Differences between Manga and Manhwa?

By emna

Let's not pretend - Japan has ruled the animation and computer animation world for such a long time - they're greatly popular all around the globe. One can't discuss Japan's culture without talking about anime and reading manga. These tales and illustrations are highly engaging. Some have grown to be very famous like Death Note or Naruto and also have been modified into Anime. Yup, in reality, manga motivated other countries to make similar artwork. For instance... yes, Korea - South Korea, to be very accurate.

Korea's manga is named as manhwa or sometimes called webtoon. Girl bands, boy bands, and K-Dramas are what users usually think of when they think of Korea but lately, their manhwa is gradually gaining acknowledgement as well, because so many mobile apps i.e “Webtoons”. Unless you really know what Webtoon is, its software which allows you to learn web comics and includes mainly Korean manhwa. You're also permitted to make your own web comic and talk about it on the app, and I also heard you can also receive a commission if your web comic is public. Would you ever before want to make your own web comic? Previously it was impossible.

Now the difference between Manga and Manhwa

This is my observation or opinion, but Japanese manga is monochrome (Monochrome describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color. A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues.) - the colors are between dark-colored and white and sometimes greyish, though the start of the manga is often bright colored. However, manhwa is totally multi-colored, which is wonderful - they are really generally web comics, so they don't really need to utilize expensive printer ink like Japanese manga will, which could very well be the key reason why manhwa is more vibrant. The text structure is also different. You may already know, Japanese text is organized from right-to-left therefore, the manga's text structure is also the same. While manhwa's differs - it's organized from left-right - the main one we're acquainted with.

Mainly, manhwa is modified into episode series whereas manga is used into anime and that is what I like about manga. Since I've never seen anime that is modified from manhwa, I cannot imagine anime with Korean Language, because I'm more acquainted with the theory that anime uses Japanese vocabulary. I assume it will depend on the person to person.

Few examples of Manga:


Naruto is one of the most popular manga converted to anime. We all know that. It is a manga by “Masashi Kishimoto” with exactly 500 episodes. It is set two and a half years after Part I in the Naruto universe, following the ninja teenager Naruto Uzumaki and his allies. The series is directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. It began broadcasting on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo, and concluded on March 23, 2017. (wiki)

One Piece

 Our next example is one piece manga, again this is one of the most popular manga that has been converted to Anime and its really very popular among the fans.

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997, and has been collected in 88 tankōbon volumes. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King. (wiki)

Death Note

 Death Note is yet another very good example of Manga that is loved by millions fans, and then converted to anime.

Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook from a Shinigami named Ryuk that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he knows. The series centers around Light's attempts to create and rule a world "cleansed of evil" as what he calls "the god of the new world” uses the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him. (wiki)


Now some of the good examples of Manhwa:

Manhwa is also great and I really enjoyed mostly every Manhwa. But, again it varies from person to person. Some people like action; some are more in to thriller.



At first, I used to be skeptical relating to this manhwa. To begin with, it's about a vampire and I thought it to be something like Twilight. I don’t like Twilight not my type so... I assume it's not for me personally. Then one of my friend explained that it is different because it's in regards to a vampire who used humans, not by sipping their blood vessels, but by coming in contact with them. The idea is so absurd to me that we gave up the thought of reading it. It sounded just like a romance that is merely looking for a justification to touch the key character's love interest. Sounds like an interesting plot.

Story line:

One day, Sia is on the way to her new rooms. She catches attention in public, even among other girls. On her way, she bumps into a guy and accidentally touches his hand when collecting the fallen books of the guy. Immediately, she falls for the energy drawn from him. However, she is mistaken for a perverted stalker and the guy warns her from meeting ever again. But the next thing she knows, they end up being next door neighbors!

If you find it interested you can give it a try.

Dr. Frost:

This is one of my favorites as well. It's type of like Sherlock Holmes or Kuroshitsuji - each of them involve cases to resolve, and tales about solving conditions are the best. The difference is the fact that in this report, the situation being solved relates to psychology issues, rendering it even more interesting. Yes, I would recommend Dr. Frost by Jongbeom Lee if you need something challenging! The manhwa focuses on the primary identity, Dr. Frost, who solves mental problems. This manhwa in addition has been modified into a theatre series and that means you can try seeing that too. Like unTOUCHable, it is also available on webtoon.

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