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Post Reply How do you feel about anime being called cartoons?
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Posted 6/7/14 , edited 6/7/14
Bubble, bubble toil and trouble, and all that nonsense, I'm stirring up the controversy pot of nonsensically trivial subjects for no other reason than 'because I can', despite how this topic has no doubt appeared a million times before, I'm pushing for a million and one. I've also no doubt there will be yelling and arguing summoned from this, and I shall reply with yelling and arguing back.

Any who, how do you feel about anime being called cartoons? I don't mind it, personally. I don't even care much, I just wanted to make another forum topic. After all, a cartoon is just a bunch of drawings that are photographed or framed to create the illusion of movement, or over-simplified/exaggerated pictures of people, both of which apply to anime.

Now the argument against that is that anime is made in Japan, but if an animation studio were to, for whatever bizarre reason, choose to locate outside of Japan and make a show with all the qualities of an anime, would it no longer be classified as one?

I like to make the comparison of comparing a pen to a pencil. Both are very similar, yet you know the difference between them both just by looking, and you'd be called an idiot for calling a pen a pencil, and then there'd be pointing and laughing and you'd die alone, probably.

Most people have a tendency to get all uppity when you call an anime a cartoon, because you're disgracing the entire medium with your unorthodox ramblings of kiddy shows, and deserve to die via being subject to repeat screenings of Boku no Pico (unless you're a girl in which case you get School Days, and if you liked School Days you're not a human being so you don't matter). I'm hoping that's just a vocal minority, but then again you never know.

So how do you feel about Chinese cartoons? Do you feel okay with people calling them cartoons? Do you find it disrespectful? Would you rather rip your heart out of your ribcage with your bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till you die than spend one more minute with them? Have fun getting angry!

P.S. I should note that all insults and such above are being said in jest, and for the record, while I now see School Days is a terrible show, I was miraculously entertained while watching it. I know, I'm a horrible person, boat I could be worse.
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I never really cared for the matter.
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Technically Anime are Cartoons.
For that reason it doesn't bother me.
I'd be bothered however if said person couldn't tell the genuine difference in quality and content between the two.
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I don't care one bit. by definitions they fit.

car·toon
kärˈto͞on/Submit
noun
1.
a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine.
synonyms: caricature, parody, lampoon, satire; More
a comic strip.
synonyms: comic strip, comic, funnies, graphic novel More
a simplified or exaggerated version or interpretation of something.
"this movie is a cartoon of rural life in America"
2.
a motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects.
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an·i·me
ˈanəˌmā/
noun
a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.
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i call them cartoons when i'm talking to people who don't know what anime is. which is most people i talk to lol. sometimes i get more specific and say "Japanese cartoons".
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Even tho they are more or less the same thing by proper definition, I'm still not fond of this at all.
Anime - Japanese Animation.
Cartoon - Western Animation.

I like keeping it like that for comparison's sake. Really can't throw them in the same place.
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Yeah, I don't mind calling them cartoons, I never understood why people get so offended over the matter. They're technically the same thing, and yet people act as if there's a huge gap between cartoons and anime...

Don't get me wrong, I do like saying anime to clarify what I like watching because many people make the distinction that cartoons are meant for kids (except for a few shows like the Simpsons and Family Guy), whereas an adult watches anime and no one blinks an eye.

And the main differences I find between good anime and good cartoons is simply that one has things that pertain to Japanese culture and how they do things. Such as the ever popular 'anime eyes' and 'sweatdrop.
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Anime is a genre, cartoon is a generic.
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Posted 6/7/14
Couldn't care less.
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Posted 6/7/14

Sogno- wrote:

i call them cartoons when i'm talking to people who don't know what anime is. which is most people i talk to lol. sometimes i get more specific and say "Japanese cartoons".


that is very specific indeed..
Posted 6/7/14
I dont care really.
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lol well.. they are both animations. Anime is just the word for animations originating in japan. Its pointless to get mad over it, really. Its not as if its an insult to call it cartoons. The only people who get mad are the elitist, who think anything from the western world is trash compared to stuff from japan.
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Posted 6/7/14
Don't care.
End of the day they are the same thing.
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I think the issue isn't about feeling disrespected, but trying to educate people that "I'm not JUST watching kiddy cartoons. These shows have adult themes (some so great that I thought I understood them as a teen adult, but then after maturing even more years later I feel an even fuller bond with certain themes and story)"

In American animated TV shows, the action shows are considered for kids and highly censored. This disrupts the viewing experience for adult comic books fans who want to see a good story. Over the past few years they've gotten better about making the movies more mature, but, for example, I'll never get to see an R-rated Wolverine which is more or less how his whole backstory is: pure R-rated gore.

Generally the only mainstream cartoons you see that push adult content are comedies such as Family Guy, SouthPark, and more. When you watch those, you realize how much DC and Marvel are holding back in order to make it age-appropriate.

HOWEVER, age-appropriate is defined by laws and a system of rating and censorship. This varies by country.
Japan obviously allows their kids to watch more mature content at a younger age. And this has always bothered me- they put us to shame with our rules. Theirs seem more realistic because I'm sure I'm not the only kid that grew up watching rated R movies years before I "should" according to ratings. Waiting until 17 or 18, as recommended by the guidelines, would be ridiculous among most people I know.

So I think people bothered by "cartoon" are thinking "you really don't know the difference between japanese animation and american, and you're deeply trivializing the deep storytelling experience I'm deeply enjoying... deeply"
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