Anime is probably the most popular type of animation in the world. The number of cartoons released annually that can be classified as anime is comparable to the total number of films released around the world. This success is not accidental — unlike most animated products, anime is designed not so much for children as for teenagers and adults.
The history of anime dates back to the 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers began their first experiments with animation techniques invented in the West. The founder of modern anime traditions was Osamu Tezuka, often referred to as the “god of anime and manga,” who laid the foundations for what later evolved into modern anime series. For example, Tezuka borrowed from Disney and developed a manner of using the big eyes of characters to convey emotions; it was under his leadership that the first works that can be attributed to early anime.