Japanese cartoon characters are getting more popular in the United States than in Japan, with Japanese animation making up a quarter of all films in the American market.
The popularity of anime has been growing rapidly since its inception in the late 1980s, with animated features like My Neighbor Totoro (1982) and Princess Mononoke (1991) having grossed more than $6 billion worldwide.
But, in recent years, anime has grown in popularity in the U.S. as a whole.
It’s now the second-largest market for Japanese animation after the U:$.
The U.K. is the biggest market for anime in the world, with nearly a quarter million anime titles sold last year.
The animated films released in the first quarter of 2016 had an average profit of $3.9 million, which is more than double the first-quarter profit of just $1.5 million, according to data from ComScore.
The number of anime films that have grossed at least $1 million is increasing as well, with the total number of films that grossed over $500,000 rising by 3.3 percent in the quarter, compared with the same period last year, according the Hollywood Reporter.
The industry also appears to be gaining popularity overseas.
Last year, a record-breaking 2,723 films made the final cut at the Academy Awards.
In the second quarter, only 835 films made it to the Oscars.
While the number of American films is on the rise, Japanese animation is continuing to thrive, and its popularity in America is increasing.