Japanese Pop Culture: Anime

Anime (アニメ, an abbreviated pronunciation in Japanese of "animation". The world outside Japan regards anime as "Japanese animation" Anime originated about 1917.

Anime, like manga (Japanese comics), has a large audience in Japan and high recognition throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online.

Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, vide games, commercials, and internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. Anime gained early popularity in East and Southeast Asia and has garnered more-recent popularity in the Western World.

Anime began at the start of the 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers experimented with the animation techniques also pioneered in France, Germany, the United States, and Russia. The oldest known anime in existence first screened in 1917 – a two-minute clip of a samurai trying to test a new sword on his target, only to suffer defeat. The first talkie anime was Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka, released in 1933.

By the 1930s, animation became an alternative format of storytelling to the underdeveloped live-action industry in Japan. Unlike in the United States, the live-action industry in Japan remained a small market and suffered from budgeting, location, and casting restrictions. The lack of Western-looking actors, for example, made it next to impossible to shoot films set in Europe, America, or fantasy worlds that do not naturally involve Japan. Animation allowed artists to create any characters and settings.


Jonathan Wong said...

I feel that Japanese anime is one of the biggest things that ever impacted media all around the world. As, Japanese anime is not just limited in the confines of Japan, instead, it is presently a worldwide phenomenon. Japanese anime is seen in almost anywhere, from places ranging from the manga in bookstores to the anime shows on television. Popular anime such as “Naruto”, “Bleach” and “One Piece” are well known all over the world, they are so popular that they even have their own shows and movies. Some anime such as “20th Century Boys”, “Death Note” and “Detroit Metal City” even have their movies in cinemas all over the world.

I find that Japanese anime interesting as it is a platform that allows people to show off as well as to express their creativity in the form of fictional characters. Personally, I feel that the anime “Death Note” is one good example to show the creativity of the author. “Death Note” is an anime which shows how an ordinary person which stumbles upon a notebook which allows him to kill others just by knowing their names and faces. Although this story seems to have a simple logic behind it, it actually has a very deep plot and a complicated storyline. It also shows how creative the author is when he shows how the main character tries to escape the authorities using various ingenious methods.

I agree that Japanese anime gives nation “soft power”, as, unlike “hard power” such as military and economic power, Japanese anime spreads the Japanese culture, ideals and values and allows people to understand the Japanese better. Furthermore, with this cultural influence over the countries, Japan will have a great amount of support from many countries.

Yomu zoku said...

Hello, I would like to say that Japanese anime represents the Japanese culture, and values and allows people to understand the Japanese language more accurate way. People are enjoy watching them also to learn Japanese online, as well through televisions. Many educational hubs using them to teach children in an innovative way.