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Here is a list of select terms used to describe anime and manga. It is helpful to understand these basic terms when conversing with others or reading on the subject. Note: Japanese words have no plural ending, for example manga can refer to one or several manga depending on the context.
Anime has morphed through countless phases—from amateur efforts, to nationalist propaganda fodder, to niche cultural export turned eventual global phenomenon—each iteration conforming to the shape of the times in which it was produced. The arrival of home video catapulted anime to its commercial and aesthetic apex, fanning outward from island nation of Nippon to the far shores of North America and back, before again being revolutionized by the unprecedented accessibility of the world wide web throughout the nineties and early aughts. But where does one begin to tackle the aesthetic and historical precedent that anime film has left on pop culture and global entertainment in the last century?
Sign in. I'm a writer and animator so the qualifying elements used to make this list have a lot of production quality, art, fight choreography, story structure and dialogue factors taken into account. I don't mean to offend.
No matter how you look at it, some anime are deep, graphic, obscene or a step away from being classified as Hentai. Haganai is a rare series of its kind. I mean, how many slice of life have nudity, and extreme profanity?
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The History of anime can be traced back to the start of the 20th century, with the earliest verifiable films dating from During the s, anime developed further, with the inspiration of Disney animators, separating itself from its Western roots, and developing distinct genres such as mecha and its super robot subgenre. During this period several filmmakers became famous, especially Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii. In the s, anime became mainstream in Japanexperiencing a boom in production with the rise in popularity of anime like GundamMacrossDragon Balland genres such as real robotspace opera and cyberpunk.