When we say Anime, we’re referring to what’s sometimes called Japanimation, a combination of drawings rendered by hand and via computers originating in Japan. It is often characterised by brightly coloured graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastic themes and is beloved the world over.
Interestingly, the countries where it’s the most popular are Japan, followed by the Philippines, then Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, and Peru. By its very nature and culturally abstract approach to the meaning of the word, anime can be produced in countries other than Japan.
Call Yato In Real Life
Noragami is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Adachitoka and featuring a stray god called Yato who’s forced to do odd jobs here and there to survive. In the series, Yato leaves his telephone number everywhere he can so he can find more customers, and it was made possible for readers to contact him too! It was limited to areas in Japan and only just after the series was released in January 2011.
Comiket is Bigger Than Comic-Con
The Comic Market, shortened to Comiket or even Comike, is a biannual fair held in Tokyo, Japan, similar to the American one held annually in San Diego, California, in the United States of America. But the Comiket is limited to anime and manga. It attracts 750 000+ people and has been going strong since it was inaugurated on the 21st of December 1975.
The Longest-Ever Anime Has 7 500 Episodes
Sazae-san started airing back in 1969 and is still going on. As crazy as this may sound, it has been broadcasting for 50+ years now. Written and illustrated by Machiko Hasegawa, it was initially published in Hasegawa’s local newspaper, the Fukunich Shinbun, on the 22nd of April 1946.
One Character Had Many Voice Actors
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Or Is This a Zombie? featured a mute necromancer called Eucliwood Hellscythe who, interestingly, was voiced by 20+ different actors. This is even though she never speaks!
Although she primarily writes her thoughts down on notepads when she wants to communicate, small fantasy segments of the film include her speaking. Each one of these was voiced by someone different.
Production is Very Expensive
Generally, a single episode of anime costs between US$100 000 and US$200 00. It’s easy to see how deep producers’ pockets have to be to fund an entire season.
Sharing the Love
In Japan, after readers finish a manga volume, it’s normal for them to leave their copy in some public place, like a table or a bench. This allows someone new to find it, pick it up, read it, and then pay it forward in their turn when they’re finished.
Some Significant Anime is Banned in China
Popular stream anime like Assassination Classroom, Black Butler, Death Note, Sword Art Online, and Tokyo Ghoul, have been banned in the People’s Republic of China. This is thanks to them featuring scenes that are held to be contrary to public morality and promoting socially unsuitable ideologies.