Manhua

Mànhuà (Traditional: 漫畫 Simplified: 漫画) is the general term for Chinese-language comics and print cartoons, and is applied both to works originally written in Chinese, and translated comics. The Chinese characters for manhua are identical to those used for Japanese manga and Korean manhwa.

Although manhua were widely published and read in China from the 1920's, often with political or satirical content, modern works have mainly been published in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Today, manhua can be found on sale anywhere with a large Chinese-speaking population.

The art style in manhua is generally more realistic than is typical of Japanese manga, and normally drawn in full colour. Like manga, but unlike manhwa, Chinese manhua are normally read from right to left.

Notable titles include

  • Gu Fang Bu Zi Shang A historical drama featuring a female military genius who inadvertently falls in love with the general of the enemy army
  • Thirteen Dot Cartoons (十三點) An always cheerful, fashion-crazy girl from an impossibly rich family, and her friends go on wacky adventures in each issue.
  • Billion Princess (百億公主) Rebellious daughter of very wealthy family encounters music, drama, romance.
  • Bloodline (血族) A Vampire Fiction series, and one of China's best and most popular domestic works. The last descendant of vampires fights against the Church Militant Shengdi. First released in 2009.
  • Bowling King (滾球王) Taiwanese shonen comic in a ten-pin bowling setting.
  • The Celestial Zone (天界无限) Published in Singapore in Chinese and English. Often abbreviated to "TCZ".
  • Chinese Hero (中華英雄) Chinese swordsmen vs. racist kung-fu mafia gangsters in 1930's Chicago.
  • Choukakou (長歌行) A badass princess plotting a rebellion against Emperor Taizong of Tang. Also known as Chang Ge Xing and Song of the Long March.
  • City Of Darkness (九龍城寨) Centered around the The Triads and the Tongs in Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City.
  • Collapse Of The World As We Know It A collection of short, horror-like, short stories, ranging from body horror to the end of the world.
  • Cyber Weapon Z (超神Z) Sci-fi martial arts vs. demons. Adapted to an animated TV series.
  • Divine Melody (仙曲) Immortal fox spirt befriends human children and tries to repay her debt to their reincarnated selves.
  • ½ Prince (½ 王子) A brother and sister and their friends adventure in virtual reality.
  • Feng Shen Ji (封神记) An emperor defies the commands of Jerkass Gods.
  • Fighting Pretty Foxgirl A popular shoujo-like fantasy with a humanoid demon fox and rabbit as the main characters. Adapted to an animated TV series.
  • Fung Wan (風雲) In China during the Ming dynasty, two protagonists - Nip Fung (Wind) and Bou Ging-wan (Cloud) - learn martial arts in their early years and grow up to become legendary fighters. Also know as Wind and Cloud. Adapted into the 1998 film The Storm Riders.
  • An Ideal World (尋找自我的世界) Nineteen-year old slacker learns the value of hard work.
  • Infinity Game (无尽游戏) Student accidentally finds himself Dungeon Master of another realm and decides to play with it.
  • The Legend of Sun Knight (吾命騎士) The thirty-eighth generation Sun Knight, his friends, his enemies and their adventures.
  • Old Master Q (老夫子) Newspaper strip running since 1962.
  • The One (獨領風騷) Fashion, romance and super-models. Yes, it is aimed at young girls. How did you guess?
  • Oriental Heroes (龍虎門) Kung-fu heroes fight for justice in modern Hong Kong. Running since 1970.
  • Painting Warriors (繪戰師) In the early Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127), at the western border of the Tangut Empire, a pivot point of the Silk Road, brave warriors battle for a rumoured sacred item. The hero, "untouchable war painter" Tao Hui, is the ancient equivalent of a war-photographer.
  • Ravages Of Time (火鳳燎原) A complex re-telling of events from Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
  • School Shock (雏蜂) A military girl/human weapon is assigned to protect an Ordinary High-School Student who might be an important person.
  • Show Me The Money (搶錢女神) Comedy manhua about super-strong but very mercenary schoolgirl.
  • Teddy Boy (古惑仔) Source material of the Young And Dangerous film series
  • Weapons Of The Gods (神兵玄奇) Warriors vie for magical weapons in Sixteen Kingdoms era China.
  • Youth Gone Wild (搖滾狂潮) Rock-music-based manhua from Taiwan.

Alternative Title(s):

Chinese Comics