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random; rambling; boundless
Kanji 1838

Thank you for visiting this Character Home Page. Below you'll find a synopsis of the essay. If you wish to read the full text, the PDF of the essay is available for purchase to the right.

Synopsis

There's water in 漫! See why! Also learn why the "man-" of "manga" means "random" and what "manga" used to mean, as well as the history of manga. Discover terms for "yelling at someone for no good reason," "browsing," and other random acts. Also learn to talk about unrestrained speech, out-of-hand government spending, a pervasive smell, and a riot of cherry blossoms.

Revision history:

Jan. 24, 2020: 

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Replaced the old Henshall etymology with the new one.
  • p. 18: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

May 5, 2017: Originally published.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1838 on 漫, titled "Manga, Manzai, and More"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
マン
JOYO KUN-YOMI
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STROKES14
RADICAL氵 (85: water)
JLPTN1
HALPERN494/633
HENSHALL1838/2006
SPAHN3a11.11