Opening this new section, Classic Manga, we will tell you the story of one of the most famous manga: Astroboy. With him, the manga became a worldwide success in sales of copies and merchandising.
If you haven’t seen this classic wonder, you should …
Astro Boy, known in Japan by its original name Mighty Atom (Japanese: 鉄腕アトム), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. It was serialized in Kobunsha’s Shōnen from 1952 to 1968. The story follows Astro Boy, an android young boy with human emotions who is created by Umataro Tenma after the death of his son Tobio. Eventually, Astro is sold to a robot circus run by Hamegg, but is saved from his servitude by Professor Ochanomizu. Astro becomes a surrogate son to Ochanomizu who creates a robotic family for Astro and helps him to live a normal life like an average human boy, while accompanying him on adventures.
Astro Boy has been adapted into three anime series produced respectively by the first incarnation of Mushi Production and its direct successor Tezuka Productions, with a fourth in development. The manga was originally produced for TV as Astro Boy, the first popular animated Japanese television series that embodied the aesthetic that later became familiar worldwide as anime. After enjoying success abroad, Astro Boy was remade in the 1980s as New Mighty Atom, known as Astroboy in other countries, and again in 2003. The success of the manga and anime series led it to becoming a major media franchise consisting of films including a major motion picture, a number of soundtracks and a library of Video Games. The series was also among the first to embrace mass merchandise including action figures, collectible figurines, food products, clothing, stamps and trading cards. By 2004, the franchise had generated $3 billion in merchandise sales.
Astro Boy is one of the most successful manga and anime franchises in the world and has become Tezuka’s most famous creation. The combined 23 tankōbon volumes have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, making it the tenth-best-selling manga series of all time. The 1963 anime series became a hit on television in Japan and the United States. Astro Boy has been praised for its importance in developing the anime and manga industry. It has been featured on numerous greatest anime of all time lists and has partially inspired other authors in the creation of influential manga.
What is the Astroboy´s history ?
Astro Boy is a science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. Its focus is on the adventures of the titular “Astro Boy” (sometimes called simply “Astro”): a powerful android created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Doctor Tenma who created Astro to replace his son Tobio, who died in a self-driving car accident.
Dr. Tenma built and adopted Astro in Tobio’s memory and treated Astro as lovingly as if he was the real Tobio. However, Dr. Tenma soon realized that the little android could not fill the void of his lost son, especially given that Astro could not grow older or express human aesthetics (in one set of panels in the manga, Astro is shown preferring the mechanical shapes of cubes over the organic shapes of flowers). In the original 1960 edition, Tenma rejected Astro and sold him to a cruel circus owner, Hamegg (the Great Cacciatore in the ’60 English dub). In the 1980 edition, Hamegg kidnapped Astro while Tenma was trying to find him. In the 2009 film, Tenma rejected Astro part-time because he could not stop thinking about his original son, but later during the film, Tenma realized that Astro made credit to replace Tobio; as a result, Tenma decided that he would readopt Astro. None these events about Astro being rejected (completely or temporarily) or kidnapped in both the 1960 & 1980 cartoons as well as in the 2009 film happened in the 2003 cartoon as Astro’s birth was given by Professor Ochanomizu (Dr. Elefun in the 1960 & 1980 cartoons as well as in the 2009 film; Dr. O’Shay in the 2003 cartoon).
After some time, Professor Ochanomizu, the new head of the Ministry of Science (co-head of the Ministry of Science in the 2009 film), notices Astro Boy performing in the circus and convinces Hamegg to turn Astro over to him. (In a retcon the story becomes far more violent and complicated). He then takes Astro in as his own and treats him gently and warmly, becoming his legal guardian. He soon realizes that Astro has superior powers and skills, as well as the ability to experience human emotions.
Astro then is shown fighting crime, evil, and injustice using his seven powers: 100K horsepower strength, jet flight, high intensity lights in his eyes, adjustable hearing, instant language translation, a retractable machine gun in his hips, and a high IQ capable of determining if a person is good or evil. Most of his enemies are robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story includes a battle involving Astro and other robots.
