Introduction to Anime



Famous Anime Fans:

  1. Anthony Bourdain
  2. Yoshi Tatsu
  3. Dylan and Cole Sprouse
  4. Kristen Dunst
  5. Hulk Hogan
  6. A.J. Lee
  7. Linkin Park
  8. Zack Efron
  9. Robin Williams
  10. Kenye West[extra link]
  11. Maddox(of Best Page in the Universe)
  12. Adam Savage
  13. John Cena
  14. Phil Plait
  15. Katie Notopoulos
  16. Brandon Williams(NFL)
  17. Chris Kluew(NFL)

Related blog post:

[Join Anime Day on Facebook]
[Facts about Japan]
[Illegal anime and manga uploads]


There are exactly 6,308 #Anime. 2,088 are licensed in the US. That means 31% of anime has been or is licensed in the US.

Ok let’s start explaining Anime. Anime(アニメ[Ann nee may]) is a short pronunciation for “Animation” in Japan. Outside Japan, it’s a term used to refer to Japanese Animation. This is also being accepted in to Japanese Termology. The Earliest known Anime dates from 1917(Namakura-gatana). People call, Osamu Tezuka, the Grandfather of Anime. This is because he made the style of anime we see today(big eyes and such). Anime is popular throughout the world and is especially popular in East and Southeast Asia along with the Western World. Over 100 Conventions are held in 16 Nations around the world. Most Popular being Tokyo International Anime Fair(held in Tokyo) which brings out a quarter of a million fans/year from Japan and other nations. Nerima is the birthplace of anime.

The anime market for the United States alone is “worth approximately $4.35 billion, according to the Japan External Trade Organization”. So just imagine the amount internationally it brings in. Anime has a major influence in the way people see Japan and a influence on world culture. There are or were 102 Anime Companies that either Produced or Distributed Anime. That number of Currently active companies is lower now (Sadly ;-;) According to the Anime News Networks Anime Encyclopedia there are over 5000 Titles. And over 10,000 Manga(Which is how most Anime start out as). Anime Fans are known as Otaku outside of Japan. More on that at a later date. Also, Manga is a $4 Billion dollar industry in Japan alone.

The longest Running TV Anime Series is Sazae-san. It has made over 6266+ episodes since its creation on October 5, 1969, and IS STILL ACTIVE TODAY! It is being aired on Fuji TV. The Longest Running OVA is Legend of the Galactic Heroes (with 110 Episodes) and longest running ONA is Hetalia: Axis Powers (with over 71- and is still running to this day). Oh, I forgot. OVA is Original Video Animation. I believe it’s basically a separate story line from the Main Anime. An ONA is Original Net Animation. This is an Anime that is released online. This is rarely done though. The FIRST anime series is Otogi Manga Calendar. The First ever OVA was Dallos, releaced 12/12/83. Ribbon no Kishi is the first manga that specifically targeted young girls. Minky Momo is the first Lolicon girl. Azumanga Web Daioh(December 28, 2000) is the first known ONA. Imokawa Mukuzo Genkanban no Maki is the first professional Japanese animation film ever made. The first super robot anime series is Tetsujin 28-go. The first anime space opera is Space Battleship Yamato. The first real mecha anime series is Mobile Suit Gundam. The first hentai anime series is Lolita Anime.

Anime has been dubbed(offically) in English(duh), Tagalog, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, French, ect..

Because anime is produced mainly by Japanese companies, it has to be licensed in other areas of the world by companies in order to be legally released. Licenses are extremely expensive and it is not uncommon to find that companies are paying at rates of up to $20,000 an episode to license a series for release. That’s alotta money. A series can be in development for more than a year…and a single episode can take as much as a month. Now as for anime per episode, it can cost around 10 million yen to produce. At least 40 new anime shows broadcast on TV in Japan and at least 33% of printed materal in Japan is manga. Chikara to onna no Yo no Naka was the first anime to use syncronized sound.

Additional note: Mazinger Z is a statue in Spain dedicated to the Anime Majingā Zetto.

60% of the world’s animation is anime(Animation that originates in Japan). Anime is seen on TV in over 70 countries. 60% of anime is made from a Manga. There are an estimated 1.5 million lolicon fans in the the US and 47 million anime fans. According to Ure Pia magazine, Ascii Research Institute has released a comparative analysis of K-ON! fans. They concluded that the anime has appealed to the general public, especially young women, who don’t watch anime frequently. 37% of K-ON! fans are women while women make up only 10% of Strike Witches 2 fans. 15% of the audience of K-ON! anime don’t watch other anime frequently, while all the audience of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica anime watch other anime as well. K-ON! fans show a wide range of age distribution. People in their 20s have the largest population both in male and female fans.

