What is anime?

Written by Rosana Hart

Anime is a word that needs no definition to millions of young people aroundrepparttar world -- but here's a description anyway, since you may be one ofrepparttar 138030 millions who isn't familiar withrepparttar 138031 term. Anime is Japanese animation, and is hugely popular in Japan, a part of everyday life. The word is used to include quite a variety of animated TV series and films.

Often anime characters are drawn with large eyes and smallish noses. The animation uses sharp lines and may use less detail than Hollywood-style animation. Video games and mangas (Japanese comic books) are drawn in this style as well. Plots are often more complex and mature than Western-style cartoons or comic books, including violence and characters dying. Fantasy adventures and romance are part ofrepparttar 138032 mix as well. There are so many different types of anime that there is something for everyone.

Youth culture cuts across national boundaries more and more nowadays, and anime products are a good example. From Japan torepparttar 138033 United States, from China to Sweden, their popularity only increases. There are many fan events going on worldwide. Inrepparttar 138034 U.S. in 2004, over one hundred thousand people attended Katsucon, Otakon, Anime Expo and similar events -- many of them in full costume. Now, anime is being created in places other than Japan.

The Lord of the Rings

Written by Rosana Hart

J.R.R. Tolkien's great fantasy novels The Hobbit andrepparttar three books of The Lord Of The Rings (The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King) have been keeping readers spellbound for generations. I was quite late for work one morning when I maderepparttar 138029 mistake of picking up The Return ofrepparttar 138030 King, thinking I'd just read a few more pages. I got completely wrapped up inrepparttar 138031 story and forgot everything about my everyday life!

The absorbing tales begin with The Hobbit whenrepparttar 138032 wizard Gandalf involves comfort-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins in a great conflict between good and evil. The Lord Of The Rings continues with a larger cast of characters in Middle Earth. While The Hobbit might be read by itself, most people who readrepparttar 138033 Lord ofrepparttar 138034 Rings trilogy can't stop withrepparttar 138035 first one alone... they go through all three.

When Peter Jackson made films of The Lord ofrepparttar 138036 Rings, he had to deal with countless devoted fans who would be watching closely to see what he did torepparttar 138037 stories. How did it work out? Quite simply, he made perhapsrepparttar 138038 greatest trilogy ever brought to film. Tolkien's words were often preserved, andrepparttar 138039 changes that were made inrepparttar 138040 plot were done so sensitively that it was easy to see they were needed forrepparttar 138041 different medium of film.

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