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Influence of Japanese Culture: Anime and Manga


Japan is undoubtedly a pioneer in imposing global trends because it has penetrated in impressive ways in various countries around the world. Although many times we are not aware of how the influence of Japanese culture has reached every corner of the world, through food, martial arts, fashion, and especially in entertainment such as manga and anime! And thanks to this genre, the most popular stories in history such as Dragon Ball and the best-selling superhero films have come back to life. Naruto reminds us of Japan, just as Cartier Ballon Bleu reminds us of France.

Manga Story

There are various theories about the origin of manga. One of them dates from the 12th century and it is a series of images with frogs and rabbits made on tablets. On the other hand, Japanese researcher Isao Shimize said that the first manga was a picture book titled "Toba Ehon" which told the lives of people in this country between 1600 and 1800. Japanese people were inspired by Western comics to innovate and make their own stories gave birth to the manga genre. But it was only in the 60's when these little stories began to appear in comic magazines.

The strong projection of Japanese culture in anime and manga, far from being a cultural barrier, is a tool to study this lifestyle and its traditions.

You can find hundreds of monuments throughout Japan to honor the great success of manga, anime, and its makers. The Manga Award is celebrated every year. This award, founded in 2007 by Foreign Minister Taro Aso, is a way to take those responsible for promoting Manga culture throughout the world.

This phenomenon has taken power from the 80s. Anime and manga have had international success that allows the creation of new markets that are getting stronger every day. In this way they have succeeded in attracting the attention of millions of followers who have made worship of this sub-culture a true cult and lifestyle. Likewise, it's a very profitable business.

These people call themselves otakus. The word Otaku is related to the term "Nerd" or "Genius" which is used by the most loyal followers to identify themselves as loyal members of Japanese anime, manga and culture.

It is precisely the best known Japanese commercial area in the otaku world known as Akihabara. In this place you can find all kinds of products, video games, manga and anime souvenirs, costumes, comics, robots, etc. This is where the biggest anime and manga shop in the world is located. The Tokyo Anime Center located in the UDX building and the Mandarake store is considered to be the true temple of the anime world where the widest brands are found and extensive online inventory.

This is also a great tourist destination even for those who do not consider themselves otaku, because they are impressed when visiting this place. Every year there are world class events, for example in the 2017 anime convention which was attended by around 150,000 participants. To give us an idea, both material and virtual sales in the Manga industry alone amounted to 3.91 billion Dollars in 2016.

Perhaps one of the factors associated with the success of Manga is the similarity and total loyalty with various nuances of human emotions. His ability to create original characters with complex personalities and more real than we usually witness in Hollywood-style commercial films.

It is precisely this who manages to capture Manga, the deepest emotions, the most hidden fantasies, victories and defeats that seem only possible in dreams, combining the modern world with the wonders and wealth of ancient Japanese culture which allows us to enter a world where everything is possible.

These stories can make readers interested in volume by volume. That is why there are otaku who have remained faithful to these stories for decades and that on many occasions, especially in the youngest and easily influenced, they have been inspired by the strength of this character to overcome obstacles in their own lives.

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