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  • The first Anime was a two-minute clip of a samurai testing his new sword.
  • Cutout, an animation technique using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from paper, card stock, fabric and photographs, was created by Noburō Ōfuji and Yasuji Murata in the 1930s.
  • Other pioneering animators were Kenzō Masaoka and Mitsuyo Seo,
  • Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka (The World of Power and Women) produced by Masaoka in 1933, was the first talkie anime.
  • Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors”, features the “Peach Boy” from Japanese folklore, directed by Seo in 1945, was the first feature-length anime. It was sponsored by the Imperial Japanese Navy as propaganda.
  • Manga, comics and print cartoons, helped propel the growth of anime due to fact that many were later adapted into animation format.
  • Osamu Tezuka was particularly adept at translating Manga into Anime. He was key in inspiring others in this field and helped create the fundamental elements of today’s anime. He also developed the giant robot genre–called “Mecha” outside of Japan.
  • Go Nagai developed the giant robot, “Mecha” genre into Super Robot.
  • Yoshiyuki Tomino developed the Real Robot genre.
  • Famous Robot anime include; “Gundamand “The Super Dimension Fortress Macross”. Both became instant classics in the 1980.
  • After this, anime experienced a boom in production and gained worldwide appeal that continues into the 21st century.

References and other links:

Pioneers of Japanese Anime at PIFAN http://www.midnighteye.com/features/pioneers-of-anime.shtml

Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4998&page=23

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime


Cover of "Howl's Moving Castle"
Cover of Howl's Moving Castle

The month of February has been hectic, while I get the last edits on my novel, LEGEND OF THE TENGU PRINCE finished so that I can self-publish it on Amazon.com. Also, I have been working on adapting the novel to screenplay format so that I can enter it into contests this year. Since time is sparse and I have missed the last few weekend blogs, I have decided to list some of my favorite Anime series and movies for you to enjoy.

I am currently watching “Moribito, Guardian of the Spirit” found at http://is.gd/olSWGK It is set in Ancient Japan and is written in the Fantasy-Adventure genre that I also write.

Another long time favorite Anime of mine is “Princess Mononoke” is a fantasy, action-adventure set in Ancient Japan.  A good site to watch it is at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/3371638

Lovely Complex” is a comedy Anime that is well worth your time to watch. http://www.animefreak.tv/watch/lovely-complex-english-dubbed-online-free

“Monster” is a psychological thriller that I watched last year and could not stop until I had viewed all 74 episodes which had me up late for several nights, my attention glued to the computer screen. http://www.animefreak.tv/watch/monster-online

“Fruits Basket” is a sweet Anime with shape-shifting characters from the Chinese zodiac http://www.hulu.com/fruits-basket

“Bleach” http://www.bleachget.com/ was recommended by my son who is the one that got me interested in Anime in the first place. It concerns a “Shikigami” named Bleach.

My son also recommended  “Kekkaishi“, a supernatural adventure  http://www.animefreak.tv/watch/kekkaishi-online

The last two can be found at the same site. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8604596739848246425#docid=-7679642117452988610 They are “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Spirited Away“. Both are fantasy adventures. One is set in a fantasy-like version of medieval Europe, the other takes place in modern-day Japan.

Anime Freak is a good website to watch Anime series.


For more information on these Animes, check out Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia articles listed below.