Anime has a deep history that can be traced back to the 70’s. However there are conflicting reports that show that anime may have as well existed as early as 1917. This makes anime a century old by now. The manner in which anime was adopted outside Japan was probably the turning point for the industry and it propelled the little known form of animation into worldwide fame. So how did anime reach to where it is today? Well read on to understand how anime has evolved over the years
Anime at the turn of the 20th century
Anime can be traced back to the 1920’s. at the moment only a few copies can depict anime as it was during those years, but they show how the art form started off. There is also information about the first creators and animators of anime. The reason why anime came into existence was to preserve Japanese culture. They wanted to avoid western influence as much as possible and they resorted to making their own films with the Japanese language and ideals. This is probably the reason why most animes up to today are still made in Japanese language with English subtitles.
Anime in the 70’s
The start of the 70’s, pushed anime to worldwide attention. The Japanes media industry grew tremendously during this period and became highly competitive with other media agencies all around the world. As a result, they absorbed fresh young talent that quickly spurred more creativity into the anime world that led to the creation of classics such as Vampire Hunter D and Ninja Scroll. Also some of the iconic studios that deal with anime up to today were founded during this same period such as Madhouse Studio and Sunrise Entertainment.
Anime in the 80’s
Anime went through a phase in its development with more creators looking into the Sci-Fi genre. This led to the creation of animes that had robot and science fiction themes. This was probably due to the hit of the Star Wars series which prompted more animators and creators to ride with the spur of the moment which was in Sci-Fi. This period saw the creation of anime classics like Dragonball.
Anime in the 90’s
The 90’s brought even more developments in the anime world. This period saw the exploration of animes with themes that included sexuality and violence; something that had not been envisaged in the Japanese media world before. It also saw the release of anime films such as Ghost in the shell. The 90’s also welcomed childhood franchises that became popular and rode on the success of popular anime series.
Anime in the 21st century
The popularity of animes was cemented during 2000 to 2010. Many anime series have been released during this period than in any other period in anime history. There have been the boring titles, but most of the interesting anime series also lie in this period.
Anime definitely has a bright future ahead as people have already embraced this style of animation. However, whether anime will spiral downwards or continue in its plan for world domination is a question for another day.