Read More: What Can You Learn From Reading Manga?

Everything you consume has a good or bad effect on your brain and personality.

The kind of books to the type of movies you see have a significant impact on your brain development. Manga also has a similar effect. 

These Japanese art forms may seem like any other comic book but they are more than that.

Manga has a visual language of its own where a reader comprehends actions sounds and emotions with figures, drawings, and the features of characters rather than focusing on the words.

Famous manga books
These Japanese art forms can appear to be just another comic book, but they are actually much more.

Manga is a type of Japanese comic book that first appeared in the late 1800s.

It’s difficult to pinpoint when Manga first appeared because it evolved over time, but by the early 1970s, there was little doubt that local newspapers and magazines were printing Manga.

In this blog, I will discuss the different valuable lessons you can learn from reading Manga. So, tune in!

What do you learn from the Manga?

Manga has many genres and each genre has a lot of plot concepts and themes each story has a different lesson with it.

Japan is famous for its insightful depiction of scenarios they focus on the stories that people can learn from.

For example, the Manga Fruit Basket has a special place in my heart It is all about recovering from trauma. This Manga taught me that it’s okay to accept the past for what it is, but it’s also important to go on and forgive yourself.

Tohru discovers that twelve family members unintentionally change into animals from the Chinese zodiac after being adopted by the Soma family.

More or less Manga has played its role in shopping the view of people who read them in both a good and bad way. 

The value of friendship is emphasized in the majority of shounen Mangas. Lessons like never thinking of yourself as incapable of achieving something.

It might be God’s will that such conditions exist for you to prove yourself. And to never feel helpless when you have genuine friends that belief in you is a given in shounen genres. Some of the great lessons I learned from the Manga are:

  • Even if you are doing the right thing, there will always be people who will stand in your way and try everything they can to stop you. All you have to do is believe in yourself.
  • Everyone has some form of magic inside them. We only need to recognize it.
  • Power and resources used incorrectly may be dangerous.
  • You will always come out on top. But even if you don’t win, it’s not the end of the world!
More often than not, Manga has influenced readers' opinions in both positive and negative ways.
More often than not, Manga has influenced readers’ opinions in both positive and negative ways.

What are the benefits of reading Manga?

Books are good precursors for mental stimulation and Manga as a form of Japanese literature is said to be the Japanese institution of reading.

According to the American stroke, association Manga can become a decent substitute for conventional reading practices because it improved focus and brain power. 

Manga can be a good way to relax after a hectic day at work or after exams. It is a great way to burn out with some creativity.

The Manga visuals are meant to captivate you and lighten your mood. If you don’t like that serious psychological one you can always look for Mangas with comedic relief. 

Manga also addresses issues that many people encounter in their daily lives, such as Fujita’s Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku.

We follow Narumi in this Manga, who is uncomfortable with people knowing she is an otaku, which is someone who is infatuated with gaming or pop culture.

This style of Manga appeals to a wide range of readers who may be self-conscious about their fandoms, despite the fact that many others have the same interests!

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For An Otaku is a famous Manga that is adapted into an Anime of the same name.
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For An Otaku is a famous Manga that is adapted into an Anime of the same name.

Another benefit is speed Mangas are less time-consuming as compared to a book of an equal length.

Manga like other visual storytelling forms offers more characters (and body language) and world-building information without the time commitment that a book’s descriptions do.

It allows readers to read at their own pace—some will read through every panel, while others will only read the bare minimum to stay up.

It’s more difficult to distinguish between important and non-vital information in books. Furthermore, I imagine that finishing a book in this manner would lack the sense of completion that finishing a Manga volume would provide.

You probably have observed that while reading books you can be distracted easily like by an Instagram story or a text from a friend but Manga is just too interesting and gripping that you might even forget to finish your food while reading it.

Why so? Since it works on the visual language and visual language attracts the brain’s focus more than text. 

What should I learn to read the Manga?

You should familiarize yourself with the Japanese vocabulary first and look up ways to learn Kanji and Furigana. This may be tough depending on your level, so if you have a very initial level of Japanese, you may want to skip this stage.

However, if you’re ready for the effort, this practice will help you acquire numerous important talents.

You will become acquainted with the layout of Manga, and your mind will be kept interested in the plot by using both the graphics and the Japanese words that you already know.

Remember that if you struggle with Kanji (Kanji characters are used to write nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs.)

However, (unlike Chinese, Japanese cannot be written wholly in Kanji), you should read a Manga with a lot of Furigana (Furigana is a Japanese reading aid that consists of smaller kana or syllabic characters that are written above or next to kanji or other characters to indicate pronunciation).

How to read manga in Japanese

Does reading manga improve reading skills?

The most common critique is that comic books or Manga are too simple to read and do not provide readers with any reading skills.

This is absolutely not the case. This type of media truly promotes lifelong readers. Manga and graphic novels can express the tale not just through words but also through art.

This allows readers to not only read what is happening but also to see how the many panels work together to advance the plot.

Blocks of text might be challenging for certain individuals, but Manga and graphic novels allow the reader to get information in a less stressful manner. Instead of staring at blocks of text, the person might be pulled into art that also carries words.

Here are some recommended Manga series to read:

Manga TitleGenreVolumes
One PieceShounen, Action, Comedy, Adventure.104 volumes
Golgo 13Seinen Action206 list of volumes
Detective ConanThriller, Mystery, Shounen1001+ volumes
DoraemonComedy and Fiction45 volumes
Hajime no IppoSports, Shounen, and Action.76 episodes
Famous Manga series


  • Manga can be a good way to learn to view the world in a new light, you can learn about the importance of friendships, relationships, and self-love with these stories. 
  • Manga may not have 1000 words on a single page but it is a good way to teach or learn Japanese since many of them come with a Furigana to help with pronunciation. 

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