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The Anime Graduation Paper and Me Part 2

Posted on January 5, 2007 at 5:25 am by ()
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First off, thank you to all those who helped me with suggestions for part 1. I have yet to make any changes because of my lack of time, but odds are, I will just do what everyone suggests me to do… you know, unless it’s a suggestion like “Delete it all and fill it with pics of traps” or something. Only then, I would half consider it.

Either way, here’s the next part. Again, any suggestions would be appreciated as I’m still down by around 500 words. :

To understand the case for anime, it is important to understand the medium itself and its background. In taking a visit to Japan, it would not be all too uncommon to encounter anime or its printed counterpart: manga. Anime and manga are big parts of Japanese society and its popular culture, playing a role similar to that of a newspaper in America in terms of usage and culture. Though it may be unusual here in America, one can find many adults reading manga on the train to work each morning. It has been around for decades, with its role steadily increasing each year. In 1988, nearly 40 percent of all cinematic studio releases were animated and according to an article in Time, by 1999, half of all the releases are that of an animated nature. But it is not just in the theaters that anime has its clutches on the Japanese people for anime can largely be seen on television. It is important to realize that although there are naturally many movies (like Doraemon, which has many different theatrical releases) and television shows (like Detective Conan, which has hundreds of television episodes) that are aimed for children, as Susan J. Napier states in her book Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle, “To Westerners it may seem surprising that an artistic form that has been known to them largely as children’s entertainment could encompass so many varieties.”

To some 1963 is the beginning of it all while to others, it began much earlier. Either way, 1963 stands as a benchmark in anime history for it was when the first animated series with an ongoing plot was released: Astro Boy, also called Tetsuwan Atom by Osamu Tezuka. Taking place in the future (2003) where technology runs wild, robots are not an uncommon thing. Created by the brilliant Dr.Tenma as a replacement for his dead son, when the Doctor realizes that his wish is not possible, he throws him out only to be discovered by another doctor and be renamed Astro Boy. That doctor then uses Astro Boy to battle evil. Though this sounds like a children’s series by today’s standards, it was a smash hit across all demographics. With Tezuka’s follow up series Kimba the White Lion also experiencing similar success, it seemed that anime would become a part of Japanese culture for years to come. By 1990, “intellectually sophisticated anime were increasingly appearing.” Today, anime can be seen on Japanese public televisions at all points of the day, be it in the morning and afternoons, in which you may find many children friendly shows, or at night where there are more adult oriented shows.

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  1. 1. Michael

    January 5, 2007,6:25 am

    To me what makes anime unique is that there is so very much of it, in different genre’s too. So you’ll never get bored of it.

  2. 2. Ace

    January 5, 2007,9:50 am

    Well, like I said in the first part, I did my freshman research paper on Anime as an Art form and last night I happened to run across an old hand-written sheet of possible sources. I have no idea which of these I used and which I didn’t:

    5 Top Anime Movies on DVD. R. Corliss. Time v166 no6 p70 Aug 8 2005

    Corrections and Clarifications. Business Week no3943 p19 July 18 2005

    The Anime Biz: Still an adolescent. I. Rowley. Business Week no3939 p50-2

    The Auteur of Anime. M. Talbot. The New Yorker v80 no43 p64-75 Jan 17 2005

    The Giants of Anime care Coming. Wired v12 no9 p144-9, 170 Sept 2004

    Why Grow up? Forbes v174 no4 p178, 180, 182 Sept 6 2004

    Like I said, this is just a handwritten sheet where I had found these listed out, so I have no idea which ones were about what or which ones I used, but they may be of some help to you. Take note that all are magazines.

  3. 3. Seth

    January 5, 2007,11:37 am

    Unfortunately I don’t have a nice citeable source for this, but it’s been my impression that, while anime is comparatively less niche in Japan than in the U.S. (obv), today at least it’s still sorta niche, except for specific shows like Doraemon and Sazae-san. Manga, on the otherhand, is very very mainstream. Practically everybody reads manga.

    Manga also has a LOT more genre diversity, and a lot more volume of production.

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