Anime Japanese culture is heavily influenced by their style of cartoons, anime (which is derived from a French word), which is also also known as Japanimation. Anime is simply cartoons which have Japanese origin. Popular examples of this are Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Thundercats. One of the MAJOR differences between anime and U.S. animation is the quality of storytelling and level of understanding at which the story develops. Though things are changing in the U.S., the majority of animation is geared at young minds and actually are almost insulting to those young minds in the treatment of the story. Anime in Japan is made for all types of audiences including children, adolescents, and adults.

There are categories of anime and manga (Japanese comic) for girls, boys, young girls, young boys, adolescent boys, adolescent girls, conservative adults, non-conservative adults and so on. The subjects of anime range from history (past and future), to fantasy, dramatic, science fiction, popular culture, cyber-reality, cyber-punk, adult, action, romance, political, and more. All of these elements and more can be found wrapped up in some of the most amazingly artistic, detailed, and revolutionary animation ever seen. Anime comes in many different forms, such as manga, t. vs. shows, movies and more.

When many people hear the word anime they think of bloody, gory, fighting scenes, when if fact anime is so much more. As stated above, anime has many genres to suit the likes of audiences of all ages. They have funny shows like Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z for the younger audience, shows like Dragon Ball Z and Fushigi Yuugi for the teenagers, and shows like Perfect Blue and Venus 5 for the adults (or perverts). Anime effects the way people in Japan act, how they see the world, political aspects, and deals with much more, and my paper tells of the influence anime has in Japan. My paper is original in that no one else has written it. My method of investigation was to go on web type in various subjects pertaining to anime, and researched it.

Pokemon Pok " emon are a unique group of creatures that were invented by a company called Game Freak in Japan. Pok " emon (original name in Japanese - Poke tto Mon staa) are based on the creators' childhood fascination with collecting insects - Pok " emon themselves are evolved cross-hybrids of different animals, such as the mouse-like Pikachu or the bear-like Cub one. Pok " emon are unique in the fact that some of them evolve into other Pok " emon. Based on a popular series of video games, Pok " emon players (known as trainers) battle their stored Pok " emon against Pok " emon they encounter. The winner of a match is a trainer whose Pok " emon cause opposing Pok " emon to either faint or flee. You can also catch these Pok " emon and keep them for your own.

Another aspect of the Pok " emon games that is so appealing is the amount of interaction between characters and other players. In order to progress through the game and find all of the Pok " emon, you have to speak with other non-playable characters in the Pok " emon worlds, challenge other trainers, and even exchange Pok " emon with friends via a link cable. The Pok " emon universe is more than just the games. There's a popular television show that remains in the top spot on the Kids WB network, a series of successful movies (the first, Pok " emon: The First Movie, had an opening weekend take of $31.04 million, beating the Titanic's opening of $28.64 million), and a trading card game distributed and sold by Wizards of the Coast that are central to Pok " emon's success. It has become a global enterprise with its own retail store, website, and even a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. A brief history must include the core characters of the animated series.

Ash Ketchum, an affable, ageless ten-year old, is on a quest to win the Pok " emon regional championships and become a Pok " emon master. He starts his adventure with Pikachu, a Pok " emon given to him by his mentor, Professor Oak. Pikachu has certain "electrifying" characteristics, mainly his special abilities Thunder shock and Thunderbolt. Fushigi Yuugi Fushigi Yuugi was introduced to the public in 1992 and ran until 1996 in a bi-weekly Shoujo Komikku (Girl " is comic) in Japan. This story contained 106 chapters and took four years to complete.

Much of the story evolved around Miaka Yuugi and her friend Yui Hong. The story focuses around a strange Chinese book called "The Universe of the Four Gods" which Miaka and Yui found in a library. As they began reading, they were transported into the story itself. The book itself was an incarnation. It seemed that once the pages were turned the story would become true and begin.

In this story one girl was to gather together the Seishi of Suzaku (guardian of Suzaku) inorder to obtain an omnipotent power, which could make any wish, come true. However it was to only occur if the main character made it to the end of the book. This caused Miaka to become the main character of the story. In the story, Miaka becomes the priestess of Suzaku and is in charge of gathering all seven Seishi inorder to save the kingdom of Kon an. However, Miaka faces many challenges such as facing her inner self, experiencing love and friendship, and even betrayal. Throughout the story, Miaka falls in love with Tama home, who is a Seishi, and together with the other guardians, Hotohori, Noriko, Chichi ri, Tsuki, Mitsukake, and Chirico go through many trials of pain, grief, disappointment, happiness, success, and loss.

Later in the story, Yui is transported back into the book and becomes the priestess of Seiryuu and becomes Miaka " is enemy. Through the plot and story line of Fushigi Yuugi this had allowed many readers to become engrossed into this well written drama. Perfect Blue Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting.

A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn't given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion.

She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer. Japanese Culture. For those individuals who have found "true love", it is believed that they are connected by a string. This string enables them to know when the other is in trouble, and to even hear their voices.

This pops up in anime quite often... Nosebleeds occur in male anime characters after they have seen something they find arousing... The sweat drop is a stylized image used in anime to denote incredulity at something which just occured... Super deform is a style of caricature in which a normal anime character is shrunk in an out of proportion manner for comedic effect. Anime FAQ Q: What is Anime? A: Anime is an American name for the style of art and animation developed by the Japanese.

