How has Japanese Anime influenced the World?

How Japanese Anime has influenced the world

The world has been watching anime for decades before the term ‘anime’ was invented. The truth is, the world of Japanese anime was born way back in 1917 with ‘The Dull Sword’ (Namakura Gatana), although the animation techniques and technologies used to create anime were fairly similar to those used to create European and American cartoons for decades to come.

Us Otakus (proud to be) have been living our lives as if we’re in the anime! Some of us think we’re the main characters of our own (Anime) A.k.a, LIFE! We definitely need to know that we’re living a life without powers. *sad noises* 

Japanese Anime series, movies, and manga have influenced nearly all global trends and industries for over a century, and today we’ll give some of the most prominent examples, so let’s begin with

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Historical Value

Historical Value

Hundreds of anime series are either based on historical events, portray certain historical events at times, or simply borrow iconic names in completely unrelated contexts.

Many would argue that watching anime could equate to being acquainted with bits and pieces of history. For instance, Kingdom is essentially based on the legendary Chinese warlord Lu Bu, although the protagonist’s name is Shin; the Vinland Saga is essentially animated Vikings, and there are dozens of titles that at least touch on World War events, and such.

The main difference between historical cartoons and historically-themed anime is that the latter tend to be spiced up with over-the-top flavors that add the much-needed entertainment factor, making it much more approachable for children and teens who generally dislike formal documentary-type content.

A Wholesome Introduction to Japanese Culture

The vast majority of Japanese anime is available in ‘subs’ (subtitled) and ‘dubs’ (with new vocal tracks in different languages). Some of the first anime shows were only aired in Japan; even if an American or a European wanted to enjoy them, they wouldn’t be able to understand a word.

Even before they became popular, Japanese anime shows were slowly ‘subbed’ and ‘dubbed’, so that they could be presented to wider audiences to enjoy.

With linguistic barriers out of the way, all English-speaking individuals could watch and understand the storyline of anime shows, which gives a very important context to the beautiful graphical content.

From traditional attire and outfits, over traditional foods and culinary techniques, to actual Japanese traditions in terms of formalities and etiquette – all of these elements showcased the Japanese culture through anime to the rest of the world.

A New Standard in Animation Quality

Hayao Miyazaki

The main selling point of anime is the tremendous quality of animation and graphics. Top-tier anime titles, such as the God Eater, and Alucard are in a league of their own, putting many high-budget cartoons out of “best of” lists in this particular regard. Attack on Titan is a must-watch for anyone who would argue with such bold statements.

Ever since Hayao Miyazaki started creating brilliant anime pieces, numerous Japanese investors and companies realized that the world of anime is a gold mine, so the competition between illustrators, writers, and animators has never ceased to be any less fierce than it was decades ago.

This competition has resulted in gorgeous pieces of art, and it’s one of the many reasons why the anime series of today are beyond beautiful in terms of animation.

JRPG – Japanese Role-Playing Games

genshin impact

Before popular anime titles were envisioned as actual video games, anime-influenced games were slowly overtaking the RPG field of the industry. Role-playing games are rightfully some of the most popular ones, as hundreds of thousands of tabletop board game enthusiasts linked with them almost instantly.

While the standard of RPG games revolved around character creation, progression, and ultimately the notion that the players could identify with their characters, JRPG games added a couple of brand-new elements that weren’t as present in the gaming industry – more details in cinematic cutscenes, more choices in dialogues, and ‘hidden endings’.

Aside from JRPGs, Japanese anime had also inspired various iconic fighting games that later on received screen time, such as Street Fighter, for example.

The Cosplay Culture

cosplay culture

Buying, creating, and wearing the uniforms of favorite actors has been a trend for decades, so some may argue that cosplay isn’t exactly a fresh idea inspired by Japanese anime.

However, even the most ludicrous of Western movies couldn’t match the over-the-top attribute of a mediocre anime, let alone some of the finest titles, which meant that cosplaying required a substantially higher amount of dedication, effort, and money than dressing into Hollywood movie stars.

The Cosplay culture spread so rapidly across Japan in 1984 and has since spread across all four corners of the globe. Aside from the local cosplay fairs, World Cosplay Summits have been taking place since 2003, which further affirms the undeniable impact Japanese anime had on the world.

Anime-themed Food

Aside from vibrantly depicted action scenes, one of the most legendary features of almost every anime show is the food. Although Japanese food is remarkably tasty, healthy, and unique in all regards, it’s as if all Japanese animators had a secret meeting and decided to portray it as even tastier and more irresistible.

Some of the most iconic food in Japanese anime shows are Ramen and Curry, although Pocky, Onigiri, Taiyaki, and Katsudon are also fairly present in hundreds of titles.

Taiyaki

In that light, dozens of anime-themed restaurants have started opening across the world, some of which put a slightly heavier accent on the Japanese culinary aspect of it, others fully committing to creating full-fledged anime venues with numerous anime-themed accessories and props.

Slice of Life – Reverse Drama

Slice of Life

Comedy, drama, and movies that belong to similar genres could easily be recreated by passionate individuals who were inspired by iconic scenes. However, the over-the-top attribute of Japanese anime gave little room for mimicry and visual interpretation other than through cosplaying.

That may not necessarily be true, as that mainly applies to action, horror, and sci-fi anime genres; one of the peaking genres in Japanese anime is rightfully called ‘Slice of Life’ (Iyashikei), which is essentially the polar opposite of drama movies.

The main premise of Iyashikei anime is that characters are living peaceful lives, enjoying care-free times, and are completely unaffected by the wrongs in the world. This is said to have remarkably healing, soothing effects on whoever is actively watching the shows.

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Conclusion

We hope that this guide was useful to you and that you have learned something new today on Japanese anime and the impact it made on the world we live in. Make sure you are staying safe in these times we are all going through and have a good one, guys!

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