Anime: Animation Without Limits

When I first heard the term “anime”, I had no clue what it was.  Then, I mistakenly thought it was any clip art or animation that had huge eyes and adorable faces.  Boy, was I wrong!

I have since discovered that it is unique and intriguing Japanese animation.  The genuine work is done in Japan by the Japanese but some, myself included, accept anime from any nation and as created by an artist of any nationality, as long as it looks and feels genuine.

I must not be the only one who has a misconception of what anime is.  When I mention that I am working on an anime project or that I like anime, I get some crazy looks.  It took a while to figure out why.  Finally, I asked.

As it turns out, many are under the belief that not only is anime from Japan, it is sexual in content.  And…not just sexual but a bit raw and sometimes perverted as well.  Ha!  No wonder I have been getting such reactions.

Anime is actually made for a wide variety of genres and in all sorts of niches.  A good bit is erotica and sells like hot cakes.  But there is also a lot of anime productions for children and for more conservative adults.

In Japan, many popular movies are in anime.  While Americans are more apt to tune in to a drama or action movie with human characters, the Japanese are as likely, if not more likely, to watch an animated version.  It is part of the culture.  Anime has been around as a mainstream form of entertainment in Japan since around 1917 but the manga, or Japanese comics that are often in anime go back much further in history.

The more I learn about anime, the more interested I become in it.  It amazes me.  The artists of the illustrations are so talented to create such emotion-filled characters and the stories in the productions are amazing as well.

While the Western World tends to stick to certain plots such as good vs. evil or “happily ever after”, such is not the case with anime movies.  You really never know what is going to happen or how they may end and often the end is really just the beginning as the next episode may take up where that one left off.

There is some form of anime that will interest most everyone.  There is anime for children, anime for tweens, anime for females and anime that is geared for guys.  Some anime is sexual while other anime have complicated plots.

Anime movies are full of imagination.  You can find everything from complete fiction and fantasy to situations that relate to real life.  There are no rules in anime.

Anime is definitely not limited to cartoon porn flicks.  Anime, in my estimation, is not limited to animations that are made in Japan by a Japanese.  Anime is not limited…at all and that is one of the things I love most about it.