Anime is NOT a cartoon

Japanese animation, or Anime, was first introduced in 1960. However, there is debate as to whether or not Anime should be considered a cartoon. Most westerners consider Anime to be another form of cartoon. Nonetheless, Japan does not want Anime to be considered as a form of cartoon. Japan is covered with Anime images, and they use Anime in everyday life. It is part of their culture. Anime is used in Japanese education, marketing strategies, magazines, movies, and books.

Manga is a form of Anime. Manga is a Japanese version of western comic books, because Manga has illustrations, graphics, and dialogues just like the comic books. However, Manga is mostly aimed at adults because of its content, such as violence, crude humor, sexuality, and the anatomized graphics. The graphics in Manga and Anime also tend to be more anatomically correct to the human body. This is one of the reasons why Anime should not be consider as a cartoon.

Here is a link. Jasdeep Kaur Chandi explains why anime is not a cartoon.

Most Anime is targeted toward adults, although there are some shows that are meant for children. Every Anime show may have a different storyline, but the graphics have the same content. Anime shows do not have the same characteristic as western cartoons such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, or any other show on the Cartoon Network channel. Every western cartoon show is over-exaggerated and are not anatomically correct to the human body or human activity.

Even though Anime has its own genre. People still argue that Anime is a cartoon, and there are no difference between cartoons and anime. Some people believe that anything that is drawn is considered a cartoon.

Here is link between people debating whether anime is a cartoon or not. People in this discussion explains why anime is not a cartoon.

Here is another link, and this article compares Anime and cartoons.

This debate is still continuing and people still argue that Anime is not a cartoon. However, majority of people who enjoy anime, understand that anime is not a cartoon and they firmly believe that. These are the people that embrace Anime and the Japanese’s comic culture. People that are new to the culture will not have the knowledge about Anime. Others that were exposed to cartoons first will argue that Anime is cartoon. These people were taught that any animated show is cartoon.