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Japanese animation. The term applies to many different forms of Japanese animation, not just the kind with over-proportioned eyes and heads, exaggerated features, and revealing clothing.
This term sometimes refers to non-Japanese animation using similar styles.

Anime is NOT:
Japanese animated porn: See definition on hentai.
Only for nerds/geeks: Would you say all cartoons are for nerds/geeks?
Strongly masculine/feminine: Some are masculine, like Fullmetal Alchemist, and some are feminine, like Princess Ai.
Afro Samurai, Ayakashi, Black Cat, Cardcaptor Sakura, D. Gray-man, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hanasaku Iroha, Nana, Naruto, Princess Ai, Yu-Gi-Oh

List of notable anime shows.
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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-
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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~
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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.
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