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Updated: October 1, 2019
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Though animation first came to Japan in the early 1900s, it didn't boom until the mid-century. In 1963, influential manga comic book artists such as Osamu Tezuka made his TV’s anime series a blockbuster known as "Mighty Atom" which focuses on the futuristic world view, profound story, and free-flowing thoughts. As this series was so successful, many animes have been created so far. It indicated the course of Japanese anime afterward.
Starting with the likes of Tezuka's Mighty Atom, the Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum provides a comprehensive look into anime's past, present, and future, while also curating hands-on workshops and screenings in the museum theater. Though smaller than the renowned (and incredibly difficult to reserve) Studio Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum is free to enter, and even offers an audio tour in English.
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