Popularity of Anime
In the old days, 20 years ago, Anime was mostly popular in Asian countries. You would of course have some series that were known to a wider audience like for example Dragonball or Pokémon. However I don’t think anybody back then could have known how popular Anime would become.
In the last couple of years Anime is becoming immensely popular. Every streaming service, like Netflix, is bombarding you with old Anime series. But also making their very own new ones. Disney + even released some teasers about an Anime version of Star Wars, that’s how far it has come. But I’m not complaining, I love Anime. So the more the better.
the power of anime
The aspects that make Anime so successful and addictive to watch is the exaggeration of everything. The emotions of the characters are theatrical, the drama is over the top and well the special effects in all the Animes even exceed Hollywood VFX.
A single punch of a hero can almost blow up worlds. Heck even a sneeze from your main hero can cause damage in an Anime. But that’s what makes it so captivating, so addictive. You really feel for the characters and they inspire and motivate you. And personally this is why I love Anime series above anything else. Once you are emphasizing with the protagonist, you can’t stop watching and you are hooked.
Now because everything is so over the top and well not realistic in any physical way, it’s quite hard to recreate Visual effects from Anime in real life. Much of the effects are suggestive, just shown with a few lines. And this is the difficulty of recreating the effects, but also gives you a lot of freedom.
You have complete creative freedom to interpret the effect however you want. Nobody knows how a energy beam shot from you hands looks like in real life. So you can do with it whatever you want. And that’s what we have done in multiple video tutorials where we recreate a Super Speed Dash, becoming a Super Saiyan, A super Punch and even a talking mouth on a hand. As you can see the possibilities are endless.
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