There was a time when the bans were on graphic novels in schools. The Sri Lankan version of Manga was chitra kata. We read them, despite the prohibitions, and lived to tell the tale. Why don’t the telcos put chitra kata or Manga on mobiles and give the prohibitionists another reason to ban? Currently the reasons for banning mobiles in schools are weaker than those for banning school ties. This could tip the balance.
For a variety of reasons, the mobile version has manga booming again. In the year ending in March, Japanese manga publishers raked in ¥32.9 billion in revenue, up 43 percent from the previous year and from next to nothing in 2003, when manga first became available by cellphone, according to Impress R&D, a research company in Tokyo, which published the data at the annual Tokyo International Book Fair in July.
The soaring numbers are generating hope — and some controversy — in a venerable industry that has yielded internationally popular titles like “Dragon Ball,” published by Shueisha, and “Sailor Moon,” created by Kodansha.