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What is our symbol?
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Today on facebook, I saw the following image on my news feed.


Notice the lack of an "Anime" square and corresponding symbol.

I do like some of these more than others, but not as much as Anime.
So, I had to ask myself, "What is the symbol of MY people?"
Through much thread and image searching I found, Nothing.
Alas, my question still remains.
So, I want to ask all of you the same question.
What is the symbol of our people? If one does not exist, then we should make it.
Being an anime fan, you know that there are MANY series with different symbols. But what we need is a symbol that can encompass all the anime series out there into one easily recognizable shape.
I want to hear everyone's voice on this.

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What is our symbol?
If we don't have one:
Shall we make one?
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And here I was hoping for a serious discussion.
mdmzero0, I was thinking something that extended to everyone beyond CR. All Anime fans.
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not for sure how big this is

but my symbol is on that Picture

mine is Emiya Shirous Saber command spell symbol/////////and Emiya Kritisugus' saber command spell symnbol
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ThundahKnuckles wrote:

And here I was hoping for a serious discussion.


Well, I thought I'd get the pedobear out of the way quickly. Someone was bound to post it. On a serious note: anime is quite broad. It would be hard to please the entire fanbase. For example:



What could you use as a symbol that would capture all genres of anime? The above is extremely recognizable. May be copyrighted as well, but it would resound with many fans and non-fans alike.

But what about other fans? Could you design an anime "logo" generic enough to capture all of anime? Could you design a logo that would be recognized by non-fans? That's your first question. Do you have any thoughts on the matter?
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it could be a giant anime girl eye.
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It's rather difficult to make a symbol for an entire medium, but I suppose it could be done. There's universal symbols for novels (a book) and movies (a film reel), after all. Though I have no clue what an anime symbol could be, since we don't really have a common "tool" like books and movies do. Hmm.
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"Could you design an anime "logo" generic enough to capture all of anime?"
We can't know unless we try.
People have suggested using a simple Anime eye as our symbol before. That is generic enough. But I'm not so sure that fits well.
As you said, "It would be hard to please the entire fanbase". But I am willing to give it a shot.
Perhaps some sort of contest is in order here? What do you think?
A contest where anyone and everyone can submit an entry. These entries will be judged on the criteria we are looking for. And we can put them up for a popular vote.
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ThundahKnuckles wrote:

Perhaps some sort of contest is in order here? What do you think?

A contest where anyone and everyone can submit an entry. These entries will be judged on the criteria we are looking for. And we can put them up for a popular vote.


A contest is an excellent idea. It would be a fun community project.
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Note how the examples given are all specific works, as opposed to all anime as a whole.

Creating a symbol for an entire medium of art would be far too general to be of any use. Show-specific symbols are much easier and have greater meaning.
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PRETTY FREAKING BIG PICTURES OPEN IF YOU DARE

my other symbol would have to be CCC or c on the first one
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Hairbelly wrote:


ThundahKnuckles wrote:

Perhaps some sort of contest is in order here? What do you think?

A contest where anyone and everyone can submit an entry. These entries will be judged on the criteria we are looking for. And we can put them up for a popular vote.


A contest is an excellent idea. It would be a fun community project.


I agree. The only question with that is how to make it happen.




Zodai wrote:

Note how the examples given are all specific works, as opposed to all anime as a whole.

Creating a symbol for an entire medium of art would be far too general to be of any use. Show-specific symbols are much easier and have greater meaning.


What you say is true. However, having one symbol for all anime is easier than having one symbol for each anime series. I can only speak for myself when I say: I like too many anime series to carry a symbol for each one.
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Zodai wrote:

Note how the examples given are all specific works, as opposed to all anime as a whole.

Creating a symbol for an entire medium of art would be far too general to be of any use. Show-specific symbols are much easier and have greater meaning.


I completely agree.

I won't even bother trying to help come up with a symbol that covers all of anime as a whole. It's pretty pointless.



ThundahKnuckles wrote:

What you say is true. However, having one symbol for all anime is easier than having one symbol for each anime series. I can only speak for myself when I say: I like too many anime series to carry a symbol for each one.


No. It's really not. Most anime series already do have a symbol used for them. Anime overall does not. That right there says that it is easier for each show to have a symbol than everything combined. One symbol can't encompass all genres of anime. At least not without looking like a total mess of various things crammed together. An anime eye as a symbol is probably the best possible choice but even that isn't satisfactory in my opinion since even those aren't standard throughout all series.
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