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strange • answer • satire
homosexual • genre
  1. He finds it that I get so emotional about animal rights.
  2. His new novel is a hilarious about the modern world.
  3. To your question, I find out about these things on the internet.
  4. What is the movie? She only watches romantic comedies.
  5. issues are a major discussion topic with some religious groups.
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642 Manga 1
Tre talks a little about his feeling about Manga and how he got interested in it.

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find strange

Do you find that strange that a lot of Japanese adults read comic books?

If you 'find something strange' you think it is different than normal. Notice the following:

  1. I find it kind of strange that it's raining when the sun is out.
  2. Don't you find it strange that you don't receive emails from me?

to answer your question

Okay, to answer the first part of your question, I would have to say yes.

You can use this phrase to directly show someone that you are going to give them the information that they asked for. Notice the following:

  1. I think, to answer your question, that you would never regret making that decision.
  2. No, to answer your question, we won't be going anywhere for the holiday.


Sometimes, the stories in comic books can be a satire of modern-day society.

A 'satire' makes fun of the way things are. Satires usually use sarcasm or irony to make comments about modern-day society. Notice the following:

  1. Is this supposed to be a satire or a serious movie?
  2. Most of his books are satires.

homosexual issues

The stories may also speak about homosexual issues or whatever.

'Homosexual issues' are problems or disputes that exist for homosexuals or because some people have problems with homosexuals. 'Homosexuals' are people who are attracted to people of the same sex, so a man would like other men. Notice the following:

  1. Homosexual issues were a very important topic during the election.
  2. This class focuses on homosexual issues in a changing society.


There's a whole bunch of different genres in Japanese comic books.

A 'genre' is a category or type of movie, book, music, etc. Notice the following:

  1. What is your favorite genre of music?
  2. I've read too many romantic novels recently. I need a new genre.