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A Brief History of Anime

The period of big-budget animated entertainment reached its Zenith toward the end of the 80s with the release of two films, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (87) and Akira (88). Akira is regarded by many as Anime’s greatest achievement to this day, a two and a half hour (fully hand drawn) spectacle. The feature used more animation cels than had ever been used in a film previously to create a stunningly fluid look. Unfortunately, the film was not a box office success at the time, and made Japanese studios more reluctant to finance films of this sort. The film, however, has gone on to become a hugely iconic force in Anime and is revered the world over for its jaw-dropping style and its larger than life action.

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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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