Japanese anime and manga popular with Greencastle teens

Shawn Hardy
Faith Carter, Jordan Starkey, Cora LaPante and Corbin Deverell are shown in the manga section at the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle. For video, visit echo-pilot.com.




These words might come from Japan, but they are part of the vocabulary — especially among teens — at Greencastle’s Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library. Manga is a sort of Japanese comic book with a more advanced story line and anime is usually a movie or TV show based on a manga.

“It has pictures and words. Some think it’s like a comic book, but it has so much more,” according to Cheyene Bookwalter, the 23-year-old children’s librarian who has been interested in the genre since she was in middle school.

Even best-selling author James Patterson uses manga for some of his teen books.

Greencastle-Antrim High School senior Corbin Deverell organized a manga trade event at the library where he worked for community service, but it was snowed out. He’s more hopeful about the unofficial Yu-Gi-Oh trading card tournament he’s scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at the library. The 17-year-old hopes to have events are the library every couple of months.

He was introduced to manga and anime a couple of years ago and they have helped shape his education and career goals.

Corbin and two other students in the library’s anime club are studying Japanese at the high school. He plans to go to the University of Pittsburgh to study teaching and Japanese then teach English in Japan.

“After watching it for so long, I got interested in the language, religion and culture,” he said.

Cynterra Reed, 15, also is intrigued by the culture, outfits and food found in anime. She and her 12-year-old sister, Avyonna, are part of the anime club with meets from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the library.

For more information, call the library at 717-597-7920.