Anime: is it really an art?

@Tonton01 (235)
Philippines
May 7, 2009 7:17am CST
Cause some people in my art course consider Animation or Anime to be an artform. Though I consider it partly as an art, what are your thoughts on it? It don't matter if it were japanese anime, stopmotion or western animation, do you consider it an artform or not?
6 responses
• United States
7 May 09
I think it is an artform in sorts, but I think a lot of people nowadays, or at least in my circle of friends, they consider anime and only anime as true art. That I strongly disagree with; Monet's painting are masterpieces, along with Van Gogh, and many others.
@Tonton01 (235)
• Philippines
7 May 09
Yeah, i agree with you here Western Art has a lot of ground covered.. though they might perceive the artistic part when it came to theatrics and storyline. Especially the mystical and samurai-themed anime and sorts.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
8 Jan 11
hi, i could say yes, that anime is an art form, because they are still a drawing and full of imagination.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
24 May 10
Yes. Of course it is. Robots don't draw anything that beautiful. People do. It's just like comics or billboards. Those are art too, in my opinion. That being said, I wish some billboards said different things than what they do. I consider all of that art. It took creativity to do these things. Therefore it's art.
@Beenice (237)
• Canada
28 May 09
I do think so because it takes first of a certain amount of imagination. If you draw your own animation on top of that it is an artform. I didn't see much of the Japanese animation, and all other kind of cartoons but anything that involves creating your own play or drawing.
@Laveix (15)
• Philippines
18 May 09
Yes, definitely. It is an expression. Denying it is unjust, for the artists and its admirers. I can say though, that Anime as the SOLE true form of art is complete BS. People who say as such cannot be called artists. They are only ignorant little twerps (I hate to be blatantly unforgiving, but art is a sensitive subject for my part) who cannot see beauty other than the pretty little images they see on their idiot boxes. They need to move out of the box and explore. Life and art is far more than that. A lot more they could ever learn. I draw in anime style myself (but not only in), as it is what I grew up seeing. Basically Anime is mostly degraded by the medium it chose to use. TVs. Monitors. LCD Screens. Flanked with media hype that can be way too commercialized for comfort. Its expressive value is diminished if not deteriorated to some, and I can see their point. It's just sad because it can only be that way. But, granted that you disregard these factors, I believe one can appreciate it more. To conclude this post (my, at last!) all I have to say is, Anime is yet only another push beyond the limits we could imagine as art. Before we had Da Vinci, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh... There were primitive paintings, and who could imagine at the time that what great masterpieces we see in museums, and in screens for that matter, could be brought about? :)
@jerelmeow (130)
• Philippines
7 May 09
Yup! I do think it is an artform because it is a form of expression, it affects people and inspires others to do their own projects. It is an artform because static images and ideas are being given life and character through imagery and sound effects/music