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Is manga art? 

96%
4,078 deviants said Yes...duuhhhh!
2%
105 deviants said No..
2%
83 deviants said (comment)

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AquaConcepts Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why not ask Marcel Duchamp and those other contemporary artists? It is art, but like my professors will say, it's not really preferred by colleges because it's a super simplified stylistic approach to drawing the human body as opposed to drawing from observation.
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TheTeastyPineapple Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
In case people don't know what the definition of art is: The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Manga is a form of expression through story and images so, yeah it is art regardless of its popularity.
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skaarlet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it art? Yes. Is it good art? Sometimes not.

...okay. Mostly not.
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blackwolves101 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ROLF XD damn! 96% that surprised me. my mom thinks that it isnt :(
but i disagree :)
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ILuv2WritePoetry Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I think, it can be, depends on whos drawing it. in the hands of a real artist manga can become a thing of beauty.
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Gabriel-Devine Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
i wouldn't say that the panels are always art, but in telling a story, it definetely is
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KeiranNicoles Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
If someone dumps a load in the grass and someone places a flower on it it's art
Art can be anything <3
That's one reason why it's so amazing :)
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Sketch-Z3 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Of course manga is a form of art. I would define art as anything created with the person's mind in thought and it being executed in visible object. Even a baby's scribble on a page can be counted as art-but it is art in it's most simplistic form- manga would not only be counted as art but an art of beauty due to a concept that you will see throughout all good manga series...the images must be as realisticly drawn as possible
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crazycatlady101 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Manga is most defiantly art. I love manga. but some manga (and u hav to admit this) looks like scribles! i am a fan of manga that is more "real" looking, not entirely real but... more then comics u kno?
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Nora-Cintra Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
You know what pisses me off? those paitings that are just a blank background with just a risk in red for example and the artist asks two thousand dollars for it. Then people say "oh, but is abstract art", sorry but I dont think the idiot who made that can call himself an artist. I know is rude to say something like that and I'm probably wrong I just think is so unfair with people with REAL talent who work their asses off trying to be recognized.
Oh yeah, btw manga IS SOOOO ART.
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Meowbeth Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I've become rather tired of people ranting about how manga isn't art. I, personally, fail to see how modern art (Like kicking a can, filling a garbage bag with air, or dumping random splatters of paint on a canvas) can be counted as more artsy than anime/manga.

Just because the style is ridiculously popular and a bunch of idiots decide that they'd have more luck trying to draw in that style than realistically doesn't make anime/manga less of an artform.

I know that realistic artists get grumpy when their art, which they believe they work harder on and requires more skill to create, doesn't get as many page views or favorites as something done in the anime/manga style. But it's rude and totally against the artistic perspective to throw a fit and declare it not art.
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Hail-Villiams Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Manga is art .......... come on, if writing stories/poem is considered an art form and drawing/painting/inking is considered an art form then how can both mix into one that gives you elaborate story telling, plot twist and more with the visual aspect that stuns and awes not be art ........
like I said, Manga is art.
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MathiasTemplar Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Why did you even add the "no" option? :D

Ofcourse it's art ^_^
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YamiKaori Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yesss because everything is art when someone calls it art o.o
...or something like this my art teacher said XDD
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MangledxImagination Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
EEeeps I put no, but I ment yes! Was looking at your other poll for reported pieces
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Maverrix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The 83 people who clicked 'no' are morons. Anything creative is art. Anything you want to be art, is art, really XD
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LucidOrdinance Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
sadly, the widespread of phenomenon of anime has bombarded art culture so much that people will actually label it as NOT an art form for the sole sake of the fact they are sick of seeing it.

I would especially believe manga/amnime is an art form BECAUSE of its widespread popularity. And the fact that the techniques used to make successful manga & anime are far more diverse and complex compared to what is used in modern equivalents.

manga NOT being art is simply the opinionated expressed product of haters, nothing more. There is no coherent reason whatsoever to not awknowledge manga and anime as art.

