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Anime 101: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Anime

Anime is a fascinating world, filled with colourful art, diverse genres, and compelling storytelling.

However, if you're new to anime, it can be quite overwhelming.

Here's a beginner's guide to help you navigate the exciting world of anime.

  1. Understanding Anime: Anime is a style of animation originating from Japan. It encompasses a wide range of genres and themes, from action and adventure to romance, horror, science fiction, and more.

  2. Decoding Anime Terms: There are certain terms specific to anime culture you should familiarize yourself with:

    • Otaku: A term used to describe people with obsessive interests, typically towards anime and manga.

    • Manga: These are Japanese graphic novels or comics, often the source material for many anime.

    • Cosplay: This is the practice of dressing up as a character from anime, manga, or video games.

    • Chibi: A style of drawing characters in a cute and exaggerated way, often with big heads and small bodies.

  1. Anime Genres: Just like films and TV shows, anime comes in various genres. Some popular ones include:

    • Shonen: These anime are usually action-packed and targeted towards young boys. Examples include 'Naruto', 'Dragon Ball Z', and 'One Piece'.

    • Shojo: Aimed at young girls, these anime often focus on relationships and romance, like 'Sailor Moon' or 'Fruits Basket'.

    • Seinen and Josei: These are targeted towards adult men and women, respectively, and often feature more mature themes.

    • Isekai: This genre involves the main character being transported to another world, like in 'Sword Art Online' or 'Re:Zero'.

  1. Starting Points: If you're wondering where to start, consider trying classics like 'Spirited Away', 'My Neighbor Totoro', 'Akira', or 'Ghost in the Shell'. For TV series, 'Cowboy Bebop', 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood', and 'My Hero Academia' are great beginner-friendly options.

  2. Appreciating the Art: Anime is renowned for its unique and beautiful art style. Take the time to appreciate the animation, character designs, background art, and the way emotions are conveyed.

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned anime fan, there's always something new to discover in the vibrant world of anime.

Come and explore at The Collectors Market!

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