Japanese Manga and Anime

I know over the years Japanese animatioAnime Girl (32)n has gotten a bad rap for too much violence, and to much nudity. Well I agree that there is a lot out there like that and I’ve seen several titles that I wouldn’t consider letting our children watch.  With that being said, Japanese see things differently. Japanese realize that violence and nudity, etc. –it’s all part of life. And that their children must be prepared for life’s positives and negatives. It is important when purchasing anime and even video games to be aware of the ratings that are given and picking the right ones for you and your children or ask your local anime and manga store for advice on the best titles for your family.

              We are having this Expo to show the fun and family friendly sides of Anime and Video gaming. That there is a lot of Anime and Video games that are fun for the whole family and that have strong life lessons (self-esteem, anti-bulling, kindness, and patiences, making new friends and even how to cope with some of life’s more difficult obstacles). We hope you can come join us and let your inner child out. Here is some history on Anime and Manga and a small list of kid friendly anime.

Japanese culture has its own unique forms of comic books and animation. Manga (comic books) and anime (animation) are extremely popular in Japan. Japanese animation pioneers included Seitarō Kitayama, Jun’ichi Kouchi, and Shimokawa Oten. The modern style of anime was developed during the 1960s. One of the most influential artists is Osamu Tezuka. He followed the example set by Walt Disney’s popular animated films and simplified the techniques they pioneered to save time and money. Today’s anime is both generated by computers and drawn by hand.

All genres are represented, but science fiction is by far the most popular. Robots, post-apocalyptic metropolises, and motorcycles are all staples of the art form. Manga features similar content. During the decade of the 1970s, manga experienced a drastic increase in popularity, and many of the books were adapted into anime. Tezuka continued to shape the manga and anime industries over the years. Many of the common characters, like giant robots, come from his influence. Giant robots were further developed by Go Nagai and other animators into a new genre called Super Robot. This genre evolved through the work of Yoshiyuki Tomino and became known as Real Robot. The 1980s brought many classic animes in this genre, like The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Gundam films. Anime obtained vast mainstream acceptance throughout Japan in the 1980s. Although, it was still less popular than manga.

People who are familiar with American comic books will know that women are a small minority of its reading audience. Popularity with women has helped manga spread rapidly outside of Japan. Manga that is specifically targeted towards women is call shojo (girl) and usually shows girls going through typical teenage experiences, such as having to attend a different school, suffering the trials and tribulations of being bullied, or attempting to make a break from their regular cliques. However, these are not the only stories that are told in shoji. Shojo can also include exciting action stories with strong female protagonists in interesting roles that inspire young women, like those of scientists and warrior samurai. A common characteristic of manga are females with huge expressive eyes. Supernatural elements are also popular in this reading material.  Offbeat subjects are another theme that is common in some shoji manga.

  1. Pokemon
  2. Digimon
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. Hikaru no go
  5. Castle in the sky
  6. Spirited Away
  7. Kiki’s Delivery service
  8. Whisper of the Heart
  9. Speed Racer
  10. Detective Conan
  11. Full moon Wo Sagashite
  12. Princess Tutu
  13. Sailor Moon(American version)
  14. Card Captor Sakura
  15. Shugo Chara
  16. Dragan Ball Z(American Version)