This week I am exploring my initial and present reflection of the popular Asian cinematic genre of Anime. During the current pandemic, my family and I have been exploring different genres in streaming services, which has led to me watching Anime series on Netflix. Anime originally came from the English word “animation” (Japan Info 2015), is a Japanese cartoon and has been very popular and influential in Asia from the 1980s to the present (Wai-ming 2002).
From my perspective in Australia, Anime is considered a niche interest in western cultures. However, since my progressing interest in Anime, I have realised that my reflection may be false and that Anime is not to be considered a niche at all. This makes me raise the question of how popular Anime is in western cultures? To what scale is Anime’s popularity in Asia? What digital transactions are involved within the Anime universe?
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