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
A word used to refer to many different japanese cartoons. Often worshipped by teenagers who really need to grow up and quit watching their stupid cartoons. Additionally, some of the terms are used for perverted inside jokes that aren't funny and that nobody understands. Not quite as annoying as disney, but it's a close second.
Girl 1: Oh my god! I love anime! It's my life!

Girl 2: Hey, I've got an idea. Let's go get some boys and (insert japanese phrase here)!

Girl 1: (giggles) you're dirty. (looks over at boy) Hey, you care to (insert japanese phrase here)?

Boy: No thanks. I think I'm gay now.

Girl 1: Then you would probably like (insert japanese cartoon name here)!
by the dirty liberal July 13, 2009
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
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
Cartoons that are usually very serious with a large, nerdy, pasty-white American kid fanbase. Usually the eyes on the characters are ten times too large, and their mouths only move up and down in one repeating motion. The oversized eyes can be connected to the rather small eyes of the people who make the cartoons, perhaps trying to even the balance.
Cartoons were originally created to be funny and entertaining. Anime is neither.
Most people say anime is a cartoon, although it's not. Anime is a Japenese show, which of course, is animated. Usually it's in Japenese unless it's English-dubbed. There are all types of animes: horror, romantic, funny, action, etc. The anime characters may look cartoonish but that doesn't make anime cartoons. Anybody of any age can watch anime.
Some animes are:

Soul Eater
Naruto
Bleach
One Piece

Sword Art Online
Mirrai Nikki

~and many more~
by Anime May 05, 2014
Something that I could not live without.
<3
fangirl 1: OMG! did you see that Anime Death Note??!?
fanngirl 2: HECK YES! L IS SO ADORABLE
both fangirls: *squeee*
by ickyvicky117 August 06, 2011
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