-A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sex.(from dictionary.com)
-an awsome type of art that was drived from the word "animation". Duh. Anime is made in Japan and other places. Japan is the first thing that comes to mind in many people when they hear this(if they know what it is.if they dont and u just read this, now you know). Characters often have perfect bodies(i envy them), can have colorful hair, cool eyes, and are usualy hot =)(like Crim from .Hack//SIGN. there are other characteristics too.
some cool animes are Witch Hunter Robin, .Hack//SIGN, Cowboy Bebop, zoids, Gundam, and the list goes on.