Anime And Video Games On Popular Culture Essay

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Anime and video games are two subjects that play an important role in both eastern and western popular culture. The ascension of both anime and video games into popular culture originated first in Japan, and eventually their influence spread across the globe. I’ve been engrossed in both subjects since I was young, and I believe my appreciation for both was no coincidence. Anime and video games, after all, have always felt similar to me, but why is that? To answer that question, I will consider what anime is, and what video games are. I will try to find what makes anime and video games similar, what influences they derive from one another, and how their relationship came to be. Anime and video games have continued to be so wildly successful because they work together to engage in popular culture.

Anime can be described as a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes. This is a generalized definition, since anime as a produced and televised series has become so diverse since its debut by Otogi Manga Calendar, which ran from 1961-1964. That diversity has worked in anime’s favor, as it has been able to draw in fans from almost every genre whom all understand their respective favorite shows as all being under the banner of anime. Anime attracts people because of its imaginativeness and creativity, and keeps people hooked because they can…

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