Anime and Manga originated in Japan, however now are watched and loved worldwide. In the Western World, we tend to think of Anime as short cartoons like Pokemon and DragonBallZ. ANIME is short for ANIMATION, with some of the most famous Anime in Japan being movie length. What I love about Japanese Anime is that the topics, themes and characters are so different from the cartoons we watch. Also there is stunning Japanese scenery and interesting characters and amazing culture to be enjoyed.
If you are interested in drawing Anime, or maybe you are already a budding artist, it is interesting to learn about artists who already have made drawing Anime their career. All of the Anime on JapaneseJoy has been drawn by Chloe , who lives in the U.K. To learn about her Anime experience, take a look at ‘Profile of an Anime Artist‘.
If you are a student and have Anime that you have drawn, I would love to showcase it on Anime Showcase. Click here for details.
Here is a great YouTube about drawing an Anime face;
Here is a Chibi girl;
Some of my favourite Anime are:
Ponyo. Released in 2008, is a Studio Ghibli classic. This is the story of a goldfish called Ponyo who is rescued by, then befriended by a human boy named Sosuke. Ponyo wants to become a human girl and the movie follows her journey as she strives to realise her dream. Set in a rural fishing village in Japan, you will love the scenery and the interesting characters found in Ponyo.
My Neighbour Totoro, another Studio Ghibli film, is about a family who shift to a house in rural Japan to be near a hospital that their mother is in. The two daughters, aged 4 and 10 befriend some magical creatures living under the house, as well as Totoro, a larger creature who lives in the hollow of a large tree. The adventures had by the girls and their new friends are both entertaining and heart-warming.
Spirited Away, also a Studio Ghibli movie, is about Chihiro, a ten year old girl. She enters an alternate reality after her parents over-eat and are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba. Chihiro must survive a world inhabited by spirits and witches, working in Yubaba’s bathhouse as she finds a way to free herself, change her parents back and escape back to the human world. This film has won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Majou no Takkyuubin, is about Kiki, a 13 year old witch-in-training. Following the tradition of witches living for a year alone when they reach 13, Kiki moves to a big city with her best friend, a black cat called Jiji. Kiki uses her broom flying ability to set up a delivery service. Kiki has to overcome setbacks, develops spome wonderful friendships and at the end of it all discovers a new purpose and confidence in herself. This is another Studio Ghibli film.
Astro Boy is set in Metro City, a metropolis which floats in the sky above the polluted ‘surface’. Toby is the son of of Dr Tenma, a famous scientist and when he learns that there is a special show at the Ministry of Science, he rewires Orrin, the family’s robot to take him. After a tragic accident where Toby is annihilated, his father and Doctor Elefun build a robot resembling Toby, programming it with his memories which were taken from the DNA of a strand of his hair. Here begins the adventures of Astro Boy, who has special talents and powers.
There are hundreds of Anime, your favourite one might not even be from this list.
Be prepared to be captivated by the characters, scenery, colours and music, and above all, ENJOY!!
You can view Anime translated into English sometimes, other times in Japanese with subtitles, maybe at times just in Japanese. C ’mon, be adventuresome!!
Pokemon, always colourful and cute;
Below is a Doraemon episode entitled “Tabehoudai” (“eat all you can”). It tells the story of Nobita and Doraemon coming up with a quick fix to the dilemma of not having Mama there to make lunch.
There is also a site that explains about all of the cast of Doraemon:
Here is another Doraemon episode called ‘Nobita’s Dream”