There are many typical themes and plot devices that can be found throughout anime. There
is technology verses mankind, magic verses some destroying force, the right of passage, or the learning of people to coexist
with each other (Hallel).
Anime also commonly combines more than one genre together.
This practice can
be found in just about every anime.
For example, Evangelion
would be considered a "mecha" anime, “but it also features a deep story involving conspiracy,
betrayal, and self-pity for its characters.” Another example of combining genres can be found specifically in Rurouni Kenshin
would be put under the martial arts genre, but this series also features a love story deep and sad enough to make you cry
(I know I did.)
Martial arts and action go hand in hand in almost every film,
but there is a kind of mystery to the action shown in this series adding in the influence of another genre.
There is also the common combination of fantasy, action, and romance seen in Miyazaki
These genres are
woven so thoroughly throughout this movie that it is hard to put it into just one.
could be described as fantasy, but that just doesn’t seem to do it justice
Other movies may sport these same genres, but in a completely different manner, such
as Voices of a Different Star,
Makoto Shinkai. It
has the mecha form of action, its sci-fi and fantasy elements go hand and hand, but through it all the love story is the main