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Ezmyreld



As you all know, I am a Westerner who has always wanted to be a manga artist ('Mangaka' in Japanese) since Anime came to America back in the 1990s. I had big dreams to see my very own manga graphic novel published and created right here in good old America, become one of the top selling novelists, see my work go viral in the video game industry, and finally have them animated in full color with screaming fans everywhere anticipating for the most popular Christian Anime show created yet. But to accomplish such a task, I had to find out how to make the most authentic manga/anime that fans could get a hold of, and steer away from anything that would be pointed out as a Manga "wannabe" or stuff that would be classified as not being a real manga or anime production. Today, manga publishing companies such as Tokyopop have already risen up a generation of fans who are all hyped up on authenticity, and if it is origianlly in English (OIE), it is considered "not a real manga", especially if it's Christian. Would mine fall under that category? After all, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that my novels won't be Japanese, or reflect the culture of Japan in any way. So can a Westerner or any other non-Japanese writer succeed in the Manga industry? How can this be possible?

 



Let's face it. the most popular manga graphic novels and anime productions, up to this point, have always been written and drawn by Japanese artists for a Japanese audience. Am I right? Of course! And to top that one off, Christianity is next to unheard of in them, and if it is, people say: "That is so not a manga, just a book written by Westerners trying to convince people to follow their religion." Many assume the importance of authenticity to the Japanese culture, traditions, Eastern religious roots in the manga industry because it brings out the full experience that only comes with that. Assumptions like these also ignore the fact that the style of manga can also be used to express anything you want, including culture, faith, and personal experience. You just have to possess the skills needed to create that style, and stick with it. Although manga originated in Japan, it has also been enjoyed in various countries all around the world, inspiring other non-Japanese manga fans to create their own set of stories and sequels.


In the introduction of an article I read called "Why You Will Never Create a Successful Manga" speaks negatively about Westerners or non-Japanese manga artist "wannabes" trying to blend Western culture with Japan's. The quote that was brought up made it clear: "Any attempt to hybridize Western and Japanese culture is going to fail miserably, especially when compared to your goal of reaching those fourteen or fifteen million volumes of Dragon Ball." This assured his readers that, some people including Westerners, have no business attempting to write a manga because they knew nothing about Japanese culture. He also assured them that they could never be successful in the manga industry because they didn't truely know their audience. Of course, there are those people out there that have attempted to imitate the Japanese culture in their writings to try and make it as authentic as possible. Why? Because we are told: "If it isn't written according to Japanese culture, it isn't an authentic manga." If you were trying to imitate a culture you have little understanding of, then yes, that would be a valid argument for all the above reasons. Having said that, don't these stories reflect their own culture and set of values without having to imitate another? And are they widely accepted all around the world? If the answer is a solid yes, then why should Westerners see the need to write their manga stories according to another culture to be accepted by others? Why can't the style of manga also be used to express other cultural settings? At what point do we say: "This is a manga, and this is not because of cultural differences"? The writer obvoiously wasn't considering an answer for any of these questions because it would undermine his argument that only Japanese mangaka could truly be successful, otherwise it wasn't anything he was willing to consider a manga. Having addressed the issue of writing according to one's own experience in culture only for a short sentence "know your audience", he reverted to form: "You'll never create the next Neruto, Bleach, or Dragon Ball because the only successes in the manga industry are one thing you aren't, Japanese."

 

The fact that there are various talented artists and writers all around the world, including in the Americas; should be enough to combat any opposition that we can't do it because we aren't Japanese. Is that really the key ingredient to make a truly unique and amazing manga story? Or have we been so caught up into tradition that we forgot what it takes to really create an out-of-this-world graphic novel that will inspire many? Our own national history up to the present day has proven over again that we can become familiar with and learn to love a host of different artistic and unique styles, adapt to, and learn to be successful in every one of them. Yet many manga and anime fans are willing to dismiss anything that does not measure up to those set standards. They do not see how much opposition that comes against an aspiring manga artist who does not seek to hold certain cultural traditions in their art. After all, manga and anime originated from Japan, right? And although the may be true, it still doesn't undermine the fact that the style of manga can be used to express any culture, idea, value, faith, genre, nationality, age group, or anything you want. Yes, manga may have started out in Japan in the old days where it was only largely a part of that culture, but now that it has been widespread around the world, we have now moved into a new era and a new generation of manga fans of every race and nationality who have discovered it's unique style and have been inspired by these big eyed characters! More and more people, especially in America, are aspiring to adopt the Japanese way of drawing these amazing and beautiful works of art, and many are even looking into becoming successful in the manga field! And as our world is adjusting to a higher demand, more manga artists are arising form every corning of the world to recreate this amazing style while still holding to their own cultural roots.

