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Post Reply Anime is different from cartoons!
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Posted 4/3/07
TMNT was a cartoon, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Superman Legend OVA?
Umm when did the turtles get turned into That. I used to love the turtles when I was a kid, but that has killed my childhood memories. I must see a psychologist now.
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It's all animation people! Do you think they call cartoons, cartoons in japan? No! If germany had cartoons and called it Gutenagi, would you get made if people called them cartoons?

Plus I was real close to being an anime only guy but I remembered a few of these cartoons and a few more but it's too many to name.

Batman Beyond, Ren and Stimpy, Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, Justice League, Spiderman, X-Men, X-Men Evolution, Harvey Birdman, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Home Movies, 2 Stupid Dogs, Cow and Chicken, Fantastic Max, Galaxy Trio, Hurculoids, Thundercats, Samurai Jack, Perfect Hair Forever, GI Joe, Teen Titans, Totally Spies, Braceface, and a lot more that would take up a whole page or two, the fact is, yes american and japanese animation has different styles but what's with all of this cartoons are just pointless crap? Cartoons do have plots! Look at any super hero cartoon and tell me what's so silly about them? Danny Phantom has a plot, although it's not focused on every single episode, it's there people! Avatar the last airbender, Justice League, The Zeta Project, and Johnny Quest! It's not like anime is seriousness all the time, look at Bobobo, FLCL, Pokemon, Hamtaro and more!

And before someone tells me my writing is bad, I don't care, sometimes I rush and sometimes I mispells stuff because it's not a word I often write, I'm human and humans are not perfect!
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Let's take a look at the definition of cartoon.

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1. A drawing depicting a humorous situation, often accompanied by a caption.
2. A drawing representing current public figures or issues symbolically and often satirically: a political cartoon.
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# A preliminary sketch similar in size to the work, such as a fresco, that is to be copied from it.
# An animated cartoon.
# A comic strip.
# A ridiculously oversimplified or stereotypical representation:

And the definition for anime:

#A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art and often adult themes.

So technically cartoon and anime is not synonymous. They are different in STYLE. But a cartoon is still a cartoon.

You purist anime fanboy/girls are crazy.

"DIE MOTHAFUKA DIE ANIME IS NOT CARTOONS DIE!BLASPHEMY! BLASPHEMY! DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!"
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24 / M / Jersey
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Your definition of a cartoon says nothing at all important. All it says that it is a drawing depicting things that are exactly in anime. Everything mentioned in cartoon is seen in anime and vice versa.

You took that from dictionary.com which in my opinion gave a very poor definition of anime. You should have taken the definition that came from the Dictionary of etymology which states that it is the Japanese term for animation.
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dictionary.com also says this

[Japanese, short for animēshon, animation, from English animation.]
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Oh ok. I missed that then. Anyway just trying to point out that anime and cartoons are technically synonymous but are just treated with different connotations.
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…Erm… I make a joke out of it. “What are you going to do after school?”
“What every other young man does! Watch Japanese Cartoons!”

Well, there is a variation between American and Japanese cartoons. That's why we say anime, but anime is just another type of much cooler cartoon. Sad, but true!
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Posted 4/3/07

n0odle wrote:

dictionary.com also says this

[Japanese, short for animēshon, animation, from English animation.]


So wait? How do you say cartoon in japanese?

Not only that anime is a shortened version of animation, therefore anything that is animated is anime? and that can work vice versa since it is under a category? Another thing in question is the Japanese in front of the definition....That could be what the word is derived from could it not? Meaning english users are just taking that word and applying it as a category for what we call a cartoon...almost like a genre? Therefore anime is a cartoon?
Basically take a big picture vs a more defined one..is anime still under the category of a cartoon in the american sense?


Another thing....I could have sworn i read this from another forum, but the Japanese society looks down on grown ups who watch the so called anime...To me it is almost how people look down at a grown-up who still watches a cartoon is it not? What i am trying to get at is that in both societies that they are pretty much graded on the same lvl in comparison. But I could be wrong.
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Posted 4/3/07
You'd be suprised at how many words Japanese has burrowed from English after WWII.
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Posted 4/4/07
Anime is short for animation

Cartoons are animation but cannot be called anime?

These are the questions being asked so please keep your comments about which is better to yourself. No I'm not trying to be a mod but this is about if japanese animation can be considered a cartoon so please don't talk about which is cooler or more serious becuase that is not the topic. Continue.
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Posted 4/4/07
no it isnt IDIOT !
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Posted 4/4/07
Everyone treats anime differently from cartoons because they think it's all cool because it's from Japan which is exotic and all. They are technically the same thing so get over it. You watch cartoons fanboys/girls just a different style from American animation.
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jetse wrote:

no it isnt IDIOT !


Are you talking to me or someone else? Jamehze is right, you guys need to stop trying to convert yourselves into a japanese person, just be happy you were born the way you are. If you want to be a super hero that's another story, try as hard as you can! The world needs heroes! *Get's knocked out by the mental ward staff*
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Posted 4/4/07
^ I agree, be happy with who you are, Anime= Cartoon

anime fans usually just like to think there is a difference to bring them closer to being asian or something...

every place just has their own style of doing things, Japanese cartoons tend to have less details in the characters and more in the background, and American cartoons tend to have more details in the characters then background...

even between different artist the style varies...oi...

I also hear that with ppl saying Mangaka, and Comic book Artist...same freaking thing...or just other things trying to say american s vs. japan...like with movies, even in america when someone remakes something it may not be like the original

I hate wanna be know it alls, who watch anime and learn like ten japanese words, and think they are language or japan experts...
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Posted 4/4/07
Anime is a cartoon! 1st Anime is a Japanese word for animation! 2nd Animation is counted as a cartoon! Each country has it's own cartoon drawing style. This site just happens to be about Japanese cartoon drawing style!!(also dramas, music videos etc)
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