Anime and Manga
In Japanese, the word "anime" simply refers to all animation. Outside of Japan, the term "anime" refers specifically to Japanese animation. Anime comes in a wide variety of genres and encompasses both film and television animation. It can be aimed at children, teens, or adult audiences.
"Manga," on the other hand, refers to Japanese comics and graphic novels. Manga is read from right to left and is also typically (but not exclusively) published in black and white. Manga is usually published chapter-by-chapter, either in print magazines or digitally (or both!), and then collected in tankobon volumes, which you can find on our library shelves. There are a wide variety of manga genres, and manga can be aimed at audiences of all ages.
There is often an overlap in content and style between anime and manga. A popular manga series may be animated and turned into an anime; likewise, a popular anime may receive a manga adaptation.
The Free Library of Philadelphia offers anime DVDs, manga (print and digital editions), and manga how-to-draw books. Some locations also offer anime watch parties and other similar programs. Talk to your local librarian about what’s new at your branch!