Why “Manga / Anime Culture” grew up in Japan

Japanese Culture / Art

Originally, Japan has a history of nurturing “detailed and elaborate sensibilities” such as waka poems, haiku, gardening, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement.

In addition, the language of Japanese has its own characteristics.
There are very detailed “honorifics” in Japanese.
Japanese is more of a language that expresses a social position than it expresses meaning.
In Japanese, you can express the position and relationship of the characters just by talking. Therefore, Japanese does not require supplementary explanations to explain the relationships between the characters.
This Japanese characteristic was suitable for manga.

And in Japan, there was a history in which pictures and words were very closely related.
In Japan, “Yamato-e”, which skillfully combines lines and colors, has developed, and it has become a “picture scroll” that continues the pictures of the story over time. The picture scroll is considered to be one of the origins of manga.

And in Japan, there was a history in which pictures and words were very closely related.
In Japan, “Yamato-e”, which skillfully combines lines and colors, has developed, and it has become a “picture scroll” that continues the pictures of the story over time. The picture scroll is considered to be one of the origins of manga.

Furthermore, in Japan, a painting called Ukiyo-e has developed.
Ukiyo-e focused on expressing what I wanted to convey by drawing larger than the actual one or drawing smaller than the actual one. Therefore, Ukiyo-e did not emphasize how to draw the real thing realistically.

That’s why manga and anime grew up in Japan.

Finally, I would like to introduce some of Japan’s famous anime.

Astro Boy (Mighty Atom)
It is a work by Osamu Tezuka.
This work is a story about Astro Boy, a robot with emotions equivalent to humans, set in the future of the 21st century.
In 2015, the production of the French version of Astro Boy was also announced.
The theme of this work is “Conflict and discrimination between humans who oppress robots and robots who are oppressed by humans”. By no means, scientific praise is not the theme.
Atom is a character who has all-around scientific power, but has a heavy theme of sometimes facing discrimination from humans and worrying about it.

Mobile Suit Gundam
It is a robot anime with deep and complicated relationships and realistic mechanic depictions.
The content of this work is that the army to which Amuro and his friends belong and the enemy Zeon are not divisible by the dual theory of good and evil, but merely a group of human beings whose interests and ideas are in opposition to each other.
The figures of the characters were carefully drawn, developing a rich world of work.
Overall, it also asks the abstract and philosophical theme of “what is human innovation?”

Neon Genesis Evangelion
It is a work by Hideaki Anno.
It is known as an anime that caused a social phenomenon in the late 1990s.
For better or for worse, it has had a tremendous impact on otaku culture, and there are countless parodies and homages.
By the way, I, Yamamoto, also love this work. The psychological depiction given to each of the main characters is detailed, and I especially like the character “Asuka Langley”.
I like Asuka, but more than that, I think Asuka is similar to me.

Your Name.
It is a work by Makoto Shinkai.
This work has many elements that link to Shinto, which is a peculiar belief in Japan, and Kojiki, the oldest historical book in Japan.
After this work was released, tourists seemed to have flooded the area of ​​Hida in Gifu prefecture as a local tour.

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