By Lu Na; China.org.cn|
It is not a coincidence that Japanese animation has become a leading force in the cartoon industry. Relying on a meticulous approach, superb skills and colorful subject matter, it controls two-thirds of the global market. In the world's 300 billion Japanese Yen (US$3.6 billion) cartoon market, Japan accounts for 65 percent, according to a statistics of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.
Japanese cartoons are famous for their colorful styles, including action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy plus science fiction and fantasy. One after another appeared on screens, attracting and influencing countless young people.
The following 10 Japanese cartoons selected by China.org.cn, are the most famous and popular in their categories, including action-adventure, romance and sports and are highly acclaimed by the Chinese audience.
10. Smart Ikkyu san (一休)
"Smart Ikkyu san", a popular cartoon series which was on from 1975 to 1982, told the story of a child monk in Japan who relied on his intelligence and wit to solve various kinds of problems. Chinese mainland television translated and broadcasted 104 episodes from 1983 to 1988, which got a huge response and influenced a whole generation of Chinese.
Smart Ikkyu san
09. One piece (海贼王)
One piece [3lian.com]
One Piece, one of the most popular cartoons in Japan for over 10 years, also attracted a large following in China. Monkey D. Luffy, a boy with special abilities after eating a certain kind of supernatural fruit, explores the ocean with his crewmembers in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as the One Piece. During his journey, he and his members win one battle after the other and make a lot of friends. The cartoon combined exciting stories with a touching plot, in which some scenes drove thousands of girls to tears.
08. Fist of the North Star (北斗神拳)
Fist of the North Star [tupian.hudong.com]
Fist of the North Star, one of Japan's most classic cartoons , was introduced to the Chinese mainland in the late 1980s. It told of a world destroyed by nuclear war. Kenshiro, the hero of the story, defeated various kinds of ravagers who threaten the lives of the weak and innocent. Although many people didn't like it because of its many bloody scenes，such as one showing a cut up body, the themes of love and friendship made it one of the most unforgettable cartoons in fans' hearts.
07. Mobile Suit Gundam (机动战士高达)
Mobile Suit Gundam [posters.imdb.cn]
Since its debut in 1979, it has become one of the three most popular Japanese robot theme cartoons ever, together with Space Battleship Yamato and EVA. The reason for its popularity was that it focused on a complicated and tragic story rather than on an exciting robot war. The story told of a fictional universe in the Universal Century， year 0079。The Principality of Zeon had launched a war of independence because it couldn't stand the investigations carried out by the Earth Federation. Zeon had the tactical upper hand through their use of a new type of humanoid weapons called 'mobile suits'.
06. Sailor Moon (美少女战士)
Sailor Moon was the instigator for girls' cartoons. A teenage girl called Tsukino Usagi (Sailor Moon) came across a magical black cat called Luna。The cat gave her magical powers and she became a beautiful warrior. She, together with four other girls, fought demons for the sake of peace on Earth. The cartoon was extremely popular in China and its promotional products sold very well too. Although Tsukino Usagi was a clumsy girl, her lovely and optimistic personality was welcomed by a large number of girls. Aside from that, countless girls were crazy about Chiba Mamoru, the handsome hero of the cartoon.
Sailor Moon [v.ppdm.us]