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As this is my first article, I would like to first introduce myself so feel free to skip the italics. I am emeraldmelbourne and I have been watching anime since my early school days when Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, One Piece etc. was aired early in the mornings.
It wasn’t until later that I started watching full series by myself. I was introduced to ‘Skip Beat!’ and ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ and from there I kept watching.
At school I would also read manga in the library namely, ‘Fruits Basket’ and ‘Bleach’ and when the school library didn’t have any volumes left to read, I discovered other manga such as ‘Death Note.’ Which means that I’ve watched and read a little bit of everything.
Now, enough about me… I’ve discovered that while a lot people know of anime and have watched quite a bit, not many know about anime, so I’ll just go through the basics.
There are four main genres which are basically split into demographics, a.k.a. the targeted audience –
- Shounen (Boy) – These are usually action, adventure and sports anime where the main character is young boy generally under 17 years old and the storyline is sometimes more lighthearted. Some popular examples are One Piece, Bleach, Naruto
- Seinen (Men) – These are similar to Shounen for the most part except the main character is generally over the age of 18 and the storyline is sometimes more intense and there are darker themes involved sometimes. Some popular examples are Gintama, Tokyo Ghoul, Attack On Titan
- Shoujo (Girl) – These are usually romance, slice of life and school anime where the main character is generally a young girl under 17 years old and the storyline is sometimes more lighthearted. Some popular examples are Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club and Vampire Knight
- Josei (Women) – These are similar to Shoujo for the most part except the main character is a woman generally over the age of 18 and the storyline is sometimes more intense and more involved in terms of romance. Some popular examples are Nana, Honey and Clover
Furthermore there are four LGBT genres and these are –
- Shounen-ai – These are light hearted romances between two males
- Yaoi – These are sometimes more intense romances between two males
- Shoujo-ai – These are light hearted romances between two females
- Yuri – These are sometimes more intense romances between two females
Fun fact: In the yaoi fandom, a male fan is referred to as a Fudanshi and a female fan is called a Fujoshi which translates to ‘rotten male/female’
- Manga – These are Japanese Graphic Novels and are the most common source material for anime
- Webtoons – These are online comic strips that are generally not made into anime but there are a few that have been made so far such as Noblesse, ReLife and Momokuri
- Light Novels – These are novels which have images in between chapters and are the second most common source material for anime. Some examples are Sword Art Online, Re:Zero and A Certain Magical Index
- Live Action – Shoujo and Josei manga are generally adapted into Dramas rather than anime or sometimes even both, like Nana, Orange and Ao Haru Ride and sometimes Shounen and Seinen anime are adapted into (most of the time horrible) Live Action movies, for example Death Note, Dragonball Z and ERASED
- Track Anime – Anime-Planet is a website that helps keep track of anime that you’ve watched and want to watch etc. It is a helpful tool which also has plot summaries and similar suggestions if you are ever stuck on what to watch next. Furthermore, it has partnerships to official anime video sites such as Crunchyroll so you can watch your favourite anime in one place. MyAnimeList is also a similar alternative.
- Watch Official Anime – Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, Viewster, Daisuki are all sites with official translations of popular anime.
- Read Official Manga – Crunchyroll is one of very few official manga sites, the perfect place to read popular manga.
And now (if you didn’t already know all this) you’re a bit more informed. Watch out for my next post ‘The World Of Webtoons’ where I will be talking about the lesser known comics in strip form, webtoons!
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