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Henniker: Manga Styles

 Here are some of the discussion notes from today’s investigations of manga styles:

 STYLE of MANGA:

Shonen

Shojo

“Chibi”

ART SAMPLES:


Rurouni Kenshin 1


Daa! Daa! Daa! 1


Doraemon 1

1)       How do the characters LOOK?

Detailed

Appearance shows emotional state AND character traits

THE SIMPLE(-faced) HERO

High contrast (black and white)

BIG EYES

Round characters

Expressive cartoony faces

Clothing = important

Low contrast (lighter)

Big eyes

VERY cartoony style

Blobby/goofy shapes Outlines

Clean lines, light feel

2)       How does the manga establish a SETTING?

Detailed & realistic

Fades into motion lines during action

Shows space/power relationships

Realistic, rich settings

“Collage” approach to pages

Settings reflect emotional states of characters

“FRAGMENTS” (aspects) of scenes

Very simple

Side view (like a stage)

Blank backgrounds

3)       How does the manga use WORDLESS PANELS?

Show ACTIONS!

Show emotions & reactions

Cause & effect

“FLOATING through a scene”

“Snapshots”

Aspect-to-aspect transitions between panels

Show actions & reactions

4)       How does the manga use MOTION?

Subjective motion

Motion lines

Lots of ACTION!

Impact + speed

Subjective Point of View

Motion lines

Emotional movement

Communication + expression

Objective motion/P.O.V. (motion seen from a distance)

Some motion lines/squiggles

Action, conversation

 

Students will apply these traits (in original combinations!) when they create their own original mangas based on traditional Japanese folk tales.

If you’d like to learn more about these styles of manga, here are some articles:

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