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While a manga character is deliberately drawn with simple features to be more iconic, the technology in manga, such as vehicles, weapons, armor, mecha—and even background elements like buildings—are drawn highly detailed, for opposite effect. In fact, there’s juxtaposition between the simplicity of a manga character and the complexity of the technology that might exist in his or her world. The technology in manga is often where most of the detail and time is spent.

In contrast to real-world technology, which trends toward miniaturization, streamlines, and smooth edges, manga technology tends to be big, bulky and full of moving parts, as ...

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