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How do you feel about anime being called cartoons?
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Posted 6/8/14
The fact is that anime in Japan is considered no different, in regards to the content it can have, from any other type of show (other than, obviously, being an animated vs live action). They target all types of different groups from little kids to more adult programming. That isn't the norm with the majority of animated shows in the US. This fact is probably why so many people want to create some artificial distinction between the term cartoon and anime when there is actually none. If you think anime is more mature go watch some Chi's Sweet Home. I love that show
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It doesn't really matter. The ones that animation is important to will understand the difference. Those that don't -- it's no different from a normal person not understanding IT terminology.
If you're going to separate Japanese animation into its own category and be really stubborn about it being "correct" though, then you better start calling all other countries' animation by their names as well.
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Posted 6/8/14
I call anime anime. That way I really don't need to clarify anything. Does it annoy me when folks say I am watching cartoons? Not really. Unless they sound snotty when they say it, essentially saying that anime isn't as good as American cartoons.


Hakuotter wrote:
If you're going to separate Japanese animation into its own category and be really stubborn about it being "correct" though, then you better start calling all other countries' animation by their names as well.


Actually, I'd be very interested in learning the "proper" names for animation in many countries. It's a thought that has never occurred to me before but this post makes me wonder what other names they use.

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Posted 6/8/14
When people annoy me about feeling annoyed that people can differentiate cartoon and anime.....

So sometimes I replace anime with cartoon every time we talk about a series just to piss them off
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Posted 6/8/14
I am not bothered by it.
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Posted 6/8/14

AzazelOfNexium wrote:

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.


Or the people who have a complex about watching cartoons because it is considered childish.
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Posted 6/8/14
Eh...
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I'm just finding it really interesting how so many people here stereotype American cartoons and then go on to complain when others stereotype them over watching Anime. Not all cartoons are aimed towards children. On the flip-side, not all anime are mature and aimed towards adults.
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Posted 6/8/14
Cartoons and anime are both ANIMATION.
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It all depends on the context of the statement in which it is stated. Cartoons used to be aimed at adults and children in america up to the nineteen fifties. Now for most none anime fans they usually mean something aimed at children. When someone infers that I am interested in childrens programming I groan, but there isn't always a better describe anime that people will understand.
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Anime=Animated, They are Japanese Cartoons. I am not going to lose sleep over it. The only reason why people care is bc the word cartoon is associated with children in the Western World. It is more a fault of the culture more than anything.
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Posted 6/8/14
It doesn't matter to me one way or the other. I'd consider any animated show to technically be a cartoon. The term anime is just an easy way to differentiate Japanese cartoons from other cartoons for me.
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26 / F / America
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Posted 6/8/14
BLASPHEMY!


But honestly I'm not that concerned. How else are you going to explain what they are to someone who's never seen them?
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Posted 6/8/14
Honestly, it irritates me. However, I put up with calling them "cartoons" when speaking with people who know nothing of anime. It helps simplify things for their sake.
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Posted 6/8/14
It used to annoy me, but after living my entire life with it, I just made the choice to ignore ignorant people
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