The History Of Japanes Anime Cartoons

The History Of Japanese Anime Cartoons

 

Anime is an animation specifically in Japan. There are thousands of anime series to date and the very first anime that was created was Momotaro: Umi no Shinpei during the World War II. Momotaro is the first propaganda anime feature-length film directed by Mitsuyo Seo ordered by Japanese Naval Ministry. While on the other hand, Imokawa Mukuzo Genkanban no Maki is the first professional animated film created by Oten Shimokawa in 1917.

In the 1930s, the Japanese government began enforcing strict censorship and control of media promoting cultural nationalism. Animators are producing animes with spirit of solidarity and nationalism.


In 1948, Toei Animation produced first color animation film, Hakujaden or The Tale of the White Serpent. Toei’s style has been popular to animators and been the inspiration for modern anime. The development of “money shot” out ot Toei’s style created a cost-cut method animation which further developed as animes went into television. Later on US big companies like Marvel Production, Sunbow Production and Ruby Spears would lend Toei’s talent to make animation for them. This led hiring of Asian studios in creating foreign animations.

The fathers of anime are Shimokawa, Jun ichi Kouchi and Seitaro Kitayama. These animators took inspirations to Disney animator, Walt Disney, but developed different genre such as robots. Example of this genre is Astro Boy which is the first popular anime series that was released in 1963. Astro Boy is an android with human emotions who is created by Umataro Tenma after his son died. It becomes so successful not only in Japan but also around the world.

 

In the 1980s, anime has been a mainstream in Japan with the creation of Gundam, Macross and Dragon Ball. All these animes has a cyberspace theme. This is also the same year when the Star Wars has become successful in the West. Unsuccessful anime such as Space Battle Yamato was reworked and named Star Blazers.

 

In year 1986, Dragon Ball Z was released and been so successful and popular worldwide. It introduces martial arts and became very influential in the Japanese animation. Naruto and One Piece came after its success. Aside from Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon has been successful as well dubbed to many languages. The very popular Pokemon helped the anime television revived once more. It gained international recognition and created many novelties.

 

Currently, subscription based IPTV such as Netflix and other streaming accounts are working their way in the production and licensing of anime.

 

 

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