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The Best Japanese Sports Anime Series of All Time (part 1)

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May 282020
 

Anime which refers to Japanese computer or hand-drawn animation is a global phenomenon. Animes have even been nominated for Oscars and their movies have grossed across the world. It was dubbed and reached the western shores from where it became popular in the entire globe. Although most of the famous animes like Dragonball Z and Naruto are of the action genre, sports animes are also among the best animes ever made. Here we enlist some of the best Japnanese sports anime series of all time.

1. Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal is about cycling and although it may sound kinda boring, stick with it and you will be surprised. It is about an otaku (person obsessed with anime) who has no friends and discover in high school that he has an uncanny talent in cycling.

The anime does not only do a good job in explaining the world of cycling but also via its exciting races makes the viewer clearly understand the underlying strategy and tactics involved in cycling.

2. Captain Tsubasa

No Japanese sports anime list is complete without Captain Tsubasa. It is to sports anime like what Dragonball is to action – enough to signify its importance. It follows 11-year-old Tsubasa who comes to a new school and soon becomes an integral part of its soccer team, which then starts his journey to join the national team.

This anime-inspired a generation of children to get out of their houses and enjoy the sports. This anime now deserves its place on the list of top 10 best sports anime series of all time.

3. Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21 is the only anime focusing on American Football and it does a great job in explaining the game along with its rules. Eyeshield 21 tells the story about Sena, a weak and coward high school student who has become unbelievably fast in his years of escaping from bullies.

Three reasons why you should watch J-drama Followers right now

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Apr 282020
 

Whether you are a fan of Japanese drama or not, you really should check out the J-drama Followers on Netflix.

Set in the glamorous world of Tokyo’s fashion and celebrity, the story of Followers focuses on Limi Nara (by Miki Nakatani), a 38-year-old in-demand fashion photographer, who sees talent in struggling young actor Natsume Hyakuta (by Elaiza Ikeda). The drama is about women in different stages of their lives, goals, and aspirations, along with the realities of fame in the modern world.

Here are three reasons why you should start watching it right now.

Women to the front

The women are the center of this J-drama: our two major protagonists are women at different points in their lives. Followers does really great work in showing the contrasts between someone who has fought her way to the top versus someone starting out in their career. It doesn’t neglect the human side, these women have their own real stories! From fears to concerns of never making it, these women aren’t bystanders in their lives, which makes for excellent viewing.

Sumptuous visuals

Directed by Mika Ninagawa, the aesthetics are as much a character in Followers as the actors themselves. From the set design to the camera angles, every shot seems to be perfectly crafted. You will be drawn into the world of each character, whether it is Rimi’s ostentatious palatial home or the artsy studio space the 20-somethings hang out in. You will want to screenshot for interiors again and again.

Outfit inspo

In terms of inspiration, the costume design is impeccable throughout the drama. The personality and social status of each character are reflected perfectly in their clothing. Rimi is all sleek and chic in high-end, tailored fits, while Natsume wears impossibly edgy combinations working to showcase her rebellious spirit. It showcases the diverse fashion that Tokyo is so well-known for, as well as gives you plenty of ideas for how to mix and match items to create unique looks.

Three Things Japanese Anime Does Better Than Western Animation

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Mar 302020
 

The long-live argument of who does better has existed for years. While hard anime fans are convinced that Japanese anime is the superior form, those who prefer Western animation are convinced otherwise. In fact, they are too different for a definitive answer. Each style has its strengths and faults, depending on personal preference. This article focuses on three things that Japanese anime does better than Western animation.

Volume

Japanese anime has sheer volume of episodes, which tends to trump Western animation. With hundreds of episodes sometimes enabling a story to progress through a lot of story arcs, there is more to watch. That is a solid advantage in this age of binge-watching and streaming.

Utilizing its limited animation style makes Japanese anime become easier and cheaper for studios to make, giving them the freedom to pump episodes out at an astounding rate. For example, extremely popular anime Fairy Tail has nine seasons with a combined episode and that doesn’t include the count for the latest season, Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest.

