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Where did anime come from?
Posted 12/26/08
i think some of the animes come from japan
Posted 12/26/08
do u even have to ask?
Posted 12/26/08

rogerromana wrote:

my guess is a fat perverted guy who liked drawing girls who lived in japan lol


LMAO
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I wish I could do this better justice, but I'm hardly an academic so I'll try my best with my basic (and probably crude) idea of what I've learned studying Asian art history and art history in general. I think the concept with the use of simplistic and stylized forms in terms of Anime stems back to early or ancient Japanese art. You'd have to study Buddhism and other east Asian religions to see how it influenced Chinese and Japanese art since early Japanese iconography and style was based off early Chinese landscape paintings and other artworks. But I think the idea of simplicity and minimalism has to do with Buddhist beliefs and other philosophies and religions in that area. Of course, over time things change and ideas change, but the basic concept of having simplified forms stayed, as opposed to the exact rendering of objects popular with European or Western styles which in that case dates back from the ancient Greek culture.

Around the 19th century though, Europeans, mainly the French, fell in love with the Japanese culture and artwork, which they called Japonisme. Artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and such were influenced by the simplistic forms and the use of more arbitrary colors because to them, accurate portrayal of color to real life wasn't as important as say the iconography (random anime color hair anyone?) in Japanese art, and color was more of expression and such I think than accuracy. The type of art at the time that Europeans were mainly influenced by though was that of Japanese woodblock prints, which a lot depicted ukiyo-e (pictures of the "floating world." Floating in the Buddhist sense of transient or evanescent, and they mostly showed the world of everyday life and that of pleasure, theater, dancing, love or festivals). Of course, everyone puts their own spin on things, so new art forms are born. These sort of art historical moments carry over to modern times, and change and grow with the times.

So of course with new technology, and cultures now being able to better communicate with each other, I'm sure ideas get swapped around, so from the wikipedia explanation of the history of anime, they have their points, and perhaps they were influenced by the animation technology and techniques of putting pictures on screen by companies like Disney, and the big eyes might have came from Disney, since he felt it was the easiest way to convey emotion without adding a lot of details (which costs money). I would think though that their continual use of stylized or simplistic forms would stem from their past with new innovations and ideas from other cultures. Of course, there are many different styles of art in Anime nowadays, but I would think one characteristic that stays is that it's more simplistic than an exact replica of the object, perhaps also because it's much easier to mass produce than something really intricate, but these easier and new methods create a new appeal and style and therefore it continues on. The style will obviously continue to expand into new realms with the rise of new technology and ideas, but I think all the previous stuff I mentioned helps give it some root as to how it continually evolved to what it is today.
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Posted 12/26/08
it was crafted by geniuses...
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Posted 12/26/08
it all started as stick figures
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Posted 12/26/08
japan....
well it started in japan so it also came from japan.
Posted 12/26/08
I think the first anime was 'Akira'. I'm not sure though, some otaku at the video store told me, and I checked up and it was one of the first big anime hits, and is the biggest movie of anime history or something.
Posted 12/26/08

rogerromana wrote:

my guess is a fat perverted guy who liked drawing girls who lived in japan lol


on point and close but not correct, anime actually began by a guy who was rejected from his local japanese brothel and porn shop and so decided to the only option was to draw girl for his pleasure. others became fascinated by this and the next thing you know. 40 year old men were gathering to together to perv over next man's draw pics. lovely
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