Japanese cartoons (anime) explained

Why did anime films become so popular in Japan?

The main reason was a lack of budget to compete with the special effects etc. of Hollywood sci-fi films etc. Plastic monster films like Gojira (Godzilla) and the British Thunderbirds puppets were other attempts to overcome the same budgetary constrictions. In Japan, there is also a very long tradition of writing comics to draw on.

Why did tentacle sex appear in Japanese anime?

Although there are examples of ukiyo-e prints involving octopuses, in anime it was basically a way to avoid censorship of showing certain private parts.

1 Comment

  1. tungbo said,

    September 2, 2009 at 6:07 am

    While it is true that animation can depict some scenes much cheaper than live action special effects, this fact is true in the USA as well as in Japan. Hence, it cannot explain the differene in popularity of animation within each culture. My personal theory is that it is partly due to the personality/style of Walt Disney vs. Tezuka. Both of them set the tones for the mainstream animation styles in each culture. Yet, Walt Disney deliberately chose a G rated approach to his creations while Tezuka tackled a wide range of subjects, some of which are quite dark and disturbing. I’m not implying that one choice is superior to the other. But if the mainstream of a medium has a wider set of subject matter and tones, I would infer that would attract a wider mainstream audience compared to a case where the subject matters and tones are purposely narrowed.

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