What are Manga & Graphic Novels?

We find that sometimes people have no idea what Manga or Graphic Novels are, and some who are familiar with the ideas have misconceptions about their contents. Below are some of the questions we've been asked a lot. We hope these will help you better understand what we're doing here at Manga Hero, and how these products can help enrich your life or the lives of your friends and family.

What is manga?

Manga are Japanese-style comic books. Similar to popular American comics like Superman, Spiderman or other Marvel hero-based comic books, manga covers a wide range of subjects that can span vast genres and storylines, and usually include heroes and action scenes. In Japan, reading manga is popular among all age groups.

What are graphic novels?

Simply put, graphic novels are long comic books. “Graphic” means the story is told in the form of drawn images (and some words). “Novel” means it’s a long book, but not necessarily fictional. The terms manga and graphic novel are often used interchangeably.

Is manga safe for children? Does it offer any sort of educational value?

For Manga Hero books, the answers are yes and yes! Our books are rated for children ages 12 and up and are an engaging and effective way to teach positive virtues. Manga Hero publishes books chronicling the lives of real heroes and heroines from history, such as Paul: Tarsus to Redemption and Judith: Captive to Conqueror.

In general, manga often include narratives centered around friendship, bravery, and perseverance, providing strong examples for children to aspire to. They also contain complex plot lines and rich character development, helping children to develop their reading comprehension. Graphic novels are even being used as teaching tools in many classrooms.

I’ve heard manga is violent and contains adult content. Is this true?

As with any form of media - such as music, television, movies, and video games - manga, graphic novels, and comic books can be manipulated to feature adult-oriented themes, and the creators and consumers aren’t doing enough to protect children from this. That’s why Manga Hero has a rating system, just like movies and video games, so parents can ensure that the book they’re about to buy for their child is appropriate. We believe great stories can be told without resorting to using gratuitous violence or sexual themes. Manga Hero books are rated for ages 12 and up.

What are some benefits of Manga Hero books?

They’re a great way to promote the Christian faith! Many parents struggle to find reading material that their children will like and that will also promote virtue and instill good values. Manga Hero provides such material. We publish books that promote heroism and Christian values in a fun and engaging medium that kids will love. We hire talented writers and artists who deliver the highest quality content.

Manga Hero books also make great gifts for teens. Think about this: What stories are teens hearing about? These will shape the way they think and even the way they act. Stories are being told through the music they listen to, the TV shows they watch, and even the video games they play - and we all know these don’t contain the most wholesome content. Give them the gift of positive stories about heroes and heroines they can be inspired by. Check out all our Manga Hero books here.