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The Rise Of Anime
In the 1999 TIME article, “Amazing Anime”, Corliss, Harbison, and Ressner conclude that “Finally this worldwide cult is colonizing the U.S. For a decade, animania has sprouted vagrantly in the land of Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera, its true believers convening in comic-book stores, on the Web and at conventions” (94). The author’s opinions are correct in stating that anime is colonizing the U.S. and being brought to Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera studios, even though this article is from 1999 it serves as a prediction to the current times. Since this article’s publication Disney has produced Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Tales from Earthsea, The Secret World of Arrietty, and The Wind Rises through Studio Ghibli (Halsall 32). Hanna-Barbera’s Cartoon Network dedicates the midnight hour to anime showing Naurto, Full Metal Alchemist, and Bleach to attract true anime fans. The article also states that anime fans convene in comic-book stores, online, and at conventions, this statement is true “Anime fests (also called anime cons, cosplays or costume play, and anime afternoons) take place in many libraries throughout the country” (Czarnecki 20).
HAYAO MIYAZAKI CLASSICS
Anime is becoming a worldwide cult of super fans and admirers, it is gaining popularity and a loyal fan base. Hayao Miyazaki has provided us with many classics that have fed the fan cults but some of my favorite are:
Howl’s Moving Castle was released in 2005 and grossed two hundred and thirty five million U.S. dollars, this movie has a huge fan base and is a favorite costume among cosplayers. This movie is about a young mature girl that get’s cursed by a jealous witch into an older body and she learns to cherish her younger body more than she did before, the film is a romantic and thought provoking classic.
Spirited Away was released in 2001 and grossed three hundred and thirty million U.S. dollars, this film is a journey of fantasy and reality. Spirited Away addresses greed and the after life and we are able to explore the complexity of human emotions, this anime is definitely a must see for all generations because it caters to all audiences.
Ponyo was released in 2008 and grossed $201,750,937 U.S. dollars, this film is the highest grossing film in the U.S. on its opening weekend. Ponyo is a cute and fun story about a fish that wants more than anything to be a girl, in a sense Ponyo is the female version of Pinocchio minus the lying factor and growing nose. Ponyo is a captivating and visually appealing film about friendship and family.
ANIME VS. ANIMATION
What is the difference between Anime and Animation? The difference really is the culture from which it comes and the topics that each covers, animation was originally meant to be kid-friendly and entertaining and appealing to children but anime was developed to cater to a wide range of audiences from young to old . Anime meets the needs of adults and children because there is something for everyone and everyone gets a topic to choose from that best suits their needs.Whilst we grow out of American Animation, Anime continuously evolves with the audience from birth to adulthood. Anime also has a range of genres which ranges from war to school house blues, this amazing flexibility is what draws people to anime. Most people in Japan strictly watch anime and nothing else because it is able to quench their thirst for entertainment. Anime has become popular among not just teens but a wide range of people that are still young at heart and enjoy cinematic brilliance, anime allows the audience to be immersed in a highly imaginative world that is unique and thought-provoking
Why Not Watch?
Join The Anime Phenomenon!
Why should you watch? Oh because I said so!
In all honesty you would be doing yourself a disservice if you never watched an anime in your life because the integration of anime is growing every day and beginning to reach a wider audience catering to them in ways that regular animation can not. Anime exposes you to visually alluring images and captivating stories that even regular films do not have the ability to portray, soon anime will become more popular than animation because of its ability to convey adult content on a family friendly and imaginative scale.
So what’s stopping you from joining the phenomenal world of anime?
Come on and enjoy this magical journey with me and the Millions of anime fans out there!