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Anime Voiceover, where did it come from?

By Alan Shires. Published Apr 27, 2023. Last Updated: May 24, 2023.
Filed Under: Anime

Anime voiceover is a powerful genre. Anime has become a global phenomenon, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences across the world. With its unique animation style, complex characters, and engaging storylines, anime has become a mainstay in popular culture. In this article, we will explore the history of anime and its impact on popular culture, as well as some of the most popular anime series today.

The Origins of Anime

Anime, which is short for animation, originated in Japan in the early 20th century. The first anime was created in 1917, and it was called "The Dull Sword." However, it was not until the 1960s that anime began to gain popularity, with series such as "Astro Boy" and "Speed Racer" capturing the imaginations of audiences across Japan. These early anime series were primarily aimed at children, but as anime grew in popularity, it began to tackle more mature themes and subject matter.

One of the most popular anime series of all time is "Dragon Ball," which was created in the 1980s. This series follows the adventures of Goku, a young boy with superhuman strength who is on a quest to find the seven Dragon Balls, which can grant any wish. "Dragon Ball" was an instant hit in Japan and quickly gained a global following. It has since spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs, as well as a live-action movie adaptation.

Anime Impact

Another anime series that has had a massive impact on popular culture is "Sailor Moon." Created in the 1990s, "Sailor Moon" follows the adventures of a group of teenage girls who transform into superheroes to fight evil. The series has been credited with popularizing the magical girl genre of anime, and it has inspired numerous spin-offs and adaptations.

One of the reasons anime has become so popular is its unique animation style. Unlike traditional western animation, which often features simple character designs and limited movement, anime is known for its highly-detailed characters and fluid animation. Anime also often incorporates elements of Japanese culture and folklore, giving it a distinct flavor that sets it apart from other forms of animation.

Characters in Anime

Anime has also tackled a wide range of themes and subject matter, from science fiction and fantasy to romance and drama. Many anime series explore complex psychological and philosophical themes, and they often feature multi-dimensional characters with complex motivations and backstories. This depth of characterization has helped anime to gain a reputation as a mature and sophisticated form of entertainment.

One of the most popular anime series today is "Attack on Titan," which is set in a world where humanity lives inside giant walls to protect themselves from Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that devour humans for no apparent reason. The series follows Eren Yeager, a young man who becomes determined to fight against the Titans after his mother is killed by one. "Attack on Titan" has been praised for its complex storyline, as well as its exploration of themes such as power, freedom, and the nature of humanity.

Popularity of Anime

Another popular anime series is "My Hero Academia," which is set in a world where almost everyone has superpowers, known as quirks. The series follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without a quirk who dreams of becoming a hero. When he is given the opportunity to attend a prestigious academy for heroes-in-training, he must work hard to prove himself and overcome numerous obstacles. "My Hero Academia" has been praised for its engaging characters, its exploration of themes such as heroism and ambition, and its stunning action scenes.

Anime has also become increasingly popular in the world of gaming. Many popular anime series have been adapted into video games, such as "Dragon Ball," "Naruto," and "One Piece." These games often feature detailed graphics and intricate gameplay mechanics, and they allow fans to immerse themselves in the world of their favorite anime series. Anime voiceover artists have also had a massive impact on the success of this genre.

Anime Voiceover by Alan Shires

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