Anime and animation

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Anime and animation
Japanese animation, or anime as it is called in the West, grew out of Japanese graphic storytelling, or manga. In the case of both words, within Japan they refer to the field in general, but in the West they have come to denote only Japanese work and work done in Japanese styles.
To people from North America, anime is a bewildering mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Their most immediate point of comparison will probably be the ubiquitous works of Walt Disney and Disney Studios, which has defined "animation" in the post- World War II era. There are many similarities, which is hardly surprising, since some of the pioneer anime artists were ardent admirers of Disney's work, while later Disney productions (The Lion...
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