Anime - All about Japanese drawings

In this article, we will answer several questions about anime, the famous Japanese animations that are successful for everyone. We will see curiosities, origin, facts, genres, rankings, absolutely everything about Japanese drawings in this article.

The Japanese design industry is the joy of many, generating a lot of money in the market. Do you really know anime? How is it produced? Why are they popular and addictive? Why are they criticized by some?

What does Anime mean?

Anime (アニメ) is the Japanese word derived from English animation. The Japanese use the word anime to refer to any drawing, whether Western or Japanese. Westerners, on the other hand, generally use the word anime to refer to Japanese drawings.

For Westerners, anime has a specific feature in its features, a more adult theme and its peculiarities. Many Westerners do not call some Japanese cartoons anime, just because of the absence of these characteristics, as in the case of Sazae-san.

Anime is an abbreviated word and adapted for Japanese, without the abbreviation the correct serious saying animeeshon [アニメーション]. The use of abbreviated words in formal and written language is common in the Japanese language, so keep using anime.

Anime - all about Japanese drawings

What is the origin of anime?

Japanese animations and drawings appeared at the beginning of 19th century, but it was only in 1960 that the anime style we know today emerged. Many Japanese artists during World War II were influenced by the Americans.

Osamu Tezuka, with his famous work Astro Boy [鉄腕アトム] created that identity. Astro Boy was the first manga (Japanese comic) to win an animated series. In 1967 Japan had already created The Princess and the KnightPhantoms and Speed Racer.

At that time Japanese comics dominated Japan, so it was only a matter of time before several serialized films and animations emerged. At that time, anime had specific characteristics such as giant robots.

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What was the first anime to be made?

Many believe that the first anime to be made was Astro Boy, but this is not completely true. Hakujaden (The Legend of the White Serpent) opened on October 22, 1958, first production launched in commercial circuit of Toei Animation.

That was really the first anime specially made for television, broadcast by TBS with studio production Otogi. Previously, some short animations and Japanese animated films have been released, without the characteristics of anime.

The first Japanese animation is called Katsudō Shashin, where a sailor boy comes out, released in 1907. Japan had several animations before Hakujaden like Momotaro, Chikara to Onna and The battle of the monkey and the crab.

How are anime created?

Japan is a country that enjoys reading, so one of the most profitable markets is the comic book called manga, they adopted their own style and traits that are adapted for TV thus creating anime.

In addition to the manga there are books known as Light Novels (Light novels), and games called Visual Novel, (full of dialogues like a manga), which are also transformed into TV adaptations following similar lines.

Japan is famous for creating thousands of Japanese anime or cartoons, in the country alone there are more than 400 animation studios. Over 350 animations are released each year, but that is only 1 piece of the works created in Japan.

There are thousands of works that never had the chance to win an animated adaptation, for this reason, the Japanese animation market, has no end. Not to mention that it's not just mangas, games and books that get animations.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities

How are anime produced and released?

Anime is released in seasons: Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July) and Autumn (October). Each season usually has more than 50 weekly shows, anime usually have 12/13 episodes called 1-cour.

Some have 24 episodes and are called 2-cour, or receive two seasons of 12 episodes with an interval called split cour. Films, OVAs (Specials not shown on TV), specials and others are also released.

Japanese drawings have a market similar to those of Series, Movies, Novels and others. Not having a specific target audience, anime are launched mainly for teenagers and adults. While children's animations take on a different design, as in the case of Doraemon.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities

What are the Anime Genres?

Anyone who thinks that Anime is a child's thing, they are very mistaken. Anime is divided into genres with a specific audience. Some bring meaningless history, others bring stories more emotional than any dramatic or romantic film you have seen.

There are thousands of anime that make our eyes sweat, or that make us reflect on the conduct or life we lead. See the anime genres below or in our article on anime types.

Shounen - (Young Boys) - They are animations created with a young male target audience aged between 14 and 21 years old, with more fantasy content, with fights, action and comedy. Examples: One Piece and Naruto.

