Ani-MADE is an introduction to the all the artistic manifestations which have been derived from anime culture, highlighting the variety of mediums used in anime art. The anime art style is appreciated and expressed in the numerous creative ways listed below.


AmigurumiAmigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings of inanimate objects with humanized features, or characters from anime. Through the fan creation of knitted anime characters, we can explore this decade old crocheted art.
AnimeDollsAnime dolls features dolls created to resemble the anime art style. Ball-jointed dolls, for example, have been described as both realistic and influenced by anime. They commonly range in size from about 60 centimeters (24 in) for the larger dolls, 40 cm (16 in) for the mini dolls, and all the way down to 10 cm (4 in) or so for the tiniest of the tiny BJDs. BJDs are primarily intended for adult collectors and customizers. They are made to be easy to customize, by painting, changing the eyes and wig, and so forth.
AMVAnime Music Videos are fan made videos using clips of an anime episode or movie and arranging them to an audio track. Interestingly enough, these videos are not to be confused with illustrations created for a music video!
BentoKyarabenBento (弁当 ) itself is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Through the creativity of homemakers in Japan, "character bento" or kyaraben were born. Kyaraben are elaborately arranged food made to resemble popular characters from anime, manga, and video games.
AnimeClubClubs: Anime aficionados everywhere are always coming together and forming clubs to explore and enjoy anime, offering a fun place to learn about anime culture. We're working to create an extensive lists of clubs in your area, so please check back soon!
KidsCosplayCosplay (コスプレ kosupure), short for costume play, is a performance art in which participants called "cosplayers" wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films.
CraftersWe define "crafters" as those who represent anime culture through clay creations, plush dolls, charms, and other accessories. Crafters frequent conventions and create online shops to sell their creations with the world.
FanartFan art is one of the main ways that young artists are introduced to anime art. Once they fall in love with the character design from an anime, they try their hand at recreating them. More advanced artists continue to pay tribute to their favorite anime with fan art.
FanfictionFan fiction is wonderful way for fans who express their art through writing. Writing fan fiction allows for authors to dive into a fantasy world and cultivate their writing skills.
AhMyGoddessCollectibleFigures: Anime appreciation has manifested into both the artistic creation and company manufacturing of collectable figurines. Collecting figures based on anime, manga, and game characters is a popular hobby amongst anime enthusiasts. They range from detailed statues and dolls to key chains and charms. You can also find collectable figures for movies, comics and cartoons internationally.
Gundam ModelKitGundam models are model kits depicting the vehicles and characters of the fictional Gundam universe by Bandai. These kits have become popular among mecha anime fans and model enthusiasts in Japan and in other nearby Asian countries since the 1980s. Gundam modeling spread in the 1990s with North America and Europe being exposed to Gundam through television, video and manga. Gundam models, as well as the hobby of assembling and painting them, is known in Japan as Gunpla (ガンプラ Ganpura), a portmanteau of "Gundam plastic model", plastic being the most common material for the retail kits.
MascotsJapanese mascots created to resemble anime are common place in Japan. Noriko Nakano of the Japan Local Character Association told CNN by email that the Japanese have a long-lasting, deep emotional bond to "non-human" characters, with roots buried deep in an ancient polytheism. With these noble antecedents, a generation of cute characters, with names like Hikonyan and Barysan were born. And these characters turned out to be perfect for promoting local regions.
sheitane-birdy-black-lagoon-image-light-novelLight novels are a style of novel that typically does not exceed 40,000-50,000 words and contain anime illustrations throughout. Targeting young adults, chapters of light novels are published in anthology magazines before being collected into book form.
Voice ActingVoice acting is the art of doing voice-overs or providing voices for animated characters in various works, including feature films, dubbed foreign language films, animated short films, television programs, commercials, radio or audio dramas, comedy, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. Voice acting is certainly not limited to anime. However through anime, we can experience the expressive and lively Japanese language, and how anime characters have influenced voice acting in English dubs. Japanese lessons at the Anime Art Museum incorporate dialogue from anime as well.

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