not all, are extremely violent. Some theorize that in such a highly controlled society in which the expression of personal emotions is not appropriate, the manga represent a release for the reader, or viewer.

*Some of the information above is from Frederik L. Schodt's 1988 edition of Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics.


Dov Sherman's page is pretty extensive, and has information on most of the anime titles available.

A site created and maintained by a pair of fans. A large selection of links.

Matt Thorne has created a very good site for Shohjo Manga, comics by women for girls.

Japan Course Class Page || Women in Japan Class Page

Dr. Pamental's Home Page || Japan Page

This page last modified 2/01.