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We have all seen shows like RWBY and Avatar. They are American cartoons that are undoubtedly heavily influenced by what we call "anime". What I want to know is how do we classify what is anime. Does it need to be from Japan, follow various story lines, and finally does the art need to be strictly a manga style?

Please no comments that mock or insult peoples beliefs.
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Oppai and Loli

Maybe throw in some 'Dere and Wincest.



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It just needs to be a cartoon animated in japan. There are art styles that look very "american" (panty and stocking) so there isn't a set "style" companies have to follow
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CKD-Anime wrote:

Oppai and Loli

Maybe throw in some 'Dere and Wincest.





How about yuri wincest between a yandere girl with oppai and her tsundere loli imouto?
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Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15

PhantomGundam wrote:


CKD-Anime wrote:

Oppai and Loli

Maybe throw in some 'Dere and Wincest.





How about yuri wincest between a yandere girl with oppai and her tsundere loli imouto?


Was a great show, my favorite episode was the beach onsen fanservice power up scene with the festival fireworks, while ecchi mecha dueled fujoshi mahou shoujo who were trapped in VR. Good times.
Posted 8/29/15
obviously made in japan
good story line
good characters
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Apart from the obvious, that it has to be a show animated in Japan, I suppose anime give more attention to technical and plot details. also it has less boundaries, and anime is never really made with a certain age group as it's target audience. Apart from that, it's the je ne sais quais
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Here is a great analysis of this question:

http://kotaku.com/what-anime-means-1689582070

The gist is that "anime" can mean any of the following things:

1) "anime", in Japan, can mean any form of animation. Disney cartoons can be called "anime", if you're in Tokyo.

2) "anime", outside of Japan, can mean any animation created in Japan. Anything from Doraemon to Naruto to Studio Ghibli to Aki Sora .

3) "anime", in either Japan or elsewhere in the world, can refer to a particular type of animation and art style, no matter where it is created. Avatar fits that style, and is therefore anime, even though it was made in the US. On the other hand, some animation from Japan (particularly cartoons aimed at young children) do not fit that animation style, and are therefore not anime.

Most people on these boards tend to use #2: anime = animation from Japan. But that's not universal; some prefer #3, and you end up with debates about what truly is and is not "anime".
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Posted 8/29/15
Given that the art style is so ubiquitous now, I think it really does come down to the Japanese perspective.
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In the broader sense I think it can be anything, mainly because the Japanese call all animation 'anime' from Cowboy Bebop and SAO, to The Simpsons and Spongebob. When you consider it's a term for animation, technically Wallace and Gromit is an anime to them. In terms of using it in a sense that separates it from other forms of animation in conversation, I usually go off one of two things A. If the aesthetic looks traditionally like what we widely accept as anime, or B. If the creator(s) claim their animation is an anime, then I say it's an anime. Take RWBY for example; if the creators say it's an anime (I don't recall if they have), I don't think it's the right of the audience to say 'No it's not', especially since if you asked a Japanese resident they'd say with complete certainty 'Of course it's anime', again, like all animation is over there.

Much like the words 'otaku' or 'weeaboo' it's really going to depend on who you ask. There's no concrete definition since what anime is to the Japanese, can be different to what anime is to other countries. Is it just Japanese animation, or is it all animation? Depends on what you think works best with the context in question at the time if you ask me. Words can have multiple definitions to fit different contexts, why can't it be that way for anime? I think it's pointless debating over one absolute term, and it would be more beneficial to have multiple definitions. Right now this whole argument is like people complaining over a controller: 'I think a controller's something you use to turn on the TV.' 'No, I think it's something you use to play videogames!' You're both right you daft wazzocks! I don't know, why can't it be both? Well we can technically have both, people just don't seem to want that where the definition for anime is concerned for whatever reason. It's an argument where almost everyone is right, yet convinced everyone but them is wrong.
Posted 8/29/15
Anime is anything animated.
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Anime isn't a cartoon
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First and most important point would be that it's in Japanese dialogue, rofl.

2nd would be Japanese customs and cultures. I know there are people who say you can't learn any "real" culture from watching anime, actually you can, if you pay close attention to the dialogues (even translated). Younger people have respect for older people, etc. There are things like obsolete Asian virginity jokes like, a girl or guy gets seen undressed and say things like, "Now I can no longer get married", that makes it distinct from other media.
That's what makes anime "anime", you wouldn't find this in non-Japanese animation. It's very specific to the Japanese and/or Asian culture.

3rd would be idealism. There is a lot of idealism in anime. Whereas in Western cartoons, characters can have flaws etc, in Japanese anime, the protagonists are usually "perfect" or the Japanese "ideal". Females are small and feminine, males are protective and loyal. (This is why I like anime like Death Note or Flowers of Evil, where the characters don't have idealism placed upon them. They act naturally, like real humans.

4th would be the bizarre nature of themes and characters. Killing people with a notebook? Or summoning ancient people to fight for you? There's just something so bizarre about anime that is distinct from other genres.
And that's why it appeals to me, I suppose. I just don't want to watch ordinary people doing ordinary things.


5th... weird hairstyles... the list goes on.

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Posted 8/29/15
Meanwhile, as I wait for more "anime isn't cartoon" comments to appear.
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I don't really know for sure. Like, i would consider Avatar an anime, but I wouldn't consider the Simpsons an anime. I do think there's a difference between anime and cartoons, but I don't know if I'd be so strict as to segregate anime from America--or even Korea and China for that matter-- from anime from Japan. I think it's more the style to me than the origin.
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