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by Dianna Ranere

Why Has Anime Become So Popular In Recent Years

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What is it about anime that has captured the attention of so many in recent years? There’s a growing number of anime-themed television shows, as well as plenty of physical anime collectibles and items that are hugely popular amongst many generations across the world.

With anime so prominent, what has helped it garner so much attention? If you’re a fan of anime, then you may already be well aware of what it is that hooks you in. Let’s look at why anime has become so popular in recent years.

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The popularity of anime in 2022

Anime is certainly popular as of 2022. How popular you may ask? Well, the global anime market size was valued at 24.80 billion USD in 2021. That’s expected to have reached 26.89 billion USD this year.

Suffice it to say, the market for anime is huge and it’s worth its weight in gold on the market. How has it grown to this point? What makes it so popular?

Diversity of stories

For anyone who adores anime, they’ll tell you that there’s such a wide diversity of stories being told across these channels. Whether it’s through a comic or television show, there are many genres being explored by this industry in particular.

Of course, everyone loves diversity in what they watch and engage with. While some may have a favorite like horror or romance, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with anime content.

It’s a great look into Japanese culture

For anyone that’s new to Japanese culture, it’s a look into this culture in a fun and light-hearted way. While anime, much like any other cultural show, don’t show a fully authentic representation, it’s got plenty of references in them. These references are helpful for those who aren’t used to the culture but would like to know more about it.

It’s an art form with many applications in play

Anime is something that has become an art form in itself. That art form also comes in many different applications. From anime games to television shows and even collectibles like this anime sticker pack

These art forms come in many different types and have become extremely popular in their own right. It’s created a cult following that has expanded beyond just Japan but throughout the globe.

There’s a lot of history behind it

Anime has a rich history to it that can be dated back to as early as the 1910s. This was when one of the first animated films was released in Japan. It didn’t really take hold until around the 70s and 80s, which were known for their golden years of anime. It’s also where anime seemingly exploded into the different genres and forms that we see today.

Whether you’ve gotten into anime yourself over the years or you’ve always been interested in exploring it further, it’s a part of history that is forever growing. It’s become a nostalgic throwback for those who grew up watching these shows and continue to do so through shows but also in other forms.