1. Anime is huge, especially in Japan.
According to a 2004 document from the Japan External Trade Organization, anime films and television shows account for 60% of the world’s animation-based entertainment. Almost 40 schools in Japan have declared anime as an individual subject on its own. Anime voice acting is also huge, as Japan has around 130 voice-acting schools. In Japan, more paper is used to print manga than toilet paper.
2. The highest-grossing anime film of all time is Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name).
The critical and commercial success of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name can’t be understated. This film brought in more than $355 million worldwide.
A unique and fictional storyline really makes this anime movie stand out from the others. Amazingly, most of the places shown in this anime are real! Here is one of them!
3. Anime is not the same as “cartoon,” contrary to popular belief.
With complicated stories and in-depth character development, anime avoids the cartoon label and makes claims on being a higher art form.
4. The longest-running anime has over 7,500 episodes.
Sazae-san has over 7500 episodes, but each is only about six minutes long. Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi has over 1400 episodes of about 25 minutes each.
5. One anime character has 22 different voice actresses.
Eucliwood Hellscyth from Is This a Zombie? has 22 voice actresses in 22 episodes. The character herself is mostly mute. However, all her speaking lines are all imagined by the protagonist, resulting in different voices for each fantasy.
6. In Japan, it’s not surprising if you accidentally find a manga.
In Japan, it’s common that after someone finishes a manga volume, they’ll just leave it somewhere for someone to pick it up.
7. The anime Space Brothers includes a voice actor that recorded in outer space.
For the 31st episode of the anime series Space Brothers, real-life astronaut Akihiko Hoshide made a guest appearance on the show and actually recorded his part aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
8. Spirited Away was the first anime film to be nominated for and win an academy award.
The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature usually doesn’t stray away from Disney and Pixar movies, but in 2003, the anime movie Spirited Away won Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards. However, Hayao Miyazaki, the director of the movie, didn’t attend the ceremony because of his opposition to the Iraq war.
9. Fifty new colors were created for Akira.
The critically acclaimed movie Akira was also a huge technical achievement for the Japanese anime industry. It consisted of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures. This is about 2-3 times more than the average anime movie. The majority of the scenes of the film were set to take place during the night, which was generally avoided by the animators during those days because of those scenes requiring extremely high usage of colors and that too with very high precision to make the film look pleasing. Akira broke all those norms and used an astounding number of 327 colors in the movie, of which 50 were exclusively created for the film and its scene requirements.
10. Death Note is banned in China.
When it comes to banning anime for inappropriate material, China certainly isn’t shy. The Chinese government has banned popular anime series like Highschool of the Dead, Attack on Titan, and Psycho-Pass without hesitation.
11. The creator of Bleach has a reason for naming the anime Bleach.
Kubo, the creator of Bleach, stated two reasons why he named this anime as Bleach. First, because we bleach our clothes to remove stains and to whiten them, similarly to how soul reapers cleanse or bleach souls. Second, it was a Nirvana album’s name, which is one of Kubo’s favorite.
12. There is a reason why everyone in Code Geass loves Pizza.
Code Geass was sponsored by Pizza Hut and also ran a massive ad campaign for them, so it was evident that pizza hut also used anime for advertising as much as possible.
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