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The Anime Graduation Paper and Me Part 3

Posted on January 8, 2007 at 5:25 am by ()
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One again, any suggestions would be much appreciated. Parts 1 and 2.

But background information on anime alone is still not enough to make others believe that cartoons, Japanese or not, are something that can be aimed at adults even if it comes from a country in which everybody treats it as an everyday occurrence. People continue to look at the surface and the surface only. To better understand the difference between anime and American cartoons, comparisons must be made in order to blatantly show where similarities diverge.

One example of a children’s cartoon would be Arthur. Arthur, an American cartoon, is one example that is clearly directed towards a young audience. Arthur is an aardvark with human characteristics and in this show we follow Arthur and his friends, ranging from characters with rabbit-like characteristics to other anthromorphic animals like elk, as he goes through normal everyday adventures in a warm community. There have been episodes in which he goes to the library and participates in everyday activities like sports with many episodes containing a clear basic meaning along the lines of do not lie, do not cheat, return your library books on time and other lessons to that effect. Seeing as Arthur is an eight year old child, he is very relatable to the children and can be seen as a role model. One of its most important characteristics is that it is considered an “educational television series”. This fact does not help anime’s case as Arthur’s is a typical American cartoon and it further distorts public conception of anime. When one hears anime and thinks of Arthur, then the connection is that anime is also a children’s show with family values. Finally, it is also important to note that the Arthur cartoon is based on a series of books, which I will talk about later.

When Arthur is compared to an anime that is too geared towards children, not much difference can be found. An aforementioned show that I will discuss now is Doraemon. Doraemon, appearing not too long after Astro Boy is largely considered by many to be a children’s cartoon, so I will approach it as such. Doraemon is a robotic cat from the future that was sent back to meet Nobita Nobi by Nobita’s grandson. Doreamon was sent in order to better his family’s future because at the present, Nobita is far from a model student at school. Like Arthur, Nobita goes through everyday situations that a fourth grader has to experience and in the end of an adventurous day, learn many lessons. One difference that Doraemon holds over Arthur is the fact that Doraemon is also used to teach about the Japanese culture, but the concept between the two shows remains similar. Even the fact that Doraemon is based on a book, in this case manga, is similar to that of Arthur’s.

“What a wonderful kind of day. Where we learn to watch and play, and get along with each other~”

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