though the REASON why so many older generations stick so firmly to disregarding ti as such is because of original preference. Disney, Warner Bros & equivilants claimed the animation industry as their own when animation began, and the ignorant believe that because of disney and such, ALL animated content should be childish and shallow. to disregard anime and manga as obscene or unlawful or anything of the sort is based of of pure prejudice. nothing more.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Filmographer
Well said :thumbsup:

specialy like the part where you said people view it as childish and shallow, when in contrast manga/anime can be aimed at all different age groups.
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LucidOrdinance Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
thanks. = w = -highfive-

did my senior thesis on a related topic, so it's always fun to go around and show the legitimacy of anime and manga with the info i learned.
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VelocityOfSand Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
If people can say "modern art" is art then Manga definitely is:D
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UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm curious, for all of the 80 something or other people who said manga ISN'T art, can you give me at least 2 good-- may I repeat GOOD- reasons, why it isn't?
Details people, details.
Or it didn't happen.
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akkibox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
How is it not art?
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Crownclown16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
art is in the eye of the beholder? lol
if minimalism is art, manga is art. nuff said
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student General Artist
This is a very stupid question to ask. If you think not then look at the poll results. :D
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BoogermeisterNeema Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That dude who made Kanye West's 'Graduation' cover had an art exhibit one time involving anime/manga!
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Aureta Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's literature with pictures. Literature is art. Drawings are art. Do the math: Literature + Drawings = art + art = ART. It may not always be a masterpiece, but you can create something amazing too. People get so worked up over the "weeaboos" around here that they'll instantly have a biased opinion. (on that topic... apparently its impossible to want to learn Japanese without having someone think of you like that) These mangakas work hard to write a great (sometimes long .-.) story and illustrate each part, just for people to say that "It's not an art"
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GardianANGEL-07 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually, Literature + Drawings = art + art = art x 2 xD
So it's DOUBLE the art of normal art! =D
..... sorry, felt like pointing that out .__.
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Aureta Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, I was thinking about it as I typed but didn't bother putting it. XD
I guess i didn't want to feel too nerdy :shrug:
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GardianANGEL-07 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D8...Are...are you saying I was being nerdy by doing that?!
Not that I'm not one, but an anime nerd is different...
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SoHappyToSeeYou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The Simplest definition of art is the expression of ones feelings and Manga like all styles of Drawing/painting/ect... can very effectively show the emotions of the artist aswell as invoke emotions within the observer.
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ChristiaanR1990 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes!! Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh:clap::XD:
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Animatedfocks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Filmographer
Anything drawn using the imagination is art. Personally I think theres alot better art out there but it can still be beautiful. There's poeple and art schools in america that says Manga/Anime is not art because of how cliche it is here. There's not alot of diversity and very overused. Dont get me wrong, I have nothing against the art style, in fact I LOVE it... and I feel anyone has the right to draw it. However, if a person in america wants to make it as an animator for a career they're forced to leave anime behind, unless you go to Japan where it's acceptable.
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SoHappyToSeeYou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
or France and Germany
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InakoOwns Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Artist
Who said no?! I will personally punch them in the face! Manga not art? Drawing manga is my dream! It combines a style of art that can be completely unique to the artist and it tells a story. My favorite three things in the world are stories, music, and art. Manga is two of those combined into a sweet, creamy filling in the pie of life. Mmmmm... Pie....
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doggirlinu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! There's so much work that goes into making them and they end up coming out so beautifully.
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BlueKnightMar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Mmm, if these paints of Piet Mondrian are considered art [link] then without a doubt, manga is art! XD
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
That looks like post-modern artwork, so it is without a doubt innovative and artistic in ever sense of the word. =)
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ledhalengirl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Like everything else, there is no concrete answer. It depends on a person to decide. It's like when you ask "What is realism?"...anything real- looking..anything that is drawn is pretty much based on something real, so is everything considered "realist"? (realism..real-ish..? what's the word?!!) of course not... it just depends.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
That sounds about right, art is in the eye of the beholder =3
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ledhalengirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student General Artist
~.~ quite so
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computerhoofd Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
You need to explain the definition of the word "art" (wich vary for each person) first, then you can safely say that manga/comic is art or not. Ultimately it's just your opinion. You could say that there's no real answer to that question.
Imo I think manga is art, so are any other forms of comics or drawings.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
= D exactly, Art is something different to every individual. Though historically it was used to document events and changes in society and whatnot, all that art history stuff

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JessieShadowhold Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
the numbers speak for themselves.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
= D !
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JessieShadowhold Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
XD it's true, 'aint it?
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lobster-popsicle Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think manga is often abused as a shortcut to making really great art. That being said, it is still an art form and it can most definitely be done well.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
yes i think it can be abused..all that kawaii desu art stuff gets a little repetitive and annoying, but from what Ive learned is that it is an insight into the artist and how they perceive the world around them and then how the viewer interprets the artists vision/artwork.
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lobster-popsicle Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm, very true. I like that view a lot actually, thanks for sharing. :)
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KatGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
i collect several manga just cause it makes me smile to see the art improve each chapter...thats part of the reason i watch bleach on adult swim too...the more episodes that come out the more beautiful the art becomes <3
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