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.
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.
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
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?
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.