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Academic Content of Manga

As I mentioned previously, I am studying manga and anime at university. I do so, not only because I love it, but also because I believe that manga and anime have great potential as academic texts. I am of the belief that if novels and films can be studied academically, then so can manga and anime.

You would think that most people who decided to study manga at university would be of the same belief. However, that does not seem to be the case. Most of the people who took Manga and Japanese Contemporary Culture took it as a bludge subject.

One person in my class told me openly that he thought the class was a joke, both because of the students who did not take the class seriously, but also because he does not believe that manga and anime have any academic content whatsoever.

So, what do you think? Do you believe that manga and anime have any academic content, or do you think that they are merely forms of entertainment?Ambercrystal.

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I do think that, like movies, if you were to properly study and look at classic mangas, and study the origin of it, then there is some academic content. But I can genuinely see where this guy is coming from.
Yeah, I can see where he is coming from too. A lot of people believe that manga and anime is too childish to be academic. I sometimes feel that when I watch anime, depending on what series it is.