Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Anime Sensation, Aka The Japanese Invasion

The Anime Sensation has been around for many years. But it is only in recent years it has become so prevalent in American society. For literally decades Anime, otherwise known as Japanese animation has been becoming more mainstream for decades. The first one that most people remember tend to come from a small list of two. They either remember Star Blazers (aka SpaceCruiser Yamamoto) or they remember Akira, an anime movie that was ground breaking in many ways. There are also a few who first were introduced to Anime by Robotech. Robotech was much like Star Blazers in the fact that it was a large re-write of the stories from the original Japanese based stories. At the time of those releases, it was thought that a direct conversion of the stories would not hold the attention of American audiences. While it is debatable if that is a true supposition or not, the fact remains that Robotech, Star Blazers, and Akira were and are profitable franchises in the Anime field.

Now, in the 21st century there are many variations of Anime that have reached the American Shores. Once we invaded Japanese territory with weapons of personal destruction, now the Japanese have invaded our shores, with entertaining Anime. There are so many titles and types it defies easy listing. There are the types that first invaded, that are very much like Robotech. There is X-rated Anime, some that are so bad, such as the Legend of the Overlord, that any child viewing them could easily be scarred for life. Although adults may find such "tentacle love" as found and Overfiend entertaining and even exciting, it is most decidedly not for children.

Amime will show your common entertainment seeking American a different type of entertainment in the sort of creative animation that is very much beyond that of non-Japanese created animation. It is not to say that there are not some creative things to come from American studios, it is to say that the Japanese have been doing it longer, and in this authors opinion, better.

So the next time you are looking for something new to see, check out a little Anime. It wont hurt. And if you can not decide which one, we have two suggestions. Legend of the Overfiend which is very much an adult thing, or Akira, but this is close to the adult only, save that Akira is all violence and the Legend, well that is sex and violence. Some might call Legend straight up disgusting, but that is for you to decide for yourself I would think.

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