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Whenever someone hears the word ‘anime,’ questions are often fired. The first of which is, “What’s anime?” Before anime fans can hastily blurt out a reply, the baffled souls continue to ask, “Is it a cartoon?” By this time, our patience is running out and we’re ready to explode. However, we’ll still do our best to educate our friends about the amazing world of anime.
So, what is anime?
In a nutshell, it’s the term used to describe Japanese animation. While most cartoons are typically for kids, anime is not restricted to certain age groups. The unique artistic style, intense action scenes and in-depth story lines are enough to pull you in. Let’s not forget the super-hot characters that we wish we could find in real life! There’s an anime for every genre – from romance to sci-fi to crime to fantasy.
What makes anime special?
Creativity is key
One factor that helps anime stand out is the artistry. Most have detailed scenes in every frame of the story. Characters often dress in heavily embellished clothing and have distinctive fashion styles. Anime characters can be easily identified by the large, doe-like eyes on female characters and almond-shaped ones on the men. Themed colours can vary from the vibrant to the muted. The atmosphere is continuously built as the tale progresses.
The plot twists are dynamic
Storylines tend to display elaborate and wildly imaginative concepts. However, they do deal with a variety of subjects like love, loss, social issues, violence, family and corruption. Japanese culture is also incorporated into the artwork or story, sometimes as the main focus or in subtle touches.
Anime scores or soundtracks for episodes play a huge role in garnering fans. From cheerful pop to heavy rock to soulful ballads, the music is epic and portrays the personality of the anime.
Anime is rising in popularity in Colombo, so Cosmo chatted with some die-hard fans. We wanted to know what anime they’d recommend to a newbie.
“Watch Naruto! It’ll teach you the importance of never giving up on your dreams, keeping one’s word and the value of family and friends. The amazing characters with fighting techniques unique to each role and the action sequences are unbeatable! You’ll be sure to add some of the soundtracks to your playlist once you start Naruto.” – Susanda, 23
“I would say Death Note because the plot is unpredictable and the characters are great. Especially ‘L’ with his quirky habits! I enjoy criminal investigation programmes and Death Note falls under this category. The story is a combination of the modern world, advanced technology and mythical beasts. It’s definitely an entertaining watch.” – Raveera, 21
“Suggesting an anime to someone really depends on that person. We all have genres we like to watch and anime has multiple genres like Shounen, Shoujo and Mecha. However, I would recommend starting off with ‘Spirited Away‘ by Studio Ghibli. You can never go wrong with Hayao Miyazaki’s work and there’s always been a special place in my heart for its distinctive beauty in storytelling, animation and characters. And of course, Joe Hisaishi’s musical score just makes everything ever so perfect.” – Sano, 26
“I would go with Re:Zero because it contains all the elements of a generic anime. Comedy, cuteness, awesome villainy and the peculiarities of characters are sure to grab your interest. Get ready for a ride you won’t forget!” – Purnima, 20
Cosmo Tip: Check out these other popular anime: Attack On Titan, Full Metal Alchemist, Hellsing, Cowboy Bebop, Psycho Pass
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