The word "Anime" is just the Japanese word for animation (of any kind), and it is pronounced "Annie-May" (both like the English names). Other commonly used words for Japanese animation are Japanimation, Japan ime, and Manga (which is the Japanese word for comic books and animation in general). Q: All right, that's what the word means, so what is Anime? A: To get a little more in depth, animation in Japan is a different industry than it is in America. In Japan, although there are also animated TV series and movies made for kids, a lot of animation is created with teens and adults in mind. This kind of animation does exist in America (and is getting more popular) -- some examples are the Simpsons, Doctor Katz, the Spawn animated Series, the old Hobbit movies, Titan AE, and the infamous Fritz the Cat.

Japan, however, has been doing it for a lot longer, does a lot more of it, and (at least in the opinion of most anime fans) is generally better at it. Anime encompass the whole range of animation produced in Japan (and occasionally in other countries as well) that has a similar, relatively realistic style (you know, with the big eyes? Remember Speed Racer? ), but the genres are a varied as those in live action movies. There are sci-fi stories, comedies (both of the silly and more adult type), action flicks of every flavor (much anime, but by no means all of it, fits here), romance stories (from adolescent girl stuff, all the way up), dramas (some of very high quality), and even literary adaptations. What you won't see much of is Disney-style musicals -- a musical number is very rare, at best. You will see a lot of surprisingly deep and thoughtful stories, some very interesting art, and lots of things that are interesting to adults (and some stuff that isn't suitable for younger viewers at all).

Frankly, though anime isn't for everybody, there is at least something within the genre that will interest almost everybody. This web site might even help you find something you " ll like. Q: Is this stuff ok for my kids to watch? A: It depends. Some movies, yes (for example Kiki's Delivery Service), others, definitely not.

Check out the "So, How Bad is It?" section of the reviews here to get detailed information about what to expect, and the box will usually have a mention of the content in the small print on the back somewhere. In any case, always keep an eye on what your kids watch, especially when it comes to anime. Q: Is this series / show /movie ok for somebody who doesn't like strong language / violence /nudity / etc.? A: Again, if the movie or series you " re wondering about has a review on this site, check the "So, How Bad is It?" section of the review; the content notes there should cover pretty well what kind of objectionable material is in the series (and let us know if you don't think it does! ). If it's not reviewed here, or you need more details, you can always ask AA directly, or ask in the forums.

Q: Ok, what's with all the nudity? A: First of all, Japanese attitudes about nudity are far less strict than those in the US and many other countries, and it is even legal to show some nudity on TV in Japan (actually, it is in the US now, too, but it has been there for quite a while, and it's not such a big deal). And, since attitudes toward nudity are less strict in Japan, it is also not entirely uncommon to see nudity in a cartoon -- even one targeted at children. Now, don't get me wrong -- that's not erotic nudity by any stretch, but, for example, there have been brief spots of nudity in the Dragonball TV series and the Sailor Moon series (edited out, of course, for broadcast elsewhere).

Second (as mentioned above) animation in Japan can be targeted at any age group from young children up through adults, and the themes depicted match. You wouldn't be surprised to see some nudity in a live-action R rated movie, so it shouldn't be so surprising to see nudity in a Japanese movie targeted at adults, even if it happens to be animated. Put these together, and it might not be so shocking that there is occasionally some nudity in an anime movie. Don't take this to mean that you shouldn't keep an eye on what your kids watch -- just realize that, as with live action movies, you should be careful of what your kids are watching; there are some movies for kids, and some for the big guys. If you " re a parent, make sure you know which is which. Also note that there is some pretty sleazy anime out there (as in pornography), but don't take that to mean that every Japanese animated movie with some adult themes is garbage -- you'd be missing some very impressive cinema.

Q: What's with the huge eyes? A: No, it's not some kind of Asian inferiority complex, and actually, not quite all Anime has the big eye style. But, most of it does, and the fact of the matter is that no one is exactly sure why. The first person to use that style was, I think, Tezuka Osamu, the creator of the old Astro Boy TV series. At the time it was probably a sort of emulation of the Disney and Warner Brothers style (if you look, Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse have huge eyes), and it also no doubt relates to the simple fact that humans find big eyes cute (small children have proportionally bigger eyes). The animated TV series of that period were very popular, and the style stuck.

It has been altered and adapted over the ages, but the eyes have remained roughly the same. I've also heard another reason for the size of the eyes summed up by the old expression "eyes are windows to the soul". The Japanese (and by extrapolation Japanese Animation) are very interested in emotion, and what better way to express emotion than through... well, really huge eyes. Q: Who created anime, and when? A: The artform we now call "anime" doesn't have a specific birthdate, and it wasn't exactly created by anyone. But, partly as a result of being the first or among the first to use the big eyed style, Tezuka Osamu is generally considered the "father" of anime.

He started creating comics in 1947, which were extremely popular, and at the begining of 1963 Tetsuwan Atom (known outside Japan as Astro boy) began airing. That is generally considered the first anime-style animated production. Q: What's up with all the weird English in the titles? A: Many young people in Japan are really into English -- kind of like the way some Americans think French is cool, but with a more modern image.

English phrases (some fine, some rather nonsensical) are common in advertising, and many popular songs have titles and a few lyrics in English. Likewise, many anime titles end up in English; some of them make sense (Vampire Hunter), and others (Plastic Little) are only used because they sound cool. Q: How come they keep saying English words in the Japanese songs? A: As mentioned above, English in Japan is cool, particularly with the youngsters. As a result, it has become very common to see few words or phrases of English in a Japanese song, particularly in the refrain. I would go so far as to say that almost all pop songs have at least a few words of English in them (helped, of course, by the large number of English words borrowed into the Japanese language).

In conclusion, anime plays a major role in many aspects of life in Japan, the United States, and everywhere in the world. It is a major business in all places because it appeals to crowds of all ages. Anime is not just cartoons, but an art. An art that many people spend their whole lives mastering, and can touch many people in many different ways. Work Cited web web web web.