Argumentive Essay

Submitted By Tyrik-Carter
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Acceptance of the Anime Community Craig Hampton sat alone in a desk tapping his pencil in utter dismay. He thought of the antagonizing – gut sensation to tell someone the recent unfold of events in his all-time favorite anime, Bleach, but begrudgingly dismissed the idea sitting alone in the classroom. Craig is a regular high-school student the same as everyone else around him. He does his homework, answers questions in class; but the only thing that separates him from all the other students is his passion for anime. He wants to share his experiences with other people just like anyone else would with a football game they saw or an event from the news channel; yet people in society frown upon anime and those who strongly absorb themselves into it – viewing them abnormal or bizarre. In result, this causes fans like Craig to elude themselves from others. Accepting anime can be a hard task at hand in today’s society due to how they view it, the typical viewing of it is: geeky, uncool, and childish, if you think this then you couldn’t be more wrong. Anime is a collaboration of different genres that can be sometimes funny, silly, or out-right goofy. Then there’s thrilling, blood-rushing action, or maybe a laid-back smooth drama unexpectedly rise in tension out the sudden before dying down back to the original mellow nature. But then there are its shades of black, and grey. These types of anime extend far from the usual types of anime and are only for those who know how to keep hold of their food and not get frightened in reaction to the gruesome and horrifying scene they had just saw. That is what anime is, and to fully understand anime, you’d have to travel deep into its roots and discover more in depth on what it is. In the early 20th century, when filmmakers from Japan began experimenting with animation techniques which were being explored in the west, the first early motion picture was in Kyoto, Japan, January 07, 1907. It depicts a sailor removing his hat and saluting. The film itself only lasted three seconds. Back then during early productions never really made a big hit until January 01, 1930.The Japanese government urged animators to produce animations which enforced the Japanese spirit and national affiliation. The military would also hire animators to make films showing the sly, quick Japanese forces winning against enemy troops. Due to economic factors, it would be Japan which later emerged long after the war with the most readily available resources to continue expanding the industry; though this didn’t stop animators from trying to put their productions out.
It wasn’t until 1948; Toei Animation was founded and produced the first color anime feature film in 1958, Hakujaden (The Tale of the White Serpent, 1958). This film was more Disney in tone than modern anime with musical numbers and animal sidekicks. However, it is widely considered to be the first "anime" ever, in the modern sense. It was released in the US in 1961 as Panda and the Magic Serpent. From 1958 to the mid-1960s, Toei continued to release these Disney-like films and eventually also produced three of the most well-known anime series, Dragon Ball in 1986, Sailor Moon in 1992 and One Piece in 1999; speaking of the 1990s the popular video game series, Pokémon; spawn an anime television show which is still running, several anime movies, a trading card game, toys, and much more. Other 1990s anime series which gained international success were Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Digimon; the success of these shows marked the beginning of the martial arts superhero, the magical girl genre, and the action adventure genre respectively. Many shows are being adapted from manga and light novels as well including popular titles such as Fullmetal Alchemist (2005), Rozen Maiden 2005, Aria the Animation (2005), Shakugan no Shana (2005), Pani Poni Dash! (2005), Death Note (2006), Mushishi (2006), Sola (2007), Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006), Lucky Star (2007),