Anime or Manga that has been edited so as to not include what the authors originally intended. This editing is to make it possible to send this product into the minds of small children who aren't smart enough to understand americanization makes the product crappy and are unable to get it the proper way, straight from Japan.
Yu-Gi-Oh is what happens when americanization gets out of hand.
by Alex Trujillo May 04, 2004
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In animation:

Re-Written or re-edited to be suited with an American audience in mind. Contrary to popular myth, this does not mean making something worse. However, if something was never good to begin with, then the editing process may do a favor only in not glorifying activities which ought to be illegal all over the world indisputably. It protects all viewers (not just American children) from senseless, stupid glorification of pure evil.

However, defending viewers from the shallowness and near-criminal perversion of the original incarnation does not promise that the edited end product will be good; only that it is less terrible, and therefore, more offensive to perverted snobs who think man-on-man porn should be viewed by toddlers - and then practiced on them!

Americanization of foreign animation often does something to original content that is a dis-service: over-simplifying the themes of the original. The need to conform things to a very simplistic GI Joe vs. Mad Scientist/Neo-Nazis format is a narrative tradition that formed after WWII, and traces of it remain in American writing today as die-hards.

In most anything else:

Altering something foreign to the US to make it more practical and digestible to American consumers. (Or depending on what gets altered, making it more universally edifying or better suited to anyone anywhere with any ounce of self-respect.)
Power Rangers is an Americanized reinterpretation of the Super Sentai. It is better, not worse, in the sense that it does not glorify lifting up skirts or grabbing breasts (sexual harassment) as the Super Sentai does. (Beware of anyone who prefers the pro-harassment content - they might live in your neighborhood and have predatory eyes on your sister!) But it dumbs down the evil characters and over-dubs poorly-written dialog in the place of the original dialog.

Americanized food packaging is easier on the eyes of anyone who is not from the Far East. But with extra preservatives in the food, the health improvements are debatable.
by ObscuredOne February 17, 2008
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An Americanism is a word, phrase or expression, commonly used in the United States, that has managed to escape from America to pollute the wider English language.
Each Americanism subverts the integrity of the English language.
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A make believe disease used to describe the condition of overweight Americans who think it's perfectly normal and acceptable to be obese.
An alarmingly high percentage of United States citizens suffer from Americanitis. More should be done to educate the public about proper diet and exercise.
by Doctor Pit March 22, 2010
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Brits who went to America killed the natives and were too stingy to pay the small tea tax. They went mad because of the tea deprivation and decided they wanted independence! They swore never ever to drink tea ever again.
Me: Do you at least have a kettle!
Americans: *sweating*
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Technically, an American is someone from the Americas - i.e. North or South America. However, it is so commonly referring to people from the USA that we'll just ignore that point for now.

An American is someone who lives in the USA. Not all americans are overweight, ignorant pricks with an addiction to burgers and flag waving. Some of them are actually friendly, intelligent people!

Remember, kids: just because meet or hear one person from a certain place doesn't mean that everyone from there is like it. Oh, and did I mention that the actions of the US government don't ALWAYS speak unanimously for every last citizen of the USA? Just wanted to clear that up.

They do think some wierd things, though.. They call football soccer, American football football, aluminium aloominum, jam jelly and so on. But belittling them for differences like that would be a bit petty of me, wouldn't it?
While playing a game, I once met an American who was a mindless, stereotyping, bigoted, ignorant prick. But did that make me hate all Americans? Well, yes. But eventually I got over it. I would like to find that guy and cave his skull in, though..
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I'm not even American, so don't just shrug this off as 'An American trying to defend themself and their country.'

I myself am Canadian, and although SOME Americans are fat, idiotic, ignorant slobs, many are the exact opposite. A lot of Americans (probably the majority) are genuine, hardworking people who do the best they can to provide for their family with what they have. Many hate Bush, and are glad Obama's taken his position, hoping that it'll lead to more peaceful and better living. Not all of them wanted to even go into Iraq in the first place, and even though the stereotype for Americans are fat and stupid, many of them don't deserve it, and if you think that 300,000,000 people are stupid fat asses, you are extremely close minded.
Non-American: I hate Americans, they're all fat and stupid.
Me: Well I'm sorry you feel that way, it makes you look very arrogant.
by Cassidy P February 08, 2009
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