Middle Ground

Western animation typically sticks to two categories: for adults and for children. The stigma cartoons for kids began to break apart through the efforts of Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks with their family films. However, there remains a dramatic age gap in what people watch. While the adult shows are typically crude comedies, kids shows are light, adventure-filled, and avoid taboo subjects like death and war, such as Steven Universe and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Genre Variety

Japanese anime has more sheer range of variety than Western animation. Japanese anime offers something for everyone of every genre, with shows for many demographics, including things that Western animation doesn’t aim for.

From dark fantasy psychological thriller Madoka Magica to cyberpunk space-western Cowboy Bebop, Japanese enimes cover all genre of audiences. Certain Japanese animes such as the hit show Yuri On Ice also features LGBT romances, which is totally absent in Western animation.

Common Confusion About The Salary of Animators (part 3)

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Mar 162020
 

You may not know: The animator salary is lower than that of KFC staff?

Will low salary wages cause anime industry collapse? Is not! Because it was simply because of this problem that caused the anime industry to collapse, it would be a long time ago, not waiting until now.

Many of you were told that Madhouse’s artists were working so late that they had to be admitted to the hospital or the online artist complained that they had not been paid recently, thinking that the situation had just occurred or was getting worse.

Legendary producer Masao Maruyama said that the production of the first long-running anime series at the Mushi production studio established out of Tezuka-san’s pockets was extremely difficult, and he was then a graduate student.

So thanks to the passion and enthusiasm that Tezuka-san passed, he followed Mushi production until the studio disbanded in 1972 and then continued to devote to the anime industry to this day. 50 years.

Despite these incidents, the industry still exists and is growing after more than 50 years. Therefore, asserting that only this issue will cause industry collapse is completely unfounded.

As emphasized in section 1, the core of the artist wage problem is not because of the poor, unprofitable industry is really unfair, the salary gap is too large between positions. So if you think that buying as many anime and manga as possible to support them, it won’t solve much.

Because even if the industry’s revenues and profits increase, most of that profit will only flow to the pockets of distribution company executives who have a big role in the anime project. , but ordinary painters will benefit from this. With the thought of buying anime and manga for the sake of poor artists, like that kind of charity, I don’t think that’s right.

To solve this problem really depends entirely on people in the industry and the Japanese government. Our audience is unfortunately unable to do anything. Currently, some studios are aware of the consequences of this problem because if they keep their salaries, the industry will not be able to attract workers, leading to the shortage of human resources.

Yuri on Ice: Great Moments of Figure Skating

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Mar 042020
 

Yuri!!! on Ice (ユ ー リ !!! on ICE?) is an anime specializing in Japanese Figure Skating. The anime was made by Sayo Yamamoto and scripted by Mitsuro Kubo. The character design is Tadashi Hiramatsu, and the soundtracks from the film were edited by Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba. The slides were choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto, who performed them himself and recorded for sound effects. The anime premiered on October 6, 2016 and ended on December 22, for a total of 12 episodes. A special movie of Yuri on Ice is in the process of production. The film revolves around the relationship between Japanese skater Katsuki Yuuri, Russian skating champion Victor Nikiforov and Russian rookie Yuri Plisetsky. Yuuri K. and Yuri P.’s participation in the Grand Prix and Victor ice-skating tournaments are coaches of Yuuri K.

As one of the promising anime series since its debut, Yuri on Ice has quickly been well received in Japan. The film won 3 awards at the Tokyo Anime Festival and 7 awards voted for by Crunchyroll. In Japan, the movie was released with 6 parts of Blu-Ray and DVD, both ranked 1 in the Oricon Animation Blu-Ray and Animation DVD rankings each time. The film is also very popular on social networks like Tumblr, Sina Weibo and Twitter.In particular, Twitter had more than 1 million Tweets during the time it was aired, becoming the most talked-about anime of the season. . The anime is also highly appreciated by professional figure skaters.

Yuri on Ice has received criticism for describing homosexual relationships between the main characters in the film. Some critics, meanwhile, praise it for exploring the topic in a new way compared to most anime and manga such as yaoi and against homosexual stereotypes in a country and sport where problems with homosexuals. Others have criticized the film’s plot for being unrealistic and unclear. The film was also praised for its success in portraying anxiety and also caused a brief controversy about a fairly similar skating title to be released in the US in 2017.