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Echoes of the atomic bomb in Japan’s anime and manga

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Jun 022019

At the stop of Katsuhiro Otomo’s dystopian eastern anime movie Akira, a throbbing, white mass starts offevolved to envelop Neo-Tokyo. In the end, its swirling winds engulf the metropolis, swallowing it whole and leaving a skeleton of a city in its wake.
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—along with the firebombings of Tokyo—were traumatic reviews for the japanese people. It’s no wonder that for years, the devastation remained at the leading edge of their moral sense, and that a part of the recuperation procedure intended returning to this imagery in literature, in tune, and in artwork.

The finale of Akira is only one instance of apocalyptic imagery in the anime and manga canon; a number of anime movies and comics are rife with atomic bomb references, which seem in any number of forms, from the symbolic to the literal. The devastating aftereffects—orphaned youngsters, radiation sickness, a loss of national independence, the destruction of nature—might additionally impact the genre, giving rise to a completely unique (and arguably incomparable) form of comics and animated film. The administrators and artists who witnessed the devastation firsthand were at the leading edge of this movement. yet to this present day—70 years after the bombs—these issues remain explored by using their successors.

An iconic filmmaker paves the way
We are able to see the lasting pics of the firebombings and the atomic bombs in the works of artist and director Osamu Tezuka and his successor, Hayao Miyazaki. each had witnessed the devastation of the bombings on the quit of the war.
The bomb became a particular obsession of Tezuka’s. His movies and comics each address themes like dealing with grief and the idea that nature, in all its splendor, may be compromised by using guy’s choice to triumph over it.
His memories often have a young individual who is orphaned by way of unique circumstances and must live to tell the tale on his personal. examples are Little Wansa, approximately a doggy who escapes from his new owners and spends the series looking for his mother; and young endure Cub, who receives misplaced within the wild and need to locate his personal manner back to his own family.
Misuse of generation
The tensions of generation are apparent in the works of Tezuka and his successors. In Tezuka’s Astro Boy, a scientist tries to fill the void left by way of his son’s demise by developing a humanlike android named Astro Boy. Astro Boy’s father, considering that generation cannot update his son completely, rejects his introduction, who’s then taken below the wing of some other scientist. Astro Boy finally finds his calling and will become a superhero.

Orphans and mutants

There were also the aftereffects of the bombs, a number of which can be still felt nowadays: children left parentless, others (even the unborn) left permanently crippled through radiation.
For those reasons, a recurrent subject matter in anime movies is the orphan who has to continue to exist on his very own with out the help of adults (a lot of whom are portrayed as incompetent).
Akiyuki Nosaka relayed his personal reports as a infant all through the struggle within the famous anime movie Grave of the Fireflies, which tells the story of a younger boy and his sister escaping from the air raids and the firebombings, scraping by on some thing rations they can find at some stage in final part of the war.

Meanwhile, there are regularly younger, powerful girl orphans or impartial lady youths in Hayao Miyazaki’s works, whether it’s in Kiki’s transport provider, Howl’s transferring fortress, or citadel in the Sky.
Likewise, in Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, the adults are the ones who squabble: they jockey for strength, and their lust for manipulate of the unusual, alien generation of Akira reasons the atomic-bomb-like disaster on the quit of the film. The teenaged characters, however, show commonplace sense throughout the film.
The message seems to be that adults can be reckless while man’s desire for electricity and ambition outweigh what is crucial in the world. And the youngsters, still untainted by means of the vices that overtake humanity in adulthood and harmless sufficient to the factor of thinking rationally, are those who come to be making the most sensible choices usual.
Many households had been orphaned via the battle, and the bomb as well, so a number of youngsters had been additionally mutated or stricken by the bomb. In anime and manga, this is visible in the form of radioactive mutations or having a few excellent powers, further to taking over extra person duties at an early age.
A number of films feature characters who show unique powers or skills, with radiation often being the principle purpose. Several movies exploring the concept of uncommon events or experiments ensuing in younger men and women having brilliant abilties include Inazuman inside the comic of the same name and the person Ellis inside the comedian El Cazador de los angeles Bruja (The Hunter of the Witch).
Additionally, the manga series Barefoot Gen tells the tale of a own family wiped out through the atomic bomb, with a young boy and his mother the only survivors. creator Keiji Nakazawa loosely Primarily based these comics on his very own life: developing up, Nakazawa watched a sister die several weeks after beginning from radiation illness, and witnessed his mother’s fitness quick deteriorate inside the years after the conflict.

