'Pokemon', 'Death Note', 'Princess Mononoke', and 'Howl's Moving Castle' are just some of the most popular anime series in Japan.
The list just goes on and on. Anyone who knows anime surely would be familiar with these names.
Anime is very popular in Japan and all over the world. Different from traditional cartoons, people are starting to enjoy anime as a new form of animation entertainment. Let's check out some interesting anime facts here and learn more about your favorite character.
Explorers Of Anime
Anime and manga are associated with Japan but anime films and manga are enjoyed by everyone around the world. In the world of animation, around 60% of the content is actually anime.
One of the popular themes of any anime film and print manga is adventure. The heroes are explorers in search of something and the journey results in a lot of adventurous moments. There are many anime films based on this explorer theme. The short adventure anime called 'Made in the Abyss' has the anime character Riko who wants to explore the terrifying abyss and thereby save her mother from it. Princess Yona and Haku are characters who are explorers in the anime 'Yona of the Dawn'.
‘Astra: Lost in Space' is also a unique adventure anime with space explorers as the characters. Sugimoto is an explorer in the anime film ‘Golden Kamuy’ who goes in search of treasure. Adventure anime with heroes as explorers is much different from the average anime movie. Anime often has complicated stories and amazing action scenes. Here's a cool anime fact: the space adventure anime ‘Space Brothers’ had a voice actor from outer space. This is the first anime film to have a voice actor go to outer space to record for the movie. How cool is that?
Styles Of Anime
One of the things you would notice in a manga or anime is the various art styles used in it. There are many anime art styles used in both manga and anime. The manga artist will choose the art style that depicts the manga well.
Shonen is a Japanese word that means boy. This type of art style in anime and manga is appealing to male audiences since it has violence, action, and romance from a male perspective. 'Naruto' and 'One Piece' are some examples of this anime. At the same time, shojo, which means girl, is an anime art style for the female audience. The seinen art style is more sophisticated and deals with topics like politics and violence. The kodomo art style is for children. Anime like 'Pokemon' are examples of this art style.
Josei's art style deals with the everyday experiences of women in Japan. It is more female-oriented and deals with adult women in terms of theme. All these various art styles are seen in the animation of anime films and manga. There is a popular belief that anime is just like cartoons, but this is far from the truth. Anime avoids being labeled as a cartoon because the themes and characters are more developed and deep than those seen in a cartoon. This is precisely why animated feature films and television shows are so popular in Japan.
The Modern Era Of Anime
What was once modern is now a classic. The same applies to manga and anime. The classic anime used to be different from the modern anime that we are now familiar with.
The modern anime phase began in 1956. Hand-drawn manga and anime were replaced by computer animation and CGI. Modern anime became very popular and this success still remains to this day. The anime called ‘Spirited Away’ by Hayao Miyazaki even got an Academy Award for its brilliant story and animation in the animated feature film category.
As well, ‘Princess Mononoke’ by Hayao Miyazaki and many other anime films began to get recognition from all over the world. The 'Pokemon' series became a hit anime series all around the world and is still one of the most popular anime. The longest-running anime has around 7,500 episodes. What makes modern anime so popular is the vast audience that it incorporates. Manga and anime are not just for kids; they're for people of all ages.
In Japan, when someone finishes a manga volume, he will leave it somewhere so that another random person could read it. What makes it more amazing is the fact that there are people who would read it.
The modern anime ‘Your Name’ is one of the highest-grossing anime films to this day. This anime was released in 2016 and became an instant hit. The first highest grossing anime that is still the highest worldwide is 'Demon Slayer: Mugen Train', which has grossed more than $503 million worldwide and the second highest-grossing anime is 'Spirited Away'.
The Musicology Of Anime
Everyone enjoys music. Even anime has music in it. The music in anime plays a key role in the storytelling.
Unlike English pop songs, Japanese anime music has long, dramatic melodies. The music that an anime has should connect with the audience and also with the story that is being narrated. Music plays an important role in anime. The music of anime films like 'Naruto' and 'Death Note' are very famous. In fact, 85% of the music listened to in Japan is from anime openings and endings. An interesting anime fact to add along with this is that when there was a vote to choose the best ringtone, the titan character Armin Arlet’s scream was voted as the best ringtone.
An anime called ‘Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka’ had 22 different voice actors in it to voice a single character. The anime production itself is a costly effort and the voice and music are important factors in the cost as these must be done in a very detailed and perfect manner. It's not just about the character voice, it's also about the musical effects that accompany the various twists and turns of the story of manga and anime.
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