a common term for japanese animation, usually based off of manga (japanese graphic novels). it often recieves hate here in the western world because some people havent really seen it or they think all animation is for children. usually, with the exception of studio bones, the animation itself is very lack-luster. something comon i've read here on urban dictionary is that its, "the legal way to jerk it to an 8 year old.", this is not true, while many anime's do actually have quite a bit of sexual humor, you cant call it that. however it has recieved much popularity here for the teenage demographic as well. also another thing is people known as weeaboo, people who get WAAAAAAAAAY over obsessive over anime, and otaku, the japanese term for a geek, or in america's case, people who are really into anime but dont exactly cross into weeaboo terratory, are shut ins with no life, again not true.
guy: hey lets go watch some cowboy bebop.

anime hater: yeah its the only one of those animes thats actually any good
by ONIMUSHA11 October 27, 2010

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a form of cartoon-primarily Japanese- that commonly features aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Unlike most traditional cartoons which is mostly enjoyed by children, anime is popular amongst people who read all three Lord of the Rings books and can name the guy who played C3P0 in the Star Wars films. These people are generally lacking in basic social graces, they commonly use excessive and unnecessary word choices when asking for their Anime titles-most of which they are unable to spell themselves. Many anime features have stupid ass titles like Yo Yo deus ex machina.
Anime geek-hey do you have the new ghost in the shell movie vol. 17

disgruntled record store clerk-is it on the shelf? 'Cause if not then no.

by Mrwalkerb August 08, 2006

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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

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Okay, drumroll please...... Anime is simply fun. F, U, N, FUN. It's entertainment, just like hockey (yes I watch hockey), football, or Looney Toons. I for one laugh my ass off at Daffy Duck, but enjoy Speed Racer, I root for the Blackhawks and still like watching Shaman King. Im a huge fan of most anime because you can learn a lot from the characters, as they are usually extreme versions of a feeling or emotion. Take Goku from DBZ. He protects the earth to keep his friends safe, sounds like extreme loyalty, no? We can all learn the lessons that are tought through anime, but still smoke pot and play football. Kuhmbaya bitches.
We will face this monster of nature with our heads held high and no fear in our hearts!-Ryu/Rio the Dead ender. Shaman King

Guy 1: hey dude, wanna get stoned, watch some Shaman king, bleach, naruto, or sailor moon, then go watch the Hawks smash the Blues?

Guy 2: Fuck yeah. I love anime, sports, and weed!

Guy 3: Can I come too?

Guys 1 and 2: Hellz yeah!

Me: Yus! -raves-
by ToddiTiger July 27, 2011

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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....
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1. A japanese term derived from a french term referring to animation. anime=animation=cartoons

2. An excuse to watch cartoons without embarrassment and palm it off as being "appreciative of fine art," and so giving the watcher a reason to go ballistic anytime anyone utters the slightest criticism of his/her taste and/or choice of hobby.

3. An overused method of worshipping a culture one has never had any real connection with, while constantly hating and acting disgusted with the often more socially advanced culture one currently resides with(see "Wapanese," and "Filipino," at
least in reference to SoCal).
Otaku: "Hello!"

Man: "Hi, can you tell me where the nearest video store is?"

Otaku: "Anime is NOT cartoons! You f***ing uneducated pigdog!"

Man: ::fearing for his life::"never mind..."
by SPeLliNg LykE tHIs Iz LaMe May 09, 2003

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The Asian equivalent of American cartoons, except have more depth and meaning and are not meant exclusively for 12-year-olds. There's many different genres of it, and can be meant for kids, all the way up to seniors. It's not a fucking cartoon.
*le me watching Bleach*

Dumbshit "friend": Dude, why are you watching cartoons??

Me: No...it's...anime.

Dumbshit "friend": So cartoons?

Me: THERE'S A GODDAMN DIFFERENCE YOU FUCKPUMP!
by Majornlar February 05, 2012

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