Enter the Anime

Enter the Anime
Directed byAlex Burunova
Narrated byTania Nolan
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • August 5, 2019 (2019-08-05)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States, Japan
LanguageEnglish, Japanese

Enter the Anime is a 2019 American–Japanese documentary. It features Tania Nolan trying to explain the popularity of anime by interviewing Shinji Aramaki, Kôzô Morishita and Yoko Takahashi, the creators behind well-known productions like Castlevania, Aggretsuko and Kengan Ashura.[1][2][3] The documentary was released by Netflix on August 5, 2019.


Tania Nolan interviews anime creators, despite saying at the beginning of the film that she does not know anything about anime.[4] Nolan's goal is to teach herself what anime is and how Japanese culture can produce such animation. The film depicts interviews with people who worked on anime series that were licensed by Netflix. The first person Nolan interviews is Adi Shankar, who was the executive producer of the anime-inspired Castlevania series.[4] All of the interviewees have worked on Netflix licensed series, but no anime that is not licensed by Netflix is mentioned.[3] An early article by Geek.com stated that the documentary would help people who are new to anime learn about it, although reviews published after the film's release disagreed with this assessment.[4][3][5][6][7]

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