EXACTLY WHAT ARE
ANIME AND MANGA?
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THERE WILL BE A QUIZ ON
THIS MATERIAL NEXT CLASS.
The word"anime" (pronounced "Annie May") comes from
French and is simply Japanese for animation. In Japan, it would apply to any
animated film; but here in America it would apply only to animated features
made in Japan. The animation industry is a much comprises a much larger
proportion of the cinema industry than it does here. While anime is
entertainment, it offers much more than pure entertainment.. Its level of
sophistication is generally far superior to that of the cartoon found in the
rest of the world. Anime's range is diverse, ranging from the very silly to the
very serious. Although it is produced primarily for children and young adults,
it's level of sophistication is such that it often appeals to older adults as
well. Anime has become a major way with which people outside of Japan become
introduced to elements of Japanese culture.
Anime can appear in several different forms:
FULL-LENGTH FILM: These animes are made for the big screen.
They feature some of the best artwork around. They can last anywhere from 60
minutes to two hours. They are sometimes tied to earlier series either as a
condensation or as a separate episode.
TV EPISODES: These are the animes shown on TV in Japan. While
the artwork may not always be as good, the number of episodes allow the anime
more time to develop its characters. Twenty or more anime series may be running
weekly on Japanese television.
ORIGINAL VIDEO ANIMATION (also known as OVA or OAV): These are
animes that go directly to the video market. Their artwork is better than TV's,
but they have much less time to develop the characters. OVA's are sometimes
spinoffs of TV series, but others have more than one episode and stand on their
own. They sometimes consist of material considered too much of a financial risk
or too inappropriate contentwise for movie or TV release.
"Manga" is Japanese for comic books. Literally, it means whimsical
pictures ("man"="whimsical" and
"ga"="pictures").Again, as stated above, in Japan it would
apply to any form of comics; but here in America it would apply only to comics
from Japan. As with anime, Japanese manga is often more sophisticated than the
comics found in the rest of the world. Originally, most anime was based on
successful manga; although recently the reverse has sometimes occurred. In a
sense, anime can be considered as "moving
manga".Thus"anime" and "manga" are not synonyms
as some uninformed people may think.
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MY FAVORITE ANIME SERIES (AT
Vampire Princess Miyu
FYI, the definition of my favorite anime is that when I begin watching a disc
from the series, I cannot turn it off until all the episodes on
it have been completed. I would also be eager to rewatch a favorite anime at
any time. As noted, my opinions are subject to change!
SOME OTHER ANIME SERIES I
Battle Athletes Victory
Bubblegum Crisis 2040
Crest of the Stars
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
Now and Then, Here and There
Those Who Hunt Elves
Vision of Escaflowne
AND SOME SHORTER SERIES OR
Devil Hunter Yokho
AND SOME MANGA:
Battle Angel Alita
Oh! My Goddess
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