Anime characters have unique characteristics compared to animation productions from other countries, such as wide eyes, small mouths, sharp noses or distinctive character expressions. Other characteristics such as colorful hair or maybe a unique costume. There are also many Anime characters names who have special powers, depending on the theme and plot of each anime.
Anime production is mostly adapted from manga, the term for Japanese comics. Famous anime such as One Piece, Naruto Shippuden, Bleach or Fairy Tail for example, are anime adapted from manga. Although of course there are original anime produced by anime studios that are not taken from manga / comics.
Currently there are more than 400 anime studios in Japan. Some of the best anime studios include Studio Ghibli, Toei Animation, Madhouse Inc and Sunrise. Anime uses Japanese, but is also often translated into other languages such as English or many are also circulating with subtitles.
Anime has a long history to become popular as it is now. The world of Japanese animation itself began to develop in the early 20th century. At that time many Japanese animators were pioneers in world animated films. The first Japanese animated film was titled Katsudo Shashin, although there is no clear information about the truth. It wasn’t until 1917 that the official publication of Japanese animated films began. Several animated films by Oten Shimokawa and Seitarou Kitayama have been produced, including a 2-minute film called Namakura Gatana. Many animated films of that era have lost their records due to war or natural disasters.
In the 30s, animated films were used for government propaganda media. Masaoka’s first animated film with sound made Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka in 1933. The anime industry is also growing, as evidenced by the first feature-length animated feature film Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors in 1944. The influence of the success of animated films Walt Disney’s western production also boosted the development of Japanese anime.