The world of Anime is an amazing place. A place of endless wonders and imagination. However, a world with such endless possibilities brings one major question. Where did it come from?
Well… Lets take a look into the past, shall we? The Japanese Anime industry started building a reputation during WWll. Japanese Cartoonists started making comic strips as propaganda for the Military. Although, todays audience varies to all ages and there is a wide range of genres to choose from, such as “Kodomo” which caters more to the younger audience. Kodomo includes shows like Hello Kitty and Pokemon.
Animation in America was making a rise at the same time, but in the form of what we know today as Classic Disney. Japanese Anime actually came to the U.S. in 1963 in the form of Osamu Tezukas “Astro Boy” (Tetsuwan Atomu being the Japanese name) which ended up being a huge hit. From that point on Japanese Anime only started to grow in popularity. However, it was not all sunshine and rainbows. Tezuka started his own productions company in 1962 called Mushi Productions, which ended up clashing with Disney because of similarities in their two films. Disney made “The Lion King” which had strong similarities to Tezukas “Jungle Taitei” (Kimba the White Lion) which was produced first. Then Mushi Productions went bankrupt in 1973, which was just two years After the last Disney Brother, Roy, died.
Since then, the art of Animation has got the attention of several great artists. Such as Hayao Miyazaki (Founder of the world-famous Studio Ghibli). Fun Fact, The name “Ghibli” came from a WWll scouting aircraft which was do to Miyazakis love of aircrafts. But back to the point, these famous artists and studios have worked hard to create the wonderous world of Anime that we now know today.
So, as you see, every artist is influenced by someone or something. And with so many influential artists making their mark these days, I am very excited to see how far the Anime industry can go!