A History of Anime and Manga
C. 'Kari' Roulet-Little
The art style known as Anime/Manga is a phenomenon that has swept the hearts and minds of patrons across the globe. Despite its 'cartoony' image, it has a rich past rooted over 100 years ago, and over the years has contributed more than its fair share to the comic and animation industries. The industry has reflected the issues of the time period it was a part of, making it more than just 'cartoons', as some might think. Despite the prejudice that fans of anime might receive from the general populace, and even in its own county, it is marketed at all ages and all walks of life, making it a very diverse style of art.
Manga can trace its roots to the Meiji era, where after Commodore Perry opened the gates of trade to Japan, the ideas and stylistic contributions of the west came in as well. The comic style of art took quickly in Japan, likely thanks to the London Illustrated News correspondent Charles Wirgman, who was the fir