The Evolution of Manga

I found this very interesting image at 2ch that shows in a quite extreme way the evolution of the drawing style of manga since the Edo era (last frame) until nowadays (first frame). The frame of the Edo era is not really manga but you can already see the fundamentals of what the style would be a century later in Japanese manga. The most exaggerated frame is the second one, belonging to the 90s, the golden era of shōjo manga, like for example Sailor Moon. The third one corresponds to the Dragon Ball years, and the fourth and fifth have an Osamu Tezuka and Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe) feel. On the other hand the first frame corresponds to the manga style mostly used in the last decade, maybe the most neuter and boring one.

The Evolution of Manga

  • Hrvoje

    January 26, 2011 at 3:31 am

    In the 70′ mangas looked the best

  • Kal

    January 26, 2011 at 7:32 am

    @Hrvoje I couldn’t agree more, the best era of drawing Manga and anime

  • RMilner

    January 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

    You’re judging an entire decade’s worth of cartoons off one retrospectively generated image.

  • Alex

    January 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    haha this is hilarious. The 80’s frame reminds me more of Rumiko Takahashi than Dragonball, and the 70’s is definitely late-period Tezuka (Hi no Tori)
    Great find!

  • yonasu

    January 29, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Makes me wonder what the hell happened in the 90’s, haha.

  • Renato Murakami

    February 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Saber Marionette, in the 90’s. 😉

  • s3ns3i

    March 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    first – no eyes
    then 60s – too much eyes
    But i love big eyes 😛