Japanese Animation or (as it’s affectionately known in the US) “Anime” is a style of animation that has taken the US by storm. Known for exaggerated features (such as big eyes, oddly colored hair, etc) popular anime movies portray fantastic stories (usually about some supernatural power) that is not just beautiful to watch but also entertaining. Check out the 25 most influential Japanese anime in the US.
Fist of the North Star
Illustrated by Tetsuo Hara and written by Buronson, Fist of the North is a Japanese anime series that took place in a post-apocalyptic world that had destroyed by a nuclear war. The story of this anime series revolved around Kenshiro the warrior, who was also the successor of a deadly martial art dubbed as Hokuto Shinken. The protagonist of this story dedicated his life fighting against the ravagers who took advantage of the poor and the innocent.
One Piece is a manga series that was skillfully written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The first episode of this series was released on December 24, 1997 and was about the story of a young man named Monkey D. Luffy, whose body turned into rubber after accidentally gobbling up a Devil’s Fruit. The story also revolved around the crew of pirates of Mr. Monkey Luffy called Straw Hat Pirates, who accompanied him as he explored the ocean in search of a treasure called One Piece.
First shown in 1998, Cowboy Bebop is considered to be a Japanese animation masterpiece. It premiered in Japan in 1998 and had a total of 26 episodes. The anime was among the most influential anime shown in America because it tackled the philosophical concepts of existentialism, loneliness and nihilism. It was also adapted into two manga series.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Created and owned by Gainax, Shin Seiki Evangelion, more commonly known as Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular anime of all time. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a story of a parliamentary organization that made efforts to fight against Angels through the use of giant humanoids they called Evangelions. These Evangelions were piloted by a group of teenagers led by Shinji Ikari, the protagonist
Dragon Ball Z
A Japanese manga series that was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z is one of the most watched anime to have ever been shown in world television. This anime was inspired by the classic novel in China entitled Journey to the West, which was about the adventures of Son Goku as he trained in martial arts from his childhood until he reached adulthood. He explored the world to search for the seven Dragon Balls which have the capacity to grant wishes through the help of a wish-granting dragon.