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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 naturalistic 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:
- Thirteen Dot Cartoons (十三點)
- Billion Princess (百億公主) Rebellious daughter of very wealthy family encounters music, drama, romance.
- 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.
- Cyber Weapon Z (超神Z) Sci-fi martial arts vs. demons. Adapted to an animated TV series.
- Divine Melody
- Half Prince (½ 王子) A brother and sister and their friends adventure in virtual reality.
- An Ideal World (尋找自我的世界) Nineteen-year old slacker learns the value of hard work.
- The Legend of Sun Knight 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)
- Ravages of Time (火鳳燎原) A complex re-telling of events from Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- School Shock 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.
- Weapons Of The Gods (神兵玄奇) Warriors vie for magical weapons in Sixteen Kingdoms era China.
- Wind And Cloud (風雲) Adapted into the 1998 film The Storm Riders.
- Youth Gone Wild (搖滾狂潮) Rock-music-based manhua from Taiwan.