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Anime is the general term for Japanese animation. However, over time, it has come to develop a meaning all its own.


When you think of 'cartoon', the images that come to mind are usually silly thing with an unrealistic quality of animation (such as having characters with obscenely large foreheads, long tongues, bulging eyes, tiny bodies. These examples can all be found in "Ed, Edd, and Eddy") An anime, on the other hand, generally uses more realistic art styles.


Often times, the only unrealistic aspects of the art style are the large eyes, which were a style development to help convey character emotion, and the occasional chibi graphics. Chibi is a cutsey style usually used to evoke humor and/or adoration. Anime also tends to have actual storyline in a continuation fashion, as opposed to single-episode skits which are prevalent in American cartoons. The music and opening/ending themes are also often REAL music, rather than crappy jingles composed off of a laptop computer.


For all these reasons, Anime is often described almost as Japanese soap operas.


This has been a not-so-in-depth look at the term "Anime".

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Anime (アニメ?) is typically pronounced /ˈænɪmeɪ/ or /ˈænɪmə/ in English) is an abbreviation of the English word "animation", originating in Japan through the roots of manga. Although the term is used in Japan to refer to animation in general, in English usage the term most popularly refers to material originating from Japan, a subset of animation.

Anime is traditionally hand drawn, but computer assisted techniques have become quite common in recent years. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, and internet-based releases, and represents all genres of fiction.


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