However, it soon captured the imagination of readers around the world, spawning an enthusiastic international fan base that became increasingly frustrated by the inability to access the same content as their Japanese counterparts.
The need to translate manga from Japanese meant there were inevitable delays in their international release.
(roughly translated as “whimsical pictures”) is rooted in sequential art - a narrative made up of images and presented in sequence.
The earliest examples of Japanese sequential art are thought to date from the 12th century most popular authors, came to be known as the grandfather of Japanese manga because of his work in implementing cinematic techniques, sound effects, long story arcs and deep character development across many different genres of manga.
The Manga continues to enjoy a broad global appeal but the industry is suffering acutely from the scourge of piracy.