The Astroboy manga has sold approximately 100 million copies.
Astro Boy became Tezuka’s most famous work. Frederik L. Schodt, author of the English-language version of Astro Boy, said it had “extraordinary longevity and appeal across cultures.”
Jeff Yang of the San Francisco Chronicle, in discussing Schodt’s The Astro Boy Essays, said “while kids came for Astro’s atomic action – just about every installment included Astro harrowing a fellow robot who’d fallen from digital grace with his fission-powered fists – they stayed for the textured, surprisingly complex stories.”
Astro ranked 43rd on Empire magazine’s list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters.
The 1960s anime was named the 86th best animated series by IGN, calling it the first popular anime television series.
Sailor Moon is probably one of the most celebrated manga and anime of all times. It has been the inspiration of many other magical girl-themed manga and anime series like Pretty Cure, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and even Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! among many others. It has also inspired some cartoons from the west such as LoliRock.
For the record, Sailor Moon manga originally spawned 18 tankōbon published by Kodansha in the 90s. In 2003, it was re-released as 12 shinsōban volumes. On the other hand, the Sailor Moon anime has around 200 episodes while Sailor Moon Crystal has 39. With all of these anime episodes, you might be asking, “How the hell did all of these anime episodes fit the 18 tankōbon volumes released?!” or “Are there differences in the Sailor Moon manga and its anime version?”
Sailor Moon Manga vs Anime
So, one of the major differences that the manga version has compared to the anime is the pacing. This is primarily because the manga was published much slower compared to the anime version. The manga is released an act a month while the anime releases episodes weekly, hence, there are more fillers in the anime. That being said, it came quite interesting that both the manga and the anime are still closely similar to each other.
There are also notable differences in the Sailor Moon manga and anime illustrations. Its manga version is much detailed when compared to the anime version. The manga is drawn with finer lines making the illustrations look more delicate. This also made the characters look prettier. It even improved as the mangaka’s drawing style peaked. The various monsters that appeared in the manga were also given more detail. Thus, making them look scarier.
The storyline of the manga is also notably more mature and deep compared to its anime counterpart.
There were also much more violence and suicides that appeared in the mange; very little made it through the anime version.
On LGBT content…
Since the manga was mature in nature, a lot of topics on feminism and LGBT were tackled. While the anime version, especially the English dubbed version, was censored on so many different levels, the manga went on in greater detail. For instance, in the manga version Sailors Neptune and Uranus were presented as girlfriends. However, in the English run, they have become cousins instead to easily explain their closeness and dabble on the idea of same-gender relationships.
Alternatively, in the classic anime, there were certain characters, which were previewed to be gay. Take for example, Fish Eye. In the classic anime, Fish Eye is described a gay kind of cross dresser who carelessly fell head over heels in love with Mamoru. However, in the manga, Fish Eye is only deemed as slightly effeminate. He also does not cross dress in the manga nor does he display any homosexual curiosity. In the manga, he even attempted to seduce Sailor Mercury or Ami.
On character maturity…
Though Usagi may be really cool as Sailor Moon, her usual self in the anime may have come out to be a little annoying at times. She also seemed whiny and frustrating in several occasions. However, the manga version of Usagi, can be considered to be much more mature than the anime one. In the initial parts of the manga, Usagi was a lazy and cry baby girl similar to how she was portrayed in the anime, but as the story progresses and matures, so does Usagi. Unlike in the anime version, Usagi seemed to have dragged on her annoying qualities for so long it made our heroine bothersome in the long haul.
These are just scratching the tip of the iceberg in terms of the differences between the anime and manga versions of Sailor Moon, so if you have time to spare, you could get different kicks in watching the anime and/or reading the manga.
Is that time of the year when all our favorite TV series are fully devoted to showing us the spirit of Christmas as its .
As at Chica Manga we love Anime, we present Christmas Specials of our loved characters!
Everything starts a few days before Christmas.
