Monday, 13 February 2012

Anime research
 Anime is the Japanese abbreviation of animation, the earliest known animation dates to 1917 but it wasn't until the 1960's with the work of Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka that Anime began to have a definitive style. A big part of the Anime style is the big eyes that feature on characters and their facial expressions. Happyness and anger is over-exagerrated on characters and characters who are around crushes sometimes for comedic effect get a nose bleed (based on an old wives tale). Anime uses a limited animation technique even in big productions, there are techniques which fool the eye in to thinking that there is more animation than there really is. These techniques are all in place for budget reasons.

'Anime eyes'
 Again Anime, much like Japanese art and culture, is considered to be simplistic but despite this it has an incredible influence in western countries which spawned from the success of Akira. Western animation Avatar: The Last Airbender owes its successful style to the aesthetics of Anime and the franchise Pokemon continues after beginning in the late 90's. The Anime style may come in to play with my work and could definetly provide some useful inspiration (I've just got to make sure that the simplicity isn't lost in translation).

My favourite and most inspirational Anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion which has a number of films and Manga spawned from the 26 episode series. Dealing with a group of children who fight beings known as angels to stop the end of the world and it deals with a lot of religious and psychological themes.

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