Anime Today: Young Black Jack’s Cognitive Dissonance

Beneath the Tangles

Many people today like to refer to the famed Studio Ghibli director, Hayao Miyazaki, as the proverbial “Disney of Japan,” but this analogy doesn’t seem to stand for very long upon analysis. While Miyazaki has surely gained enormous fame domestically, and even worldwide, his approach to animation and impact upon the industry both differs greatly and pales in comparison compared to that of Walt Disney. However, major differences like activism and approach to technology aside, should Miyazaki really be given the credit for influencing Japanese animation like the famed Disney? If anyone should be given that title for influence alone (ignoring modern merchandising), perhaps one should consider the so-called “father of manga,” Osamu Tezuka.

Osamu Tezuka is often credited for bringing about the popularity of Japanese animation and differentiating it from its Western influence, resulting in what we know today (perhaps even Miyazaki’s work!). With his most popular works beginning…

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