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The evolution of anime through the dawn of Japanese manga!

The evolution of anime through the dawn of Japanese manga!

Japanese Manga,as generally defined, consist of comics and print cartoons in the Japanese language and conforming to the style developed in Japan. However, to define it outside the context of Japan, specifically refers to comics originally published in Japan. Its literal meaning is "whimsical pictures".



Anime evolved from comic books known as manga, and popular in Japan since the 1950s. The most important proponent of anime is Osamu Tezuka who created the first anime TV series in Japan, Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy) in 1963.

I bet alot of you have heard, or more appropriately, seen the anime series of Astro Boy which was a major hit during the dawn of the 6os to early 80s. Not to mention, SailorMoon, Digimon, Voltron, DragonBallZ, and the infamous, Naruto! Well, they all started from paper, ergo, Japanese comic books (manga). So one might ask, HOW DID MANGA REALLY START?

Believe it or not, the birth of Japanese manga was during the political onset of World War II where the entire Japanese nation was mobilized. And by mobilized, I mean, including all of Japanese cartoonists and artists. They used their talents in order to spread the propaganda against Japan's political bad elements.

Around 1940, many organizations for artists and cartoonists were formed. Among them were the New Cartoonists Association of Japan (Shin Nippon Mangaka Kyokai) and the New Cartoonists Faction Group (Shin Mangaha Shudan). During that time, the government used the few remaining cartoonists, who were not banned from working or who were not in the army, to influence the people through their artwork by creating comic strips filled with propaganda to use against the nation's enemies.



After World War II, a young aspiring artist named Osamu Tezuka became a cartoonist who created AstroBoy which naturally became a hit and later popularized Kimba: The White Lion. From hereon, various Japanese cartoonists and artists took some of the spotlight and developed their respective manga to anime hits-- thus revolutionizing manga to anime.






As I will be developing this page, you will find out more manga hits that became anime series and even movies. Browse further guys!!

Oh, and here's a timeline of the evolution of manga and anime for your use or whatever.. Not much of an info for me but I thought some of you guys might be needing it.