Anime is a growing art form originating from Japan. Described as a style of Japanese animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children; anime is not simply ‘Japanese cartoons’ as many would assume. Firmly establishing itself as an admirable independent genre for the past half century in Japan, anime is also expanding its influence into the western world.
The portrayal of strong female characters in the entertainment industry has been a battle fought for the past two centuries. The fight has spanned a variety of media; from classic written word mediums to more contemporary digitally drawn ones. Whether it’s film, literature or video gaming, female characters are currently a dominant focus of the media and consumers, especially when women are a rapidly increasing market for the industry.