In the last decade or so, Japanese Animation (more commonly known as Anime) has taken the cultural world by storm. Large conventions across North America attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually while streaming services dedicated entirely to Anime have millions of subscribers watching every day.
Just as modern manga artists share common influences to their art (Astro Boy, Doraemon, etc) much of the sound design in anime can trace their roots back to Ishida Sound Production. Eventually many engineers trained at Ishida Sound Production started their own studios, but their resulting works all shared (and sometimes reused) common sounds that can be heard across a variety of shows.
In this Q&A reply from Justin Sevakis of the Anime News Network’s Answerman column, the history of animation sound in Japan is explored. The article can be found here.