Pokémon, Astro Boy, Sailor Moon and Akira are among some of the most famous Japanese animations. People in almost all age groups have seen Japanese animation as witnessed by the Pokémon craze, especially in the North American market. This style is distinguished by the recognizable graphics quality seen in traditional comics, which is known as manga. Anime, the Japanese version of animation, has popularized this style.

Anime is made for all ages unlike other Western cartoons and it addresses almost every topic imaginable. North American animation houses mostly focus on children’s programs, unlike Anime themes, which encompass a number of genres including sci-fi, drama, and comedy.

Anime production

Black and white artwork from comic giants like Marvel and DC Comics is sent to Digital Chameleon, a comic book coloring firm in Winnipeg, to be inked. American comics have been influenced by Manga. Manga stylistic techniques are being included in drawings. The style is easily identifiable as it is more graphics, it looks less realistic and more cartoonish.

Digital Chameleon has for a while been working on a combination of Manga and traditional North American comic style, and this collaboration may feature a character like DC’s Impulse, who is a distant relative to the superhero Flash. He is depicted cartoonish with impossibly large feet. In the manga, the superheroes are given bodies unlike those superheroes are given by western artists. These Manga superheroes usually have unique and easily identifiable features.

Anime and its relation to Japanese culture

Streamline Pictures in Beverly Hills, California was among the first American companies to specialize in licensing Japanese animation for commercial release. While anime is representative of modern Japanese adolescent popular culture, it does not necessarily reflect traditional Japanese culture and arts. Though some of these comics build traditional images and values, they are frequently romanticized or given fantasy elements, therefore very few teach accurate Japanese history.

This has led to books depicting Japanese cultural elements be published for the American fan base. Animators’ job market is increasing although traditional anime is still only created in Japan. Disney and other animation studios are creating more theatrical and animated features. The animation is continually becoming approved for adult television programs.

Anime popularity

Not only adults but also children world over trade Pokémon cards. They queue to see the movie on the big screen. The American entertainment industry presumed anime was too weird and would not be accepted by the public but this notion has been disabused. Interest has been on a definite increase over the past few years.  There are websites devoted to anime-related topics are continually cropping up.

In America, there was practically no anime industry or market prior to 1989. Currently, the American anime video market plus related merchandising is estimated at an immense 100 million dollars a year. Specialty stores for anime have been becoming widespread around North America since 1995; however, some people are skeptical that an increased interest in anime will create more jobs for animators.

Indeed, animators are doomed by growing computer technology influence all aspects of our lives, but more specifically in the creative and scientific fields like design, architecture, engineering solutions etc. An e-commerce supervisor and acquisitions assistant at Central Park Media in New York says the rising use of computer technology is actually slowly lowering the need for artists. Repetitive artist work can now be done through scanning and a computer can finish the animation independently.

Anime and manga have influenced American pop culture. The music videos by celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Matthew Sweet plus some recent Sprite commercials testify to this fact. The animated dance and pop duo Prozzak are furthering this culture. Musicians such as Jason Levine and James McCollum have opted for an anime style to represent themselves as their animated alter egos.

Becoming an animator

Anime is slowly being added to Art schools and technical colleges’ curricula. It is believed that any style of animation can be taught. An animator must be capable of adapting to the house style of whatever company the animator is working for.

Anime is merely another style of drawing. Any well-trained animator will be capable of grasping the required content in a very short time frame. Those interested in studying animation should study traditional art skills and submit to a college teaching traditional animation.



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