Are you one of the otaku? If the term draws a blank, then you must be a senpai. Or a parent who has a kawaii kid who goes "Sugoi!" when they see Saiyan or Trigun.
Okay let's talk in an understandable language again. Otaku means a die-hard fan, senpai means an older person, kawaii means cute, Sugoi means wow and Saiyan and Trigun are cartoon characters and together they're all part of the anime universe. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Speed Racer Matrix, Powerpuff Girls are all film work influenced or inspired by anime.
Anime is a style of cartoons from Japan. They can be animation or comic books. Fun fact: when the Japanese say anime, they are speaking exclusively of animation. Comic books are separate and are called manga. Also worth knowing is that lovely the Japanese people do not think of anime or manga as an exclusive Japanese style of comics or animation. For them, anime is a word for all animation, and manga is all comic books, no matter where in the world they originate from and irrespective of design or styling. So, a Batman comic book would be as much manga as Naruto.
Originally, and for a long time, anime was produced for local consumption by audiences in Japan. It had a distinct style, not just in terms of the illustration style but also the concepts, storytelling, and themes; the fight between good and evil is a popular one. Over the years, anime found its way across the globe, traveling on the currents of popular culture and finding a permanent audience through the appreciation for exotic cultural forms by the youth. For anime lovers, or otaku, it is a unique art form and a universe with a distinct style, dressing, vocabulary, concepts, and lore.
With that quick anime 101, we'd like to introduce you to some of our anime inspired doormats, see if you can get them to become a part of the anime universe in your home. They also make great gifts for all otaku. Come take a look at the collection of anime mats we have.
Sailor Moon Anime Inspired Coco Doormat
Who fights the evil by moonlight, wins love by daylight, and never runs from a real fight? Sailor Moon’s her name. If you have Sailor Moon fans, this doormat will win you love by daylight too.
Luna Anime Inspired Coco Doormat
Luna is Usagi's black guardian cat, as well as her and the other Sailor Guardians' adviser. She lives with Usagi and she is shown growing close to Artemis, another feline guardian who belongs to Sailor Venus. Know anyone who might be interested in Luna on a doormat?
Gengar Anime Inspired Coco Doormat
They say that if, on full moon night, the shadows move and laugh on their own, there’s a good chance that wily Gengar is behind it.
Yaasuko Anime Inspired Coco Doormat
There’s back story here. Yuusuke enlists ex-rival Kazuma Kuwabara, and two demons with criminal pasts, Hiei and Kurama. They join hands and train for a battle against those who threaten the very existence of humanity.
Go Anime Inspired Coco Doormat
This is not just any Japanese symbol. It’s worn by a man who has trained his whole life to be the strongest in the multiverse. It’s a mark of becoming something greater than you can imagine. The fact that it looks cool is another story.
Rurouni Anime Inspired Coco Doormat
What's the story here? Kenshin has spent ten years traveling Japan as a rurouni in search of redemption, carrying a sakabatō with the vow to never kill again. Deep and dramatic.
We have more anime inspired mats and we'll cover those in the next post. Watch this space.
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