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The Origin of Anime Essay Introduction Its truly amazing how many people into Anime today seem to think that it all started about a year before they got involved in the hobby Many will however tell almost identical stories about dim childhood memories of depending on how old they are Astro Boy Speed Racer Marine Boy Gigantor Robotech or Star Blazers Others wandered into a comic shop and discovered to their utter amazement that there was an Akira MOVIE to go along with their comics The real history of the medium is frequently chaotic and bizarre as is the medium itself and to cover it in depth would take hundreds of pages but thats not the function of this primer My goal is merely to give you Mr Jennings an idea of what happened and when Significant events have been left out of this and portions of the text presented here are based on rumor and conjecture The event sequence is bunched up around the middle and there are times when so many things are happening at once that it became difficult to limit the narrative to a half dozen threads or so I feel that this does however give a reasonable account of the tumultuous history of this medium The Very Beginning When Osamu Tezuka was stunning Japan with his Tetsuwan Atomu in 1963 Japan was generally considered a place that copied American goods and produced cheap toys The economic miracle still hadnt taken hold On the whole the country had not forgiven itself for events of the 1930s and 1940s The destruction caused by the Second World War was not far removed from everyday life and the atomic destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were very fresh memories indeed It was therefore a
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