One day, after an incident of bus hijacking, Yuta finds himself expelled from his own body and turned into a spirit. Guided by the cat spirit Chiranosuke, Yuta must learn to master his spiritual powers in order to protect his friends.
2 Love Hina Christmas Special: Silent Eve
There has been a rumor that when Christmas arrives that is your chance to confess your feelings to your loved one. This is a fun holiday tale that anyone can enjoy even if it is with friends and family.
3 Nichijou – Episode 22
In this very brief Helvetica Standard segment (random comical short that is self-contained, and generally outside the main story of Nichijou), Santa visits a young boy and offers him a delightful present… Delicious melon bread. Unfortunately, the boy is less than impressed. A dramatic story in less than 3 minutes.
4 Azumanga – Episode 17
It’s almost Christmas, Tomo and Kagura get into an argument at class concerning Chiyo’s belief in Santa Claus, coming up with explanations regarding how gifts are given around the world in one night.
When Chiyo settles the matter by saying that Santa Claus is her father!
5 Toradora – Episode 19
A Christmas party with all the ups and downs you can imagine!
6 Hetalia – Episode 31
At the World Academy W, Germany decides that the month’s newsletter will be on how other countries celebrate Christmas. Japan and Italy agree to the idea, as it sounds interesting. Germany asks Italy how he celebrates his Christmas.
7 Lucky Star – Episode 11
There are many topics that girls can talk about: exams, studies, Santa and even cakes. Here is a anime that you can get a cuteness overload. This anime is the perfect choice to get your holiday cheer on without the heavy emotions that could be coming your way.
These are just some of our Anime Christmas specials.
What are your favorites? Which ones would you add to this list?
1. Asirpa, from Golden Kamuy.
An ethnic manga with a brave main character.
Golden Kamuy is the story of Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, a survivor of Hill 203 who has become a miner in Hokaido to pay an expensive eye operation for the widow of his comrade killed in the war, Toraji . There he listens to the story of a treasure gathered by the members of the Ainu ethnic group to defend themselves from the Japanese colonization of the island, collected by a criminal group. After being saved by an Ainu girl, named Asirpa, he decides to start the treasure hunt with her, whose map is divided into 24 parts, each one tattooed on the torso of 24 criminals who escaped from a prison, but in the road realizes that other sides know the history of the treasure, among them the members of the seventh division of the Japanese Imperial Army and a group of gangsters led by Hijikata Toshizō, a survivor of the Shinsengumi, who rebelled against the Meiji Restoration.
2. Nausicaä from Nausicaä of the Wind Valley
An environmental warrior.
It´s a Japanese animation film created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1984, and inspired by the homonymous graphic novel created by Miyazaki himself in 1982. It was created a year before the founding of Studio Ghibli and made by the studio Topcraft. However, it is considered Miyazaki’s first film within Studio Ghibli because much of the production team, as well as the involvement of Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, continues after the creation of the studio. It is also considered from the Ghibli catalog.
The film tells the story of Nausicaä, princess of the Valley of the Wind, who will be faced with the army of the kingdom of Tormekia, captained by Lady Kushana, who tries to take control of a “God of War” as a weapon to eradicate the Forest Contaminated already the giant insects that live in it, like the Ohms. Nausicaä will try by all means to prevent this massacre.
Nausicaä is the princess of the Valley of the Wind and the only daughter of King Jihl, a great pilot and warrior, she is also compassionate and caring for all her life. Princess Nausicaä tries to find a sense of the contaminated forest and refuses to see insects as enemies, among them the gigantic trilobite creatures called Ohm.
Nausicaä as a defender of the nature, has a strong connection with the insects of the contaminated forest, especially with the Ohms. She will have to defend the pacifist character of his kingdom against the kingdoms of Tormekia and Pejite.
3. Candice White from Candy Candy
A strong and independent character.
This is the story of Candy, who in 1898, is abandoned as a baby in the snow with a doll that has the name of Candy, hence the name given to her: Candice White, called by all Candy; the same night, they find another baby Annie. Both grow near Lake Michigan, in Indiana, in a home for orphaned children run by Miss Pony and Sister Mary. Having been found on a snowy night, Sister Maria decides to give Candy the surname White.
