Japan–Culture (Anime)


Now a massive industry with worldwide appeal, anime–Japanese animation–became known in Japan before World World II as an alternative to local live-action films, Anime and increased in popularity in the 1960s after an animator named Osamu Tezuka adapted techniques used by Disney to reduce costs by limiting the number of drawn frames needed for each production. (Tezuka also pioneered the giant robot anime genre known outside of Japan as “Mecha.”) The most revered anime creator is Hayao Miyazaki, whose many full length feature masterworks like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle routinely dominate lists of the top-rated anime movies of all time.

More information:
Wikipedia on anime | “Anime Fans Gather, Loudly and Proudly Obsessed” | Watch anime online

(“Manga” refers to the Japanese print cartoon and comic industry, which became popular during the American Occupation post World War II, fusing Western comic book forms with Japanese plots and styles. Though modern manga has become an object of criticism for being bawdy or violent, the more wholesome Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy and Machiko Hasegawa’s Sazae-san have been popular in Japan for over fifty years.)

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