In a new video, PBS Idea Channel asks "Are Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Anime?" Now, you may have a quick, two letter answer to the question, but there are interesting elements to the discussion.
What IS Anime? After binge watching the american produced Avatar: The Last Airbender & Avatar: Legend of Korra, the question seems more complicated. The general consensus in the west is that anime is a product of Japanese culture, and TRUE anime can only come from Japan. But would it blow your mind that in Japan, ANYTHING animated is anime (including Family Guy)?! So what defines anime - visual and tonal style? Geographic borders? Is there a reason to keep the definition of anime limited? Watch the episode to find out!