What is Anime?
Anime (anne-i-may)is the Japanese word for Animation. In Japan, the animation industry is much more towards the forefront than it is in the United States, and shows covering virtually every genre can be found in the form of television shows, Original Animation Videos (OAVs or OVAs) and feature films.
Some people like to call it Japanimation in the United States. Whatever you choose to call it , the animation is far beyond what we grew up with Saturday mornings.
Much like any other entertainment medium, anime can range from the very silly to the very serious, and is not necessarily intended for children or any specific age group.
- subtitled anime - anime that has been translated into English with the original Japanese soundtrack preserved. The English dialogue appears in the form of a "text track" across the bottom of the screen.
- dubbed anime - anime that has had the original Japanese soundtrack replaced by a new track with English-speaking actors. In most cases, the original music is preserved.
- "mosiac" - a blurry video censorship tool used to cover naughty parts of adult videos
- PAL / NTSC / SECAM - Western Europe and Great Britain use the PAL method / Canada, Japan and the United States record and view video media in the NTSC format / SECAM is used by the Soviet Union and some block countries. Formats are not interchangeable.
- dojinshi ( dough-JIN-shi ) - term for amateur fan-created parody.
- mecha ( mecka ) - slang word derived from the shortened word "mechanical" . Term used to describe the giant robots of anime and can include the use of big guns , ships, vehicles and weaponry.
- otaku ( oh-TAH-Koo) - term used to refer to fanatical devotees of anime or manga. This term is to be used cautiously since some declare themselves to be otaku while others take offense in the same way some dislike being called "trekkies" from Star Trek.
- sentai ( SEN-tie ) - Term for Japanese live-action shows about costumed heroes and martial-arts characters. Literally translates to " battle team " .
- shojo ( SHOW-Joe ) - Term for Japanese girls' manga or anime. Literally translates to " young girl " .
- shonen ( SHOW-nenn ) - The most widely published genre of manga in Japan. Literally translates to " young boy ".
- yakuza ( YAH-koo-zah ) - a word for the criminal underworld in Japan like the mafia in the U.S.
Anime vs. Manga
As you have learned above , anime is the video format. Well, manga is the printed material. Manga is graphic novels or comic books that tell the animated story.Manga is a beautiful and artistic expression that conveys the story better than any American comic book has achieved yet. No true anime collector will be found without manga gracing their collection.
Anime's Hidden Meanings
- THE "PEACE" SIGN - Anime characters flashing the "peace " or "V for victory" sign with their first two fingers are actually gesturing that " I made it" or " I did it" and not "victory" . This gesture is most used when posing for photographs.
- THE "SWEAT DROP" - The Japanese are too polite to say what they are thinking , that cartoonish "sweat drop" displays discomfort. Often appears during uncomfortable moments or awkward silences or is just plain embarrassment
- NOSEBLEEDS - According to Japanese culture , they say that young men who often have nosebleeds are not sexually satisfied. When a character is feeling particularly lustful or horny , they get a nosebleed.
- NOSE BUBBLES - Its an unflattering mucous bubble used to show that a character is sleeping or snoring.
- "PLUS SIGN" - Not actually a mathematical symbol but a stylish "throbbing vein" shaped like a "plus sign " to symbolize a stressful situation.
- THE "BIG EYES" - In the 1930s , Japanese artists were greatly influenced by early Walt Disney animated films like SNOW WHITE and BAMBI . Once legendary manga/anime creator Osamu Tezuka began using the "big eye" style ; well , the rest is history.
- "SPEED LINES" - Speed lines were born in printed comics to reflect movement in a still image. During anime action sequences , motion lines can appear behind characters or objects , often replacing the background entirely. It is an anime staple used to show something moving fast during a dramatic moment.
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