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?
John: EW!!!!!!!!! YOU LOVE ANIME! YOU SAD FREAK!
by John Clarkie January 27, 2008
Often sad examples of poor animation made for japanese preteens, that has a strong and curious appeal to sad american whites of all ages.
These americans who will often blast american entertainment will watch this reprehensible form of entertainment drawing from it some deepness, and inner meaning, even if the meaning of the anime is, look at funny catman dance to J-pop, while scared school kid runs! While this is something only a preschooler thinks is funny, an Otaku (or Japanese for faggot) will demand that you watch it again, or insist that you just didn't "Get it."
While often they are poorly colored coloring book still pictures where the only motion comes from camera movement, and Otaku (i.e. Faggot) will insist the animation is leagues better then american animation.
Otaku (Forementioned faggots) will try and make anyone who is not like them either A: give it another try, or B: reprimand you for not "Getting it." Even though they have clearly mistaken some japanese turd for art.
The saddest of all Otaku (Once again utter japhappy retarded white basement dwelling faggots) will download this stuff off of the internet years before it will air in america to buy them some Otaku (if I haven't driven the point home, they are brainless pretentious moron faggots) credit. So that when something finally does come out on DVD they can talk Otaku/Faggot shit about said show.
Those who don't have yellow skin, and follow this are more likely to A: be child molesters. B: Become a furry, or other sexual deviant or C: cry while masturbating to pictures of strawberry shortcake, or little girls. D: masturbate to unhealthy cartoons (i.e. not Betty Rubble or Velma from Scooby Doo, which it is perfectly safe to masturbate to and still be healthy)
Clerk at video store: Oh, the new tri-gun anime comes out this weekend!
Faggot/otaku: Yeah? that was cool... three years ago, when it came out in japan, because, I don't know if you could tell, though I have blonde hair and blue eyes, I am secretely japanese!

Faggot 1: Do you know what we should do?
Faggot 2: What?
Faggot 1: We should put on cat ears, and naruto headbands and hang out at the mall!
Faggot 2: Yeah, then everyone will know for sure we're cool!
by Guywhogetslaid. October 15, 2006
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
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
Japanese cartoons, same as most other cartoons save the horendous hyperbole in the hair, eyes, and generally make excessive use of bright lights. Often involves such FASCINATING INTELLECTUAL subjects as tentacle rape and people in school girl outfits...that are continuously raped by tentacles.
Most Japanese anime has a school girl in it who is vigorously raped by tentacles.
by ? June 23, 2004
'Anime' a Japanese word. Although the direct translation is derived from 'Animation' or 'Cartoon', the Japanese anime is very different to the American, European and most other countries cartoons. While cartoons from other countries are generally for ages

4-9, anime in Japan can be anything between 4-11 to 12/13-up. While some children's (4-11) anime is a lot like the cartoons in other countries, there are also very adult anime's (12/13-up), which is very different. Usually the more adult anime's has a thicker more interesting plot, violence, character death and occasionally swearing. A lot of people think that anime has a lot of sexual innuendo's and or scenes, but really there aren't that many, there is just a big fuss about it when people hear about it. It seems that Japanese children are used to violent and or sexual references on TV than children in the UK (Not meant in a racist way, I just read about it. Please leave a comment if you were offended in anyway).

People generally have mixed feelings about anime, they might watch it and enjoy it, but be afraid of their friend's finding out and thinking they were watching Spongebob Square-pants. Although anime has become about ten times more popular across the UK and America in recent years than ever before, it is still unheard of to 8 in 10 people.

Another version of anime is 'Manga' which is basically just a comic version of anime.
Naruto, Attack on Titan, Death Note, Fulmetal Alchemist and Fairy Tail are some of my favourite anime's.
by Naruto Note March 07, 2015
noun: a style of animation that originated and is still heavily centered in Japan.

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.
Although most people stop watching 'cartoons' in their early teens, there are 'animes' for all age groups.
by john3 September 09, 2014

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