Japanese Animation And Fandom Culture

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Throughout the recent years, Japanese animation, specifically within the genre of anime and anime films, has been a steadily growing and dedicated following within American subculture. With the more popular anime being systematically introduced to the American public, creating “a massive expansion and organization of American fans of Japanese animation; clubs, conventions, and fanzines dedicated to anime and its fandom culture have sprung up on college campuses and in large cities all over the United States.” These fanatically dedicated fans have brought recognition and national attention to the growing anime phenomenon that spread throughout the States. Anime and anime fans have slowly developed a niche within the public sector, to a point …show more content…
By changing names, you can change the storyline and often the major points the plotline because facets of Japanese culture do not translate well into a Western one. All these changes conducted revolutionize the story, to a point where it is no longer a Japanese anime, but a unique combination of an American cartoon and Japanese animation. It is why many anime fans do not see Pokémon, no matter the season, as an anime and those within anime fandoms will tell you it is not a “real” anime. Although it does serve as many people’s initial and occasionally their only step into the world of anime, to those who journey further into the sphere comes the realization it does not have the same appeal as newer, “real” …show more content…
Narratives steeped within Japanese mythology, despite their near-universal appeal, Miyazaki set out to tell a story that appeals to all. Focusing typically, around young female protagonists, Miyazaki did something different whilst all other films focused on male leads. It brought a new version of storytelling with not only the Japanese mythological plot but with the female lead narratives. Which, is something Disney has only just began to do as well, another of many influences Miyazaki has had on the American people. His filmography has been very well received by people worldwide and has yet to see any diminishing

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