Tuesday Terminology: 4-koma

Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.

This week’s topic: 4-koma Manga

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Yonkoma manga (4コマ漫画)

4 (Yon) Cell Manga

Much like Western-style comic strips, Japanese Yonkoma Manga are short strips of evenly shaped frames.

The frames usually follow a set story pacing:

– 1st Panel: Set scene of story.

– 2nd Panel: Develop from Panel 1.

– 3rd Panel: The Climax of the story. Something happens.

– 4th Panel: Conclusion and results of the events from Panel 3.

Some popular Yonkoma-style manga include: Azumanga Daioh, K-ON, and Hidamari Sketch.

And in case you’re wondering the source of the below comic example, Google: “Habanero-tan.”



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