Anime Away

By Amber Ani-Heron, reporter

Anime, created in Japan in the 1960’s, became very popular in the west. Now, it’s becoming more widespread as more anime shows and movies are being created. But what exactly is Anime?

While it is a type of animation, the purpose of anime is to add glamor to the still-pictures. You can quickly identify anime because it carries specific characteristics that typical animation strays away from, such as large eyes with reflections in them, thin, elongated bodies, and the usage of shades and color to enhance attraction.

Junior Casey Olmstead said, “The appeal of anime to her was the art style. Anime pays more attention to the more minor details, like hair, and eyelashes. Reflections and shadows are key components to add depth in Anime. “My mother introduced me to my first anime in the library and I was hooked,” she mentioned.

Junior Gianna Friedman said, “The plot is appealing as well as how the story is overall shown.“ Amine in general differs from Animation as it caters and aims towards young adults and older adults. The animation features adventure and humor, catering and aiming just for young children.

This year, 2021, two top-rated anime movies are having their 20th and 35th anniversary. Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky, respectively; both by Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. In honor of the anniversary, you can see Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro in theaters. Spirited Away played earlier in October.

As it stands, whether it be Castle in the sky or Demon Slayer, give anime a watch. You might not even have realized you watched anime, like Pokemon! Expand your knowledge, and fall in love with all the characters.

SunCoast Theaters’ poster for the Studio Ghibli Fest, displaying the dates for Hayao Miyazaki's most popular movies.

Photo Credit: Amber Ani-Heron

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