 

In a world that holds so strongly to tradition on this particular form of art, I don't think it's of any surprise that American manga artists are underestimated in the industry, and vastly underrepresented because we have yet to risen to as much success as Bleach, Naruto, and Akira toriyama's Dragon Ball series. The generations that have grown up with these type of stories have learned all about the Japanese culture, and Easter religious roots, which has been pointed out as being what manga is, giving Westerners a very limited corner of the universe to express themselves and their own cultures with what they love most! Indeed, the expression of aspiring non-Japanese manga artists today are finding out just how difficult the process can be to make their own way into this field of art, and are often told that they are better off learning to write an American or European comic book, and even then, don't try to be successful. "Japan Anime" is "Anime made in Japan", they say. It means just that. For non-Japanese or Western artists it may take some time to find a way to be included in the top sellers list because we are breaking the rules. After all, we aren't Japanese. But shouldn't there be a manga for every audience? So let us prove them wrong! The truth be said, being Japanese has nothing to do with whether or not you are a good manga artist. Follow your dreams, work to achieve them, dedicate yourself, and you will succeed. And if you fail, try doing it a different way. Don't be bummed out because Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball series is more popular than your new novel. It may not start out that way. It takes time to create such an amazing story series, as it did with his successful manga series. And as you grow in your work, so will your fans! Just because it is something that one person isn't a fan of doesn't mean that it won't be valued by others. After all, there is a manga for every audience!

 

The message is clear. Writing according to your own experience is a must, especially when writing your own manga. Create your own authenticity. It's not about being Japanese. It's about expressing your own individuality in the style of manga, and making the most of it.

Ezmyreld Feb 26 '15 · Tags: anime, manga
Ezmyreld



Upfront, I’ll admit it. I’ve been a Manga & Anime fan since the style came to America in the late 1990s. From that point forward I fell in love with the big and beautiful eyes, the colorful animation, storylines that spark the imagination, the unique character personalities, and even the action. This form of art really inspired me, and I began to adopt the style myself and started creating my own manga characters and world. I also wanted to see wholesome Manga artwork, watch top notch Anime, and get a hold of some great Manga graphic novels with a Christian based theme to it, Biblical moral lessons, and enjoyable story lines that influence in a godly perspective. Furthermore, I was quite strict on what the content was in anything and everything that I viewed, and that included Manga and Japan Anime. I am the type of person who searches for something of real value that holds good morals, and bristle at themes that promote false religion, paganism, immodest apparel on women and girls, magic and witchcraft, homosexual themes, extreme violence and blood, swearing, and sensuality! Yet, no matter where I looked; I found exactly that in Anime. I was disappointed to find that there were little or no Christian values taught in Anime at the time. What I did find, however; was shocking!Many people say “It’s just a show. It’s just a game. It’s just a book. It’s not real anyway, so what’s the harm in that?” A question like this ignores the fact that shows, games, books, music, etc. have been shown to influence children in many different ways. What these influences can do sometimes go beyond what a writer, manga-ka, or anime artist intends, instilling personal and cultural values, and subliminal messages in children through story themes that are so subtle that most of the time we aren't even aware of it. “Moral Lessons” are extremely important: They are our framework for seeing and understanding the difference between good and evil, and how we must respond to such.In the mindset of the world, we are told that these stories were designed to entertain, nothing more, and that they are just a work of pure fiction to give the mind imagination. In the introduction of an Anime show called “Dragon Ball” I had watch a few years back, the author of the book/anime had weaved some crude sexual humor into the story-line. Even in the actual video game it exploited these jokes visually. It seemed that the author was so anxious to demonstrate his thoughts and views on women to assure his readers that, despite the fact that children are viewing this; women stereotypes are nothing but nags and that it is an acceptable thing to exploit them. He was making a conscious decision to use these themes to represent his view upon the readers for reason of entertainment, imagination, and to add humor into the story. That’s what makes entertainment all the better, right? More crude jokes, themes with eastern religious roots, and the power of suggestion to tap into supernatural powers such as Chi or Ki energy (a real element used in Chinese witchcraft practice), and the belief that these energies come from within a person. These themes have become very popular through this form of entertainment. I nearly got caught up into all of that myself after I watched just a few episodes. The question finally came up: “What is the actual Moral lesson to the story?” As I became familiar with Biblical teaching; I was able to recognize and resist New Age philosophies. Unfortunately, there are more who don’t realize what hook there is in the entertainment industry, and how it can influence children, young people, even some young adults.The very mention of “entertainment” as the generic word for fiction and imagination ought to be enough to combat any arguments that we should think that it’s no big deal because we all know “It’s just a show. It’s just a game. It’s just a book. It’s not real anyway, so what’s the harm in that?” Just because this is a popular viewpoint among many does not mean that it has no power to change the mind and values of children. Do these things really make entertainment all that much better, or are we so used to seeing perversion and filth in our entertainment today that we don’t notice it anymore? About forty years back in history we as a nation would not have allowed this kind of behavior in entertainment. That was back before we have become so immersed in a mindset that these things are acceptable, that we think it’s no big deal. Our own entertainment industry has allowed immorality to set the stage on television, theaters, books, and shows through subtlety. And as we became more comfortable with a host of words, attitudes, and unjust behavior, now we are allowing our children to sit in front of it?! God forbid! Throughout the ages, scoffers deemed people who had moral stance as too stuffy, picky, and strict. Than the entertainment industry began to step in and started letting a little bit of morality out, and letting a little bit of subtle behavior, crude jokes, and suggestive themes in. After all, weren't there more important things to worry about, like how we live our lives and how we treat other people? But the entertainment industry recognized that in order to change the morals and values of people, they must use the entertainment propaganda to advertise and promote such behaviors that were contrary to moral stance – a mindset lacking in value, moral boundaries, and encouraging people to let go of all restrains. After all, Christian values were just another way of looking at things, and those values should not be imposed on someone else through entertainment. It would have sounded better in the old days when immorality was unacceptable and deemed as shameful, and morality was thought of as blatant! But now we have adjusted to this mindset, and now are allowing it to seep into our children’s entertainment. And with each generation forward, immoral promotion through entertainment is becoming more accepted than ever before, and considered to be of the norm! In a world that reflects the opposite values, I don’t think it is a coincidence that wholesome Manga and Anime are very hard to come by, and vastly underrepresented in the mainstream entertainment. Children are growing up learning of a mindset that makes immorality look good and of the norm, and all the while deeming morality to be this abnormal strict and boring lifestyle, therefore; keeping the Christian Manga section very limited. Indeed, the content found on most non-Christian Manga graphic novels and Anime are definitely promoting everything that the entertainment industry is, and it is working against children to keep them in such a mindset. It is time for Christian artist to stand up and bring morality back to our world, and to our children! Though the entertainment industry had fought for decades to bring an ungodly mindset into people’s way of thinking; it is going to take some effort to start promoting godliness and reclaim this generation of Children, and the generations to come; back to morality and a godly mindset!


