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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Some conventions focus on comic books, science fiction or anime.
As one of the most popular manga in recent memory, Death Note has been adapted countless times in its native Japan, most famously in an anime series that ran from 2006 to 2007 and is streaming on Netflix and Hulu.
Ghost in the Shell (July 7) Scarlett Johansson dons a skin-tight body suit as a cyborg cop on the trail of a mysterious hacker in this lavish live-action adaptation of the anime classic.
Ninety percent of foes couldn’t hold a candle to my plucky squad of anime archetypes, who were seemingly able to catch bullets with their teeth and cut through molecules with their blades.
A key component of any anime convention is cosplay, and Hamacon is no different, with a cosplay contest on Saturday.
Attendees are always encouraged to dress up as their favorite anime (or other genre) characters, and socialize and see and be seen during all three days of the convention!
The premiere of the Japanese anime adventure about Ciel and his demonic butler.
FORT WORTH With A-Kon 28, a big anime/pop-culture convention, coming to Fort Worth this weekend, one of the city’s best restaurants is using its noodle(s) and taking advantage of a nearby dormant restaurant space to feed some of those fans.
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Origin and Etymology of anime
Japanese, animation, short for animēshiyon, from English
First Known Use: 1985See Words from the same year
ANIME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anime for English Language Learners
: a style of animation that was created in Japan and that uses colorful images, strong characters, and stories that have a lot of action
ANIME Defined for Kids
Definition of anime for Students
: a style of animation that was created in Japan and that uses colorful images, strong characters, and action-filled plots
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