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Manga Day brings audience back to childhood

Update: July, 09/2018 - 09:00
Manga Day aims to increase awareness among youngsters and children about reading culture.
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Hanoian readers had chance to revisit their childhood with old manga titles at Manga Day, held last weekend at 19/12 Book Street.

New and used mangas like Doraemon by Fujiko Fujio, Hikaru’s Go by Yumi Hotta, Dragon Ball by Aki Toriyama and Bleach by Tite Kubo were all on offer.

Many used mangas were sold at just VNĐ39,000 (US$1.7) per kilogram.

Besides comics, the two-day event also included cosplay, a painting space and a virtual reality experience.

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Trương Trà Ly from the organiser said, “Firstly, we just wanted to offer an entertainment spot for youngsters and children. Secondly, we wanted to increase awareness among youngsters and children about reading books in general and manga in particular.”

“I think it [manga] is quite special, it’s like a culture. Even now I’m more than 30 years old, but I still love manga so much. I’ve loved it since I was a child and I think people who love manga will still love it from a child until older,” said Ly.

“This is the first time we have held this kind of event, and we hope that this is not the only one; we want to do monthly events with different themes for each month. For example, this month is about manga and anime but next month could be about tourism or something like that, because we want to increase the awareness of people of reading,” Ly said.

Teenagers experience virtual reality technology at the event.
Manga fans can buy new and used mangas such as Doraemon by Fujiko Fujio, Hikaru’s Go by Yumi Hotta, Dragon Ball by Aki Toriyama, Bleach by Tite Kubo, those that were so popular with Vietnamese children. — VNS Photos Hồng Vân

Like many other Asian countries, Vietnamese people, especially children and teenagers are avid readers of Japanese mangas.

Nguyễn Khánh Huyền, who cosplayed as Luffy in the famous Japanese manga One Piece said, “I cosplay Luffy because this character eats a lot, is always happy, naughty, but very friendly and caring to all people around him. It is somewhat like my personality.”

“I think the Manga Day in Việt Nam are not yet well-known and only popular with young generations. We want to bring comic series to people, so they know more about manga and anime, and the culture that comes from Japan. Therefore, we would like fairs like this to be organised more often and more people would know about it,” Huyền said. — VNS

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