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All you got to know about ANIME
Anime in India
If you are a 90s kid, I am sure you must be acquainted with some of these popular shows - Pokemon, Dragon Ball, Beyblade, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, One Piece, Naruto, Detective Conan, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Tiny TV, Looney Tunes, Flintstones and many more. Probably, we all have enjoyed these as kids! Brings back so many memories, ain’t it?
We clearly treated some of these shows as cartoons like Pokemon, Dragon Ball, Beyblade, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, One Piece, Naruto, Detective Conan but you got it wrong – THESE ARE ANIME!
Yeah, you are quite big enough to know that now – but what made these favorite anime shows disappear from the big screen?
Here is all you need to know about the big difference between anime and cartoon –
When you watch an anime, people bring you down by saying ‘Are you a kid to watch a cartoon?’ Let us clear this air at once – anything which is animated is not a cartoon and even if it is an anime it certainly does not label you as a kid. Cartoon is an animated series targeted at kids for pure entertainment and fun. Most of them are originated from West while currently India too has its own share of original cartoon shows. Anime culture originated from Japan was showcased along with these popular Western cartoon shows. Though anime with the likes of Naruto, Dragon Ball, and Pokemon rose to fame during those times. The content and art was well-appreciated and gave rise to a huge fandom.
Then what just went wrong? Anime is not for kids, yes certainly, this one thing didn’t go well with our Indian audience and parents along with censor boards for kids. Anime depicted mature content, pervert jokes and violence. If you go watch original anime compared to the one aired in India, you will realize how much it was changed with aid of dubbing and cuts. Yet, it failed to convince the audience regarding its mature content. Some continued to air for long time whereas some faced early ban. Today too, some prime cartoon TV channels air Pokemon, Dragon Ball but are given a late night time slot and the changes in dub is really vague nowhere close to original aired around late 90s.
Doraemon and Shinchan too have faced backlash from Indian audience and parents as they feel kids are badly influenced by characters. We can hardly wish in future that anime content will find its foothold in India anytime soon.
Thanks to online streaming sites and torrents, we can view anime content right down anywhere and anytime. Anime fandom is gaining popularity with its right amount of brilliant content and unique plot. This craze is sure not going to die soon.
Anime : The Origin
Anime are adapted majorly from manga,visual novels, light novels, webtoons etc. Anime can be divided as movies and series i.e. if a manga is popular, it may be turned into a series or compiled into a movie. Every anime has a opening and ending theme songs which are sung by popular J-pop or J-rock bands or solo artists which are quite a rage in Japan. Anime followed by manga is also adapted into live-action film and drama casting Japanese actors.In general, there are three steps to be followed - Manga, Anime and Live Action.
Light novels are Japanese styled novels similar to reading books consisting of paragraphs making it easy to read.
Visual novels are story based games where you play one of the characters and the choices you prefer in a game set-up will follow the story.
Webtoons also known as web manga, are colored comics and differ from the original black and white manga though it is still read from right to left as similar to manga.
Anime v/s Manga
Manga is black and white Japanese comic read from right to left. Its art and drawing style is simply amazing. You really get attached to it. Manga has genres and target audience similar to anime. Anime is adapted from manga - the only difference is manga cannot create sound or be visually colorful. That is what anime tries to do, it makes a static form into motion. Though there is still a lot of debate over anime and manga. I personally love manga as the scenes are very original and anime just changes it. Some anime does it right while some fail to recreate originality. But if you are not aware of manga then there is absolutely no need to worry as anime satisfies you from all the aspects.
Version : Dub or Sub
Voice actors in Japan are considered of prime importance as they try their best to bring out the voice of the character. Since anime are popular outside Japan, voice actors are out there too translating in their preferred language with same level of dignity as Japanese voice actors. Most of the Indian fans opt for English dub since they are not comfortable with original language. Some prefer original Japanese version with English subs including me. Well, each to their own !!!
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In the next article, we will see a more detailed description of each genre along with some popular anime in every category. Stay tuned.