How did that number come to be? We all know god knows how many people ACTUALLY buys anime since it is ONLINE for free. Here is how I came to these numbers: A year or 3 before facebook made their ad thing less intrusive, I used it to find out how many people have added anime to their “interest” list of said any keyword that suggest they like anime IN THE US ONLY. The average result came back as 23 million. At that time 46% of american’s were on Facebook. So I doubled the number and came up with 47 million.

1 out of 4 Japanese people label themselves as OTAKU.[link 1] [link 2]

Famous/Well-known Otaku/Anime Fans:

  • Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso is a self-proclaimed Otaku.
  • Robin Williams
  • Petros Papadakis

Next, we will learn about all the Genres, Sub-Genres, and Themes in Anime along with Terms. Let’s note, the pronunciations are not guaranteed to be accurate. Also for English readers who aren’t aware, Pronunciation in Japan is different from pronunciation in English. So I have converted it to English Pronunciation as to how it would sound in Japanese. And finally to ensure you know what I’m talking about I added links to examples of the Terms used.

Anime Music Video: Also called, AMV, is, as its name implies, an Anime Music Video. Let me remind you, if they are unofficially made and published without the consent of the company that owns the anime or the music, they are considered illegal under The Berne Convention. But that doesn’t stop fans.

Ahoge: (かな[A ho gee]) Japanese for “Stupid Hair”, this is a single strand of hair that sticks out of a character’s head. Typically the Character is stupid to some extent. Some characters that have an ahoge are Himeko Katagiri from Pani Poni, Konata Izumi from Lucky Star, Megumi Momono from Mahoraba, Kenji Harima from School Rumble, and Italy from Hetalia: Axis Powers.

Baka: (バカ, ばか, 馬鹿 [Baa Kaa]) This means “Idiot” in Japanese. No example is available.

Bishōnen or Bishie: (美少年[Bee Show nen]) Beautiful Boy. A handsome Anime male character. Today, bishōnen are very popular among girls and women in Japan.

Bishōjo: (美少女[Bee Show Jo]) Pretty Girl. Can be used as a Genre and Sexual Term when used towards games like, bishōjo games (Galge)

Boys’ Love: (ボーイズラブ Bōizu Rabu [Booe zuu Raa bu?] Male Homosexual Anime. It is aimed at chicks and includes things like, yaoi, shonen-ai, and Shota-ai)

Catgirl: (猫娘, Nekomusume [Neck o Muu suu me] Female Character with cat ears and a cat tail, but an otherwise human body.

Chibi: (チビ,ちび[Chee Bee] Japanese word meaning for someone small. used towards cute…um….oh fuck click the link provided.

Dōjinshi: (同人誌 {Doow jen she}) Amateur manga. Typically sold at Conventions. Do you reallly need a link? 90% of Dojinshi is pornographic.

Dub: Dubbed Anime. Meaning Its translated Verbally from Japanese Voice to English Voice

Ecchi: (エッチ{Eh chee}): Romanized as etchi, this lovely form of anime is basically Sexual or perverted Anime. Also referring to Softcore Anime Porn. Its like Hentai without the Sex and Flatout Nudity and what not.

Eyecatch: (アイキャッチ, Aikyachi) A scene or illustration used to begin and end a commercial break in a Japanese TV program.

Fan service: (ファンサービス, Fan Sābisu) Elements specifically included to amuse or sexually provoke the audience that are unnecessary to plot development. Its basically a form of Ecchi.

Fansub: Fan Subtitled. A version of anime in which fans have translated and subtitled the dialogue into another language, most commonly into English. ONCE AGAIN, Let me remind you, if they are unofficially made and published without the consent of the company that the anime being subbed, it is considered illegal under The Berne Convention. They are HIGHLY untrustworthy anyway.

Fujoshi: ( 腐女子,Fuu Jo she). It means “Rotten Girl” in Japanese and is used to referr to chicks in to Yaoi(you’ll learn about that later). No example is needed.

Futanari: (二成, 二形; ふたなり) Basically, Anime Chicks with Dicks.

Gei comi: (ゲイコミ) Manga with male homosexual themes, by men for men.

Hentai: (変態, ヘンタイ{Hen Tie}): Hardcore Balls-to-the-wall anime porn.

Hikikomori: (引き籠もり, ひきこもり, 引きこもり{Hi He ko more ee}: Acute Social withdrawal. It’s basically like being an Otaku but way worse

Josei: (女性): Content intended for women ages 18 or older. Opposite: Seinen.

