"Anime" is a derivative form of "animation
," coined in Japan to refer
to all kinds of animation, both
domestic and foreign. The word
has a more specific meaning in Europe and North America, specifying Japanese animation. American fans of anime usually
make a clear distinction between cartoons
, such as Looney Tunes and Disney, and anime, which
has certain different characteristics.
Anime, as defined in North America, has a distinct art style, often featuring large eyes, small noses, and bright colors. Animation from Japan
is geared towards a Japanese
has looser censorship standards, allowing nudity, violence, and mature themes in programming for children and teens; this is perfectly acceptable in Japan
. Only a relatively small percentage
of anime is pornographic
Unlike Disney animated movies and Saturday morning cartoons in America, Japanese
anime is not always made for and marketed
to children. Some anime have complex storylines
and characters, exploring mature themes. Every
genre is represented in anime, from drama to comedy to romance, fantasy to horror.
" is a synonym
for anime, but is not used as much.
See also manga