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johnkilo
04-26-2010, 01:09 PM
Hello, my name is John and I am a senior at Central Connecticut State University. I am currently writing a paper on anime's introduction into the west and why it has become so popular here.

Everyone here would be considered a "primary source" or someone who is currently experiencing the events. If anyone here would like to share how they became introduced to anime and why you like it and/or why you think it has become so popular I could include your statements in my paper. Your words would be cited of course and I would even share the paper with you after I'm finished.

Thanks for your time/help!

小美ドクロchan
04-26-2010, 04:33 PM
Okay....well, the reason why I personally think anime is so popular is because it's like an entire new world to someone looking for something to watch. Just with your American TV shows and movies, you have a genre for absolutely everyone, children, teens, older teens, adults, older adults, men, women, girls, boys, romance freaks, sci-fi freaks, porn-freaks, action-freaks, furry-freaks, fantasy-freaks, LSD-freaks lol you get the idea, right? There is so so much to choose from. It seems impossible that nobody would find at least one show they liked. Unless they dislike animation as a whole. Unfortunately some people are like that. :/

The Butcher
04-26-2010, 04:43 PM
I'll just tell you why I like it:

The characters are just so cool,you can't hardly get characters like Alucard,Revy,Lelouch Vi Britannia etc.,here in the west. My favorite part about it is the action,and yes DBZ is what got me into Anime,and also my action loving and need for it in my Anime.You can't hardly find action scenes like that unless you watch Kill Bill,Bourne,or Matrix.

Kagome
04-26-2010, 04:53 PM
Mya, I've noticed that anime has pretty much taken over the animation/cartoon industry here. It's damn rare to find ANY good animation shows on TV that were made in America. Prime-time animation aside. I know there are a few, but those are only a "few" majority is Japanese anime.

poshyterra
04-26-2010, 05:03 PM
I don't know why it's so popular here. My guess would be exposure to it really young. When I was little (like 3 or 4), I watched Sailor Moon because I wanted to be a princess. I watched Naruto because I wanted to be a ninja. Now, I watch it because I enjoy it. I got into anime because I wanted to be like the characters and I could connect with them. Not everyone can connect with a sponge who lives in a pineapple or some barnyard animals.

GameGeeks
04-26-2010, 05:12 PM
Kagome, I'd like to point you to cartoon network. I'll admit that the last decade has sucked on that channel but the 90's had some really good ones like Dexter, Johnny Bravo, ect. Outside of a few shows like the Simpsons, animation in America is directed at kids so something like anime becoming extremely popular with young adults and teens is only natural. I think part of the reason anime has become popular is due to Tunami. I'm willing to bet most people 18 and up got hooked on it because of that program block. As for why I like anime I'd have say it's due to the stories. Some of them have some amazing stories. It also seems the Japanese tend to be more creative with their story telling then American's are.

Gjallarhorn
04-26-2010, 05:50 PM
I grew up watching anime. When I was 2 years old, in 1991, I was introduced to Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go), and the original english Dragonball dub, amongst others. When I was 5 and all my friends were reading American comic books, I was reading manga.

Because of this, I'm sort of predisposed to still be reading it; it's something I grew up doing, without even thinking about it.

As for why I like it, its very hard to sum up. Manga and anime are very broad; asking "why do you like anime" is like asking someone "why do you like movies". There's a lot of anime I like and dislike, for a wide variety of reasons.

I enjoy manga and anime which have intricately developed settings and storylines, that don't rely heavily on character drama to keep the story running, and have a unique sense of style to them. I like when they take my imagination to somewhere else, or heavily analyze human actions and relationships. I dislike manga with nothing below their surface, which rely on character drama as a means of creating content, and with generic artwork.

In regard to this, I'm not so much a fan of modern anime as I am the anime from a decade ago. Modern anime has seen a shift from adventure-driven or heroic manga into a more casual setting, often taking place with a cast of whacky characters in a school, having a story driven by character drama...a sitcom, if you will. This is not to say that there are no modern anime or manga I like, but that the style of anime I grew up with, such as the style of those found in the 80s and 90s, is hard to come by in modern series.

Syaoran
04-26-2010, 06:37 PM
I guess its because how much the characters are in detail and how kawaii they look to some people. They can also play role models to others.
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Kagome
04-26-2010, 11:58 PM
Kagome, I'd like to point you to cartoon network. I'll admit that the last decade has sucked on that channel but the 90's had some really good ones like Dexter, Johnny Bravo, ect. Outside of a few shows like the Simpsons, animation in America is directed at kids so something like anime becoming extremely popular with young adults and teens is only natural. I think part of the reason anime has become popular is due to Toonami. I'm willing to bet most people 18 and up got hooked on it because of that program block. As for why I like anime I'd have say it's due to the stories. Some of them have some amazing stories. It also seems the Japanese tend to be more creative with their story telling then American's are.

I meant any more. I forgot to say that. 90s cartoons were FANTASTIC I'll agree with you there...but now-Now-you cannot find anything good done by american animation companies on TV. Or-well-barely...

小美ドクロchan
04-27-2010, 10:24 AM
Kagome, I'd like to point you to cartoon network. I'll admit that the last decade has sucked on that channel but the 90's had some really good ones like Dexter, Johnny Bravo, ect.

GAWD, I MISS 90s CARTOONS TOO.

Cartoon Network was tip of the iceberg. We also had Nicktoons, Disney toons, WB toons (ANIMANIACS ANYONE!?)
And all those freaking studios competing with Disney in 2-D animated films!!

It was the Golden Age of animation. Comparing American animation back then to what we have now....really makes me want to throw myself on the floor and scream and sob like a two-year-old....:banghead:

GameGeeks
04-27-2010, 10:41 AM
I meant any more. I forgot to say that. 90s cartoons were FANTASTIC I'll agree with you there...but now-Now-you cannot find anything good done by american animation companies on TV. Or-well-barely...Well about two years ago there was Avatar and I'm a big fan of the Simpsons which is American animation.


GAWD, I MISS 90s CARTOONS TOO.

Cartoon Network was tip of the iceberg. We also had Nicktoons, Disney toons, WB toons (ANIMANIACS ANYONE!?)
And all those freaking studios competing with Disney in 2-D animated films!!

It was the Golden Age of animation. Comparing American animation back then to what we have now....really makes me want to throw myself on the floor and scream and sob like a two-year-old....:banghead:
Yeah, I miss Johnny Bravo the most. And yeah, makes you think about what today's youth will be like due to the cartoons airing now. I also didn't mention Nickelodeon because they air just as many acted shows as they do animated ones.

Kagome
04-27-2010, 11:19 AM
Well about two years ago there was Avatar and I'm a big fan of the Simpsons which is American animation.



Hense the "Or-well-barely..." at the end of my statement. :p

johnkilo
04-28-2010, 10:11 AM
Thanks everyone, you've all given some great responses. A lot of what you said has gone alone with what I've read in books from scholars on Japanese literature and culture, so that's interesting. I don't post here often but when I do I always get a lot of help, so I really appreciate that. Thanks again!

I'll be sure to post the final draft of the paper when it is finished.

Rageth
04-28-2010, 01:35 PM
I don't really 100% know why I like anime. I think the art style is what I really enjoy, and I like the original and the unusual. The first anime I watched was Teknoman.