Here is a Christian Anime called "Light Rangers". Very beautiful anime style graphics. The game setting is in Angeltown, where Angel, Amos, and A.J. must defend the world from Maniac Brainiac and his minions, Vanna Vanity, Fast Forward, Dr. Nono and Mimi Me. They pride impatience, disobedience and selfishness and carry out their plans through such actions as putting up more advertisements with prideful messages of conceit and programming toys that make children become impatient. The Light Rangers must clean up those dastardly deeds through a series of missions, gaining power along the way by correctly answering trivia questions about Bible passages.




This Manga is called "Shelter of Wings" written by Lisa Hutchinson and owned by Gold Plum Studios! A whole book has been completed so far. The storyline is very captivating as it is told form an angel's point of view. This is a must read for any Christian Manga fan out there. Check out their website.





This anime music video (AMV) - or Revelations Song recorded by Steve and Sandi Padilla, the song was made popular by Kari Jobe and Gateway Worship. This is a very touching music video that can get children into an atmosphere of worship. The anointing is powerful!




The Message is clear to all Christian artists, manga-kas, novelists, story writers. If we are going to start bringing back morality in our children again, it is up to us to start taking seriously the talents that God has given us! The children NEED a godly alternative from the worldly mindset that is being promoted in the mainstream media, and the most popular is Manga and Anime! That is what the art of wholesome Manga & Anime is all about, reaching kids, and giving them an alternative! However, if we continue to deem this as unimportant, or continue to allow our children to view things that reflect the worldly values and immorality; we will never be able to pull them away from it, or unhook them from Satan’s grasp!

My dream is to start a Christian Manga/Anime site to promote the artwork of Christian Manga-kas all around the world, and to get them exposed and published! Today I am working on a manga graphic novel called "Sacred Oracles" dedicated towards tweens. It is a medieval time story that will teach morals to children. I have the written version of my story posted on wattpad

Ezmyreld Feb 26 '15 · Tags: manga, anime, rpg

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