Anime and Manga shape an art form ideally explores contemporary sensibilities. It portrays interpretations of the world, whether they are “real” or “unreal” – it is the most advanced mode of expression with sophisticated and imaginative ways: unexpected settings, elaborate and intricate plot twists, daring and exquisite visuals – draws in even adults.

    Sugiyama Tomoyuki, president of Digital Hollywood University remarks, “Japan’s unfettered, flexible spiritual climate positions Japan as the cultivating center of manga or anime.” In his book Cool Japan and Edo Culture, professor Okuno Takuji, a Japanese anthropologist, points out that Japanese Anime and Manga share underlying value with kabuki (歌舞伎, kabuki, the highly stylized Japanese classical theater) or ningyo jyoruri (人形浄瑠璃, Ningyō jōruri, the Japanese puppet theater) of Edo period.

    They resolve current society or course of history once, and remake a narrative out of them. The narrative renders the world where good and evil fuzzily exist together, and represents Japanese pluralistic concept of values which liberates people from the dualistic restraint.

    Anime and Manga encompass the big questions - the meaning of life and of death, the uncomfortable feelings of adolescent, the search for identity, the temptation of violence, the meaning of love - that we have looking for in art or philosophy.

    Therefore you cannot find out a theme not covered in Anime and Manga in Japan. The inventiveness of the subject matter is outstanding – myriad contents: from child rearing, sex, android alternate, history, medic, music, magical girl, specter, school-life, post-apocalyptic, golf, gastronomic, girls band, gamble, neurotic, and yakuza, to Peter Drucker’s “Management”.

    The synergy among expressive elements: Japan’s time-honored aesthetic values, an extraordinary degree of social permissiveness for creative freedom, the art techniques based on the Japanese innate perception, compelling narrative and character developments, the interactive creative process that fosters creators and their works.

  • Japanese Anime Aesthetic

    Basara (婆娑羅) and Amime & Manga

    Kabukimono (かぶきもの) personified basara (婆娑羅, basara, posing for dramatic effect dressed in imported gaudery form china.) and furyu (風流, fūrū, ostentatious flamboyant design).

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    "Moe" (萌え) and Amime & Manga

    "Moe" (萌え, mo’e), came out in 90th, is not a trendy concept something popping out of the blue, but an aesthetic sense that has intricately tied to the Japanese traditional aesthetic ideas.

  • Art techniques in Amime & Manga

    Managa is an art form in which expressive elements: drawing, typography, graphic design, and panel layout are highly integrated. The expressive techniques hold true for Anime, and make it a sophisticated art form.

  • The traditional techniques

    Okuno Takuji, a Japanese anthropologist suggests that the expressive techniques in Anime and Manga today derive from the traditional techniques.

  • The ukiyo-e (浮世絵 perspective

    With the rise of popular culture in the Edo period, a style of woodblock prints called ukiyo-e characterized by the aesthetic two-dimensional forms, the absence of western notion of perspective became a major art form.

  • The traditional line drawing technique

    Among Japanese traditional art techniques, line drawing has fundamental impact on today's Manga and Anime. "Drawn only with outlines, Manga who inherits the characteristic of Japanese-style painting made up of lines seem three-dimensional.

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    Violence in Amime & Manga

    Violence is another prominent feature of Japanese Manga and Anime. Besides the works whose main theme is violence itself, those for younger target depict violence with no restraint as well.

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    The sexual expression in Amime & Manga

    “In certain contexts, Japanese culture can combine the auras of sexual energy and violence without creating an atmosphere of seedy perversity or provocation.” Roland Kelts

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    Anthropomorphism and Amime & Manga

    Beyond its cool design, in the context of taboo-free expression, mechanical nature in Manga and Anime may take on a meaning of anthropomorphism or animism.

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    The "Ghost" in the Shell

    In the Ghost in the Shell universe, "ghost" means soul, essence, being, mind that separates humans from robots and Ais. If a cyber-brain can generate its own ghost, then there is no particular importance to be placed on “the human.”

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    Animism and Amime & Manga

    "Animation" is a compound word of"Anima" ("Animal" comes from "Anima") and Animate. Few Japanese Manga and Anime don't contain any animistic connotation.


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