Candy is raised along with the other children of the orphanage, as a very hardworking, cheerful and generous girl. Candy is optimistic, friendly, persevering, loyal to herself and her friends, she is also very strong emotionally, sometimes she can become very “Independent” something that many people resent for considering it annoying or because it was not good in the era in which the series is set. Candy believes in herself, a reason why her friends admire and adore her and is willing to do anything for them.
4. Gally from Battle Angel Alita
A cyborg warrior.
The story is about Gally (Alita in the western version), an amnesiac cyborg that is found by Doctor Daisuke Ido among the scrap thrown from Salem, the utopian floating city (renamed in the West as Tiphares).
Ido rebuilds Gally and adopts her as his daughter, but as time goes on, it becomes clear that Gally hides combat abilities as large as they are mysterious. Given this and as a way to discover your own past, she will be tested against situations that stimulate and bring out these skills, so she can get answers about her origin. With this objective, she will face different enemies fulfilling roles such as warrior hunter, Motorball runner, security agent and many others that will put her life at risk. Later, her story will take her to face even greater challenges and dangerous creatures off the planet.
Throughout the manga, you can observe the evolution of Gally in a human being, accompanied by the improvement of her Chi (which allows her to synchronize her movements with those of her opponent to take advantage).
Fruits Basket will be completely adapted into a new anime.
Natsuki Takaya’s manga will again reach the small screen, but this time it will tell the full story published between 1999 and 2006.
Next year FunimationNow will exclusively broadcast the new Fruits Basket anime which, unlike its 2001 predecessor, will completely adapt the manga created by Natsuki Takaya.
“We’ve heard the question: ‘Will there ever be a new Fruits Basket season that covers the whole manga?’ in conventions and on social networks for years,” Funimation wrote on his blog announcing that now the manga will actually be carried by complete a series thanks to an alliance of FunimationNow and TMS Entertainment.
The new Fruits Basket anime will be supervised by the director Yoshihide Ibata, while Taka Kishimoto will be responsible for the composition of the series, Yuu Shindou of the character design and Natsuki Takaya will be the executive producer.
Along with the announcement was revealed an image of what will be this new adaptation of the magician, which presents the four main characters of the story including Tohru Honda, who will have the voice of Manaka Iwami.
The first anime of Fruits Basket, was produced by Studio Deen in 2001 and lasted 26 episodes that only reached to adapt 6 volumes of magician that was just finished by Takaya in 2006. This, although the story did not explore all the elements of the original material, left the fans waiting for more.
But now the followers of Fruits Basket will have a new opportunity to follow the adventures of Tohru in the adaptation of 2019 that will feature the voices of Nobunaga Shimazaki as Yuki Sohma, Yuuma Uchida as Kyo Sohma and Yuichi Nakamura as Shigure Sohma in addition to the aforementioned Manaka Iwami in the role of Tohru.
Wait for this great event and enjoy all the treasures of Fruits Basket. Choose yours and succeed!
Fruits basket is a manga created by Natsuki Takaya and published in the magazine Hana to Yume. This manga was published for the first time in 1998 and ended in 2006. The series has 23 volumes. Fruits basket became so popular that they made an Anime series of 26 episodes in 2001 and in 2015 they released a sequel: Fruits basket another. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best known manga in Japan and in the rest of the world. The Fruits Basket franchise became a great success due its charisma and attractive plot.
Fruits Basket is part of the Shōjo Manga. But what is a Shōjo manga? Shōjo literally means “Young Woman”. This type of Manga can speak both of historical and fanciful facts. However one of the most important elements of the Shōjo is that the stories focuses on the love relationships of the characters and their feelings. Shōjo is usually full of drama and love triangles. This type of stories is directed for a young female generation.
