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Post Reply Is it Anime/Manga if its made in another country?
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Posted 7/9/13 , edited 7/9/13
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if an animation or manga with manga style drawings was made in china, or usa can it still be called anime/manga?

Personally i think it anime/manga so long as it uses a specific style of drawing which we attribute to japanese animation.

1) because if you saw your friend draw goku/naruto, you would say "hey thats manga" you wouldnt say "thats just a western cartoon" just because it was drawn by a non japanese. See how silly it is?

2) similarly if the creator of dragonball or one piece, made a drawing when he was living in america. would you say its not manga because it wasnt made in japan?


Also please dont be cowardly. If you think it cannot be anime/manga if its not made in japan, then i dare you to comment here explaining why
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Posted 7/9/13
Technically no, it isn't anime if it isn't made in Japan. You can make a good argument that it's a "protected" term, much like Champagne. You can only get Champagne from that particular region from France. From anywhere else, it's sparkling wine.

With a lot of the outsourcing of animation work to Korea, China, and other countries, there is an argument that a number of recent shows shouldn't be considered anime even though they are produced by Japanese companies. So, I think the term is getting rather fuzzy these days and really should be better used to describe a particular style. But the technical argument above is still pretty strong.
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Posted 7/9/13
I think that , as long as the company or people who make the show call it an Anime then it it definitely is an Anime .
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Posted 7/9/13
Anime is animation from Japan, no? That's how I always thought of it anyway, as a sub genre type thing. For example.......Electronic music has many sub-genres such as Dubstep and Drum and Bass. It is all technically electronic music though.

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Posted 7/9/13
We have three similar threads of this discussion already... please stop making them.
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Posted 7/9/13
I don't know. I want to say it is a style now cause there are plenty of Korean animators in Japan doing shows. Then again you have manga and manwha (jap/kor). All I know is; I like look of anime character.
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Posted 7/10/13

AnimeKami wrote:

I don't know. I want to say it is a style now cause there are plenty of Korean animators in Japan doing shows. Then again you have manga and manwha (jap/kor). All I know is; I like look of anime character.


how can you be confused. its one or the other
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Posted 7/10/13
I stopped trying to seperate "anime" and "cartoons" a while ago except for in terms of art style. It doesn't have to me made in Japan to be called anime just the same as it doesn't have to be a western animation to be called a cartoon.

It's just that some fans think that japanese anime is holy or sacred and can't be touched. I just think they're full of themselves.
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Posted 7/10/13 , edited 7/10/13
Same. I separate them now by art style.
anime - Japan
animation - anyone else trying to copy the art style
cartoons - the rest of them kiddie stuff that I graduated from
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Posted 7/10/13
bit off topic but has anyone seen the anime film "king of the pigs" that is Korean i think
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Posted 7/10/13
Seeing how "anime" and "manga" are Japanese terms to begin with, if it was not made in Japan or by a Japanese company, it technically wouldn't be called "anime/manga", but really should be named in the language of the country (politically) that made it. That is, if you're going literal.
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Posted 7/10/13
Comic strip and animation...

I mean at the core they are the same all around but these terms kind of help us identify things attributed to it. Be it a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows? I know people who hate anime just because its anime. I know people who look at anime inspired cartoons with scorn. I think both groups are people who just like to pigeon-hole themselves. Personally I like to differentiate because I know Japan has different sensibilities and it helps me go in saying 'oh I expected that'.
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Posted 7/11/13

TripleBakaKimidori wrote:

Seeing how "anime" and "manga" are Japanese terms to begin with, if it was not made in Japan or by a Japanese company, it technically wouldn't be called "anime/manga", but really should be named in the language of the country (politically) that made it. That is, if you're going literal.


thats insane. japanese just call animeation anime right?

so why should we call it anime but from japan?
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Posted 7/11/13
Isn't the term "anime" something we westerners came up with to call japanese cartoons, that the japanese just adapted into their language?
Pretty sure it's not the japanese that came up with the term.
So then it's not correct to call anything made outside of Japan for anime.
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Posted 7/11/13 , edited 7/11/13
I believe that anime is not simply animations made in Japan, but a animation style created in Japan. Therefore, I think that as long as it maintains that style, it does not need to be in Japan for it to be classified as anime. That's like saying that if people from Jamaica move to Canada, they are no longer considered Jamaican, but are Canadian. That isn't true because as long as they maintain their culture and roots, they will always stay Jamaican (Used personal experiences, teehee) But yeah,that's my view of it.
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