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The Differences between Manga/Manhua/Manhwa

Updated: Aug 14, 2021


Is there a difference?

Yes, there is. In recent years, the international popularity of anime and manga led many to venture into the world of manhwa and and manhua. Manga, manhwa and manhua sound the same, they are similar in artwork and layout, however there are some subtle but important differences between the three that make all the difference.


International readers use these terms to address comics that are published from a specific country: manga are Japanese comics, manhwa are Korean comics and manhua are Chinese comics. In Japan, manga chapters are published in weekly or biweekly magazines like Shonen Jump. If a manga becomes popular, it is then published in tankōbon collected volumes.


As for digital manhwa and manhua, chapters are uploaded weekly on webtoon platforms like WEBTOON OR TAPAS. Manga and manhua are read from right to left and from top to bottom. However, manhwa is similar to american comics like Archie in that they're read from left to right and from top to bottom. In print and digital, manga is usually published in black and white, unless they are special releases and printed in full color or with color pages. Digital manhwa is published in color, but print manhwa is traditionally published in black and white, similar to manga. Like manhwa, digital manhua is also published in color.


Completed Modern Classics

  • Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama.

  • Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi.

  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.


Top Manhwa to read:

  • Tower of God

  • The Beginning After The End

  • Solo Leveling

  • Noblesse

Top Manhua to read:

  • Seduce the Father's Villian

  • I'll be A Matriarch in This Life

  • Sweet Home

  • Who Made Me A Princess



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