What is the significance of 1986 in Japan anyways?
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Posted 11/10/09
Hi all,

I've noted these last few years that many anime titles seem to take place on or around the year 1986. The "When They Cry" Series (both Cicaca and Seagull,) and White Album, to name a couple all take place right around that time. Was there a major event over in Japan during that time that triggered the use of that era's setting? Or is it merely the ages of the manga/anime creators causing them to remember their high school years? Or perhaps something else?

If anyone has any insight on this, please answer.

Thanks.
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Maybe they want to take it back to the old days before all of our technology advanced??
Shouldn't this be in the Anime section
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Posted 11/11/09
There are several reasons I can think of.

1.) Somehow related to the creator's past.
Most writers tend to put some of their past experience into their work.

2.)Remaked anime.
There had been a lot of remake anime in between 2002-2007 especially the really old super robot anime.

3.) Recycled scripts.
The reason why there might be a recycled script coz there are lots of script that didn't get off in the silver screen in the late 80's

4.) The lack of modern day convenience make the story more interesting.
No cellphones, no cameras, no computer and other modern devices make the story more complicated especially mystery or detective stories.

5.) Or just plain nostalgia.
Face it, old settings can spark old memories especially old people.
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Posted 11/11/09
well i am only just one that time and i still don't know the anime you speak off
but like others say you can go to where you are right know if you didn't look at
where you where before

it's like the sign of traveling your origin's drive's you to you future
the past for them, somehow need to be respect
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Posted 11/11/09
'the 80's was wen most of the best animated cartoons in America was created.' (off topic sorry.)

At that America was leading in the 80's for having more mature anime, than even Japan crazy as that might sound. (off topic sorry*)

Anime is short for Animeeshun. The Japanese word for animation. They count all cartoons no matter where there from anime, So I am only using the word properly. (off topic sorry!)
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Posted 11/14/09

tropack wrote:

Maybe they want to take it back to the old days before all of our technology advanced??
Shouldn't this be in the Anime section


I was indeed tempted to put this in the Anime section, as you said, but since this also covers both the music and history of Japan, I felt this was the most appropriate place to ask this -- even though I'm asking about anime series.


shirayukiIce wrote:

well i am only just one that time and i still don't know the anime you speak off...


You misunderstand -- I'm not talking about series made in 1986, I'm talking about new series being made now, whose settings are placed at around the date 1986. Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When The Seagulls Cry) Is currently airing in Japan, and is available to download since it is currently unlicensed, and White Album is licensed by Crunchyroll, and can be viewed here.


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'the 80's was wen most of the best animated cartoons in America was created.' (off topic sorry.)

At that America was leading in the 80's for having more mature anime, than even Japan crazy as that might sound. (off topic sorry*)

Anime is short for Animeeshun. The Japanese word for animation. They count all cartoons no matter where there from anime, So I am only using the word properly. (off topic sorry!)


While there were some excellent series made back then, I do disagree about them being the best, since the quality of animation and storytelling are continuously being refined.

I grew up in the '80's, and I can honestly say that the level of maturity was about equal at that time between American and Japanese animations. I do agree with you though, that the level of maturity has dropped dramatically in recent years here in America....

...And while anime may be short for animation, and yes, Japan uses that name for all forms of it, the rest of the world refer to anime as strictly coming from Japan, while the rest of the world's animation is referred to as "cartoons." Even Japanese natives are aware of that distinction, and act accordingly when speaking on international forums, and such, about animation.

Anyways, everyone, what I was really looking for was a possible event that might have prompted authors to use that era as often as I've seen recently. Thanks all for your input, just the same....
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Posted 11/14/09
I think the reason why the setting of those animes you have mentioned was on 1986 is because those were written in 1986....
for some reasons.... it is only during this time in which the story is put into anime...
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Posted 11/15/09
Hmm... The only significant event in Japan during the late 80's the grand experiment of making bigger, better and more expensive anime movies. The experiment proves to be unsuccessful and they revert to the "tried and true" methods of production (this is what I'm talking about recycled scripts). The rest of the events in Japan are somewhat less influential.

Perhaps what you are looking for are influential events that took place outside Japan.
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