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The Cultural Importance of Anime

Cultural Importance of Anime

Pronounced as Ah-nie-may, these Japanese cartoons derived from the English word “animation”. Anime originates from Japan but has become popular globally. Japanese animation has been in existence since the twentieth century and has grown into more than a billion-dollar industry. Anime is one of Japan’s greatest contributions to the world and anime is an important part of culture. Japanese anime exists in various genres ranging from romance to fantasy to adventure. Popular examples are Naruto, Bleach, Seven Deadly Sins, and many more. Although, anime also exist in non-popular genres like cyberpunk and mechatronics (involving robots).


The overwhelming feeling that anime has brought to the global population has created individual interest in the Japanese culture and language. So much so, that people nurture a desire to visit the country where their favorite anime are from. 

In western countries, like The United States, anime is known to be more than just about the Japanese series or movie animation but also defines a certain style of art.

So, the real question is how has anime impacted the Japanese and western culture?

Influence of anime on Japanese culture

Various Japanese cultural aspects including motherhood, culture, gender, customs, history, sexuality, and religion are influenced by anime, according to critics. Anime reflects the typical Japanese culture. For instance, the chopsticks you have probably struggled countless times to use are “a piece of cake” for the Japanese and these are also depicted in every anime that is shown.

Anime is engraved into the Japanese culture that it even spreads to the business side of things. Even restaurants in Japan use anime characters to advertise their menus to children and adults alike as this is aimed at attracting them. A typical restaurant that utilizes this method is Coco Ichibanya.

But how has anime impacted the rest of the world?

There are a few roles that anime plays in reshaping the culture of the western world. Aspects like friendship and family are focal points that are important in every culture and not just Japan.

  1. Friendship

If you have ever watched the Naruto series, then you would understand why this point comes in at the first place. The anime tells the story of a boy that aspires to be the leader of his village, but also believes that he needs his friends to achieve this goal. Also explained is how he defends his friends and how he is always present in their time of need.

The Japanese anime encourage people to build strong bonds and to identify with people that have similar goals. An example is probably one of your favorite anime and a popular Japanese animation — “One Piece” which shares qualities about selflessness, growth, and unity.pastedGraphic_1.png

  1. Family

For the typical Japanese culture, family is extremely important. Additionally, in other parts of the world, family and bonds are equally important. 

There are not many anime that depict family bonds or ties, but the few that are related portray loyalty, honor, obedience, and conformity. The collective goals and aspirations of the family are catered for initially before individual needs. 

In most parts of the world, family plays a pivotal role in shaping an individual. Anime that tells a story about the importance of family stresses the need for forgiveness, love, respect, and acceptance within families. 

Generally, anime has played and still plays a vital role in shaping the lives of both young and old while greatly impacting the western culture in terms of how cartoons are created. If you have questions concerning this topic, do not hesitate to contact us via email.



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