K-Genshiken

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Why do we find it hard to connect with and enjoy Japanese Animation?

A lot of people here in the Arab World enjoy Japanese animation, unless they are strong willed sometimes these fans face problems with peers and parents that could lead them to lose interest and stop this hobby. Peers and Parents always tend to condemn them for watching anime stating that they should grow up, mature and leave cartoons for children. So why do you like Japanese Animation but most of people around you see you doing something wrong and being immature. To begin with Anime has been around for the past 50 years in Japan and for 30 years in America but the explosion and vast spread of anime occurred in the last 5 years mainly because of the people’s exposure to big hit mainstream anime movies such as Princess Mononoke. Interest in these movies led vendors to increase Anime in their stores. Moreover fast internet connection speeds have sprung fans and groups that sub ( the act of adding subtitles to Japanese animation) unlicensed anime (unlicensed anime are outside of Japan) and put them online for people to download. Relatively speaking compared to Japan we are still a little immature not that because we are stupid or anything, but because we haven’t been exposed to Japanese animation as much as they have. We are used to animation teaching kids fundamental and easily grasped moral lessons like honesty, bravery, and kindness to others. People normally generalize that since this is present in most animation, it must be true for all animation around the world. They don’t have hands on experience in watching anime that reveals how thematic, complex and mature they are. Adults tend to distance themselves from animation as a method of validating their own self image relative to their native standards. They are taught from childhood that animation and comic books are for children, continuing to take pleasure in watching animation will be perceived as a sign of immaturity and unwillingness to accept reality. Few Arab youth and adults are mature enough to disregard externally imposed arbitrary sanctions. It is hard for us anime fans admitting this interest. Many of those who used to criticize me for watching Japanese animation are now criticizing me that I haven’t watched any of the latest series yet. But well that is life, maturity has nothing to do with what you watch on TV, at least we don’t spend every single day watching a group of boys and girls sleeping, learning how to sing and eating, well maybe just once a week during primes and special nights J

The Beginning of Anime as we know it

The art form we now call “anime doesn’t have a specific birth date, and it wasn’t exactly created by anyone. But, partly as a result of being the first among the first to use the big eyed style Tezuka Osamu is generally considered the “father” of anime. He started creating comics in 1947, which were extremely popular, and at the beginning of t1963 Tessuwan Atomu(Known outside Japan as Astro Boy) began airing. That is generally considered the beginning of anime-style animated production.

Huge Eyes

A lot of people often wonder why characters in anime series always tend to have big eyes. First of all not all anime has the big eye style, but most of it does. No one is 100% sure of the reason but there are some theories about the matter. The first person to use that style was Tezuka Osamu, the creator of the old Astro Boy TV series among various other very popular TV shows that became the foundation for Japan’s entire animation and comic industry. As to where he got the idea some say he was emulating Betty Boop, who was popular at Jpana at the time. Other early US produced animated characters that predate the anime style also have very large eyes (Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse anyone). Another reason is that adults find big eyes cute. The most acceptable of them is that huge eyes help artists depict various human states and emotions, through huge eyes they can help bring out various facial expressions that would better describe the character’s state.

What is anime ..part 2

Anime (Japanese Animation) are TV series and movies not only made for kids, but a lot of anime is created with teens and adults in mind. They have been doing this for a long time in Japan and are generally considered the best around the world in it. It encompasses the whole range of animation produced in Japan that a similar, relatively realistic style. There are Sci-fi stories (such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and full metal panic), comedies (whether plain out silly or naughty such as Love Hina), action flicks for every flavor, romance stories (from adolescent girl stuff, all the way up, such as Kanon), dramas (some of high quality such as Haibane Renmei), and even literary adaptations. What makes anime stand out from the rest of the animated series and movies (except for excessive violence and nudity) is the way they execute plots. Some of the plots (stories) are fairly silly and very simple allowing viewers to watch to have a laugh and pass time, but others offer ideas that challenge your mind, and stories that are surprisingly deep and thoughtful giving you a reason to think (such as Serial Experiments Lain and in my opinion Full metal Alchemist). But the main reason why people get attached to them is simply because they manage to merge these different genres together providing enjoyable mind blowing animation.

What is Japanese Animation?

Anime is the English name for the style of art and animation developed by the Japanese. The word “Anime” is just the Japanese word for animation ( of any kind ), and it is pronounced “Annie-May”. Other commonly used words for Japanese animation are Japanimation, Japanime, and Manga (The Japanese word for comic books and animation in general)

Final new start

Currently listening to:- nothing My Mood:- Normal Well after 3 blogs, in which i lost interest in all three and sooner or later i stopped posting on them, i decided to blog about something i enjoy. Japanimation condemned by many, loved by a select elite few. And well because i don't think people want to hear my nagging and talking about the new desk i got from IKEA. So why K-Genshiken... Genshiken is an abreviation of the Japanese word Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyuukai, translated into english gives Society for the study of modern visual culture. It is also the name of my favourite anime. A 12 episode series about a group of OTAKU (individual who is obsessed with manga, anime, SF, and so forth. The English term would be "fanboy") living out their daily lives doing the things they like, watching anime, playing video games and fantasizing about girls. And the K well, it doesn't take two to figure that out .... it is for Kuwait. So well expect to see me rambling about various topics relating to anime from Fandom topics, to the difference between Subs/Dubs, Otaku, and why those damsn japanese use huge eyes in their animation. Cheeres