DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that manga is said to be the basis for the right-to-left reading style used today? The history of manga originated from scrolls dating back to the 12th century. The rise of manga artists began in the post-war period. Astro Boy, the product of artist Osamu Tezuka’s creative mind became and until now remained popular in Japan and in the whole world. It's also considered by many to be the first-ever anime in history. Thus, it has become responsible for popularizing the anime that we always binge-watch on anime sites today. Astro Boy’s popularity led to the rise of more manga artists. Manga is Japanese comics and in Japan, almost everyone regardless of age reads it. It has a wide range of genres including the best action anime, romance, science fiction, fantasy, sexuality, suspense, comedy, detective, history, mystery, horror, sports, games, and commerce.
During the 1950s, manga played a major part in the development of the Japanese publishing industry. In 1995, almost 1.9 billion manga books and magazines were sold in Japan which is equal to 15 copies per Japanese citizen. Now, many mangas are translated into different languages and sold worldwide. Manga serves to a worldwide audience and by 2005, the manga market in France was already worth $569 million. Valued at $175 million by 2008 in the United States and Canada. And in 2012 the value of the manga market rose to $250 million in Europe and the Middle East. With the advent of smartphones, people can even read manga on the go using some of the best manga apps for iOS or Android available in the market today.