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For the kids of 1990s’, Jungle Book was an animation series that couldn’t be missed ever. But few know that the series was based on the Rudyar Kipling book that was a Japanese style animation.

That was the beginning for fascination with Japanese anime in India. Indians have been one of the largest consumers of Japanese anime series and movies. It did not stop with Mowgli(The Jungle Book). There was another series, named Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired regularly on Doordarsan. 

Today’s children are enamoured with Doraemon, a Japanese cartoon series based on Japanese comic (manga) of the same name. The series has inspired a varied range of products.

Giving Doraemon a very close competition is Shinchan, another japanese anime character. It’s among the top five shows for kids aged 2-14, competing with the likes of Chhota Bheem which is an Indian cartoon.

If you are a 90’s kid then you must have grown up singing to the tunes of the Pokémon theme song or tried to imitate Goku in every possible way imaginable and also have grown up watching any japanese anime or have read any manga. According to me you have watched the right television shows during your childhood. 


The word anime — pronounced as “ah-knee-may” — is an abbreviation of the word animationIn Japan, the word is used to refer to all animation including all anime series and movies. Even japanese anime songs are quite popular all around the world. Outside of Japan, it has become the catch-all term for animation from Japan.

If you have landed here accidentally then briefly – Japanese hand-drawn or computerised animations are called ‘Anime’ while manga is a unique style of art that’s peculiar to Japanese comics. A good japanese anime is one which has a great story and attractive characters.A majority of the 90s Indian kids had grown up watching Cartoon Network(CN) and were quite surprised with the sudden freshness of content when the channel started telecasting popular Japanese anime shows like Pokémon, Dragonball Z, and Naruto.


  1. Death Note
  2. Naruto
  3. Dragonball Z
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood 
  5. One Piece
  6. Fairy Tail
  7. Pokémon
  8. Bleach
  9. Attack on Titan
  10. Cowboy Bebop
  11. Code Geass
  12. Hunter X Hunter
  13. Clannad
  14. One Punch Man
  15. Tokyo Ghoul


In Japan, anime is like a cult and it is as common place and celebrated as Bollywood in India. People from all age groups take this form of art quite seriously, and characters and genres have their dedicated fan following.

In India, anime is still a foreign concept and one of the most common misconceptions is confusing and comparing ‘cartoons’ and ‘anime’ which are two different styles of animation altogether. While cartoons and anime are both caricature sketches that are in turn animated, the latter has a very different style of art using specific visual elements for its characters. Anime originated in Japan and is aimed not just for humour (unlike cartoons) but often indulge into stories that deal with serious issues, adventures, romance or anything else for that matter. A majority of the animes are based on manga comics which were not easily available in India until online shopping companies started selling anime DVDs and manga comics from other parts of the world. There are also many japanese anime art websites.

However, it would be wrong to say that the anime culture and popularity isn’t developing in India. Growing fan clubs; online social media groups are providing huge platforms to share and gather information; stores are printing anime clothes, cups, gifts and other merchandise for shopping in several areas. Though not in every city but comic cons are being organized and promoted as well. Awareness for anime is increasing, but slowly.H

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