Another form of story telling that uses animation as its medium. Just like how books use text, movies use actors. Anime uses animation to tell the story, and can be very serious or very funny.

Either way anime is just another way of telling a story, all stereotypes attached to it are unnecessary.
Have you watched Monster? That is one of the darkest anime I've ever seen... It really goes deep into the humanity of good vs evil.
by hiei_op March 26, 2013
A stupid japanese themed cartoon that wierd people watch.

All the characters have massive eyes, crazy hairstyles and have noses like dogs.

Anime cartoons are things like Pokémon, Dragonball GT ect.
John's Friend: Hey, did you watch Pokémon last night?
by John Clarkie January 27, 2008
Japanese animation. The term applies to many different forms of Japanese animation, not just the kind with over-proportioned eyes and heads, exaggerated features, and revealing clothing.
This term sometimes refers to non-Japanese animation using similar styles.

Anime is NOT:
Japanese animated porn: See definition on hentai.
Only for nerds/geeks: Would you say all cartoons are for nerds/geeks?
Strongly masculine/feminine: Some are masculine, like Fullmetal Alchemist, and some are feminine, like Princess Ai.
Afro Samurai, Ayakashi, Black Cat, Cardcaptor Sakura, D. Gray-man, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hanasaku Iroha, Nana, Naruto, Princess Ai, Yu-Gi-Oh

List of notable anime shows.
by Redstone Convergence May 22, 2013
A type of cartoon watched by people with no life.
The nerd went to go watch anime and jack off at the same time.
by Snakes on Plane September 02, 2006
1. A style of animation that originated in Japan, with a large fanbase around the world. Target audience can range from children to adults.
2. A great form of entertainment with a very wide variety of interests, ranging from sports to action to romance. Can be separated into different categories, most popular being shounen and shojo. Shounen being anime more action-oriented targeting boys, and shojo more romance-oriented targeting girls.
3. Not always hentai.
Person 1: I'm going to go watch some anime!
Idiot: Ew! Isn't that hentai?
Person 2: I love anime!
by kissingincars June 08, 2014
A lot of defintions on here for the word 'anime' have been hopelessly ill-informed. I hope to give a more accurate defintion that doesn't make me sound like an idiot. Anime is a form of animation orginating in Japan. Common elements in characters include large, shiny eyes, often spiky or unusually colored hair, long legs, etc. There are always exceptions to these rules, such as in Hayao Miyazaki's movies, which have more realistic proportions and hair. Often in anime, one episode will continue into the next, instead of each episode being a one-shot. There are several different types, like Shounen, for boys, which typically feature a male protagonist and lots of fighting and action, Shoujo, for girls, with female protagonists and the main focus being romance or comedy. There is also Josei, for young women, which I imagine are like soap operas(Never watched any), and Seinen, for teenagers and young men, which are often horror or thriller animes, and are usually considered too scary for children. There is also shounen/shoujo ai, which is gay/lesbian romance without sex, and yaoi/yuri, which is with sex. Many people say that anime is for 12-year-old dorks, but I myself have watched anime that would scar a 12-year-old for life. They also say anime is porn. There is a category of anime called hentai that is pornographic in nature, but the vast majority is not. Some anime is incredibly good, some is atrocious. And the stereotypes aren't necessarily true for all.
Shounen anime: Naruto, Bleach, Inu-Yasha, Death Note, Pokemon, etc. Some of the most famous anime falls under this category. Can be upbeat and funny, like Naruto, or heavy and complex, like Death Note.

Shoujo anime: Fruits Basket, Sailor Moon, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Lucky Star, Vampire Knight. I have mixed feelings about this genre. I very much like Fruits Basket while Sailor Moon made me want to smash my computer.

I don't know any Josei anime...

Seinen Anime: Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Elfen Lied, Hellsing, Ghost in the Shell. My favorite genre, although if you want to watch Higurashi or Elfen Lied be prepared for some serious gore and insanity.

Shounen Ai: Kirepapa, Junjou Romantica, Loveless. I know I said shounen ai is gay romance minus sex but JR has some intense guyxguy, just sayin.

Shoujo Ai: Strawberry Panic, Kannazuki no Miko, A Channel, Uta Kata. I'm not a yuri fan but shoujo ai's really cute ^^
by kat231 August 11, 2011
The worst animation that has ever benn concevied by mankind.

Another word for shit(pertaining to t.v)
Joe: OMG did you be seein this.

Bob: Hells no, that be anime style for sho.

Joe: Yous know it!
by Vtlo December 18, 2006
Japanese cartoons and animations that you shouldn't watch unless you're either under the age of 10 or just have no life. Here's an idea... grow up, get a job, and stop arguing about if American or Japanese cartoons are better (I hate both).
40 year old loser: OMG!!! Kenshen just pwned cacashi wit t3h EISEN!!!! I luv anime!! -__-

normal person: ...Shut the fuck up.
by barthumeal April 22, 2006

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