With the start of the New Year and a new anime season I wanted to take time to post more on the blog part of the website and interact with the community more. In these blog posts I will be talking about many different topics that are related to being an Otaku in America and Japanese Pop Culture in general. Sometimes in these posts I will offer my opinion on the topics and other times I will just be offering information that I think you might find interesting.
This first post is going to be about me and some basic information about anime in general. I don’t normally talk about myself much but I wanted to give some background information to tell you why you should care what I have to say in this blog. My name is Mike and I am the founder of Japan Pop Culture HQ and the main person involved in the site. I am an American Otaku who enjoys watching anime, reading manga and light novels and listening to Japanese music.
I started watching anime late one night on TV and got hooked on it from the DBZ and Gundam series. Organizations like Amazon and J-List have allowed me to purchase products like manga/figures/DVDs easier. Communities all over the internet have been created that allow people to talk others that share in the same likes, I created this site to help expand the American Otaku Culture as well as expand the products and services related to Japanese Pop Culture here.
The topic for today is going to be some basic information about Anime. Now first I have a question for everyone, What is anime?? The short answer to this question is that anime are animated TV programs and movies that are shown in Japan and imported to the U.S. while that is the basic definition of anime we that enjoy it know it to be so much more. Anime is just a way to tell stories in a way that is different than what we have here in America. Here in America, animated TV programs are typically produced and marketed to kids, while there are some adult shows they’re normally for a more mature audience and don’t have any real story.
Anime does have plenty of programs that are designed for the younger audience, they’re more designed for teens and adults. These programs don’t get much air time here in America so anime has the misconception of only being for younger kids. Per anime season there are shows like Seitokai Yakuindomo, Kampfer, Houzuki no Reitetsu, and Kill la Kill that I would not recommend anyone under the age of 16 watches. If you think of anime as any other TV media then it makes sense that there would be shows for all ages. Yes there are differences like the shows are in Japanese and we have to watch using subtitles and many of the cultural references we might not understand but who cares if the story is good and a viewer can get drawn into the show.
Just like with other programs anime can be separated into genres. The genres that we use here on the site are as follows
- Slice of life
While you will find a few others listed on the site these represent the bulk of the genres that most anime fall into. When it comes to the different types of anime that there are they will fall into the following categories
- OVA/ONA – OVAs and ONAs are special episodes or unaired episodes that get packaged with DVDs of a series or with the manga/light novel of the original content.
- Series – Series are a normal 12- 26 episode running of a program.
- Movies- Movies may or may not have anything to do with a series that has run.
I hope this post was able to give you some good basic information about anime and myself. I will go into more detail about anime and other Japanese Pop Culture topics in these posts so look forward to them in the following weeks.
Written by Mike