In this case, Fruits Basket is based on the story of a poor orphan girl. After the death of his mother, Tohru Honda moves with his grandfather, however it is not so pleasant. The girl decides to leave her home and live in the forest. One day, in the woods, she stumbles upon a very particular house. In it lives his classmate Yuki Sohma and his relatives Shigure and Kyo Sohma. What she does not know is that the Sohma family hides a secret. Each of the members has been cursed and, when in contact with a person of the opposite sex, becomes animals of the Chinese zodiac. Tohru Honda promises to help the Sohma family in exchange for being allowed to stay in the house. Upon learning of the peculiar situation of the family, Tohru is surprised but does not change at all the relationship she has with her friends.
Tohru is a girl who has been through very bad times. She is a sensitive girl who can not resist keeping her feelings. Tohru finds refuge in his new home and his new mission. However, this calm does not last long as she is trapped in a love triangle.
Throughout the series, she is confronted to choose between Yuki and Kyo Sohma. Both have mixed feelings towards our protagonist.
Yuki and Kyo are two completely opposite characters. That they are always fighting. Both have many disagreements, however there is one aspect in which they always coincide: protect Tohru. Yuki and Kyo feel the duty and the need to keep her close to them. However, each one has a different idea of how they should provide protection. Yuki is more open with her feelings and feels that he protects her by being honest with her. Kyo, on the contrary, is more mysterious and avoids talking about what he can feel.
Given this dilemma, Tohru has to choose who is the most suitable person for her.
Definitely Fruit Baskets is a manga that you should not be missed!
Rosario to Vampire is probably the manga that put Monster Girls in the mainstream but the manga was a lot more than just cute girls doing cute things. It had actual depth, stakes and action that the anime adaptation decided to completely gloss over. Rosario to Vampire is a perfect example of the source material being better than the anime. Rather than following the manga, the anime decided to make the show a generic harem series but the manga had so much more going for it.
At heart, Rosario to Vampire is a supernatural school comedy that does take a turn to becoming an action comedy manga down the line but the sense of the school never seems to go away which is definitely a strong pint of the series. The story follows Tsukune Aono that ends up enrolling into a school for monsters because he didn’t manage to get grades good enough for any other school – maybe there’s a life lesson there somewhere. All monsters attend school in human form but if an actual human is found on the school grounds they will be executed immediately leaving our protagonist in a tight spot.
As Tsukune tries to keep his head down and get out his situation alive, he ends up running in with the most attractive girl on campus, Moka Akashiya that is a vampire with a split personality and falls headfirst in love. In order to deepen his relationship with Moka, Tsukune decides to give his new life at a monster school a shot without knowing about Moka’s bloodthirsty nature.
Throughout the saga, we get to meet fun characters which include the multiple other heroines of the series Kurono Kurumu, Shirayuki Mizore and Sendou Yukari each with their own unique personalities and motive to monopolize Tsukune. Each heroine is either a Western Apparition or a Japanese Youkai with traits of their lore etched into their characters which adds a bit of depth. Considering Rosario to Vampire is a series targeted towards the male demographic, there’s an abundance of fan service which coupled with the manga’s art really makes for an enjoyable read.
Overall, Rosario to Vampire is a great manga series with great art along with characters that grow throughout the series and is definitely worth a read for anyone who enjoyed the anime or just wants to read a fun comedy romance manga with a healthy dose of action.
I can say this without a doubt that the relationship between Gray and Juvia holds a special place in the hearts of many including my own. From the moment they met each other, they impacted each other’s life in a big way. After their encounter both the relationships and characters have gone through major changes.
Both the characters have suffered quite a bit over their lives. Juvia was orphaned for unknown reasons and then bullied on by the other kids at her orphanage due to her rain, which led her to becoming a more depressing character. On the other hand, Gray had lost his family and master to Deliora; haunted by the thought of not being able to protect his family and master caused him to become distant and cold. After their first meeting Gray made the rain that was the cause of Juvia’s loneliness go away and keeps it at bay, while Juvia has slowly but surely softened Gray’s heart.
