The Japanese Entertainment Industry Essay

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The Japanese Entertainment Industry

Thirty-five years ago, Japan’s entertainment industry found an answer to its problems. Still developing in the aftermath of defeat in World War II, and the subsequent restructuring plan instituted by the United States, Japan was without surplus resources. There was no money for the production of films. American films soon began invading the Japanese entertainment industry. Yet the Japanese people longed for entertainment which would reflect their own culture. And so “animation...developed in Japan to fill the void of high-budget film-making” (Marin, 69). In the years that followed, animation would take a pop-cultural foothold in Japan that has grown and transformed, and yet exists today. Even with the
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When he began producing animation, it too was varied in subject matter. Keeping with Tezuka’s creative process, nearly all animation in Japan has been derived from comics, which are known there as manga. This tradition for the most part still exists today. In the present age, anime is extremely popular in Japan and abroad. In Japan itself, anime constitutes approximately sixty percent of all television programming (Ed Goodwin, president of CA West). In Europe and Asia, Japanese animation has been widely accepted as well (DUinfo). One anime property, known as “Sailormoon...moves $250 million a year in tie-in toys world wide—five times the U.S. sales for the once mighty ‘Power Rangers’”(Karp, 36). Only one type of animation in the world can stand comparison to the nation of Japan’s animation as a whole: the animation of Disney. Disney animation is generally regarded to be the world’s most technically superior animation. But is Disney animation of superior quality to anime? Comparing the patrons of these two groups of animation, Walt Disney and Osamu Tezuka is like comparing Rembrandt to da Vinci. Both pairs have been aknowledged as masters in their respective fields. Rembrandt and da Vinci were painters, Disney and Tezuka were animators. However, the creative processes of the individuals within each pair are vastly different.