2. In America, used to refer to a particular style of art common to Japanese animation and comics.
3. In America, also used to refer to Japanese animation as a whole. The Japanese approach to art and storytelling is distinctive, at least to Americans, and has earned anime quite a few fervent fans and as many detractors. Still, regarding "anime" as a genre is misleading; it's really just a medium, whose subjects encompass drama, comedy, action, children's entertainment, pornography, and what have you. As with any form of entertainment, some of it is good, some is bad, most is in between, and no one will ever agree on what titles are which.
The word 'anime' is based on the original japanese pronunciation of the american word 'animation.'
The stereotype of the anime style are characters with proportionally large eyes and hair styles and colors that are very colorful and exotic. The plots range from very immature (kiddy stuff), through teenage level, to mature (violence, content, thick plot). The classification of 'hentai' is given to animes of a stong sexual nature.
Although over 95% of anime has nothing perverted about it, most closed-minded idiots think anime is always a form of pronography.
2. Yet another thing that americans managed to completely fuck up, resulting in poor translations, unnecessary censorship, horrible dubbing, and people who don't know any better hating Japan for it.
If you came here to see me call anime:
cartoon porn which is hentai, wannabe white person cartoons, or a nerds favorite hobby, then just give me the thumbs down already because my definition is precise.
Anime is a form of Japanese cartooning which either televised or on DVD or video. The comic books are called manga. Yes, there is a very big difference. If you walk into Borders/Barnes and Noble/etc. and ask for Anime, you will be sent to the DVD section. Shojo is a girl's type of anime (stories of love, achieving dreams and the type) while shonen is the boys type (wars, samuri, card battles etc.)Usually anime is much deeper than the average American cartoons. It can be funny, tragic, romantic, adventurous, sci fi and more. Stereotypical ideas: Nerds and geeks are not the only people who like anime. Not all aniime has the big twinkly eyes and extremely out of proportioned heads. It is NOT porn. See hentai. It is NOT only for kids.
person2(urban dictionary user) "it's not porn I swear."
person1 "I didn't say anything about that"
person2 "Oh yeah... NOT PORN"