Martial arts animation, also known as Martial arts anime, are animations that comprise martial arts as a prominent feature of the narrative. They are based on a story that significantly displays martial arts as armed or unarmed combat.
What is animation?
Animation is the projection of static frames in a fast manner. Each frame has a small change in the position of the objects and when all the frames are displayed in a fast manner, then it appears that the objects are moving. Essentially each frame is a picture and because the pictures appear to be moving, this result is termed as a “motion picture”, also commonly known as a movie.
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Although a movie is an animated representation of pictures, where the roles are played by humans; nonetheless, the genre “animation” specifically refers to a motion picture where the roles are not played by humans. Rather, the characters for the roles are sketched, drawn, made from different materials, superimposed, or generated by a computer software.
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Why animate martial arts?
Martial arts are animated for several reasons. Few reasons are given below.
Display of different martial arts
Animations can show different martial art techniques from different styles of martial arts.
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Drama and conflict
Drama consists of conflict and martial arts being fighting arts, can show conflict very easily and thereby, also be more dramatic.
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Technically more perfect
It takes several years to achieve a high degree of perfection in any martial art, and finding such a master is difficult. However, in animation, any technique can be shown with an exceptionally high degree of perfection. Since no human being is performing the technique, rather the performing character is either drawn, or made by computer software, any attacking or defensive technique is technically accurate. Some techniques that seem almost impossible for a human being to perform, can be performed very easily by a character in an animation.
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Realism can be somewhat achieved
With the fast pace of technological advancement, it is now possible to show animations with a high degree of realism. Thus, any notable or legendary martial artist, dead or alive, can be incorporated in an animation storyline.
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Imaginative stories can be told
Animations support creative imagination. Stories may feature characters from the past, present, future, or even aliens, with fantastic unique locations and backdrops. With animation, any story that can be imagined, can be told.
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Can be entertaining
Since any imagination can be animated, the entertainment quotient improves considerably.
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Reduces overall production time
With martial arts as a major element in the animation, the storyline can feature several fights, which can reduce the time for the overall production, as the same technical team can be assigned to animate all the fight sequences.
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How animations benefit martial arts
Animations benefit martial arts in several ways of which few are listed below.
Animations can become effective training videos
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Animations can show self-defense techniques of martial arts
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Animations can inspire martial artists
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Animations can help to promote martial arts
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AI (artificial intelligence) animations can create new attacking and defensive moves
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Animations have a long history and the future with AI animations looks promising. Martial arts will continue to be a prominent feature in martial arts animations and with more advanced technology, greater heights of martial arts techniques, movements, training, education and entertainment might be attained in the future.
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