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Animation To The Nation Memories of television programming from my youth consists mostly of great educational shows like Sesame Street and The Letter People but also consists of classic 1980s cartoons like Transformers and Thundercats Mention these two cartoons to anyone in their late teens or early twenties and their face will light up reminiscing on the great fun they had growing up with these action and adventure shows However ask any adult in their forties or fifties about these shows and theyll answer with All that violence on TV What a shame or Sorry I didnt watch any of those kiddie shows These are typical responses in America where animation has evolved into an industry aimed more or less at children In Japan an entirely different result has occurred in the evolution of the Japanese animation industry called anime where the main audience consists of anyone aged from one to one hundred Here the animation styles of American and Japanese culture will be compared and contrasted While there is always much imagination involved in creating such stories many anime storylines find their roots in the common Japanese religion of Shinto Shinto can best be described as a disorganized religion where there is no single God but many stories of extraordinary people and things that are worshipped as deities Where Judeo-Christian values strongly discourage immoral relationships the only common moral code in Shinto is cleanliness Japanese society is far more liberal in terms of censorship and social attitudes than American society From this not only are there many stories animated that have to do with Shinto legends but many stories that explore taboo social relations between people as a result of the society being rooted in Shinto Character design is very different in anime is very different from American cartoons Many characters are human in form as opposed to animals or robots often present in cartoons Japanese animation however commonly employs simplistic facial design
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