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Posted 7/31/17 , edited 8/1/17
The new popular Netflix show Castlevania is out but people are confused whether or not its an anime. I personally think its not an anime because it doesn't look like an anime and that it looks more like an American comic book.


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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
In truth its as anime as RWBY not made in Japan but made to look like anime style.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
It does look like an anime though, just look at Sypha Belnades for example. And even then, anime is such a broad definition too, and there are so many styles of it, that you can't rule out anything just because it looks a bit american (especially considering anime has its roots in american inspired styles)

I do get that we make a distinction between anime and animation (though anime just means animation), but even in that sense I'd still consider Castlevania an anime. It did went through Igarashi Koji's approval, and premiered worldwide so it's not even a matter of which dub is the 'original'.

Also, if someone makes a good manga it doesn't stop being a manga if the writer is not japanese for example.. An art style is not locked to one country only, and that's true for food, music, sculpture, animation and everything else. I think it boils down to how used someone is to a style/medium.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
it was done by Frederator Studios in New York. It's got an anime sort of look to it but it's American
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
by now I count anime as not a country like if its US v Japan origin though Japan coined "anime" as animation mainly from their own country I count it as the style and themes of a show, by now an "anime" aesthetic is almost everywhere.

I would count avatar: TLA and TLoK as anime because it's artwork has a certain style that resembles some Japanese shows, and the plot for both usually follows linear arcs with some character development in mind. the distinction for me is style and that "anime" has a strong linear plot and "cartoons" usually are comedic and episodic, rarely following the same plot each episode
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
It's a brilliant animation where it's from doesn't matter
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
I don't really care what you call it. I just want more. Fucking show cut off right at the best part.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17

zangeif123 wrote:

I don't really care what you call it. I just want more. Fucking show cut off right at the best part.


2nd season is incoming, gonna be twice as long too

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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
Whatever it is or isn't I like it.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
What it is ... is badass, and, like other posters, I want to see more of it.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/1/17
The word anime has different meanings in the west as compared to Japan.

In Japan it simply means animation, it refers to all types of animation. When they have to make a distinction they literally say Japan's anime or America's anime.

In America, we use it to specifically mean Japanese animation.

So it is anime if you go by the Japanese meaning of the word, it is not if you go by the western meaning of the word.
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Posted 8/1/17 , edited 8/2/17
It's clearly anime styled in pretty much every regard. I guess it really just comes down to whether or not you think that's enough.

Personally, I don't really care. I enjoyed it and thought the styling suited the material extremely well.
Posted 8/2/17 , edited 8/3/17
It looks like an old school anime iyam
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Posted 8/2/17 , edited 8/3/17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFtfDK39ZhI&list=LLFx59xp0fiYjHBxCmcTSLVg&index=7

Just gonna post this here. Yes, IMO it is. Someone already pointed it out in this forum, but anime just means animation. Anime is just a fancy word for cartoons.
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Posted 8/2/17 , edited 8/3/17
Honestly it depends on who you talk to. People think anime is a style and others think its the origin of the animation (Japan), but in Japan everything is anime since it's just short for animation. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what it's called. Anime has a better ring than cartoon, so many people prefer to use it for shows they deem are worthy of it like Korra, Avatar, RWBY, and Castlevania. I personally call those shows anime or "western anime" since they're inspired by japanese animation and they feel different than the usual animated shows we get in the west, so I like to differentiate them but everything animated is a cartoon and you could say everything is an anime too if you go by the japanese definition. But it can be very technical and complicated, I believe we get too worked up about it in the west.

At the end of the day let's just appreciate good animated shows when we see it, regardless of what it's called. It's not worth the headache.
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