Why is anime so popular?

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Anime is great, right? right?...but what about anime makes it soo great? If it's the unworldly story line, then you can just go see a movie with real people in it, technology makes it possible for people in movies to do amazing things. But what is it about anime specifically, that makes you LOVE it?

  • Sep 23, 2005
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The animation... Bgm... soundtracks... dubbing plot... art... and more...
these are just primary tastes and there are other lots of good points that no word could possibly describe :)

  • Sep 23, 2005
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I think the simplicity, the variety of stories and it transport to another spaces you never imagined on another places it's like a book but without letters.

  • Sep 23, 2005
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More imaginative then real life...u can express so much more points in animation then any real film...such as what they are thinking, and how u can express a point through art is great!

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well i like anime because i find anime to be better than american cartoons...
anime has better graphic, better storyline and also better music... american cartoon seems to be the same now a day to me, but with anime there are a variety of genres of anime
in anime u get to know the characters more like their personality and what they are thinking
and how they are feeling, u don't get that with americans cartoons

  • Sep 23, 2005
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its graphics....have a OP and ED....greatttt storyline....meaningful.

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  • Sep 23, 2005

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anime's popularity varies on their type.

others becomes popular because of its fine graphics and artwork, mostly bcoz of their story,
and some bcoz of their fanservice stuff. .

but generally, the key factor of the anime is that they are plainly amusing and fun to watch. they turn fantasy into reality through series of animated papers.

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  • Sep 23, 2005

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because they ARE! Anime and all that stuff start from classics and they evolve into more and more different kinds of anime.

  • Sep 23, 2005

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From personal experience, i would say, becuz anime can be for any age group. I mean, people age 10 - 30 or over can enjoy anime (Naruto, kenshin, Gundam, etc). Merchandising is also a factor, keychains, toys, clothing. However, one of the main reasons why i believe anime to be popular is when we compare it to American animation. Usually, american animation is only targeted towards kids, and when the kids grow up, the american animation is no longer popular amounst their generation. Anime, however, does not fall into that category. Adults can enjoy anime that even kids, or teenagers watch. Probably the only American animation that i bought was Spawn the animation(contains nudity, extreme violence and gore, course language etc.), and because of those obvious age restrictions, the targeted group is not as large. So in the end, anime targets all age groups and every age group can enjoy it to the fullest increasing its popularity.

  • Sep 23, 2005

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anime is the best cause of the characters and how they look also it has great japanese songs
on top of that the plot or story line is better to me
and besides japanese anime has the best stroy lines
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  • Sep 23, 2005

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what makes anime cool is the action magic music and animation all the way !!!!!!!! XD

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  • Sep 24, 2005

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Well maybe because you can see all kind of situations in them, and the storylines are pretty good too, the music in some animes makes them really good too

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Personally, I love anime because it is a kind of fantasy. It is a world that everything perfect (if it is not, it will always eventually turn to perfect at the end^^).
Beside, the art work is amazing, and it is better then the stupid Western cartoon in everyway. The artwork of western cartoon is just horrible, and the storyline is stupid with teh lack of culture.

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That's a question that can only be thoroughly with an essay or a book on anime. I think part of what makes it great is the link it provides with other cultures and the interesting situations that would occur more commonly in those cultures.

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  • Sep 24, 2005

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Anime, to my opinion, is popular because you can learn something by just simply watching one episode. Anime is like an attracting show/ movie. I'm glad that I love anime as much as I do now. Withour me founding about anime. I dont know I would be doing now.

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  • Sep 24, 2005

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Watching anime is like watching another world entirely. Things can happen in anime that can't happen in real life, but the way it's animated and written make it seem like it is real, and that's what's so captivating about it.

That's how I see it anyway. :)

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I agree with BerserkerOr. It is something very complex because it tinkers with the way we think and feel. Everyone has their own opinions and feelings about anime.
Most the anime I feel are greatly exaggerated in their themes. It is part of fantasy, something that we desire in our lives but do not have. As you know, many storylines in anime portray from a personal view of a character. How they feel in the exaggerated world they're in reflects onto us, and feelings are often very hard to describe.
I suppose it does have to do somewhat with society. Western culture is very different from the east. If you tried to act out some of the parts of an anime character, you will mostly feel very embarrassed or uncomfortable the way it expresses itself based on your point of view due to society. Society plays a large role in the way we act or think, and I think that is a major separation of anime from our own world. In our own world, we have school, jobs, world problems, and constant daily life stress. Anime integrates the kind of themes we are most inclined to and sometimes want to do, but it would be difficult for us to act it out here. Instead, we watch it from the point of view of an anime character, letting someone else play out a theme that we so feel content with.
I'll stop here because if I go on, it will be mostly based on my feelings which are way too complex to describe and you will get lost. We all have our own beliefs in society. Anime may also tell us how much the factors in our own world we despise and desire.

  • Sep 24, 2005
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I dunno...I think it's the romance that makes it popular with girls, but maybe I'm wrong. That's why I like it. ^-^ I also like the art!! :D

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Its something really different to everything else in life, and its artistic and most of the time outclasses any western animation attempts. Simply it is more involving and less shallow than alot of its movie and cartoon rivals, as we demand it to be so.

Though Ninja Turtles and stuff are some pretty good US produced series. (It is a western production, right?)

  • Sep 24, 2005
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It's because its so awesome! :D Anything can happen.

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  • Sep 24, 2005
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I personally enjoy the storylines and action, something I can't really find in American cartoons. The animation style is better than the majority of american cartoons.

  • Sep 24, 2005
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It's very simple answer for that question!

Anime has more of a convincing emotions shown from the chracters. If you're sad, you don't say "I'm sad because of you" to the person like in soap operas of american cartoons. In anime, the chracter gives the other person a look and everyone immediately gets it. It's the art, storyline, and emotions that make it so great and popular. =P

  • Sep 24, 2005

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I think it has a lot to do with the deep stories that are much better than that of western animated shows in general.. of course there are exceptions to this rule.. but I can honestly say that I have never missed a character from a western animated show.. but I have done so with japanese animes on several occasions

and of course the character development as well

some watch it because of the action, since action animes are generally extremely well drawn and animated when it comes to battles or action in general :)

There are those rare occasions when you just fall in love an anime.. this has happened to me on several occasions with such animes as Maria-sama ga miteru and Karekano, which both have incredibly wellwritten stories, with interesting characters and a lot of great fun :)

  • Sep 24, 2005

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You say the unworldly storyline, that you can just watch a movie. But its the specific storyline that makes it interesting. No one (at least that I know) likes every anime. It depends on their individual storylines.

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  • Sep 24, 2005

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