National Anime Day April 15th

John Li

As Asian culture spreads worldwide, anime—a style of animation that reflects Japanese art and culture—has been increasing in popularity in many western countries. Occurring on April 15, National Anime Day is a day to dress up and discuss your favorite animes with your friends.

Anime first appeared in 1917 as an art form. It began to gain traction in the 1960s with the establishment of “Mushi Productions,” which was founded by Osamu Tezuka, a prominent figure in Japanese comics. Eventually, anime be- came popular among the Japanese people as a form of entertainment, usually delivered through television.

A great way to celebrate National Anime Day is to watch one. For those that prefer to watch shows based on daily life, “Nichijou” and “Lucky Star” are good options. Both feature a cast of characters who are relatable to most audiences. For action lovers, animes like “Full Metal Alchemist” and “Demon Slayer” make excellent starting shows. There are also movies like “Weathering with You” and “Your Name,” both of which deliver a great story arc in under two hours.

Regardless of the show, watching anime is a fun way to spend your time. If one isn’t right for you, there is a whole sea of anime just waiting to be discovered. Be sure pick up a series in time for National Anime Day.