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Why do most Americans confuse cartoons with anime??
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Because in the end, it is all animation.
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Because anime is cartoon.
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I don't see how anyone could confuse the two. American cartoons are typically fully animated (as oposed to anime's limited animation), overuse cliche sound effects (much more so than Japanese anime), do a lot more stretching of characters, rarely deal with subjects seriously or even with serious subjects, anthropomorphize animals much more, and have virtually no serialization. American cartoons "dumb down" life whereas Japanese anime usually tries to be more realistic (ignoring, for the moment, UFO girls falling from the sky and the like).
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chrome_mist wrote:

Because anime is cartoon.
And you will





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Ignorance.
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This isn't another one of those American cartoons sucks, Japanese cartoons rock is it ?
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Soooo. Avatar the last airbender. Would you consider that a cartoon because it was made in America? Hmmm makes ya think doesn't it.
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AHTL wrote:

Because in the end, it is all animation.


Agreed. Especially considering that, in Japan, "anime" refers to animation in general. Using "anime" to refer specifically to Japanese animation is something that was developed outside of Japan.



hawkandspit wrote:

I don't see how anyone could confuse the two. American cartoons are typically fully animated (as oposed to anime's limited animation), overuse cliche sound effects (much more so than Japanese anime), do a lot more stretching of characters, rarely deal with subjects seriously or even with serious subjects, anthropomorphize animals much more, and have virtually no serialization. American cartoons "dumb down" life whereas Japanese anime usually tries to be more realistic (ignoring, for the moment, UFO girls falling from the sky and the like).


I don't know if I agree so much with the "dumbing down" bit so much. Yes, various problems might be simplified more than necessary, but there are several series that try to deal with moral issues, or at least refer to them (e.g. Family Guy, American Dad, South Park, Ugly Americans, Futurama, etc.). Though I will agree that serialization isn't as common in U.S. cartoons, as they usually try to resolve the problem within the given episode. (Maybe chalk that up to people preferring the status quo over cliffhangers?)

And, of course, there are apparently several easter-eggs in Futurama that are decidedly nerdy, like


As for the rest, I either don't know enough about the industry to call you on it or don't understand exactly what you mean. Could you maybe expand on what you meant by "stretching of characters"?
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AHTL wrote:

Because in the end, it is all animation.


Nobody else could've said it any better.
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entropiCCycles wrote:


AHTL wrote:

Because in the end, it is all animation.


Agreed. Especially considering that, in Japan, "anime" refers to animation in general. Using "anime" to refer specifically to Japanese animation is something that was developed outside of Japan.



hawkandspit wrote:

I don't see how anyone could confuse the two. American cartoons are typically fully animated (as oposed to anime's limited animation), overuse cliche sound effects (much more so than Japanese anime), do a lot more stretching of characters, rarely deal with subjects seriously or even with serious subjects, anthropomorphize animals much more, and have virtually no serialization. American cartoons "dumb down" life whereas Japanese anime usually tries to be more realistic (ignoring, for the moment, UFO girls falling from the sky and the like).


I don't know if I agree so much with the "dumbing down" bit so much. Yes, various problems might be simplified more than necessary, but there are several series that try to deal with moral issues, or at least refer to them (e.g. Family Guy, American Dad, South Park, Ugly Americans, Futurama, etc.). Though I will agree that serialization isn't as common in U.S. cartoons, as they usually try to resolve the problem within the given episode. (Maybe chalk that up to people preferring the status quo over cliffhangers?)

And, of course, there are apparently several easter-eggs in Futurama that are decidedly nerdy, like


As for the rest, I either don't know enough about the industry to call you on it or don't understand exactly what you mean. Could you maybe expand on what you meant by "stretching of characters"?


I meant that the images appear as if they drawn on a rubber surface that was subsequently pulled to lengthen appendages or even the entire character. Done for dramatic effect to emphasize the action. I've seen it the most in older cartoons.

I haven't watched the cartoons you referred to, mostly because I find hte aesthetics unappealing, the characters crass, and the overall product not very informative. I can't imagine an American cartoon company doing something like 'Kimi no todoke', 'Moyashimon', 'Nodame Contabile', 'Shion no Ou', 'Spice and Wolf', 'Tamayura', 'Moshidora', or anything even close; it's all so 'mainstream' here.

But that's just one my opinion. And we know about opinons.
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anime IS cartoon.. they are treated differently from how they are looked at.. as you can tell japan is a bit more serious when it comes to things they put out in general, america just isnt as into animation and things of that nature like they are. the only difference is that american cartoons are AMERICAN. Anime is simply cartoons based out of JAPAN. NIPPON.
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anime is japanese for animation right?
so it's all the same
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A cartoon and an animated series are two different things.
A cartoon always exists in a floating timeline, is episodic with everything usually back to normal by the end of the episode. Incedently, Newpaper comics were once known as cartoons.

Some anime are cartoons, but most are animated series. So there.
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Eh, they're both drawn by the same Koreans anyway *shrug*

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