How much do you know about anime? Would you consider yourself an anime expert, or merely a novice? Do you want to impress your fellow otakus with some mind-blowing anime facts? Well, you're at the right place. Below are 16 amazing things you didn't know about anime – facts about popular anime series like Naruto or Death Note, along with tidbits about the Japanese animation industry.
Get your thinking cap ready. Here are 16 random facts about anime that might just blow your mind. What was the most eye-opening fact? Vote for the anime fact that blew you away. If you enjoyed this list, make sure to check out this collection of Dragon Ball Z facts.
How did Hajime Isayama ever come up with a creature so terrifying like the Titans for his manga series Attack on Titans? In a TV appearance for Nihon TV's Zip! program, Isayama revealed that one of the scariest anime monsters of all time were based on a drunk customer he met at an internet cafe. Being unable to communicate with the drunk inspired Isayama to create a series about the most familiar, yet, scary animal in the world: humans.
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If you're wondering why so many Britannians in Code Geass love to chow down on pizza, it's because the anime itself was funded by Pizza Hut in Japan. The Pizza Hut logo was removed in the English dub release for legal reasons, but Cheese-kun – the Japanese mascot for Pizza Hut – is still seen in the show.
Another sponsor for Code Geass that often appears in the anime is BIGLOBE, a Japanese internet service provider.
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60% Of The World's Animation Is Anime
The animation industry in Japan is pretty big, but just how big is it? Well, according to a 2004 document from the Japan External Trade Organization, anime films and television shows account for 60% of the world's animation-based entertainment. Unsurprisingly, anime voice acting is also big, as Japan has around 130 voice-acting schools.
'Sazae-san' Is The Longest Running Animated TV Series
When Americans think of longest-running animated series, images of The Simpsons or SpongeBob SquarePants pop up in their hands. When it comes to Japan, however, those shows don't hold a candle to Sazae-san and its jaw-dropping 2,500+ episodes.
The anime series began in 1969 and continues to air to this day. The Guinness World Records recognized Sazae-san as the longest-running animated television series in the world back in 2013.