By Yage Wang
While people’s production and entertainment are on hold, 2021 seeks new breakthroughs and innovations in creating literature and drama, that is, the prosperity of manga. While manga is not a new genre, trends in publication and book-to-film crossover, has brought manga (and other types of graphic novels) into the spotlight. Giving credits in particular to Netflix’s marketing, several previously niche anime have gained their spotlights this year. In Japan, they have manga like Attack on Titan, Beasters, and Jujutsu Kaisen. These works challenge expectations for culture in the traditional sense and add artistic, political, and philosophical metaphors. Tell us about your favorite manga or visual artwork for a writing prompt. Please choose one line from this manga that has either surprised or inspired you thoroughly if you would like to. Elaborate your reason for selecting this quote, share with us about your bias.
For instance, my quote will be from One Piece. It takes place in a scene after radical racial conflict, someone needs blood donation: “Whether you hurt somebody, or somebody hurts you, the same red blood will be shed. It hardly seems like a path because it’s a very thin and narrow tube–but it makes its way through the prejudice that makes people fear for each other and blood feuds, so very easily. This is a path towards a very real sun, not some empty wish.”