Kon Satoshi and His Special Anime Series

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May 292019

Perfect Blue or Paprika choose to exploit the thorny topic of Japanese society and inspire Hollywood filmmakers. Those anime series of Kon Satoshi are not safe for kids.

Perfect Blue

This is a Kon Satoshi horror-directed anime directed, based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The film revolves around Mima who is a member of the Japanese idol group. Mima decided to leave the group to become an actor. However, when she was in her first role, Mina became a victim of a stalker.

The creation of director Kon Satoshi in Perfect Blue made the audience really confused. The film mixes the boundaries between reality and the illusion world of the characters, making it difficult for viewers to feel right from the first view.

American movie critics claim Perfect Blue is too stylized, but its core mystery is always attractive as visual theater arts. In addition, although the way to exploit and select the theme of this anime is somewhat similar to that of movies, Kon Satoshi says that he is proud to be an animator and Perfect Blue has many interesting details like an anime.

Director Darren Aronofsky was really attracted by Perfect Blue. He met Kon Satoshi and bought the film’s rights to rebuild in the famous movie – Requiem for a Dream. Another Darren Aronofsky film, Black Swan, also has many details and the idea is inspired by Perfect Blue.


This is another anime by Kon Satoshi in the psychological horror genre. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Movie content is set in the future in the world when scientists invented a device that helps people penetrate each other’s dreams. From this, human life is turned upside down. Reality gradually disappears while the world in each person’s mind is constantly expanding with unlimited imagination.

With such a problem, Paprika has created a complex story, which has become a big challenge for those who want to experience this anime as well as understand the meaning behind it.

If you read the content of Paprika, the audience might be familiar with this anime because there are many details similar to Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Although not in the same scenario, many scenes in Inception made the audience think that the director was inspired by Paprika.

Potential of Anime for Marketing

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May 192019

In Japan, there has been a significant increase in the number of customers who choose to use Anime cartoons in their corporate brand TV advertising campaigns. Currently, anime animation used for media campaigns is becoming more popular in Japan because it is particularly attractive for young demographic segments (10 – 29 years old). In this article, how Japan’s leading anime industry can be exploited to create powerful Marketing solutions will be revealed.

Not only in Japan but anime is also popular all over the world For young people in Japan, Anime is a very familiar part of their daily lives. According to the most recent study by Dentsu, 64,3% of customers in the group of 20- to 29-year-olds say they are interested in Anime, while the corresponding numbers of people aged 15-19 are 72, 4%.

Anime’s effects are not limited to young people in Japan. In recent years, Japanese anime cartoons have achieved great success in the global market. The popularity of overseas Japanese animation is at the highest level of all time. For example, according to the most recent study in 20 countries and territories outside Japan, of the 6,600 respondents, 34% said Anime and Manga were their favorite things in Japan.

However, although Japanese Anime is popular, the number of businesses using Anime for Marketing campaigns in foreign markets is still quite modest. In particular, for marketing managers who are aware of the challenges associated with developing customer bases in young demographic segments, it is probably worth considering the use of Anime. When considering a vision in the future, Anime has the ability to attract more and more of the general audience, potential Anime to become a Marketing solution.

In addition, compared to Anime and anime series TV shows, 3 minutes is not too long, viewers can watch the three-minute animation many times if they want and share it on media platforms society. For social media users with friends who share content like that, it’s easy for them to watch the Anime for only 3 minutes.

5 great Japanese sports anime series you should not miss

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May 032019

Japanese sports anime always gives viewers the emotions from happy, sad, happy, happy to break, disappointed and angry. Besides football, here are 5 super cool movies in this genre that you can’t ignore.

1. Kuroko no Basket (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Kuroko Tetsuya is a basketball player “below average” because he has no height, agility, endurance and strength that a good basketball player needs but he possesses a basketball game same inspirational.

Seijuro Akashi discovered Kuroko’s ability and used him to create a “distraction” tactic for his team. Therefore, Kuroko becomes the 6th player or specter of “Generation of Miracles”. But Kuroko’s passionate pursuit of basketball started only really when he joined Seirin High, meeting Taiga Kagami and battling his former teammates.