Shoujo - (Young Girls) - Animations created with a focus on girls, most of them are novels, dramas, school life, musicals, lots of comedy. This genre has attracted not only girls, many of these works are attended by men, and are quite famous as in the case of Kimi ni todoke, Maid Sama and Itazura na Kiss.

Kodomo - (Children) - Animations aimed at children aged 6 to 12 years, are similar to American animations, the features are not usually as detailed as anime for adults, and most are usually comedy or educational. and they are watched by people of all ages as in the case of Doraemon and Sazae-san who has more than 7,000 Episodes.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities

Mecha - Anime that make use of giant robots or similar things. Like Evangelion, Gundam and Code Geass.

Kemono - Where main characters are animals, beasts, chimeras, etc.

Of course, there are other genres to divide anime. Genres such as: adventure, action, science fiction, comedy, sports, drama, fantasy and romance. There are still themes that are repeated several times: high school, martial arts, magic, terror ... these are just a few.

Anime genres for adults

Anime are works of art made for people of all ages. A great proof of this is the gigantic market for adult animations, but let's not just talk about them here, there are some genres of anime for adults, but without indecency.

Seinen 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Anime for an older audience, over 20 years old. With more adult and serious stories, it can involve action, comedy, drama, realistic facts, etc.

Josei - Anime aimed at adults and young females.

Ecchi (indecent) - Anime that make use of sex appeal, such as cameras focused on the characters' breasts and underwear.

Hentai (perverted) - It is the western term used to refer to pornographic anime.

Yuri / Shoujo-Ai (ai = love) - Anime that appeal to female homosexuality. Yuri is a heavy genre that shoujo-ai.

Yaoi / Shounen-Ai - Anime that appeal to male homosexuality. Yaoi is a heavier genre than shounen-ai.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities

Anime and the media

Anime together with manga, games and books of the same style, has generated billions of dollars in the market every year. Thanks to this, countless products are launched, such as clothes, toys, cards, action figures, etc.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities

Anime can generate money even with concerts and sales of audio CDs, just realize that every anime receives an opening and closing sung by bands, who release their album and soundtrack.

Thanks to otaku, thousands of people benefit from sales of anime, manga and other products. Signs, stores, TV commercials, singers’ album covers, all make a profit, all thanks to Japanese designs. Japan is surrounded by all this type of media, especially the neighborhood of Akihabara.

The media worldwide is influenced by Japanese animations and creations. Several manga together with the animation license are released to the west, dubbed into English, thus also generating the creation of products for sales, showing that this does not happen only in Japan.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities
An example of how anime has influenced the trade of products.

Japanese Drawings in Brazil

Anime has made it quite popular among young Brazilians. At the same time it is questionable among some young people and adults. Brazil is dominated by a bad sense of sexism, where some young people consider watching cartoons somewhat childish, fail to understand or like animations, or even complain about reading subtitles.

In the case of adults, there are some protective parents or unformed religious. They think that all anime are in the style of Yugioh, Dragon Ball and Naruto, full of violence and the occult. They totally forget that there are genders.

Unfortunately Brazil was badly influenced by anime, until ancient times, the only animations received in Brazil were discriminated against by adult society, our country has only received shounen action anime with supernatural or unreal content until today.

Anime - Japanese drawings - doubts and curiosities

Currently, there are no studios that release animations in our language, one of the last famous works released in English was Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. Fortunately, manga has gained popularity thanks to Panini, JBC and New POP and Netflix has brought some dubbed anime to the West.

Anime is a great source of knowledge and culture about Japan. By watching them you can learn many things, including the language. Anime is in no way considered to be something for children, since the target audience is young people and adults.

It also cannot be considered something unique, anime is completely diverse, so we cannot refer to anime as a whole, there are genres, adaptations, etc. If you haven’t watched any anime yet, give it a chance, you might be surprised. Don’t forget to leave your comment and opinion below.

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