Difference in Animation in Japan and the United States Essay

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Difference in Animation in Japan and the United States
William Bowles
Jodi Stoneman
October 25, 2010

Difference in Animation in Japan and the United States Animation varies greatly between Japanese culture and that of the United States. While animation is usually revered as entertainment for children in the United States, Japanese animation, or “anime” as it is referred to both in Japan and in the West, is a form of media that is enjoyed by people of all ages. Unlike the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spongebob Squarepants, both popular American animations in their times, anime focuses more on drama and varying genres with some even being pornographic in nature. The differing cultures of the United States and Japan can be
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The turn of the decade saw animation targeting high school and college students. As children grew up, the industry continued to target them with new and more mature themed anime, which was hugely successful in the 1980’s. Anime aimed at adults were commonplace by the 1990’s, as adults who had grown up watching anime entered into the industry to produce and create new series. They created series that they themselves would still enjoy watching, instead of retargeting younger generations. These adult-oriented animations were also due in large part to the Japanese economy hitting hard times. As people’s disposable income declined, they looked to television and movies for cheap entertainment. This fueled the adult-oriented anime that still thrives today. This also brought about the warrior girl representation in anime. As more females began watching anime, it was only natural that strong, female leads would eventually arise that were fully capable of kicking butt and playing the hero (Science Fiction Studies p. 489). Differences between American and Japanese Animation This trend has still not been followed by the United States, where cartoons continue to be aimed at young children with the exception of a few situational comedies aimed at adults. This is mostly due to the culture of the United States. In the United States, cartoons and animation are seen as simply entertainment for children. Cartoons are bright,

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