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The term used to describe Japanese animation or the art style of characters borrowed from Japanese animation.

Anime, in recent years, has enjoyed a significant boom in popularity in outside of Japan, namely in the Western world.

Although anime has interesting and unusual themes, sometimes adult (not common in most Western animation), anime doesn't really deserve the mass popularity it has gained. Most anime shows follow similar and repetetive plots and themes to eachother, and as well, anime technique on a whole is very primitive in comparison to the American school of classical animation (eg. VERY static characters, anime has walk cycles of 4 frames) and it seems the Japanese animators take as many shortcuts as possible. Humor in anime for the most part is insultingly simplistic; a character says something stupid, and everyone falls down. The sad thing is, most anime that tries to be humorous borrows the exact same gags as every other "comedy" anime.

However, there are a few artful gems which defy these stereotypes, (Miyazaki's films, namely) but on the whole anime is a overhyped genre thats sadly, killing North American cartoons off television.
Some internet nerd: "Omg AMERICAN CARTOONS SUCK! ANIME!!111"

Animation student: "You don't know what you are talking about kid."

by Dave June 11, 2006
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Animation. Usually associated with Japan. Somehow, fanboys don't think american drawings is anime, because anime MUST be japanese. Fanboys are usually the pathetic balding white guys who wanna be japanese even though they clearly are not. They are usually laughed at by real japanese as well.
Associating anime with japan is just like going to Japan and saying I wanna eat japanese food. Of course they call it plain "food" there, but fanboys are so uptight, they can't realize if it ain't japanese, it sucks and is not anime.
by Anonymous March 19, 2003
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Anime is a style of art that originates from Japan with strange species of humans with unatural hair colours, large shiney eyes and a teeny-weeny pointed nose. The females often have abnormally large breasts to size of melons and wear mini skirts.

May god help us all that a large majority or preteen girls like to draw themselves this way.
Anime Girl:

"Ohhhh! I Am So KAWAII!" ^_____^

"Huh? What's that?"


"AAAHHH! TENTACLE MONSTER!" *pulls down mini skirt and runs like hell*
by Lou The Wicked October 06, 2005
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Decent cartoons that are required by dorky-American kids to have been made in Japan. They are pretty cool to watch until you're like a 25 year old virgin who does cosplay. Than you need to move out of your mom's basement and get a life.
Evangelion, Love Hina, and Gundam are examples of some popular anime.
by tnic May 30, 2005
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A derivative style of animation from Japan. It features grating vocal work, and the stories seem to be forged inside some kind of creative vacuum.
Anime is the domain of nerds.

Anime has giant robots and gianter tits.
by Yarbles March 06, 2005
250 172
another word for cartoon that makes teenagers feel better about watching it
"omg i luuuuurve anime"
"oh, do you mean cartoons?"
by Dr Awesome phd.a December 02, 2009
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the legal way to beat off to an 8 year old
anime: just look around the internet... im sure you'll find an example.
god damned pedophiles....
by captain yar October 25, 2005
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