October 23, 2013
I’m sure when you read the title, there were some thoughts that flash through your mind, and I’m sure that they may be quite varied from another person’s reaction. While I do not watch absolutely everything, I consider myself an anime enthusiast. I’ve watched my fair share of movies and TV series, and I’d like to share with you some fun trivia about anime as well as some of my favorites in case you are interested in trying out this genre of animation.
Anime (pronounced An-i-may) is a particular type of animation, originating in Japan, and this term refers specifically to animated works. In its illustrated book form, this is called manga (pronounced Mahn-guh). One of the things you’ll notice when watching anime is that the features are often not exactly proportionate. The eyes are often drawn much bigger in order to allow for more expression of emotion. Often, the culture of Japan shows through in these pieces in the way that house and cities are depicted. Also, in some you will see various traditions of the culture, such as having small alters within homes or visiting temples or grave sites on special holidays.
There is actually a range of story lines one can choose from when it comes to anime. There are films that provide a bit of history, along with a dramatic story line, like Grave of the Fireflies. Grave of the Fireflies is a story following a young boy and his little sister as they experience the terrible effects of war in Japan. The Place Promised in our Early Days is a film placed in a Japan of another reality. In this world based on reality, the government has built a secret tower that the main characters decide to, one day, investigate. Howl’s Moving Castle is set in a created world and involves a story about a legendary castle that moves from place to place. It is an imaginative love story that would be suitable for most ages. Another fun film that is suitable for all ages is Kiki’s Special Delivery Service; it follows a young witch as she sets out on the continuation of her witch training. She finds adventure and friendship in many unlikely places as she grows in her powers as a young witch.
What I have listed for you are just feature films. All of these are well done with some really great artwork and stories. So give anime a try, you might just like it!
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