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Avatar - The Last AirBender: Anime or Cartoon???
Posted 10/23/08
yall need to stop posting this stuff outside the polls section, use your eyes.
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Posted 10/23/08
CARTOON fo sho
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29 / F / Somewhere out there
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Posted 10/23/08
It Japanese animation inspired, but it's an American cartoon.
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29 / F / Somewhere out there
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Posted 10/23/08
A cartoon I really like!!!
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Posted 10/23/08 , edited 10/23/08
Yes it is, animes are cartoons their just from different countries
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22 / F / Singapore
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Posted 10/23/08
IMO it's a cartoon
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24 / F / Ontario
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Posted 10/23/08
who cares, its still awesome
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Posted 10/23/08

TheUndeadLord wrote:


rhia198907 wrote:

The word anime comes from the French word animé, which means animated. All cartoons are considered anime it's just the Japanese term for cartoon.


You beat me to it.


Tehe ya....I live in Quebec so that kind of jumped out at me. People should better learn about what they debate.
Posted 10/23/08
in the middle... but it's good ^^
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Posted 10/23/08 , edited 10/24/08
Well, what differentiates anime and cartoons? Sometimes it's obvious: NGE is anime, but South Park is obviously cartoon. However, in this case it's not obvious enough.

Something that pisses me off is people's assumption that anime has to be Japanese. Wait, scratch that (I sue for [s][/s]), I won't rant. Here's Wikipedia, most reliable of information sources:

[wikipedia]
In Japan, the term does not specify an animation's nation of origin or style; instead, it is used as a blanket term to refer to all forms of animation from around the world. In English, dictionary sources define anime as "a Japanese style of motion-picture animation" or "a style of animation developed in Japan". Non-Japanese works that borrow stylization from anime is commonly referred to as "anime-influenced animation" but it is not unusual for a viewer who does not know the country of origin of such material to refer to it as simply "anime". Some works are co-productions with non-Japanese companies, such as the Cartoon Network and Production I.G series IGPX or Ōban Star-Racers, which may or may not be considered anime by different viewers.
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That paragraph seems to controdict itself a little. Oh well. The last sentence, though, points out how unclear the boundaries can be. What if an American company created the concept and designs for a series (all in anime style), but a Japanese company did the actual animation? Would that be anime? Or if a Japanese company created it, but an American company animated it?
My conclusion is, anime mainly comes from Japan. However, it can also come from other countries, if it fits the abstract category that is 'anime-styled.' If I was a company that wanted to make a cartoon series that resembled anime, I would want it considered anime.

Thus, Avatar (which I haven't watched and have no plans to for a while) should be considered anime. That's looking at you, crunchyroll and MAL.



Geez, rereading this post it makes absolutely no sense. >.<
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Posted 10/23/08
thier kind of the same
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Posted 10/23/08
I'd say in the middle. It's a little bit of both...
Posted 10/23/08
in the middle ^-^
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Posted 10/23/08
the last airbender??? o.o
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Posted 10/23/08
imo i really think its a cartoon.
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