The theme of this degree thesis is in the field of typography. The main part lies in the experimental work, in which the most used fonts in the manga have been analyzed by their similarity and the impact of different genres and popularity on the number of used fonts. Manga and the basic division of groups of fonts or lettering styles are presented in the first part, which is followed by the experimental part.
The main purpose of the paper was (1) to determine whether linear fonts are the most used/main fonts in manga. Other objectives were: (2) to determine whether main fonts are similar, and (3) to determine whether the popularity or the genre does influence the number of used fonts.
All manga were chosen from one site regarding there genre (shoujo, seinen and shounen) and under each genre a few manga were selected, taking into the account the difference in popularity. After an
analysis of selected examples the main fonts were identified or their characteristics described and then
compared to each other. We also compared the number of all used fonts in manga regarding their genre, theme and popularity.
The results show that the most used fonts are indeed linear, which is especially visible in the very
popular manga. More than theme or genre, the popularity of manga is what influences the number of main fonts the most.