Anime and Cartoon, What's the Difference ?!

@paulskie (246)
Philippines
March 13, 2007 12:32am CST
As a kid, I often refer to all animations as cartoons. Now, I refer to them as animes. But really, whats the difference? I think anime and cartoons are the same.. they're both animations. Any ideas?
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@nanosec (11)
• Indonesia
13 Mar 07
well, just like the other said. anime is japanese way to call cartoon. although, i think anime's drawing is a bit different than cartoon. For example, sponge bob and nickelodeon have their unique way of drawing characters compare with avatar or naruto.
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• India
13 Mar 07
Its just a way in which Japanese refer. they call cartoons as anime and comics as manga. there is not a large difference in them...
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@natzee (40)
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
Here's a link that could help you figure out the differences. www.adultnetsurprise.com/contentzone/animecartoon.phtml
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@Hikanime (18)
• Malaysia
13 Mar 07
Anime are mostly from Japan. Anime usually came from its own manga. Cartoons usually focuses on comedy(well mostly). Anime focuses on physical appearance, drama, romance and lots of things. And basicly, the graphics for anime are a lot better than cartoons. Well thats only my personal thoughts.... I rarely watch cartoons anyway.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
In the US, I think we tend to use the word anime to refer to those animations that are created in Japan.
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@thought7 (132)
• United States
15 Jul 10
anime is is a certain art style compared to cartoons. Tehy also tend to reflect on more serious subjects. Not saying all animes are serious and devoid of goofyness, there are some afterall that are just silly. Your answer though is this... Compare naruto and spongebob, you'll have your answer. teen titans and avatar the last airbender for instance are anime, but simpsons and family guy are cartoons.
@alexz003 (53)
• United States
15 Jul 10
MUAHAHAHA this question i love! To me there are really only 2 things that distinguish an anime from a cartoon. Fingers - Yes fingers are very important, if you watch a tv show(whether it be a anime or cartoon) you can always tell if it is more for kids or for teens by the number of fingers on their hands. Anime generally has 5 fingers on their hands while cartoons usually have 4. Realism - Although fingers kind of ties into this, the way the animator creates a cartoon is really quick, and has a bit of detail in it. Anime however has alot of detail to it(compared to a cartoon). For example, if you look at the hair in a cartoon, you will see it is really just sort of one object and all connects to itself. If you watch anime, hair will be more free flowing and natural(again compared to a cartoon)
@JowJie (271)
• Philippines
28 Oct 07
i think cartoons is for american animation and anie is for japanese animation
• Sweden
26 Jul 07
I don't know so much what different but I call it anime when it's come from Japan. We can call it Cartoon like Scooby Doo or something, but like Pokemon and Digimon when its show at tv it call Anime. I don't know exacly. :P
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
I think there is no difference between the two. Anime is just a shortened word for animation. Just the same thing, anyway, called in another way.
• Brazil
12 Jul 07
I usually use the term Anime for animations from Japan, and Cartoon for the animations from the other countries. I also think its basicly the same thing.
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
Anime: animations coming from Japan Cartoons: animations not comming from Japan Anime: based on manga Cartoons: based on... some thing not comming from manga :)