A Brief Introduction to Anime

Anime is the term that identifies cartoons of Japanese origin. Anime is an important and extensive source of entertainment in Japan, being a commercial entertainment product, cultural phenomenon, an art form, and at the same time a technological showcase. Anime is potentially aimed at all audiences, from children, adolescents, and adults. Anime segregate its content using a set specialize classification basically taken from the existing classifications in “manga” (Japanese for the comic in general Word.) (Outside of Japan, is used exclusively to refer to the comic from Japan.), with base classes designed to socio-demographic specifications such as employees, housewives, students, and so on. Therefore, they can deal with subjects, themes and genres as diverse as love, adventure, science fiction, children’s stories, literature, sports, fantasy, eroticism and many more themes.

Anime traditionally hand drawn; however, in recent years it has become common computer generated animation better known as CGI (computer-generated imagery) or a mixture of both. Anime screenplays include much of the genres of fiction and are transmitted through film media (broadcast on television, distribution in domestic video and feature films). The relationship between of the Japanese anime and manga is close, because historically a large number of series and work of anime are based on popular manga stories or in rare cases an anime series or movie could end up being released as a manga.

Etymology

The term anime comes from the abbreviation of the Japanese transcription of the English word “animation”; hence, the word is used in the shorter form “anime”.

Internationally, anime was once known as “japanimation”, but the term has fallen into disuse in recent years. Fans preferably pronounced the Word as an abbreviation of the phrase “Japanese Animation”. Anime saw one of its greatest expansions use during the 1970s and 1980, which generally comprises the first and second wave of anime fandom. The term survived at least until the beginning of the 1990s, but seemed to disappear just before the resurgence of the anime in the mid-1990s.

In general, the term “japanimation” now only appears in nostalgic contexts in the Western world, however the term is widely used in Japan to distinguish animations made there (Japanimation) animations in general.

The Anime Industry

Between the 1990 and 2000, the production of anime has increased in a big way. In 2001, film, video and television production reached an estimated amount of 180 billion yen, and distribution is estimated at 43 billion yen. Also the amount of television broadcasting has seen a significant increase every year.

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