Throughout its history, Anime has come under heavy fire for being misogynistic or for drawing female characters for the sole purpose of being ogled or objectified. The counter argument to this is, how is that any different to almost all Hollywood blockbusters or popular television shows that come out of the Western world. Being tailored…
Fans of anime know that the genre constantly references popular culture in Japan, but it certainly does not limit itself to the island nation. A closer look at reveals countless nods to western pop culture hidden in movies and series.
Anime, for as long as it’s been around, has been created and distributed in Japan almost exclusively. It was an artform that was originally developed by Japanese artists, but its popularity quickly found it moving around the world, picking up more and more fans, and inspiring artists in other countries. This lead to a rise…
Most popular anime these days is pretty standard stuff. Yes, there those moments that make viewers appropriately gasp, and are shocking for the sake of keeping things fresh, but this is largely what makes anime great in the first place. The important thing is; they are shocking within what most would consider appropriate and acceptable.
Let’s just be honest about something; animation is an extremely time consuming and difficult process. This is why, when possible, a variety of tricks and illusions are used to save effort where possible, and even cut corners.
For years there has been a hotly contested debate as to what type of animation is better – Japanese or American? While some people love the Japanese anime style of animation, others prefer the clunky more commercialised American version.
Those that aren’t particularly fond of anime as a whole might dismiss the entire genre as nothing more than a children’s cartoon that lacks any variety. The truth, however, is that anime and manga are some of the most diverse mediums of entertainment in the world, offering dozens of subgenres fit for just about everyone.
Streaming platforms like Netflix have spent the last few years enhancing their line-ups of anime shows and films to appeal to a massive target audience of fans. Many of these shows and movies can be streamed exclusively from certain platforms, while others are widely available in both Japanese and English.