"Anime" in English usually refers to a style of animation originating in Japan, heavily influenced by the manga (Japanese comics/graphic novels) style and typically featuring characters with large eyes, big hair, elongated limbs, exaggerated facial expressions, brush-stroked outlines, limited motion, and other distinctive features. The term may also be used for other animation connected to Japan.
While the earliest-known Japanese animation dates from 1917, and many original Japanese cartoons were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960's - notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka and became known outside of Japan in the 1980's.
Anime, like manga, has a large audience in Japan and is highly recognized throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online.
Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video games, commercials, and Internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. Anime gained early popularity in East and Southeast Asia and has garnered more recent popularity in the Western world.
Anime is a genre that gets a lot of flak from mainstream audiences, most of who've have either never seen an anime all the way through or have been exposed to only a certain kind, namely the more children oriented Dragon Ball Z/Nurito type (no disrespect to fans intended) or the pervert Hienti/tentacle rape variety. Stereotypes for anime and the main stream misconception of what it offers TV and movie lovers are probably the biggest obstacle of fans of the genre towards being seen as anything but … more