I know I said I would condense the original paper and make in as reader friendly as I could, but I just didn't know what to cut out! To make up for it, I decided to add lots of pictures, and even draw one myself. My sketch should be pretty obvious. Hint: It's the one that looks like it was drawn, photographed on my web cam, and slightly edited in Photoshop. And doesn't look like it has anything to do with anime... you'd have to read the surrounding text to understand.
I'll give credit to the pictures at the bottom, along with my textual sources. The picture on top is a Gakuen Alice (aka Alice Academy) wallpaper from the official American site. I picked it out before realizing how perfect it was for this post - a picture of anime students at the top of an "Anime 101" post...
So, here we go with part two, which I originally titled Introduction to Anime.
“Well, that’s fine and dandy,” you might say, “but what’s the big deal about Japanese animation?”
Many anime share similar narrative and artistic features, but narrowing them down to a certain genre or style does the medium injustice.