Everybody's Going Mad for Manga!

Are you wondering if Manga has a place in your school? Wonder no more! Schools and libraries around the country are stocking up on these popular graphic novels – and no wonder! Manga belongs in every school, and we’re here to tell you why…

Manga is impressively visual. With its distinctive artwork, it paints a picture for the reader with its inimitable bold, striking style. It has become so popular that even the British Museum recently held an exhibition on the history of Manga. If that isn’t educational, we have no idea what is!

So, there’s no denying its cultural cachet, but can Manga help in our task of getting students to read?

Manga can engage students with its gripping, emotional stories. Manga’s got ninjas, animal spirits, and the eternal fight for what’s right – and its visual nature is immersive and engaging, reaching out to students who might have left chapter books behind. Knowing that many students stop reading for pleasure in the first few years of secondary schools, we can use the stylish, popular Manga stories to keep students reading – and create future adult readers of this genre and more.

Go Mad For Manga!

We’ve stocked up on some great Manga titles – so whether you’re filling gaps in the library or making room for a brand-new Manga shelf, we can help you get started.


Naruto Manga

Naruto

Plot Summary

Follow Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno on Naruto's journey to become Hokage, the most powerful ninja. However, Naruto has a dark secret, one which even he is yet to discover. Can friendship save Naruto from the darkness and himself?

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One Punch Man Comic, One Punch Man Manga

One Punch Man

Plot Summary

What if you were all powerful? Defeating all your enemies with a single punch is the stuff of dreams, right? However, no one ever told you that being omnipotent means life is dull. For Saitama this is his daily life, being a hero for fun isn't all it is cracked up to be. That was until a cyborg by the name of Genos shows up and becomes his disciple. Will Saitama ever find joy in his life again?

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Goldfishboy by Lisa Thompson

Akira

Plot Summary

In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural powers suddenly manifest.

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Using Manga in the Classroom

Manga isn’t just for reading for pleasure. Why not compare Manga stories to the classics in an English lesson, or get students to draw themselves as a manga character for an Art & Design class? For Creative Writing, students can create a Manga-style storyboard or in PSHE they can write out stories exploring the issues of the day in a Manga style. There’s endless fun to bring to the classroom!

We’ve created some activity sheets to get you started – what will you get up to?

Naruto Manga

Manga Storyboard

Write or draw in the boxes to create your own manga-themed story!

  • Give the start of a story and task students to draw the ending
  • Task students to manga-fy a scene from Shakespeare
  • Can your students draw themselves into their favourite Manga?
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Naruto Manga

Manga Cover Design

Your great new story is going to need an eye-catching title and cover, too...

  • Task students to draw a manga cover for a historical event
  • Task students to create a manga-style cover for the play or novel you are studying
  • What would the manga cover of the story of their lives look like? What would they include? Why?
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