Midjourney is a robot powered by artificial intelligence, which creates images from sentences (“prompts”) written in natural language. The only way to use Midjourney’s services is to connect to the corresponding Discord server. You must therefore have a Midjourney account, but also a Discord account.
All styles are accessible in Midjourney, provided you use the correct prompts. But one of the renderings is popular enough that Midjourney has included it (partially) in its basic settings: manga-style drawing. Follow the guide to learn ways to get an image in anime or manga mode.
How to use a “manga” or “anime” style in MidJourney?
1. Use niji style
Niji mode turns your images into manga-style drawings, with vibrant colors. To take advantage of this mode, there are two ways.
First possibility: enter the /settings command in one of the #newbies-xx rooms on the Discord server or in a private message, and validate twice with the Enter key.
The Midjourney robot then displays your account settings panel.
To choose the niji style, click on either of the “Niji version 4” and “Niji version 5” buttons.
All images generated from this moment on will be in a style approaching Japanese manga, without needing to specify this in each prompt. If you want to remove this automatic style, follow the same procedure to change your settings and deactivate niji mode.
Second possibility: to use niji mode occasionally on a prompt, enter the –niji parameter at the end of your command line. There is then no need to enter the settings panel, but you will have to type the –niji parameter at the end of each prompt concerned.
Depending on the subject, the niji rendering can be that of stickers or cute characters for children, but also of more realistic and detailed scenes.
2. Use anime style
To give images generated by Midjourney an anime effect, like in a Japanese cartoon, use the anime style. This is not a Midjourney parameter, so you can include it in natural language anywhere in your prompts. This style is more realistic than the niji style, with a wider color palette.
Add anime style in your prompt.
3. Use manga style
The manga style is often (depending on the images) similar to the anime style. It is in principle more “flat”, like a 2-dimensional representation. The color palette is most of the time more limited than in anime and niji.
Enter the manga style keywords in your prompt.
Differences between anime, manga and niji styles: some examples
Here are some generation examples with anime, manga and niji styles.
- Prompt: a teenage girl with pink hair, dressed all in pink, holding a rabbit plush
- Prompt: a black and white cat
- Prompt: a Buddhist temple
As you have seen, the manga, anime and niji styles are very close and can be interchanged, depending on the scene to be generated. Feel free to do your own experiments and play around with other elements, such as brightness or art style. You can also use the settings to apply specific requirements to each created image (format, exclusion, chaos, etc.).