Japan is famous for its Anime and comics. The expansion of Anime to East Asia has started in the 1980s and it still happens at this moment. From TV shows to printed magazines and conventions, Anime has been embraced by all Asian nations. Some of the most successful on-screen debuts of Anime are Sailor Moon and Pokémon. These two shows have become an international success and the most recognizable Anime creations.
Anime has an impact on all cultures, from Asia to Europe and the US. Japan’s surrounding neighbors have welcomed every film and comic book related to Anime. Although originated in Japan, this industry has been embraced by China and adopted as a cultural element. For many young people, Japan is the home of Pikachu, Hello Kitty, and other characters of Anime comic books and Tv shows. Many Japanese cultural elements are present in every Anime plot. However, artists who create them have noticed the huge impact they have on the East Asia market. They have included Chinese elements as well to make it more attractive to its audience.
This trend has crossed the border of Japan and artists in Hong Kong and even Taiwan have been attempting to make their version of comic books and animated series. A Chinese element that is very common among Anime is martial arts, such as kung fu. Most of the Anime creations follow the same storyline as in the fight between the good and the bad. However, in China, the biggest struggle is to find a balance between learning and keeping Japanese elements and developing their Chinese style. Anime has grown so fast in popularity that even Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam have grown fond of them.
The first Chinese animated film that has been made in collaboration with Japanese artists is called “Ghost Story”. In terms of comic book artists, the new Chinese generation that maintains a Japanese influence is present through Situ Jianqiao and Li Zhida artists. Both of them have gotten inspiration from older Japanese creations and artists such as Dragonball or Ultraman. Every Japanese Anime creation still has a strong influence on Chinese animated series and their plots. Many elements and even names are maintained when adapted for other markets. Japanese comic books and animations have become an important entertainment factor for surrounding cultures.
The expansion of Anime in East Asia has started a long time ago and it seems like it will not end any time soon. The Japanese style has a bigger influence than was expected and has been adapted to every Asian culture and regulations. Japan has become the central point of interest for young generation artists who plan to continue the tradition of Anime.