But it wasn’t until the 80’s and 1990’s that
We can thank Pokemon,
And it only continued into the early 2000’s with
But back to the question: what makes
Why did it explode, and what continues to fuel the growth of
As much as I hate some of the reasons, it boils down to these 6 elements…
Anime Is Popular:
Any normal person wouldn’t know what to think as a first time fan.
But let’s be brutally honest – FAN SERVICE is one of many reasons why
Take the image above for example. They’re from the
- Gurren Lagann.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is very popular in the slice of life category.
And Gurren Lagann? It’s popular as F.
We see the same things play out in
I can’t stand it because it’s usually out of context, but it’s a part of what makes
Kino’s Journey (or Kino’s Travels) is the perfect example of this.
Each episode is refreshing, and focuses purely on telling interesting stories. Usually from the perspective of the people Kino meets from country to country.
Each persons story teaches you a new life lesson, and opens your eyes to a new way of seeing things. Even if it’s simplistic.
There are other
- Psycho Pass.
- The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.
- Guardian Of The Sacred Spirit.
Storytelling is the reason
Without fresh storytelling,
3. Beautiful animation and art-style!
Where can you find animation + art style ANYWHERE on the planet like
Outside of Japan, animation tends to be:
- More cartoon-ish.
- Simple drawings.
- Unrealistic designs with weird body proportions.
- And the backgrounds are also simple.
This is intentional, but
That’s why it appeals to so many age groups.
4. Great fight/action scenes
It’s these types of Shounens and action series that make
The obvious shows that come to mind are:
And a long list of other
5. Relatable characters
Tomoya Okazaki is a parent in the second season of Clannad.
While his circumstances aren’t common, you can relate to how he feels if you’re a young parent.
It doesn’t matter what the
- Personality traits.
- Our sense of humor.
- Painful losses we’ve dealt with.
Or any other variation of life experience and characteristics.
Anime is HILARIOUS
Japan is different to the world in many ways (culture, society, etc). These differences make for a very unique comedy experience.
Personally, comedy within
Films can’t achieve this even if they tried for one obvious reason: films have real people in it.
And that’s the advantage
Honorable Mentions For Why
Anime Is Popular:
- Unrealistically cute characters.
- Wide range of genres, topics and subjects.
- Piracy websites (let’s be honest).
- Easy to access because of the internet.
What reasons do you think