The Distinction between Western Anime and Japanese Anime

Origin of anime

The origin of anime is in the country of Japan. The word anime is pronounced as ‘ah-knee-may.’ It is a short form of animation. Particularly in Japan, the term is used to denote all types of animation irrespective of genre, style, etc. But outside of Japan, the term is used to refer to those animations that are a production of Japanese studios. For a long time, it was a local product of Japan with its production, storytelling, themes, etc. But during the last four to five decades, anime has also collected a huge international fan base. They have been translated into different languages for international audiences. The people of the West highly consume themand are passing on the legacy to their children now.

In the late 20th century, a specific art style was developed by Osamu Tezuka, which had spread fast into the domestic audience. The difference between animes from traditional comics and cartoons is what attracts a large audience. It reaches a large audience through broadcasting on television and the internet. Most animes are original work. However, they are also adaptations of Japanese manga or video games. There are a variety of genres to cater to the taste of a large audience. The episodes often run for hundreds to thousands in number. The storylines are hardly boring and put forward a new perspective every time. They make everything look fresh, and the characterization feels new. Sometimes an anime that runs for a mere ten to twelve episodes leaves more impact on the audience than an anime running for years after years. An anime with a very basic and simple artwork sometimes look more appealing to the audience than an anime with great visuals.

Japanese animes vs western animes

Anime has a diverse method of production that has adapted itself well with the wide range of technologies. Japanese animes focus on cinematography, doujin character development, use of camera, etc., unlike the western animes that focus more on movement. The effects on the camera are given utmost importance in Japanese version. One of the most commonly used features of the characters of Japanese is large eyes that show several emotions. The Japanese industry has over 400 companies with the studios like Ghibli, Sunrise, and Toei animation occupying the frontline. A recent survey has shown that Japanese animes constitute about 60% of all the animated series of the world. The art styles used in Japanese are diverse along with the features.

One common mistake that people commit is that they identify one piece of anime as a genre, while the reality is that it is not a genre in itself. Anime is a form of art that contains several genres within it. Some people believe that the word anime has been taken from French, as an acute accent used over the ‘e’ in ‘anime.’ Before the widespread use of the term anime, another term called Japanimation was in use during the late 20th century, but soon it got replaced with the word anime. All anime has one thing in common: the audiences involve the characters on a highly emotional level. Even the storylines are so epic and have a great impact on the audiences.