In the beginning of the series, Juvia was shown to have “stalker like tendencies” like keeping an eye on him in the darkness of the night and making anyone female that approached Gray with even friendliness her rival in love. It was speculated that Juvia’s love for gray stemmed from her lonely childhood, but during the Tenroujima arc all such suspicions were decimated when her love for Gray was shown to be pure and strong enough to even leave her opponent aghast. Whereas, gray has continued his trend of casually ignoring or comically responding to all of Juvia’s approaches. Even in the more recent chapters Gray still gets annoyed and can be oddly cold to her. But Juvias love has only grown stronger for gray over the years, but thankfully the “stalker like tendencies” haven’t. But unfortunately, they have gained some personality tendencies of each other, like Juvia striping in battle and Gray making not so adorable faces at cute things.
The fact that the mangaka has the two fight alongside each other, side by side, holding hands and going as far as to perform Unison Raid’s is the very testament of the trust they place in one another. The moment they perform a Unison Raid is quite a big deal, as Its magic that brings together two hearts! This is a major feat not out done by any other unconfirmed pair in the series. This was referred as a “synchronized attack of love” by Mashima the mangaka himself. Another example would be the “Gray & Juvia Special Chapter” which did not have any relevance to the manga, but has Gray shown to positively respond to Juvia’s affection, even though it was a day of mourning for him.
In conclusion Gray took Juvia’s rain away, and now Juvia is slowly but definitely melting the walls of ice around his heart. Through their differences, they help each other move forward together and that’s why Gruvia is one of the best pairings out there.
The relationship between Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia has been a topic of heated debate for the entire Fairy Tail fan base since the first chapter and episode was released.
A romantic sub plot between the two has been seen throughout the series on many occasions, likewise there have also been moments when fans of the pair have had their doubts on what’s to become of their favorite couple, mainly due to the constant teasing by Hiro Mashima the mangaka of Fairy Tail, which he makes a point to do so even on his twitter account.
The chemistry the mangaka has managed to establish between the two has left many to wonder if their favorite couple will end up together or ending up in solely a platonic relationship. The strength of their bond has been shown quite a few time throughout the series and is following the trend even now. In various situations Lucy and Natsu both have openly relied on one another, but rather taking it as a sign of affection it can also be stated as the strength of friendship and degree of trust which they have in one another; which happens to be a recurring theme in the series. Though this degree of trust and friendship is without a doubt beyond of what’s normally shown to a guild member, but are not shown exclusively to one another by them. Throughout the series both Natsu and Lucy have shown strong relations of friendship and trust to some other close guild members like Gray Fullbuster, Erza Scarlet, Lisanna Strauss and Wendy Marvel. But even so Lcuy’s bond with Natsu is somewhat unique, which can only be compared to the bond Natsu shares with his oldest and possibly dearest friend “Happy the exceed”.
From the very start of the series Natsu and Lucy have been put together in many situations. The very first time they met each other was when Lucy was thinking of “how to join Fairy Tail” and was put under a love charm by Bora who was referring as to himself as the famous salamander of Fairy Tail, mean while Natsu was looking for his dragon parent Dragneel Salamander in the same vicinity. When Natsu interrupted their conversation to see if Bora was his dragon parent the charm on Lucy was broken, but yet all the other females surrounding Bora remained under the charms effect. It was stated later on in the anime that that the charm can be broken by the intervention of the soul mate of the person under the charm, which led to more fuel being cast on the already heated debates of the fans. Following this incident Natsu took her to Fairy Tail where she joined the guild.
The fact that he was the one responsible for inviting and bringing her to the guild carved a deep bond between the two of them. Which led to Natsu eventually deciding to form a team with her along with Happy. Natsu has been shown to deeply care about Lucy, from him uprooting a magic Sakura tree from Magnolia Town’s Blossom-viewing to threatening the life anyone who harmed her. They have also been hinted to have romantic feelings for each other in quite a few small slice of life arcs of the series but were mostly dropped or not mentioned afterwards.
Though hints about the pairs relationship degree are dropped and shared every now and then, but until Hiro Mashima is ready to unveil his true intentions for the future of the couple, it will remain as a topic of great debate for many if not all fans of the series.