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Post Reply How do you feel about anime being called cartoons?
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Posted 1/19/15 , edited 1/19/15
its annoying but I wont say anything about it. I will just think differently about them. there are people who are observant and people who simply are not. this would be a good way to see who is which. someone who calls anime a cartoon simply isn't very observant.
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Posted 1/19/15
It sometimes can be annoying but for the most part it doesn't bother me.
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Posted 1/19/15
To a degree it is, but if you compare a regular cartoon to anime, anime has so many different levels to it, whereas cartoons usually have one theme
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Posted 1/19/15
i totally agree
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Posted 1/19/15
I agree with them, because they are cartoons.
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Posted 1/19/15
I guess it's technically correct, but anime is much more diverse than western cartoons.
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Posted 1/19/15 , edited 1/21/15
Anime is the Japanese word for cartoon/animation.
Manga is the Japanese word for comic.


Sure there's a clear difference in style and how in-depth the Japanese anime is compared to western cartoons.
But the Japanese themselves don't really differentiate, they call it anime regardless of where it's from, because that's the Japanese word for cartoons.. It's everyone else that insists on separating them.

Personally I call Japanese cartoons for Anime, and western cartoons for cartoons, simply because that's what I've learned to call them.

But when people argue that anime aren't cartoons, they just sound ignorant or too insecure to admit they're watching cartoons. Because it's socially considered a childish thing to do in the west. - Fyi; Watching anime is considered childish in Japan.
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Posted 1/19/15

kamahl01 wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:


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It doesn't bother me, I think people do it to try and label anime watchers kids. Asides from being Japanese, cartoons lack the broad subject matters found in anime.


Really? Have you ever watched Young Justice? Or Gargoyle? X-Men? Conan The Adventurer? ext...


You call that depth?Cartoons are limited to the typical super hero/villian shows and the comic strip types. Im not bashing cartoons, just stating facts. Also when the subject matter is broader or M rated its called "animation", not cartoons. Every hear someone call spawn a cartoon?BTW, I use to love X-Men and Gargoyle. Please counter this, interested in hearing you elaborate further.

Guess you never herd of the slice of life cartoon Daria. I would not really call Gargoyles a hero/villain type, its more of a survival type. anyhow both cartoons from America and Japan have their ganras I for one would not put Lady death as a hero. And yes spawn has a cartoon.


Ive heard of Daria and I could easily see that being a cartoon strip in the newspaper. Also Daria and Spawn are animated series, not cartoons. I was not asking if Spawn had a cartoon, I was stating that it doesn't. Ever heard someone call Rugrats or Garfield an animated series?Even if you don't agree with me that they aren't cartoons(which they officially aren't) my point remains the same. You can't simply say it has depth because of 1 series when anime has an entire genre of it. Anything that can be a movie(with real people) can be a anime. The same can't be said for cartoons.



The originally word for comic in a news paper happen to be cartoon. So Cartoon can be a reference to even comic strips. as for the rest of it does not change the fact that its animated pictures, just like all other animated cartoons, or anime, so they are the same.
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The only problem I have with calling anime "cartoon" is that in the West the word "cartoon" is strongly associated with child-friendly entertainment. Most anime is decidedly not child-friendly. A chunk of anime's bad press in the West comes from adults not paying attention to what their young child brings them, seeing the front cover is a "cartoon", and buying it only to find later it has several adult themes.

We've needed a way to verbally separate child-friendly and adult-oriented animated entertainment for a few decades. Even without anime series like Southpark, The Simpsons, or Futurama are not shows most would let their young children watch.
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yes to me it can be annoying and sometimes correct people by telling them this: Cartoon is usually a series of drawings animated together that are mainly humorous in nature and mostly geared towards children in the United States or any Western civilization. While Anime is Animations mainly geared for adults in japan IE Tell a complicated story, in depth character development, etc. how a series is drawn is completely different than that of cartoons. More Detailed, Some can even consider it Art. I consider the difference of animations night and day between a cartoon and anime. Thus why i think a cartoon is cartoon and anime is anime.
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Posted 1/20/15 , edited 1/20/15

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yes to me it can be annoying and sometimes correct people by telling them this: Cartoon is usually a series of drawings animated together that are mainly humorous in nature and mostly geared towards children in the United States or any Western civilization. While Anime is Animations mainly geared for adults in japan IE Tell a complicated story, in depth character development, etc. how a series is drawn is completely different than that of cartoons. More Detailed, Some can even consider it Art. I consider the difference of animations night and day between a cartoon and anime. Thus why i think a cartoon is cartoon and anime is anime.


Spoken like someone who thinks Daruman is made for adults? Pokémon is made for adult? X-men is made for kids? Ren And stimpy so made for kids right?, Ice and fire you know that was made for kids.
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As i Have stated in my response "Animations mainly geared for adults in japan" Mainly, which doesnt mean all is geared for adults. Daruman, Pokemon, x-men, Ren and Stimpy and ice and fire werent all ment for adults maybe. Each Director or creator either has a target audience or something as simple as just creating the story in their heads and sharing them. however cant really say because the only ones ive seen from your suggestions is Pokemon and x-men. Never liked x-men haha.

Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Ninja_Pro92 wrote:

yes to me it can be annoying and sometimes correct people by telling them this: Cartoon is usually a series of drawings animated together that are mainly humorous in nature and mostly geared towards children in the United States or any Western civilization. While Anime is Animations mainly geared for adults in japan IE Tell a complicated story, in depth character development, etc. how a series is drawn is completely different than that of cartoons. More Detailed, Some can even consider it Art. I consider the difference of animations night and day between a cartoon and anime. Thus why i think a cartoon is cartoon and anime is anime.


Spoken like someone who thinks Daruman is made for adults? Pokémon is made for adult? X-men is made for kids? Ren And stimpy so made for kids right?, Ice and fire you know that was made for kids.


Posted 1/21/15
We calls 'em chinese cartoons around /a/.
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Posted 1/23/15
It's anime just japanese cartoons?
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