Whether you are a fan of anime or not, you cannot deny that it is incredibly interesting, and it has taken the world by storm. Of course, Japan is the birthplace of anime, and there is no denying that this is where it is most popular. However, it is now watched and enjoyed all over the world. Some people mistakenly believe it is just for kids because of the cartoon nature of the graphics. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, some anime is only for adults! So, with the introduction out of the way, let’s delve into the fun facts!
- The first anime was released just over 100 years ago, in 1917. It was a two-minute clip featuring a samurai trying out his new sword.
- Japanese animators are way underpaid. While being an anime animator may seem like one of the coolest jobs in the world, in reality, it means underpayment and long, long hours.
- Anime fan or not, you are bound to be familiar with Pokemon. Did you know that the first ever Pokemon designed were Lapras, Clefairy, and Rhydon?
- The longest running anime has over 7,400 episodes! The show is called Sazae-San. The episodes are only six minutes long, so you should be able to get through a good chunk at a time, which is good news because you are going to have to. The show is named after the main character – a woman that lives with her parents, her husband, and her children. It is a family show and has pretty traditional themes. It must be doing something right, though, to be running for so long!
- A number of popular anime series have been banned in China by the Chinese government. Examples include Psycho-Pass, Attack on Titan, and Highschool of the Dead. One show, Death Note, was banned for a reason you may not be able to guess! Yes, all these titles have violence in common, right? However, Death Note was banned for a different reason. This is because the show inspired students to change their notebooks in school so that they resembled Death Notes, include the name of the teachers they hated being written inside of the books.
- Are you a Kanye West fan? Did you know that his music video for ‘Stronger’ is based on an anime film called Akira?
- Animated Japanese television shows and films account for 60 per cent of the world’s animation-based entertainment.
- Comiket is bigger than Comic-con. When it comes to the cultural conventions, you are probably well aware of comic-con in San Diego. However, did you know that Comiket is actually bigger, drawing in a crowd of a half a million each year? If you are a fan of anime, this event in Tokyo has to be on your bucket list.
- There is a lot of product placement in anime. A good example of this is Code Geass. The show is set in an alternate reality. Despite this, you will see that characters regularly order Pizza Hut. This is because Code Geass is sponsored by Pizza Hut’s Japanese branch.
- One surprising statistics is that a greater amount of paper is used to print manga than it is for toilet paper in Japan!
- One anime show, Space Brothers, features the first-ever voice acting that was recorded in space. The recording session was carried out by Akihiko Hoshide while the astronaut was aboard the International Space Station.
- Spirited Away is the highest grossing anime film of all time. It brought in $275 million from across the world. It is also the only anime film that has ever received an Academy Award. It received this in 2003. However, the director of the film refused to attend the ceremony and collect the award in America because of his stance on the Iraq war.
So there you have it: some fun facts about anime. Hopefully, you have learned something that you did not know before! What’s your favorite fact? There is no denying that the world of anime is an incredibly interesting one. Whether or not you enjoy watching this style of television, it is an industry that serves up a lot of fascinating stories and statistics.