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    Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Can you name the biggest differences between Japanese anime and other animation/cartoon?

    Aside it is made by Japanese of course lol.


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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    I find that anime has a much wider variety of genres than animation from other countries. The art style of characters is nearly always more triangular than circular. The anime industry is notably larger than animation from other countries, and thus a lot of anime studios have a greater budget to work with, leading to more professional results.

    Anime also isn't monopolised by one huge studio (Disney) and hasn't dwindled into CGI hell. (Although the animation is clearly digital lately, most anime remains 2D.)

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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis
    Anime hasn't dwindled into CGI hell. (Although the animation is clearly digital lately, most anime remains 2D.)
    I don't really like CGI all that much. it's just become so overused and commonplace that it seems to me that if you want a show or movie to be successful, it has to be CGI. not saying i hate it, toy story is one of my favorite movies, but i wouldn't mind seeing some more 2d films.

    well back on topic, i always found it surprising that even children's anime in japan (pokemon, etc.) was able to show more violence and tackle a little bit stronger situations than children cartoons here. but, that's what 4kids i for, i guess.
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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Well, kids' TV was far better here in the past when political correctness wasn't such a pressing problem, but I won't go into that. I'll just say I miss the old Cartoon Network and I feel sorry to an extent for the kids of the future, since even the few cartoons I've seen on TV nowadays seem like utter rubbish. And yes, I loved Toy Story too, but its success unfortunately killed the animation styles I remember more fondly.

    I wish the west could take a leaf from Japan's book and realise that 2D animation can still be a success. Disney should realise this through their partnership with Studio Ghibli.

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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Uhm, Disney got their inspiration from anime and Studio Ghibli got theirs from Disney. Just something random to mention.

    I miss classic 2D animation from Disney, Dreamworks and 20th/21st Century Fox. Heck I even miss Samurai Jack! And I wasn't a big fan of it.

    Most things seem to either be live action or cgi nowadays. And Disney is trying to milk the cash cow by rereleasing classic films in 3D.
    All the villians I've seen in kid shows now are just bland and uninteresting, my niece is a better villian when the kids play superheroes, she infiltrates the good guys HQ! How many villians actually do that nowadays? They usually send their followers to do that!

    The only differences I really notice are how the faces appear and how the characters move.

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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_penguin123
    Uhm, Disney got their inspiration from anime and Studio Ghibli got theirs from Disney. Just something random to mention.
    Wrong. Walt Disney was way ahead of the game in the 1920s. They produced Alice's Wonderland. Just go and compare the animation quality. 1920s anime was okay, but Japan was certainly trailing behind the US.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H58meqbp5Ps

    Not only did Disney create the most impressive early B&W animation, but as a double-whammy they also created an amazingly impressive colour feature-length animation in the '30s, merely fourteen years later. I'm talking about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyR1bd1Z9-A

    At this point, Japan definitely realised their position, and so did many other countries. When Japan was defeated at the end of World War II in 1945, soon after, Japan became Americanised, so to speak. I think a good few Japanese animators saw it as an opportunity to take a leaf from Disney's book. Still, I'd say Japan was still behind in animation quality for quite a while.

    Watch the 1960s anime called Astro Boy. You'll see it looks far more like something from Disney or Warner Bros. Studio. However you look at it, it looks more western in style than anything modern:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3UbaB7oPTw

    Notably, even then with Astro Boy being a prominent Japanese series, it was still black and white. Eventually Japan caught up with the west. I'm not sure how it happened, but the Japanese changed their art style (which became quite distinctive) and animation eventually became a booming industry in Japan. It's true that Ghibli got their inspiration from Disney, but Disney certainly didn't get theirs from Ghibli. Studio Ghibli was founded over sixty years later, in 1985 I believe. It's true that Studio Ghibli's animation is outstanding and no doubt had an influence on Disney, and that Studio Ghibli and Disney eventually joined forces, but I'd say Disney has had the upper hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_penguin123
    And Disney is trying to milk the cash cow by rereleasing classic films in 3D.
    I agree with what you're saying, but... no objections here. I watched The Lion King in 3D on my computer since I have 3D monitors. It was the most amazing thing I had seen in quite some time. I'm all for more classic animations in 3D.

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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Japanese anime has the benefit being broad and not having the hindrances of western animation. Anime can be anything a drama, comedy, action and etc. While western animation is still viewed more or less a kids shows. Obviously, there are exceptions like Family Guy, American Dad and The Simpsons (to a degree). But even they get brow beaten by censorship and a vocal minority that may not like what they saw on a cartoon. I mean they now edit, stop showing or censor the Looney Toons and Tom & Jerry on TV now. They cut the scene in where Elmer Fudd shoots Daffy in the face. Sorry for getting wordy and political on you guys.
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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    About the black and white.
    There was a tendency in Japanese film to value black and white over color.
    Often it was seen as the more respected way to do things.
    There were black and white films well on into the 60's in nihon.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Thanks for clearing that up, Mantis. I thought what my fiancÚ said sounded a little off. xD
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    RE: Differences between Japanese anime and other animation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord-Idolo
    Japanese anime has the benefit being broad and not having the hindrances of western animation. Anime can be anything a drama, comedy, action and etc. While western animation is still viewed more or less a kids shows. Obviously, there are exceptions like Family Guy, American Dad and The Simpsons (to a degree). But even they get brow beaten by censorship and a vocal minority that may not like what they saw on a cartoon. I mean they now edit, stop showing or censor the Looney Toons and Tom & Jerry on TV now. They cut the scene in where Elmer Fudd shoots Daffy in the face. Sorry for getting wordy and political on you guys.
    No kidding. Every time I watch an anime, my family say I haven't grown up. I kept telling them it is not for kids.

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