Sorry for my lack of activity, guys. Not trying to come off as the type of blogger who only looks at other people’s posts when I post something as well. Just went through a sort of rough week both mentally and physically. But, I’m back in shape now and rarin’ to get some writing done.
So, in the midst of my minor sabbatical, I finally got off my gigantic, lazy buttocks and began marathoning the RWBY series produced by Rooster Teeth & Monty Oum.
And while I was rekindling my love for the series, I was reminded of a whole hub bub that started up among several groups about whether it could be considered an anime. There were various Youtube anime personalities who talked about the subject, but for the life of me I can’t find their videos about it. Which is friggin’ amazing cause I’m usually great at finding things on the Interwebz. Regardless, I was able to find one particular video talking about what should be considered an anime. All credit to Digibro.
For those too lazy to watch the vid, it, like others in the past, states that anime itself is a Japanese creation, and only shows from Japan can be considered “anime”. And while it makes various points that make a whole lot of sense, I can’t help but respectfully disagree with them. As far as I’m concerned, anime is a style of animation that just happened to originate from the country of Japan. Notice how I put the word “style” in bold. Regardless of the various manner in which they are drawn, anime is just a single animation style regardless of where it started up. I mean, we don’t call Disney cartoons ” American animation”, do we? The majority of people see it as a style of animation that just so happened to be created in America. If Frozen were to be solely created in Japan, but in the same unique style of Disney animation, would it be considered anime? Of course not!! It would still be a Disney flick regardless of the country it was made in!!
Now, I would like to point out that there is a difference between a show being an “anime” and another being “anime influenced”. For example:
While Totally Spies had many things in it that come from the anime style, it was clearly written in the typical style of a western cartoon. Adding big eyes and random sweat drops on a characters face does not make it an anime. Likewise, while The Boondocks was clearly influenced by the anime style, can you REALLY see it appealing to a Japanese audience given that most western style cartoons don’t? You know…outside of Disney, which is actually waaaayyy more popular in Japan than it could EVAH be anywhere else in the world! It’s not even close! Go ahead and look it up.
So, you ask, what would I consider as an anime that wasn’t necessarily created in Japan? Well, a few of them should be pretty obvious…
RWBY and Avatar notwithstanding, a lot of people would not consider the original Teen Titans cartoon as an anime. And my reply to those people would be: Are you out of your minds?! Not only was the action in the showed drawn in a way that was almost similar to that of Dragon Ball, the Japanese influence in the show was a clear as freshly cleaned window on a skyscraper! Heck, the opening theme of the show was written and performed by a female J-Pop duo!! But still, some would argue that the series can’t be considered anime given the source material is in fact western based. If that were the case, what the heck should we consider all those Marvel based anime shows?! How can we consider those anime but not Teen Titans?!
When it comes to the RWBY series itself, it’s painfully obvious that it’s not just another random cartoon with splotches of anime thrown onto it. It was clearly designed to be of the anime style of animation. No, I’m not saying that an anime is an anime just because of how it’s “drawn”. 9 times out of 10 most anime shows don’t look anything like one another. There’s a certain manner in which characters are created, plots structured and actions scenes depicted that make a cartoon an anime. And given how much anime I’ve watched and researched, shows like Avatar: TLA and RWBY have those specific characteristics. Just because they were technically created outside of Japan doesn’t make them any less than what they are, regardless of how many anime purists want to argue the point.
So, what do you consider an anime? Let me know down in the comments below. I’m NEETaku, and this was just…My 2 Cents!