I’ve been looking at a few documentaries that relate to my dissertation that I think I will reference as they include opinions and interviews with famous Japanese animators. A few of these documentaries are;

1. – Mad Manga Tokyo Otaku

2. – Anime: Drawing a Revolution

3. – Otaku Documentary

The documentaries here are ones that I’ve looked at and have taken from, there are a few more than I haven’t found yet that I will look for and see if anything relates to any specific part of my dissertation;

Otaku Unite! (2006).
Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime (2003).
Go Go Anime! (2004).
Akihabara Geeks (2007).
Cosplay Encyclopedia (2002).

A few notes that I wrote while watching Anime: Drawing a Revolution

Anime: Drawing a revolution

  • Anime- noun, Japanese animation often characterised by highly stylised art and adult themes.
  • Americans were hooked on the Japanese story telling style of this cinematic art form.
  • Cartoons like they were full length features, much more in touch with impacting the audience in an emotional way.
  • Rob Zombie – “I always liked it because it seemed edgy, American animation seems safe and boring, the Japanese animation always seemed psychotic”.
  • Jon Favreau-“as a film maker, anime started to inform a lot of the way action was being handled and I would see a lot of correlation as to what was happening in Japanese animation and what was showing up in movies”.
  • Ghost in the shell inspired the brothers that made the matrix.
  • Transformers first popped up in 1984, the transformers franchise started from a successful chain of toys that developed into a comic book and then into a Saturday morning cartoon, the animated series was only made as a way to promote the toys. The show was produced in the US but drawn in Japan. 20 years later the children that got immersed in the new franchise of Japanese animation are now Hollywood executives, like Michael Bay who directed the 2007 live action transformers movie.
  • Manga- noun, Japanese comic books or graphic novels characterised by highly stylised art.
  • Action adventure, science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, sports and pornography are genres that are covered by manga.
  • Successful manga are usually created into animes.
  • Contemporary manga started just after the second world war in a post apocalyptic japan, artists found a new freedom of expression as the country was being rebuilt.
  • One artist emerged to shape the storytelling style of manga, his distinct approach became the influence for modern day anime, his name is Osamu Tezuka.

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