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) animes portray fantastic stories (usually about some supernatural power) that is not just beautiful to watch but also entertaining. Check out our 25 most influential Japanese anime in the US in order to see what we mean.
20. Dragon Quest
animeholicph.wordpress.com Dragon Quest was a Nintendo game that was adapted into an anime series in 1989. It had a total of 43 episodes, was supervised by Horii and had characters that were similar to the original Dragon Quest game. The first 13 episodes of this anime series was translated into English and was released in North America.
15. Serial Experiments Lain
avantwhat.wordpress.com Directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, Serial Experiments Lain was first aired in Tokyo, Japan in 1998 and was derived from a play station game with the same title. This contemporary Japanese anime series tackled philosophical concepts such as identity, communication and reality and focused on the story of a teenage girl named Lain Iwakura, who was introduced to the Internet. She was bound to a path which took her into the network of her own thoughts following her discovery of “The God in the Wired.”
10. Full Metal Alchemist
www.fanpop.com Full-Metal Alchemist was a Japanese manga series that was styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Its story was set in a fictional universe where alchemy was among the most advanced scientific techniques known. The protagonists of the story, Edward and Alphonse Elric, were searching for the Philosopher’s Stone which was needed to restore their bodies following a failed attempt to revive their mother through alchemy.
5. Fist of the North Star
www.madman.co.nz 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.
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