This book is the first publication on manga research in the field of Russian Japanese Studies. It contains articles by Russian and foreign scholars who discuss various aspects of manga and especially the development of manga in Russia. It consists of three parts.
The first part focuses on Manga Studies itself and addresses such themes as the history and culture of manga, otaku subculture, Japanese manga discourse, the Gothic tradition and folkloristic images in manga.
The second part illuminates the process of manga’s spread in Russia, which at first was related closely to watching Japanese animation. It includes articles about the history of anime and manga in Russia, the activity of publishing houses, an analysis of works by Russian manga artists, an investigation of special otaku slang, and a chronology of the main manga-related events in the Soviet Union and Russia from the end of the 1980s till the year 2014.
The third part examines formal elements of manga such as panels, angles, speech bubbles, backgrounds, sound effects, and graphic symbols.