an·​i·​me | \ˈa-nə-ˌmā, ˈä-nē- \

Definition of anime 

: a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes

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First, like the game, this fork of the Pokemon universe appears to exist outside the collect-'em-all series' game and anime entries. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "A new “fuzzy Pikachu” debate headlines a trailer-filled Monday," 13 Nov. 2018 The exhibition closes on a pop-culture note, paying tribute to manga comic books, anime movies, Japanese youth culture and their influence on younger designers. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Kimonos Meet Couture," 12 Oct. 2018 World of Warships has already added crossover play with Japanese anime show High School Fleet and steampunk-style ships in hopes of adding to the population. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 Short, crisp, five-letter names that contain references to early anime, Twitch streams, and company values. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Now that the crowd is here, the fun can begin in MapleStory 2," 4 Nov. 2018 Modern movements Contemporary artists still work in forms such as painting and kabuki, but today, manga and anime animation forms are wildly popular across continents and generations. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 The event will round out with its signature cosplay fashion show — where attendees dressed as their favorite (G-rated) comic, anime or action hero character, can walk the runway. Emily Bloch,, "Teen comic convention returns in Davie," 13 July 2018 The group’s next events include an anime convention June 1 through 3 at the Sheraton Mission Valley and a Gaslight Steampunk Expo in October in Mission Valley. David Garrick,, "Costume makers converge on San Diego for convention of creativity," 14 May 2018 Nothing in pop culture will mess you up like a good anime. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "This Fucked Me Up: Neon Genesis Evangelion," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of anime

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anime

Japanese, animation, short for animēshiyon, from English

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The first known use of anime was in 1985

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English Language Learners Definition of anime

: a style of animation that was created in Japan and that uses colorful images, strong characters, and stories that have a lot of action


an·​i·​me | \ˈa-nə-ˌmā, ˈä-nē-\

Kids Definition of anime

: a style of animation that was created in Japan and that uses colorful images, strong characters, and action-filled plots

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