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Thirty-five years ago Japans entertainment industry found an answer to its problems Still developing in the aftermath of defeat in World War II and the subsequent restructuring plan instituted by the United States Japan was without surplus resources There was no money for the production of films American films soon began invading the Japanese entertainment industry Yet the Japanese people longed for entertainment which would reflect their own culture And so animationdeveloped in Japan to fill the void of high-budget film-making Marin 69 In the years that followed animation would take a pop-cultural foothold in Japan that has grown and transformed and yet exists today Even with the onset of increasing economic fortitude animation continued to flourish within Japans entertainment industry The creative possibilities of animations unparalleled visual story-telling capacities had been discovered by Japanese filmmakers and would continue to be exploited into the present age Japanese animation more commonly referred to as anime or Japanimation has somewhat different origins than western animation Where animation developed to entertain European and American children through comedic exploits anime was created to entertain wider audience groups Indeed one might find difficulty in characterizing all anime together the Japanese have viewed animation as a medium of creation rather a form of entertainment limited in audience and expression Anime is included in a group from which the United States has traditionally banned animation specifically anime is considered a form of creative expression much as are literature modern art live-action films and other arts A man by the name of Osamu Tezuka first envisioned animations possibilities in Japan in the 1960s Ledoux 1 Tezuka realized the power animation could lend to story-telling and produced a myriad of animated films and television programs from which modern-day anime has made its genesis At first heavily influenced by Disneys animation Tezukas animation soon transcended the confines within which American animation had placed itself Tezuka can be credited today with being the first
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