Japanese Animation

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This essay discusses the differences and similarities between American and Japanese Animation. Both of them have very diverse beginnings, development, and results that can be looked at from the standpoint of the performance levels of the Youth in those different cultures. After comparing both it is very obvious that Japanese Animation is higher in most categories but this essay is to answer the question of, “How is Japanese Animation more complex in terms of storylines, character development, and story themes than American Cartoons and which is more valuable to watch?” Essay As early as the 1900’s, animated cartoons have been entertaining millions across the world with characters that the audience can relate to and situations that are so out of this world and relied on the imagination that they can give a small reserve from the troubles or stresses of daily life to anyone. (Gillespie, 1) Two of the largest industries for these animated shorts are in Western Civilization, and Far East from there in Asia. The invention of television around the 1930’s spread televised propaganda for nations to utilize how they see fit. Two of the most prosperous forms of televised media were already formed before television was in every home through radio, but once television gave sight to sound cartoons and all forms of television shows became as popular as sliced bread. Animated shows are designed for children to watch, the different themes and origins of those animations directly impact how the younger generation holds their own ideals and how they perform in life. (Gillespie, 1) (Difference, 2) Everything and every ideal were formed from something else in the world and this rule holds very true especially with television. The themes and ideas t... ... middle of paper ... ...for the easiest laughs. Animated shows are designed for children to watch, the different themes and origins of those animations directly impact how the younger generation holds their own ideals and how they perform in life. The religious aspects and core of Japanese from the Shinto religion and American animations from more Judeo-Christian branches impact greatly how they developed from back when they were created until now. The symbolism in each and the underlying themes branched off from their roots and now contain two completely different cultures within communities of what the youth of today are watching on TV. Japanese Animation, whether from its Shinto roots or from the value of self-worth that is transferred from the creators into their shows, have more complex story themes and the value of watching Anime is higher than that of watching American Cartoons.
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