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The Japanese term for animation. And just because something's animated doesn't mean it's automatically targeted at children so they can become corrupted by it. American companies usually butcher the dubbed version so they can make the ones that weren't intended for kids all TV-Y rated. Most anime takes on more mature themes and sometimes sexual content for those people who are into that.

Stereotypical anime characters, usually the younger female ones, have large eyes (to portray innocence, I guess). But not all of them do. Sometimes they have crazy hair and crazy outfits and crazy actions. The voices are high because I guess Japanese people tend to have higher voices than Americans.

The people who watch anime aren't always those stereotypical geek/nerd/dork or whatever you wanna call them. Sometimes the people who do watch anime or read manga (Jap. comics) can get a little too into the culture, but hey, whatever.
Anime's awesome.
by Ambros April 18, 2003
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
I style of animation EXTREMELY popular in America. Anime comic books are known as "manga". I personally don't know WHAT THE HELL is so freaking INCREDIBLE about anime that makes it appears on every single freaking website you go to, let alone anything related to Japan, in case you don't notice, but anime is unquestionably popular among Americans.
"Toonami" was a bump on the Cartoon Network that mainly the anime portion of the network.
by stimlag January 10, 2007
A style of cartoons that originated and have become heavily popular worldwide. The biggest difference between anime and American cartoons is that Anime has a plot and are made for a variety of audiences. Most people believe it childish to watch anime as a teenager because of it being a cartoon but those people should stop watching family guy which most likely 9 out of 10 of them is a fan of. Anime comes in a variety of genres such as action, adventure, romance, drama, comedy, supernatural, horror, fantasy and etc...
Guy 1: Hey dude I'm gonna go watch some anime want to join

Guy 2: Hell no cartoons are for kids I'm gonna go watch family guy

Guy 1: Family guy is a cartoon too the difference is my shows have a story and isn't all fart jokes so why don't you take your own advice before criticizing me

Guy 2: ...
by Anime Fan AK July 22, 2011
The legal way to jerk off to a eight year old.
That weird Asian is watching anime. I thought it was stupid, until I saw the eight year old with big tits, and found out it was legal.
by Anarchist Vandal January 12, 2009
Some sort of Japanese television show that people watch, most of the time on the internet, for supposed entertainment.
Person: I like anime!
Person 2: Why?
Person: I... Don't know...
by Totakeke777 December 17, 2008
Anime - Noun: The legal way to beat off to an 8 year-old.
XxXAnimeWTFXxX - Hey I totally watched Gundam Wing yesterday!

HeNtAI-iS-FuN - Cool I like totally jerked off to that girl, Moegi, in Naruto. She totally rocks my socks.

XxXAnimeWTFXxX - Wtf?
by I-Just-Raped-You April 08, 2007