Anime’s influences come from a variety places. We can see it in shows, movies, books music and even in business as I will illustrate below.
Hayao Miyazaki is a great influence to those in the world of animation. He has created such movies as Spirited Away, Howls Moving Castle, Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. His most recent release was Ponyo and Arrietty. The beauty in his animation and story line would keep you wanting for more.
In other venues of anime, voice actor Vic Mignogna has popularized Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. This was a series that ran for 31 episodes. Vic has a huge fan base and is very well noted in the world of voice actors. He has portrayed other well known characters such as Greece from Hetalia and various characters from Naruto and Bleach.
FUNimation is a production and entertainment company that is very well known in the anime community. They have had a great influence in the distribution of movies and video games. They are one of the more popular companies seen at Anime Expo and other anime conventions.