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Sep 28, 2016


Anime in the Library: From Classic to Contemporary

Japanese animation, better known as anime, has long been a central part of Japanese culture. The first big hit to come to America was Astro Boy in 1964.  This show was groundbreaking in its style and its production, and audiences in both the US and Japan recognized its revolutionary impact.  The next largely influential anime to gain popularity in America was Space Battleship Yamato in 1974, which not only brought in many new fans, but also dramatically impacted the future of sci-fi in Japan.


Some of the anime shows and movies from the 80s led to its explosion of popularity in the 90s. Dragon Ball was released in 1986. Popular from the beginning, the show continued to gain adoring fans as it evolved into the still loved Dragon Ball ZNausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, created by the two anime legends Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, led to the creation of the now famous Studio GhibliAkira, released in 1988, was the first anime film to use pre-recorded dialogue.  Featuring a dark, complex story with fascinating characters and cutting-edge animation techniques, Akira was an instant success and is still revered as an important classic among anime films.

From the 90s on, anime has continued to grow in popularity in America, and is now more widely-viewed than ever. You can find it on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and other subscription based services, as well as on television stations like Cartoon Network, and in libraries around the country.

Explore RPL’s growing collection of anime, whether you like silly and endearing shows, such as Ouran High School Host Club, or darker and deeper shows like Ghost in the Shell. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Must-see Classics:


Newer Popular Anime: