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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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 The anime and benefiting charity schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Eat ramen and watch anime for a good cause at Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya's movie nights," 8 Aug. 2017 Legendary Entertainment will co-produce a feature based on the the popular anime from the Japanese animation studio Sunrise. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Gundam' Live-Action Movie in the Works at Legendary," 5 July 2018 He was inspired by movies with impressive villainesses, like Kill Bill and Sin City, but also anime flicks like The Last Airbender and Cowboy Bebop., "We're Probably Going To See Rihanna In This Collection," 9 July 2018 In that movie, Johansson plays a character who was Japanese in the project’s anime source material; in the film, the character is a Japanese woman trapped in a robot body. Emma Stefansky, HWD, "Scarlett Johansson Under Fire for Playing a Trans Man in Her Next Movie," 5 July 2018 The summer 2018 anime season is upon us, and with 42 new series and 11 continuing from the spring, there is a lot to sift through. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Eight new anime shows to check out this summer," 29 June 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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