By the 80s, Anime saw worldwide success, and the industry suddenly became a force to be reckoned with. Titles like The Transformers and Voltron were tremendous success in the U.S., and began to shape not only American films and television, but the toy industry as well, which was dominated by these franchises at the time.
The era became known as Anime’s “Golden Age.” Theatrical releases became more experimental and ambitious than ever before and began to receive huge budgets. Among the notable works from this era are Night on the Galactic Railroad (85), Tale of Genji (86), Grave of the Fireflies (88) and Arion (86). Many of these features were based on important Japanese literary works and had far more of an adult edge than animated American features made for theatrical distribution.
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