June 6th, 2012
Anime Evolving & its Influence in America
As a child or young adult growing up in the 1990’s you remember watching shows like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, or Inuyasha. Then you watch these shows later on in your life you notice that the movement of their mouths doesn’t fall into sync with the English language. If you ever noticed this then you later learn that it is because America adopted them from Japan, where it was first originated. Many cartoons or animations we see on television aren’t all made in America. It makes you wonder how did anime not only influence American culture, but how has it evolved since it was first introduced? What is Manga?
What do newspapers, comic books, and graphic novels have in common? They all portray a type of entertainment that people from certain age groups look at. In Japan this type of entertainment is common for people of all ages. The comic strip provided Japanese story-lines with a structure that was readily accessible to the masses. These would eventually contribute to the development of a modern Japanese comic book or “manga” (). Manga is used in the English-speaking world as a generic term for all comic books and graphic novels that were originally published in Japan (). Many people in America tend to not read a comic or graphic novel once they hit a certain age, in fear of their peers deeming them “un-cool”. In Japan, comics are highly popular with males and females of all ages, no matter what his or her interests (). When people in the United States think of comics, they think of superheroes and comic strips in newspapers. They don’t think of comics as art or literature ().
What is Anime?
Have you ever watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? If you have then you know that in 1937 () it became so successful that it influenced that art of Japanese animation, or anime. What is anime, you may ask. Anime is used as a term to refer to all animation...