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Japanese animation, or anime, has grown in cultural significance, becoming increasingly popular all over the world. Anime is now shorthand for a certain aesthetic, such as over-exaggerated features (an American influence) and limited motion (initially a budgetary concern). iMinds presents the history and breadth of anime, from the cutesy to the violent, from children's cartoons to the pornographic, and shows its evolution into a beloved global product. Luca James Lee brings a slight sense of whimsy to his performance, making Anime not just an informative summary of the art form, but a fun one, as well.
Learn about Anime with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Super robots to schoolgirls, Astroboy cute to violent realism, Pokemon to pornography. All of these different images, stories and types of entertainment, in cartoon form, can be called Anime.
The term Anime covers an enormous range of animation. A specific definition of Anime is difficult as the style is vast, steeped in history and ever evolving. Most often it characterizes all animation of Japanese origin - or of the Japanese style. Anime has a long and varied production history in Japan, but principally entered the Western conscience in the 1980's. Since then it has grown in popularity and international significance. Today it is a major and influential art form, even called a cultural paradigm, produced and consumed the world over.
Interestingly in Japan Anime is a generic term to reference all animation styles and production from around the globe. It is only when the term is used in English that it is specific to Japanese animation, and in turn conjures up a very distinct look and style.
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