Anime, comic book heros sweep Dhaka’s busy streets in new phenomenon

With the advent of streaming platforms and online communities, Dhaka's youth are exploring diverse narratives that transcend cultural boundaries.

Navid Anjum

Navid Anjum

The Daily Star


Photo: Dhaka Summer Con

July 27, 2023

DHAKA – In the busy streets of Dhaka, where tradition and modernity co-exist, a new phenomenon is sweeping through the city: the rise of an exciting pop-culture renaissance. As the global wave of anime, comic book movies, and fandom culture continue to captivate audiences everywhere, Dhaka has emerged as a vibrant hub for enthusiasts and creatives alike, showcasing a deep passion for all things animated and heroic.

With the advent of streaming platforms and online communities, the youth of Dhaka are exploring diverse narratives, vivid animation styles, and immersive storytelling that transcend cultural boundaries. Anime once considered a niche has found a devoted following within the city’s borders. From timeless classics like “Dragon Ball” and “Naruto” to recent hits like “Attack on Titan” and “Chainsaw Man,” Dhaka’s anime fandom is flourishing.

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Local enthusiasts have formed communities and arranged conventions, fostering a sense of camaraderie and creating shared experiences. So, many people are doing cosplays, making fan art, and animated short films. Some have even published their original work in magazines.

Dhaka’s comic book scene is also experiencing a remarkable surge in popularity. The colourful pages that once transported readers to distant galaxies and heroic adventures are now cherished by a growing number of comic book enthusiasts. From American superheroes to Japanese manga, local comic book stores are teeming with graphic novels and collectibles that evoke nostalgia and ignite the imagination.

Recognising the potential of this burgeoning subculture, Dhaka’s creative industry is embracing the influence of anime and comic books. Local artists, writers, and animators are infusing their work with the distinctive visual styles and narrative elements that have made these art forms so beloved worldwide. This convergence of cultures is giving rise to a unique blend of storytelling that resonates with both local and international audiences.

Moreover, the popularity of anime and comic book adaptations has created a thriving market for merchandise, including action figures, apparel, and memorabilia. Entrepreneurs in Dhaka have seized this opportunity, establishing shops, and online platforms that cater to the ever-growing demand for fandom-related products.

Dhaka’s newfound passion for anime and comic books has not only provided an avenue for entertainment but has also created a platform for expression, collaboration, and the celebration of creativity. It is a testament to the city’s ability to adapt, embrace, and integrate diverse influences into its cultural fabric.

As we witness the emergence of a vibrant pop-culture scene, Dhaka stands poised to become a hub where imagination knows no bounds. So, let us celebrate Dhaka’s anime and comic book scene, as it propels us into fantastical realms, encourages artistic exploration, and inspires the next generation of dreamers and storytellers.

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