Marvel at How Japanese Anime Has Changed and Evolved

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While Japanese anime first appeared as early as 1917, it began to flourish in the 1960s with the spread of television throughout Japan. And over the years, its styles have changed.

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This isn't new, and it's something Kotaku has touched on previously (here). However, below you can see images from 2ch that catalogue anime styles from the 1960s to this decade. They do an exhaustive job of illustrating the trends and evolutions in Japanese anime.

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Yes, the characters depicted in the images are largely female, but many of them were aimed at female viewers. Some were aimed at both males and females, while others were created for decidedly male viewers.

Below, you can see how anime art has evolved, starting with Astro Boy's sister Uran and Princess Sapphire of Princess Knight. Both, of course, were created by Osamu Tezuka, the "Godfather of Anime". The timeline ends with more modern characters, such as Haruhi Suzumiya.

Note that some anime styles, such as Ghibli's or Sazae-san's, hasn't been as impacted as much by various trends.

Click the lower corner of each image to expand to full size.


The 1960s to the early 1980s

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The first half of the 1980s to the mid-1990s

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The late 1990s to the current decade

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ここに来てまたアニメの絵柄が奇形化し出してる気がする [2ch]


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Am I the only one who thinks the really troubling one was "Late 1990s to today"? There is a sharp increase in intensely colored hair and a noticeable decrease in the age of the people. Well, at least a decrease in their age based on their appearance. I have no idea how old any one in these pictures is actually supposed to be except for Fay Valentine.