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Japanese Animation: What you should know

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Japanese animation is a rich medium, too often considered childish.

To explain this, I went through the archives and picked 5 articles that I believe you should read. Enjoy these links!

1. ANIME SERIES TO WATCH

The world of anime is vast, with so many series produced each year, it can become quickly difficult to find some good stuff to watch. Especially, if you’re trying to discover interesting productions, to try something else than the big mainstream titles such as Naruto or Bleach. This article will help you finding original series.

2. BECAUSE ALTERNATIVE ANIMATION EXISTS TOO

Tired of watching the usual animated series co-produced by television? You should know many independent talents in Japan are creating some amazing works, which aren’t always receiving proper exposure or being well-known. As a start, here, you should discover some names to remember…

3. BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW?

We’re not talking about which anime is the best, or who is your favorite director. It’s not a name-dropping contest. It’s more about knowing what does make animation so special, as a medium. What does it take to create great animation, and what does it really mean? In other words, learn to understand what you’ve seen & felt many times without always knowing why!

4. WHAT THE JAPANESE PRESS SAYS…

Kinema Junpo is one of the oldest and most prestigious film magazines in Japan, which recently decided to establish the Top 10 animated films ever made. It seems to be the first time this magazine is showing that much interest in animation – it’s about time…

5. HOW ANIMATION HAS INFLUENCED HOLLYWOOD?

From Matrix to Blade 2, some Hollywood projects have assimilated the very language-nature of animation, and its infinite visual possibilities. The idea behind that? To enhance their own worlds & narratives. At some point, animation & live-action collide to create something visually new. This change was best explained & described by Hideo Kojima, back in 1999.

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