Juné: a manga or text story with male homosexual themes for women written in an aesthetic (耽美, tanbi) style.

Kawaii: (カワイイ, かわいい, 可愛い): Japanese For cute. Its a HUGE part of Japanese Society and Culture. Bigger than any nation on fucking EARTH!

Kemono: (獣, けもの, ケモノ) {Key mow no?) Japanese for “Beast”. It is a SHITTY kind of anime where the characters are animal and the animals are in human situations and in a human setting. It sucks.

Kemonomimi: (獣耳, けものミミ, ケモノミミ {Hey mo no me me): Characters with SOME animal fearures like a Tail and or ears and a human body. No fur on the body. Don’t worry it’s not furry crap.

Lemon: (レモン, Remon) The term comes from the Hentai Series Cream Lemon and is used to refer to anime with Sexually Explicit Content.

Lolicon: Short Japanese for Lolita Complex. It basically means Pedophile in Japan. Outside Japan it is a term used to describe anime that sexually depicts underage female anime characters. Typically between 7-16. 40% of Dojinshi in Japan is classified as Lolicon

Manga: (漫画, マンガ {Man ga}) A Japanese Comic.

Mangaka: (漫画家, マンガ家) A Japanese Comic Creator.

Moe: (萌え) Japanese slang word originally referring to a turn on of specific human traits.

Neko: (猫) Japanese for Cat.

Omake: (おまけ, オマケ) Some kind of add-on bonus on an anime DVD or Blu Ray.

Otaku: (おたく, オタク, ヲタク). Someone like…oh I don’t know…ME! It is a term used to referr to someone obsessed with Anime, Manga, or Video Games. It is an insult in Japan. Don’t believe me? Call a Japanese Person an Otaku. See what happens.

Otome gēmu: ( 乙女ゲーム) Japanese for maiden games. This is a video game that is targeted towards a female market, where one of the main goals, besides the plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the player character (a female) and one of several male characters.

OVA: Original Video Animation. It took me years to understand what it is. But I now understand. It is an Anime that is FIRST released on DVD or Blu Ray instead of on TV.

ONA: Original Net Animation. THEY ARE RARE! It is an anime that is first released on the internet.

Raw: Anime episode or manga scans in its original language without editing or subtitles.

Seinen: (青年) Content intended for men ages 18 to 40 or older. Opposite: Josei

Seiyū: (声優) Japanese Voice Actor.

Shōjo: (少女) Japanese for “Young woman”. In the western world it is a style of anime and mangaintended for girls ages 5 to 10 OR 10 to 18 depending on the content.

Shōnen: (少年) Japanese for “Young boy”. These works are characterized by high-action, often humorous plots featuring male protagonists, and unrealistically endowed female characters providing fan service. In the western world it is a style of anime and manga intended for boys ages 5 to 10 OR 10 to 18 depending on the content

Shotacon: A type of anime where underage male anime characters are sexually depicted. The Opposite Term is Lolicon.

Super Deformed: It’s basically Chibi with different wording.

Sub: Subtitled. When an anime is kept in its original language, but has subtitles. If done officially (by a licensing company) it is legal. If done unofficially (by fans) it is illegal and called FanSubs.

Tsundere: (ツンデレ) a character type whose personality is initially combative but eventually becomes loving and emotionally vulnerable. Sister Term: Yandere.

Visual kei: (ビジュアル系, ヴィジュアル系, Bijuaru Kei) An art movement characterized by eccentric looks, involving elaborate costumes and make-up. Popular in Japan.

Yandere: (ヤンデレ) is a Japanese term for a person who is initially very loving and gentle to someone before their devotion becomes destructive in nature, often through violence. A good example of this is School Days or Higurashi. CLICK THOSE LINKS AND WATCH THOSE VIDEOS!!!

Yaoi: (やおい) Male-on-male sexual content for women.

Yuri: (百合) Lesbian Anime. Can have Sexual Content.

More links:

Japan Economic Foundation on Anime(SMEs and the Globalization of Japanese Anime):
CNN(Where to get degree in death, anime or psychic abilities)
Japan External Trade Organization(The Anime Market)
1/4 of Japan’s population is Otaku(Yano Research Institute)
Bloomberg on anime
Anime and Twitter(Mashable)
Akemi’s Suggestions(Amazon)

Anime: A true Art form(Japan Today)

American Seiyuu in Japan

Poll of Otaku in Japan(Press Report)

Anime store stories(The Costumer is NOT Always Right)


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