The Anime Addiction!

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  • One of my favorite things about Japan is their Anime. It is enjoyed not just by the youth, but also the adults. Anime arose in the early 20th century, and has been dominating Japan and other country ever since.

    The word “Anime” is a term used to refer to the Japanese animated production. It can either be hand-drawn, or computer animated. In 1917, the first animated commercial appeared on Japanese television. During the 1930s, animation became well established in Japan. The first “talkie” (a motion picture with synchronized sound) anime was produced by Masaoka in 1933. It was entitled “Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka.” And by 1940, numerous animations were produced and aired on TV.

    These are my favorite animes, in no particular order:

    1. One Piece

    One of the most popular manga series in Japan is One Piece (ワンピース), written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Its chapters became anime series with the help of Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999. Since then, One Piece animated series has been airing episodes weekly, producing over 685 episodes. The story is about the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, with his crew of pirates. They explore the ocean in search for the world’s greatest treasure known as “One Piece.”

    2. Naruto / Naruto Shippuden

    Next on the list is Naruto (ナルト). It is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It was later adapted into anime TV series, produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It started airing episodes in 2002. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while its sequel, Naruto: Shippuden, have been airing since 2007. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a ninja, who craves for recognition, and chases his dream to become the Hokage, the leader in the village, and the strongest of all.

    3. Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z

    Last but not the least, Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール), a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was adapted into two anime series produced by Toei Animation: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which were broadcasted in Japan from 1986 to 1996. It is a story about Goku, who trained in martial arts since he was a kid. He explores the world in search of the seven Dragon Balls. He then makes plenty of friends and also enemies along his journey.

    Anime has been entertaining the world ever since it was produced, all thanks to Japan. It gives not only joy, but also values and lessons to its watchers. Most of us were inspired and motivated by the animes we have watched. And it surely colored our life, our blissful childhood. It introduced us to the world of imagination.