I have been thinking about the influence that anime has had on art and illustration starting in the last century.I just finished reading Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey. At the very end of this book the author paraphrases the famous anime director Hayao Miyazaki, describing his views on imagination. Miyazaki directed My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away and many others.
"...one of the most important of man's abilities is the imagination, so the purpose of his creative activities is to develop the imagination of children, the coming generations.. Imagination can create a totally different world, depending on its use. It can give birth to virtue, or destructive weapons which threaten the whole world."
I think that our society under estimates the importance of developing imagination.