If you didn’t grow up watching anime or reading manga, you probably figure that it’s something just for obsessive Asian geeks who love watching hyper-kinetic, sexy cartoons way too much. You’d be wrong.
Geek and FUNimation are here to set the record straight and offer up free anime to both hardcore fans and newbies to the genre.
We’re offering up the chance to win any one of the amazing anime box sets that FUNimation has sent to us over the past few months by just following the instructions below.
Eligibility: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 of age at the time of entry.
Entry Period: Contest begins at 12:00:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) on Thursday, August 29, 2013 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on Monday, September 30, 2013. (“Contest Period”)
How to Enter: Follow @GEEKexchange on Instagram and upload your framed image of HIGH School DxD or Dragonball Z from GEEK magazine issue #8. Include @GEEKexchange in the post and hashtag either #GEEKDxD or #GEEKDBZ (depending on which image you’re uploading) and #Funimation in the photo caption. You must be a registered Instagram user to enter.
How to Win: Each week, the image with the most LIKES will take home the weekly prize package. In the event of a tie, we reserve the right to pick the winner. One prize per account for duration of this promotion.
If you’re still not sure what the fuss is all about, read on to learn more about the history of anime and its influence on current pop culture around the world.
High School DxD entry pics
Dragon Ball Z entry pics
First, some definitions to clear things up: Manga is essentially the name for Japanese comic books created with a dynamic style that has slowly gained influence in the western world over the past few decades.
Original Japanese animation works, known commonly as “anime”, started appearing on American television screens as early as the late-60s with shows such as Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) and Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu). Anime has evolved into many animation styles, from 2D hand drawn classics to fully 3D CGI spectacles, distributed as television series or as feature length films. But what sets anime apart early on from American cartoons is its artistic stylization and mature storytelling. Unlike the constraints placed upon most western style animation, anime isn’t just for kids.
Throughout the 70s, shows such as Battle of the Planets (a heavily edited version of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman), Tranzor Z (Mazinger Z), and Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato), featured fast paced action, cool futuristic machines, and melodramatic themes that helped further popularize the medium with audiences outside of Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries. It was the 1980s when anime really hit it big in America. It was during that time that American versions of popular anime properties were reworked and localized for western audiences, producing classics such as the epic space opera Robotech and mecha heavy Voltron franchises. Anime’s groundbreaking animation styles coupled with complex and often thought provoking story lines and mature themes that dealt with love, lust, death, loss, angst, guilt, and jealousy have set the bar high when it comes to the world of professional animation, spurring animation producers around the world to scramble in order to stay current and relevant.
In the last decade and a half, anime has really hit its stride in America, as well as the rest of the world, leaving an indelible mark on American pop culture. It is now commonplace to see anime influences in American video games, comics, television, and movies, even in live action productions, from Powerpuff Girls to Pacific Rim. This isn’t a surprise since many of America’s creative elite are themselves anime fans.
If you haven’t kept up with the medium, you will want to take a look at the new anime that keeps fans coming back for more, as there is anime out there for everyone, no matter what you’re into.
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