anime

noun
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

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And in Korea, the brand's comeback has already kicked off thanks to a recent, pretty-darn-good collaboration with One Piece, a Japanese anime show. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Today's Coolest Sneakers Come from Skechers Korea's Women's Line," 6 Feb. 2018 First up, Netflix continues to make anime adaptations of video games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 Some of the anime touches to these familiar personas are pretty great: Bane as a downright sumo champion; Robin picking up a monkey sidekick; the Joker sporting a green samurai hair bun. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The filmmakers seem to have other questions about roundness, flatness and perspective in mind, to judge by the chief visual preoccupations of this indiscreetly leering anime. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Time-travel romance, but no magic, in the Japanese anime 'Fireworks'," 2 July 2018 In the car, Maya had pointed out sites like the safflower farm that inspired Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday, a 1991 anime favorite. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 The four-day event features comic books, anime, video games, cosplay, sci-fi and pop culture. Mike Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Video: Florida Supercon fans show off their stunning costumes," 14 July 2018 This memorable anime has been rolling out worldwide since February and will hit the U.S. in limited release through Eleven Arts Anime Studio in late July. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 But its tonal balance of airy anime and war drama feels sharper than ever. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Valkyria Chronicles 4 review: Same as it ever was," 21 Sep. 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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anime

noun

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

anime

noun
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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