Essay about Variations in Animation in Different Cultures

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Animation in different cultures


Animation has a variety of differences between Japanese culture and the culture of the United States. While animation is usually made for the sole purpose of entertainment for children in the United States, Japanese animation, also known as 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 Square pants, both very popular American animations shows in their times, anime focuses more on drama and other non childlike qualities. The differing cultures of the United States and Japan can be considered the main factor to the huge differences in their own respected animation styles.

Anime is considered a pop culture phenomenon. Many critics and fans argue as to whether this form of entertainment is actually a type of art at all or simply a media craze. Critics of animation argue whether anime, while extremely popular in Japanese culture today and increasingly so in the Western world, should be held up alongside famous Japanese traditions such as haiku and woodblock prints. Many see anime as nothing more than a typical entertainment phase and that it will lose its social status and eventually disappear all together. However, anime has a strong growing market today and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon.

Anime differs greatly from the animation found in the United States today. Browsing a entertainment shop in Japan,…