2. Haikyuu!
The film tells the story of young boy Shouyou Hinata with passion for volleyball. Shouyou decided to revive the middle school volleyball club after watching “Little Giants” volleyball match but unfortunately his team lost to Tobio Kageyama. This didn’t make Shouyou lose his will, he tried hard to practice. When he reached high school, he joined another volleyball club and met his old rival Tobio Kageyama …

3. Prince of Tennis
The story begins when tennis prodigy Echizen Ryouma becomes a member of the middle school and high school Seishin Gakuen tennis team. In this place, he faced many new contenders that were formidable …

4. Yowamushi Pedal
The film is about a shy otaku obsessed with anime but a talent of cycling called Onoda Sakamichi. He plans to form an anime club but fails. In one incident, he met the racing club of the school and his brothers in the “Sohoku High Bicycle Club” that dragged him into their club …

5. Eyeshield 21
The main character Sena Kobayakawa is a weak little student, often a target of bullying in school. After passing the transfer exam and being admitted to Deimon High School, Sena was bullied again and made a mistake for the trio: Kazuki Jumonji, Koji Kuroki, and Shozo Togano. Later, Yoichi Hiruma – the captain of Deimon’s sex oil team, discovered that Sena could run so fast that he made him go to the team …

Excellent films of Pixar animation studio

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Apr 202019

Known as the witch of emotions, Pixar created real masterpieces for children’s films, but adults couldn’t help but enjoy it.

It’s not like that with Movie Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) Pixar has made a mark in history when it became 2 of 3 animated films nominated in the best film category.

It also proved that the billion-dollar deal Disney bought Pixar did not limit the creativity of the studio’s talented people, on the contrary, with Disney’s plentiful budget, Pixar became even easier in the creation of top works.

1. The Incredibles (2004)

The modern world is full of superhero movies from Marvel to DC, but Pixar in 2004 created one of the best superhero movies on the big screen.

Although it is only an animation, and for children, The Incredibles is always the ideal role model for every hero movie to follow.
This is a film with a tight story, the character is clearly and subtly introduced, in which a superman family tries to balance the normal life with the meaning of consecration.

The Incredibles do not abuse action, everything is really meticulously calculated so that in 2 hours, the story is complete from the character, the engine and the way the main characters gather to defeat the evil Hate to destroy the earth.

The world will remember the superman family, but when the last part of the movie was recently released with a short introduction, it immediately reached a record number of viewers.

The Incredibles is indeed an excellent film, but it is hard to have any closed superhero movie, maybe for a long time.

2. Inside Out (2015)

From fish, mice, to toys that are personified and donated to emotions, but to Inside Out, Pixar brings one of the most unique movies in history, transforming human emotional states into people. objects with their full personality.
The good thing about Pixar is that the film’s directors always develop stories based on their own experiences with their families.

So is Inside Out, director Docter has an idea for the film based on his attention when his daughter grows up.

Her physiological changes helped Docter come up with a great story about the meaning of sadness in everyday life.

Sometimes we hate sadness because it makes us tired, makes our tears run down and makes us feel exhausted. But we do not realize that, thanks to sadness, joy is valuable.

Inside Out is Little Joy’s journey with the help of the little girl Sad who helps her master understand the meaning of the family and can cope with the sadness that is always filled in everyone’s life.

Inside Out easily takes anyone’s tears, because Inside Out is indeed a beautiful work of art for people.

3. Toy Story (1995)

As the world’s first computer-animated film, also Pixar’s first film, Toy Story is the first step to conquer the world with sensitivity in choosing topics, turning things close. Best into cartoon characters, giving them personality and from them, Pixar builds a humanistic worldview that fosters childish minds.
Toy Story is not simply a pioneer, it is also a model for how a movie can become a masterpiece.

It is rich in emotion, both happy and sad, is a child film that touches the depths of human nature as a factor of being forgotten, afraid of being replaced, but here the two main characters are two items The toy wants to win the little master’s affection.

The film is sad, but in sadness is a naive, innocent smile that is very young, so it has a very special depth that makes the audience of children passionate, and the adult audience, will question their conscience I have no more toys for my childhood.