While in North America there exists a nerd tradition largely dominated by Marvel and DC comics, Japan’s own otaku (nerd or geek) tradition revolves round the enormous manga industry.

Put simply: manga are Japanese comics or visual novels, manufactured in a style that is unique not the same as Western people. While comics are seen as geeky or childish into the western, manga is read by folks of all many years and all backgrounds in Japan.

The manga industry in Japan is oversaturated with tens of thousands of titles to choose from like the television industry in the West. Some titles like One Piece and Naruto may become insanely popular and period hundreds of chapters, while others crash and burn. Continue reading