漫画 became more known after the end of World War II.The word is composed of the two kanji 漫(man) which means whimsical and 画(ga) that means pictures.
In the past, during our grandparents' generation there were people who forbade children from reading manga because they thought it'd make them stupid.
People of all ages spend billions of dollars on the comics every year so they could enjoy often complex plots with emotional depth.
At a young age, children are being given manga for both entertainment and education, and by habit they keep on reading comics from designated categories as they grow up as well. In a way, manga help shape them as human beings and influence their characters, through clever and well-designed stories on business, politics, history, relationships and life in general, stories that very often carry spiritual or philosophical messages
For more than 60 years, manga has been a major part of the Japanese cultural identity.
For a long time, manga has served as a cultural pillar of Japan’s economy. It transcended cultural barriers and made an important and lasting impression on audiences across the globe, becoming Japan’s most popular cultural export. Having a solid fan base and fuelling further interest in the Japanese culture, manga helped the country become one of the planet’s largest exporters of cultural products. For that reason, it has become a mainstay of the Japanese economy and culture.
People in Japan and in many other countries as well, seem to be mesmerized by the distinct look of manga, the overt display of emotions that are often ridiculously exaggerated, the clean lines done in pen and ink, in style of the Japanese calligraphy and painting.
They are deeply respected not only as art but also as a form of traditional literature.