Anime (Ani-may) is the animated version of a popular Japanese drawing style called Manga (Mon-gah). Anime combines graphic art, characterization, and cinematography, with imaginative and individualistic techniques. Unlike familiar Western animation such as Disney productions, Anime focuses less on movement, more on detailed settings, and uses ‘camera effects,’ such as panning, zooming, and angle shots. Character proportions and features are varied, with a common characteristic feature being large emotive eyes. Anime has changed the way Eastern animation is created and has also had a major impact on Western animation, influencing cartoons such as Avatar: The Last Airbender; Steven Universe; and Adventure Time, among others.
Anime Temecula, produced by the Temecula Valley Museum in cooperation with Bigfoot Graphics, features artwork from some of the many Anime fans in the Temecula Valley who are captivated by the diverse stories and inspired by the colorful characters featured in Anime and Manga styles.
In 1958, the first major animation studio surfaced in Japan, becoming Toei Animation, which is responsible for adapting popular Manga into Anime. The first Manga to Anime series, Osamu Tezuka’s: Tetsuwan Atom Astro Boy, premiered on January 1, 1963. By the 1980’s, Anime had gone mainstream, airing on Japanese television across the country. Certain genres emerged, such as Shoen (the young boy genre) and Shoujo (the young girl genre). Many concepts and references were based on those established in Dragon Ball (1986), and the entire ‘magical girl’ concept, which took inspiration from Sailor Moon (1992). Since the 1980s, Anime has become Japan’s most lucrative film industry, with shows such as One Piece (1999) and Digimon (1999) helping to increase the global popularity of this animation style. Anime has brought so much notoriety to Japan that national holidays have been created around some of the animation productions. March 18th is known as Saiyan Day, created by Dragon Ball fans. Another Dragon Ball-themed holiday is Goku Piccolo Day, celebrated annually on May 9th.
Visit the Temecula Valley Museum to see why this artform is popular all over the world and view local artists versions of this popular artistic style. The Temecula Valley Museum is located at Sam Hicks Monument Park in Old Town Temecula (28314 Mercedes Street) and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information and other fun online activities, please visit TemeculaValleyMuseum.org, or just call (951) 694-6450.