Sunday, 9 January 2011


Anime (アニメ) is basically short for the English word "animation", which is appropriate because that's exactly what it is. As manga is to graphic novels, so anime is far more broad-ranging as a genre and in its reception than cartoons are in the UK.

So popular was it as a medium since the post-war period, and so skilled were the animators, that many of the kids' TV shows we grew up with were actually made in Japan - for instance The Moomins, The Mysterious Cities of Gold and ThunderCats, to name but a few, were all made there or with the help of Japanese experts in the field.


Possibly some of the best examples of anime movies come from the always-excellent Studio Ghibli, such as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. Notable TV series include Chobits, Great Teacher Onizuka,  Cowboy Bebop and Tokyo Mew Mew. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and the best way of finding your own favourites is to watch as much as possible - there's plenty to choose from!


Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
There are currently Online Users
Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More