Why is it that some people don’t consider Anime art?
Depending on who you ask and where you look online, the answers are different.
Though there are a couple of different ways to answer this question:
- Some people are ignorant to the world of Anime. So they don’t know any better.
- Authority figures (Teachers, etc) have a job to do. So if a school doesn’t consider Anime art, then they enforce those rules. Even if they don’t agree with it.
- Other people hate/dislike Anime (even though they’ve never tried it, and don’t understand it).
- Critics believe because things look “similar” among characters and shows, that it can’t be art. As originality is “creative”.
- And then some of us have our own definition of WHAT art is supposed to look like.
And that’s the problem.
If what people consider art is based on opinion, then how do you define what art is?
And is there even a right way to define art?
Here’s Google’s definition of what “art” means:
the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
And if we look at the definition of “art” on dictionary.com, it says this:
In plain English, Art is a form of self expression.
Whether that be through a drawing, a piece of music, painting, writing, or a film.
So going off that definition of what “art” is, there’s no doubt Anime is an art form. Regardless of public opinion or what anyone says.
For each Anime show, just like a film, each bit of scenery is put together by a team of artists. And other key people who make it all possible.
Each character is drawn by an artist, including facial expressions, hair, design, and everything in between.
It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about Manga or Anime, because both are still works of art.
And there’s no denying that Manga or Anime is an art form.
Now back to the question…
Should Anime Be Considered Art?
You decide after seeing these beautiful images and examples below. 😉
Anime art created by And So via pixiv.net
Anime art created by Ana via https://www.pixiv.net/
Anime Art created by Gocoli via https://www.pixiv.net/
Original Anime art belongs to – Pixiv.net
Anime Art belongs to Futa.
Artist: Isaki at Pixiv
Anime art by Retpa on Pixiv
These are few but great examples of original Anime art. Created by artists.
And there are 1000’s more examples, especially if you think about all the Anime shows that have ever been produced.
If that’s not convincing enough…
Here’s what Wikipedia thinks about Anime as an art form:
Anime is an art form, specifically animation, that includes all genres found in cinema, but it can be mistakenly classified as a genre. In Japanese, the term anime refers to all forms of animation from around the world.
Taking it a step further….
On Wikipedia’s page about the arts, Art is described like this:
The arts represent an outlet of expression that is usually influenced by culture in society and which in turn helps to change culture. As such, the arts are a physical manifestation of people’s internal creative impulse.
Notice the words creative and expression.
It’s these two words that are associated with art no matter where you look and who you ask.
On Yahoo Answers, a member asked the question – What do you consider Art?
And someone describes art like this in their answer:
it isn’t about anyone ELSE feeling anything… its about the artist feeling something.
On Quora, someone asked the question – What is art? What can and can’t be considered as art?
And here’s part of an answer someone shared, which is the opposite of the answer on Yahoo!
Art is created to make you feel something. Whether it is disgust, rage, devastation or joy, as long as it is the artist’s deliberation, you may call it Art.
Even though both answers are slightly different, there’s one thing both agree on: Art is “created” and art makes you feel something.
And Wikipedia mentioned the same thing in a different way.
The reality is: Anime should be considered art, because it is!
But whether people accept it as an art form or not is up for debate.
As some people genuinely do hate Anime (for whatever reason), and others have their own definitions of what art is.
I understand that some people believe Anime isn’t art because many drawings look the same.
But if that’s true, then the same can be said about the same looking films, paintings, music, Graffiti, and other things that society accepts as art.
I think the real issue is – As an art form, Anime isn’t as commercially accepted as films, music and so on. Especially not in the west (even though Anime is popular over here).
My point of this post is to explain the many definitions of what Art actually is. And how it’s easy to confuse the actual meaning of art when you have strong opinions about it.
What do you think about Anime as an art form?
Share your thoughts!