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 Ashford was a fan of anime who loved to play video games and was excited to start high school. Globe Staff,, 28 July 2022 Palvin posted a black-and-white photo of Sprouse on his 29th birthday with a sweet message to her beau referencing their love of anime. Jessica Sager,, 22 July 2022 Other projects include a new stage play set within the world of Stranger Things as well as a series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman and a live-action take of anime show Death Note. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 July 2022 There's been a healthy amount of skepticism amongst the Cowboy Bebop fandom over how Netflix's upcoming live-action series would adapt the spirit and the vibe of the beloved anime. Nick Romano,, 19 Oct. 2021 The 27-year-old Aries, who describes herself as a Myers-Briggs ENTP to a T, enjoys watching anime, Korean dramas, and Dylan O’Brien movies — and above all, listening to K-pop. Bora, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2022 The show proved incredibly popular stateside and is credited with helping to popularize anime in the country. Joe Otterson, Variety, 25 May 2022 However, in the case of Ultimate Dancouga, this doesn’t have an anime to follow it up as yet. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The series starring John Cho was slammed with some tough reviews, and critics generally recommended viewers just watch the original anime. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Anime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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