What makes Anime Favorite?

What’s it that produces Japanese animation popular, not only to the young but to adults as well? I recall many years ago when I was a freshmen and sophomore in university I was dependent on the Japanese anime “Dragon Ball Z “.In fact, it even gave the famous American cartoon “The Simpsons” a work for its money in my book.

What I find odd is that “Dragon Ball Z” has about 39 episodes per season but when you want to write an summary of the whole season you can do so in just about one paragraph. And After all you could add most of the meat of the whole season into just this one paragraph. Here’s basically what I mean…

Episode 1-10ish: Bad guy arrives and starts terrorizing the fictional planet. Minor super heroes fight the villain and lose (perhaps one even dies). Main hero who was conveniently incapable of combat said villain for reasons uknown finally arrives for the ultimate showdown. Episode 10ish – 38: Half of the time verbal fists are increasingly being thrown between said hero and villain while another half goes to physical fists. Sprinkle in certain dialogue from the minor heroes like, “Wow! He is at full power!”, and you’ve yourself about 600 minutes. Episode 38 ending: Hero kills villain. Episode 39: Many people are happy and life returns to normal.

And there I was, in my own late teens, with my eyes glued to the television. I even knew nothing worth focusing on would happen for approximately 25 episodes but there I sat unable and unwilling to move. “Dragon Ball Z”, which aired in Japan from 1989 – 1996 did not first air in America until 1996. By enough time I started watching this anime it had been 10 years old. And this amount of time for an animated series is quite a while in comparison with the new techniques and varieties of animated characters. But “Dragon Ball Z” was at the the surface of the charts for an animation series for its duration in America.

So back again to the original question, what makes Japanese animation so popular? It may be this humble author’s opinion but I would have to say the action, free watch anime online and to an additional extent the deadly violence. As a primary example “The Simpsons” being probably the most popular America cartoon is a comedy based cartoon. In fact most of the newer American cartoons derive from comedy or to some extent mystery (Yes, Scooby Doo, I’m looking at you).

In the 1980’s America had its share of action cartoons like “Transformers”, “Thunder Cats” and “He-Man” but as the finish of the 80’s came so did most of the American action cartoons. And with the release of the fantastic “Akira” on video in 1990 and the following unbelievable action/gore that was included with it, most American cartoon lovers immediately turned their eyes to Japan. The movie stuck its “geta” in the entranceway and made the debut for Japanese animation in the west.

In the 1990’s newer American cartoons such as for instance “Batman” and “Superman” arrived on the scene and were enjoyed by most American action cartoon lovers, but with only these few American cartoons there left lots of time for other action animation from Japan to fill the gap. With the quantity of older Japanese anime being translated along side Japan’s fresh anime, there is a lot of the Japanese component in the western market. So, this author’s opinion is that Japanese anime happened in the future along to the west at the ideal time, and given that it’s here it won’t be leaving anytime soon. S.B.


One comment to What makes Anime Favorite?

  • Anthony_Roberts

    In 1985, he teamed up with the young Canadian animator John Kricfalusi and the legendary British band “The Rolling Stones” to make an kissanime music video for “The Harlem Shuffle”, which was completed in early 1986. Although the music video did not talk much, he built a production team “Bakshi Animation” project continued with the short-lived but well received, “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse.”


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