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
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.”