Martial Arts Museum "Breaks Ground" for Anime Section

BURBANK, CA – With sponsorship from the World Wide Martial Arts Council, the Martial Arts History Museum today, began the development of a new section within the museum dedicated to the “History of Anime” and it’s impact on America.

With the assistance of Emmy-Award winner Paul Wee of The Simpsons fame, the new area within the museum will focus on the early part of the 20th century all the way to the newest releases of anime in film and television.

“Although the museum isn’t a gigantic structure, for now, I believe Anime has made a huge and positive impact on the American audience. From Tale of the White Serpent, Astro Boy, Lupin III and so many more, I feel it’s so important that these legendary accomplishments have a place in a museum,” says museum president Michael Matsuda.

Anime, which is primarily Japanese animation, but not limited to, has played a key role in influencing many of today’s American-made productions such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda and more.  It has also created a whole new industry for Asian and American-themed costumes such as Cosplay; first popular in Japan and now here in the West.

“Through Anime, you can find a number of martial arts styles, Asian philosophies, and a multitude of unique weapons and amazing techniques. In fact, there is a huge, new market for Samurai Swords today because of Cosplay,” says Matsuda. “Anime deserves a place in history and the Martial Arts History Museum is a great place to have a permanent display for many generations to enjoy.”

Despite a limited space, the museum packs a real punch for artistry, design and development. It is one of the most interesting and unique museums in the San Fernando Valley. As a non-profit organization, its goal is to raise enough funds to acquire the adjacent property in order to double the size of the museum and expand each section accordingly.

The Martial Arts History Museum plans to complete the new Anime Section by the end of May, 2014.

The museum’s upcoming Dragonfest Convention will also be featuring a number of booths promoting Anime (

For additional information or to make a donation, visit or 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. (818) 478-1722.