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Facts of Japan - Anime

Updated on May 17, 2011

Anime is, in fact, an abbreviated pronunciation of Animation in Japan. It was in 1917, the first animation was introduced in Japan and it slowly developed and when in 1960s Osamu Tezuka’s work on the characteristic anime style came out, it became very well known outside Japan around 1980s. Just like Manga, Anime is quite well known around the world. The distributors can release Anime through video, TV broadcasts, theater and even internet.

Anime can be computer animated or hand drawn. They both exist. The oldest anime that existed was first screened in 1917. It was about two minutes and was about a Samurai testing his sword on a target but fails in that. It was around that animation became another way of telling the live stories. But there was so much competition for that animation because the others produced excellent story telling techniques with a cheaper cost.

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Creators like Masaoka and Mitsuyo Seo were able to make an impact with the government supporting them on the techniques. It used them or education and its propaganda as well. In 1933, the first talkie anime was created. It was called Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka and was produced by Masaoka. In 1945, Seo directed the first feature length animation called Momotaro’s DivineSea Warriors. The feature was actually sponsored by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Walt Disney released its feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. It became so successful and gradually it started its influence in Japan’s anime art. It was again Osamu Tezuka who adapted the finest techniques to fit the Japanese anime. By doing this he succeeded in reducing the frames and consecutively the cost of production.

During 1970s the anime grew beyond expectations. For this growth the Japanese art Manga also helped so much. In fact, many of the Manga serials were animated in this period only. For his contribution to Japanese Anime, Osamu Tezuka is called the legend of Japanese Anime. It was his work which brought in different character sketches and new genres to the anime world. The giant Robot genre originally took shape under Tezuka’s creations and was later fine tuned by the successive artists.

Following these successful creations, Japanese anime spread throughout the world and got accepted the world over during 1990s and also in the 21st century.

The term Anime, refers to all forms of animation in this world. Non-Japanese animation that was influenced by the Japanese Anime is sometimes called as Anime-influenced animation. In Japan, Manga can still refer Comics and animation.

Anime is essentially a visual art. Wide variety of styles can be portrayed in this anime. These styles vary with studio and artist. The wild and exaggeration is the style of FLCL, which in English is known as Fooly Cooly. The realistic approach can be seen in Only Yesterday or Jin-Roh. But Pokémon mainly uses drawings and its characters do not have a distinguished nationality feature.

Though different artists have their own style the general character style of all the anime can consist of the following: Exaggerated features like big hair, large eyes, elongated limbs, speed lines and speech bubbles, exclamatory typography and onomatopoeic are most common features of anime.

The influence of Japanese painting and calligraphy are truly the qualities of anime style. A lot of Manga styles can also be seen in anime art.

The interesting point in anime is that the height of head is usually considered as the base unit of proportion. Thus most of the anime characters are generally seven to eight heads tall. The extreme character may have nine heads tall.

The eyes are usually large but the facial expressions, though many, follow a pre-determined facial expression that conveys clearly the moods and thoughts of al anime characters.

Though hand made animation is still in great force, the improvements in technology has generated lot of interest in computer animation at present.

Most famous music video, based on "Ghost in the shell".

Top 10 anime with the most episodes

Chibi Maruko-chan
Crayon Shin-chan
Pokemon - all series
Case Closed
One Piece
Naruto, now Naruto: Shippūden
Sgt. Frog

Most anime can be divided into the following categories:

FILMS, brought mainly from the cinema and have the highest budget, and - the best technical quality. Some anime movies generate enormous revenue, such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell or Spirited Away: In the land of the gods. Some anime are presented only at film festivals (or animated films) and are shorter than normal films, examples can be Fuyu no hi and Mori no densetsu Osamu Tezuka. Another type of film production are compilations, arising from a combination of fragments of the series and presented in movie theaters for various reasons.

TELEVISION SERIES, broadcast regularly on television. Most episodes last about twenty-three minutes, which, together with the commercial break filled half hour of airtime. The full season is twenty-six episodes, however, many titles has half of the season, which is thirteen episodes. Most series have opening and ending, and: eyecatche - a very short scene, often humorous or silly, signaling the beginning or end of advertising breaks. Eyecatche often appear in the series, generally are associated with the series. After the ending theme typically appears in the announcement of the next episode.

OAV (Original Animated Video, sometimes known as OVA), compared with miniserials. They can have any number of episodes and length. OAV are particularly short, usually shorter than the length feature film. Usually released directly to DVD (formerly known as video cassettes). Mostly they are of good technical quality, similar to the movies. Sometimes appear in them the opening, ending and eyecatche.


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      bob 3 years ago

      i love SOUL EATER:P

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      Allen-Michael Harber 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      This is a great article with useful information for those who don't know about this art form. As a self proclaimed professional Otaku I can say that this does show the true history of anime. I enjoyed how you included the Samurai animation as not many people usually mention that. On a side note I felt myself tripping a little bit on some of the grammar. Nothing is wrong with it except it doesn't flow as easily as it can. Still loved it though and I am giving you my UpVote.

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      Alley 5 years ago

      Anyone know how I can get in touch with getting contents for mobile production?

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      Rachael Lefler 5 years ago from Illinois

      Great article, love all the videos! Nice work!

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      emo anime lover 5 years ago

      awesome love it good jod

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      loonyBG 5 years ago

      Dragon Ball Z is the longest series from all DBs, but only 291 ep :P

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      Invisibal 5 years ago

      Im sure Dragonball series episodes supposed to be on that list

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      Andrea Rose 5 years ago

      Great Hub. I love anime!!! XD

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      loonyBG 5 years ago

      Sorry Omar I don't really remember that. :(

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      Omar 5 years ago

      Hi i just wanted to ask, where did you get your source from :). Im doing my Report on Anime/Manga

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      loonyBG 6 years ago

      Yeesss I saw them too :) But Naruto only about first 100 ep, I didn't like those filers later. If U have not seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, I recommend :D Its definitely my no 1 ;)

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      Hyperboley 6 years ago

      Probably my absolute favorite would be Fullmetal Alchemist, though I did watch Naruto for a few years, and followed Death Note as it was coming out. Eden of the East was really good too :)

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      loonyBG 6 years ago

      I very happy Hyperboley ;) What kind of anime do U like? What is Ur favourite titles? :)

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      Hyperboley 6 years ago

      Very good overview of anime and how it came to be what it is today. Even as an experienced anime fan, I learned a few things such as the head being the basis for character height. Thanks for the great hub!

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      loonyBG 6 years ago

      Thanks LuisEGonzalez, Im happy that my hub may be an inspiration :)

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Nicely done, good research!

      Thanks for posting. I will pass this up to my son who is studying at the university for a visual arts degree.

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      loonyBG 6 years ago

      Thanks Stephanie, Im doing my best :)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for all the great information. It will provide some great leads for my dissertation (voting up!).