We received our first manga shoe order!I have much less personal experience with manga than comics, tv, or movies; I read one manga out of Korea called Bride of the Water God. I admit it’s the most beautiful art that I read. So…. I had to go research manga in order to bring you a preview blog.
I have discovered a rich history and evolution; as you’d expect out of an art form begun in Japan. There is dispute about whether 12th century scrolls constitute the beginning of manga, but honestly we don’t need to go that far back for this intro. Let’s begin after World War II when modern manga began. The “father of manga” Osamu Tezuka and Machiko Hasegawa were at the forefront influencing the upcoming manga. Tezuka’s Astro Boy (U.S.) began in 1951 and Hasegawa’s Sazae-san in 1946. Astro-Boy remains immensely popular! Sazae-san; “Ms. Sazae” was a strong character and sold more than 62 million copies over the next 50 years.

By the 70’s manga had solidified into two main marketing genres, shōnen aimed at boys and shōjo aimed at girls. Shōjo had been written by men, but in 1969 a group of women debuted marking the first major entry of ladies into manga. Shōjo thereafter became drawn primarily by woman for audiences of girls and young women. I can’t even remotely touch on all that manga is or has become in the time between then and now; so I’ll settle for giving you some titles that are popular (and maybe familiar) and seem interesting.
Rurouni Kenshin is worth a look; and not just because it’s the shoe order! A former assassin becomes a wanderer to protect the people of Japan. Themes of atonement, peace, and romance are always good!

Naruto sounds interesting even though I have been avoiding it (popularity often runs me off; it’s a thing I’m working on). A giant, powerful fox attacks a village of ninjas. They seal the fox inside a new born Naruto. What a hook?!

My brothers will be pleased that Dragon Ball is on this list. I thought I’d at least put one that every one might recognize. Follow Goku as he trains in martial arts and searches the world for seven orbs called Dragon Balls. Whenever my youngest brother made me watch this show; I’d have the volume down and make fun of the angry faces. He’d laugh so hard. So give it a try!

One Piece is the best-selling manga series in history. When I asked my brother for his top five manga; it made the list. A pirate announces his treasure, the One Piece, is available for anyone who finds it and sets off the Great Pirate Era. It follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy as he builds the Straw Hat Pirates and searches for the One Piece.
So give those a try and get excited about the Kenshin shoes!


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