DID YOU KNOW?
The origins of Japanese comics or manga goes all the way back to the 11th century? Toba Sojo was an 11th-century priest and painter known for his whimsical sense of humor. He made chobu giga or animal scroll paintings depicting Buddhist priesthood. He would draw priests as mischievous animals doing silly activities. The way that people read manga from right to left stems from the way you unrolled scrolls in the same way. From then on, various forms of art and sketch appeared that influenced manga. From the playful, erotic to the supernatural, and even the political side of society. There was not anything that art did not cover or emphasized on.
Western culture made its way into the country and mixed with Japanese ideology. Manga artists began creating works drawing inspiration from both. Some of today's best manga has a little bit of everything in them. From the popular shounen and seinen genres to the limited but still great shoujo manga. There is something that will appeal to any kind of taste and preference. Another often neglected genre in the manga is horror. Japanese horror manga has a very unique take to them that's not quite like anything else. The genre has been producing great titles such as Hellsing, Hell Girl, and Parasyte.
#4Hellsing (Vol. 1)
#5xxxHOLiC (Vol. 1)
#6Fragment of Horror
#7Parasyte (Vol. 1)
#8Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)
#9Naoki Urasawa's Monster (Vol. 1)
#10Nephilim (Vol. 1)
#11Rasetsu (Rasetsu Issues Series)
#12Lament of the Lamb (Vol. 1)
#13Hell Girl (Vol. 1)
#14Nightschool: The Weirn Books (Vol. 1)
#15Death: At Death's Door (Vol. 1)
#16Sankarea: Undying Love (Vol. 1)