The Anime word comes from animation, as abbreviated in Japanese. The English dictionary explains it as a style introduced in Japan. Though, Anime as a whole represents every kind of animation. Therefore, Japanese Anime is used to distinguish it with the animation in the rest of the world. Until recently, anime was called “Manga” in Western and European countries. But in Japan, Manga is referred to comics only!
Anime is generally inspired from novels, manga and local customs and traditions. Anime can be telecasted on TV and is also distributed and published through other media types like video, internet and DVD. Anime earlier also referred to exclusively Japanese animation but is now no longer considered so.
Anime is viewed and loved by children to adults to women. It shows various stories and characters based on themes in science, fiction, sports, romance and horror, which are most created stuff and is far off reality. But there are a few animes which depict a bit of realism like suffering, emotions and death, which raises the value of the content but makes it unfit for children to watch.
Anime is getting popular both in terms of audience and range. The craze for Pokemon among children is more than just the series. They want to have the video games, collectables, DVDs, t shirts and costumes of their favorite character from the show. Another trend that has been experienced is watching Anime movies originally made in Japanese after dubbing them in English.
These days, as watching it on CDs and DVDs has gained momentum, most of them include subtitles and dubbed tracks already. Because of growing acceptance and charm for these animations, many colleges, clubs, libraries and high school have started keeping collections of animes in their databases. Fans and appreciation for animes are flooding in everyday.
The Walt Disney’s “Spirited Away”, a Japanese movie, which even grossed more than “Titanic” in Japan revolutionized the animation industry in Western World. Hayao Miyazaki, the much known name in Anime, directed the movie and was praised by fans all around the world for laying stress to every minute detail in the film. The Fox TV network and Walt Disney, the two major Anime Programs and movies distributors in the West registered over $2 billion revenue in the industry. Some years before, there were not many anime TV shows and series, but now, almost every kid is aware of the Japanese animation cartoons and movies and the count is increasing with every minute.
Bandai Entertainment, A Japanese anime Toy Company, claimed to have produced 75 anime shows and movies in the preceding year in United States, which explains the rise in demand of animes.
Nowadays, animes are growing fast in DVD sector too. Anime movies have the advantage of low cost production as all they need is a pen a paper and a computer to work on. Internet is also responsible for bringing anime to the place it is today!