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The Diverse Art of Animanga.

Deedlit Rei A. Wufei Ogami
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     The term "Anime" is short term for Japanese Animation or any animated ("ANIM-ated") films produced by Japanese Artists. "Manga" is a Japanese term given to the Anime-like graphic novels/comics which many Animes were based on. We refer "Animanga" to both animated and printed forms of Anime and Mangas.
    Contrary to what general people said about the Animes, the art of Anime is VERY DIVERSE just like the art of American animated shows and comics, and the main difference between Japanese and American comic art styles is mainly due to the fact that art of Anime tend to be simpler but stronger emphasis on emotions while the art of American comics tend to be more realistic and more logical. The art styles of Animanga vary widely due to so many diffferent Japanese artists and their styles reflect their tastes, influences, schooling and preferences. The characters in some Animangas look very realistic while other Animangas tend to use "SuperDeformed" characters (again like American cartoons!) which the characters look much like children with oversized heads for the purposes of looking very cute. Some people call those "SuperDeformed", Chibi, a Japanese word for "little". There had been cases where the bodies of some Animanga characters look more realistic than their heads.
   Take a look at all of the pictures below to see the examples of varying art styles of Animanga. Each character is from each different Anime/Manga. The quality of such art are the results of many years of neverending practice and patience by the artists.

Usagi (Sailormoon) Mitsuki 
(FullMoon W.S.)
Relena (Gundam Wing) Winry 
(FullMetal Alchemists)
Mamoru (Sailormoon) Spike (Cowboy Bebop) Inu Yasha Vash (Trigun)
Sakura (Cardcaptor)  Miu (Dears) Sasami (Tenchi Muyo) Naru (Love Hina)
Goku(DragonBallZ) Kureno (Fruit Baskets) Lone Wolf & Cub Ichigo (Bleach)
    In several ways, the art of Animanga tend to be easier to draw than real people, and that may be one of reasons why Animanga are so popular around the world, and it's getting to be a very strong influence on the North American artists that I have started seeing several new "AnimAe" ('A' for American) mangas produced by North American artists, and they can be mistaked as Anime. The "Animanga" tend to be reserved only for those made by Japanese artists and can be identified by the credits (Japanese companies, names of Japanese artists, etc..) alone.