an·​i·​me | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā How to pronounce anime (audio) , ˈä-nē- How to pronounce anime (audio) \

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

Examples of anime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These days Ultraman is in the midst of a revival, headlining the #1 anime series on Netflix NFLX , a strong-selling comic from Marvel, dozens of licensed products, and a slew of new media on the way. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, 27 May 2021 But there is one continuation that's been confirmed: for those who've become super attached to the likes of Ward, Maria, Ludwig, and Marianne, Netflix is making an Army of the Dead anime series, called Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. Rachel Paige,, 24 May 2021 The anime film Demon Slayer has proven to be a worthwhile adversary since its April 23 debut, which trailed Mortal Kombat by a tiny margin. Rosy Cordero,, 9 May 2021 In the 1970s, it was converted into an indoor mini-mall — all ramps and escalators — that has long housed a variety of eclectic businesses, including anime stores, The Hempest, and Cambridge’s first tattoo parlor., 17 May 2021 Its body has anime proportions, but on the inside is a surprisingly pleasant ride thanks mostly to its comfortable cloth bucket seats. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2021 Godzilla comic book artist Matt Frank is the special guest at this Japanese culture and anime art show, which will feature more than 30 artists and vendors. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 The world is watching more anime, a $24 billion industry with massive global appeal. Leslie Nguyen-okwu, Quartz, 24 Apr. 2021 Kung creates dishes based on anime character profiles in a how-to approach with easy-to-follow steps. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Anime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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