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The Manga Newspaper

+ posted by Xadyu in Manga News on Oct 25, 2009 00:07
Newspapers, mostly known as those dull, boring paper things delivered in the morning featuring just walls of text over and over again. How would you feel, if our daily boring newspaper were to be changed into a manga form?

KaBa Net, an internet service company recently started a service which provides its readers with daily news in the form of a manga. Yes, instead of using those dull newspaper, they're using manga as their news medium. One news article is usually 4 to 8 frames long, covering at least 1 or 2 pages at its max.

The project is named, "Manga de Yomu News: Manga no Shimbun", translated it would come out as, "News Read Through Manga: The Manga Newspaper", KaBa Net is now using the Manga Newspaper for news of different sections, like, Politics, Business, International News, Society, Art, Sports and the newspaper's own special features.

As of now, KaBa Net has started a trial run with several "manga articles". The articles that were covered included the recent launching of North Korea's missiles and the upcoming Bullet Train models that Japan might adopt.

Unfortunately, if you're a fan of a "moe" kind of art-style, you'll be disappointed. While the news is in the form of manga, KaBa Net's intention is still to deliver news to a general public in a more entertaining way. The art itself is considered mediocre, but, hey, it's the news that counts! And since it's being drawn by a small team of mangakas, whose job is to draw several articles in one single day to cover the huge variety of news, it can't be suspected to be great art, can it?

You can view the Manga Newspaper right here. Beware, it's in Japanese only.

Sources: Not Cliché & Newsmanga

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#1. by Raichu ()
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
I think that it's a great idea :D~
For people that don't read newspaper much...The art isn't that great but it's worth the read anyway.Too bad that the articles are only 2 pages,it's a lil abstract.
I don't read newspaper much nowadays,I only read them when I'm subscribed though...Now I'm just too lazy to pick them up.
#2. by dokodemo ()
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
ooo...i too think it's a great idea...sometimes i think newspaper journalists write long long pieces just to fill up the space...or they post gigantic pictures cuz they don't know what to write...i'm sure mangaka's can put more use of the space and composition~~and even little kids would at least be interested in the pix...
#3. by Revilenigma ()
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
Oh god, This reminds me of the joke in "even a monkey can draw manga".
#4. by Teaparty ()
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
Yeah, a little more moe would be better...
And the idea is good, but would anyone go online just to read the newspaper? Normally when I read, it's because I am somewhere and I don't have anything else to do. The manga-addicts still wouldn't read newspaper. They'd just search for real manga.
#5. by sukai ()
Posted on Oct 26, 2009
I do wonder how they'll portray the business sections with the M&As and stock market indices lol.

Considering the amount of time required to collect news, plan the manga and draw it up, they will need a lot of mangakas.
#6. by Jfreekao ()
Posted on Oct 26, 2009
Ah, good idea. If only they could get some better artists, though. Has anyone heard that they're doing the same thing with employee manuals. The art is pretty good, too.
#7. by Haynes ()
Posted on Oct 27, 2009
If it was translated into English then I'd be interested enough to read it. The only downside is that I can't read it because it's in Japanese.
#8. by shrimpy ()
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
This is a very risky venture, to say the least.
I admire the people courageous enough to give it a try.

Thanks for the link.
#9. by Blabble ()
Posted on Nov 19, 2009
There's nothing wrong with the artstyle presented in the newspapers.

It's far superior to MOE.

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