• Destiny Shamblin

A Beginner's Guide to Anime and Manga

Manga and Anime: What’s the difference?

First of all, let's be clear: Anime and Manga are not the same thing.

Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children and teens.

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children and teens, too.

Anime is usually found in digital form, such as on television or Netflix. You can find most anime on Netflix, but if you do not have access, you can go on YouTube and look up what you want. Enter the name of the Anime, season, and episode and it should pop up.

Manga, on the other hand, is found in print form – in other words, on paper. You can also find Manga on some Manga websites completely free.

In summary, anime is essentially a show you watch, whereas Manga is a book you read. Those are the main differences. ANIME IS NOT A CARTOON!

Where can I meet others who enjoy Anime and Manga?

There are conventions for people who share the same interest in Anime and Manga, that’s if you are interest in it yourself. A few of them are:

  • Anime festival, Orlando FL, USA in July/August Established 2000

  • Anime weekend, Atlanta GA, USA in September Established 1995

  • AnimeJapan, Tokyo Japan in March Established 2014

Those are just a few out of many conventions all across the world. I’ve noticed there are a lot more in the USA than any other part of the world; however, you can still go to one if you do not live in the USA.

Where can I find free Manga to read online?

There are two apps I really enjoy using to read Manga on the go, and they are completely free:

  • Zingbox

  • Manga meow

Some good websites for manga if you don’t want to download an app:

  • Kissmanga

  • Mangafox

  • Mangahere

Anime and Manga also have fanfictions so if you want to read that too here is son websites, and apps:

  • Wattpad

  • Fanfic.net

  • Fanfiction.net

  • Quotev

What if I’m interested in creating my own Anime or Manga?

If you are interested in drawing, maybe you can try and draw your favorite anime/Manga. They are not that hard to draw and there are beginner’s videos available online for those who are interested.

Finally, here are a few suggestions from Anime and Manga fans here at CHS:


  • Death Note- James

  • Vampire night- Rachel

  • Soul eater- Madison

  • Hetalia Axis powers- Gage

  • Tokyo Ghoul- Bob Ferguson (Anonymous)

  • Detective Conan- Anonymous

  • One piece- Anonymous

  • Fairy tale- Anonymous

  • Black Butler- Destiny


  • Black Butler

  • Fairytale

  • Tokyo Ghoul

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