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A Brief History of Anime

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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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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