How Anime Made Its Way Into Hip Hop

The appeal of anime to Black hip-hop artists is multifaceted, but at its core is anime’s dynamic nature. Unlike animated shows and films in the West, Japanese culture treats animation as a serious medium to explore topics ranging from juvenile curiosity to very mature topics such as mortality, identity, and what it means to be human. The hyperreal depictions of action and violence definitely attract viewers from the youth-driven culture of hip-hop, and the well-developed characters and storylines ensure the flashiness of Japanese animation gives new fans a reason to connect and come back.

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Check out this video’s transcript over on AcrossTheCulture:

A Brief History of Anime in Hip-Hop

Narrated by: Pro (@JaysnProlifiq)
Written by: Zander Tsadwa
Edited by: Roman Bill
Music by: Josh Petruccio

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