Dale Hendricks

Dale Hendricks

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The Influence of Anime in Pop Culture

We cannot deny that anime, as a medium and art form, has played a role in changing pop culture over the years. Anime’s biggest influence, however, seems to be on the film industry. Films, such as The Matrix, have credited anime as one of their main influences.

Akira, one of the most critically acclaimed anime in the world, has made the biggest impact not only in the film industry, but in the anime industry as well. Its rich storytelling aesthetics as well as cell-shaded graphics at the time made it a cult classic. Akira also destroyed the stereotype that anime was only for children, showing that it can also be used as an alternative medium in which to tell mature and compelling stories.

Ghost in the Shell was one of the main influences on The Matrix. Both dealt with the themes of man and machine as well as what constitutes as reality. Ghost in the Shell’s influence on The Matrix can be seen in its action sequences, cinematography and dialogue.

So what is the future of anime in Hollywood and the world? Will anime be soon seen as a normal aesthetic in filmmaking? With the ever increasing dependency on digital technology, this may one day seem to be the case.

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    Dale Hendricks

    The thing was that there was supposed to be a second season of the anime but due to poor DVD sales it got canned. The manga explores more about their relationship so you are more than welcome to check that out 🙂

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    Dale Hendricks

    One of the best games in the series without a doubt! Shogun 2, as well, was amazing

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    Dale Hendricks

    But I guess that is the appeal of the anti-hero: they do the things a normal hero would not do. Also, like others have said, they seem to be easier to relate to because they also have their fair share of problems in life and that’s what drives them to do the things they do.

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    Perfect Blue is another Satoshi Kon classic that you must definitely watch! Black Swan may reject that it was influenced by that film but you can clearly see similarities between the two

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