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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Two years earlier, in 2016, there was massive backlash when Johansson starred as the lead character in the film adaptation of the Japanese anime hit Ghost in the Shell. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Scarlett Johansson Says She Should Be Able to Play ‘Any Person, Tree, Animal’ She Wants," 14 July 2019 Clarinetist Jackie Rodriguez, saxophonist Joe Paz and flautist Luciano D’Amico are the co-founders behind 8 Bit Wave, which performs music from classic video games and anime programs. Phillip Valys,, "Florida Supercon 2019: Five events you can’t miss," 28 June 2019 Martial arts paintings and anime figurines — like Goku, Ham's favorite character from Dragonball Z — give Ramen House some flare. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Ramen and Mediterranean restaurants are spicing things up at Mid City Mall," 26 June 2019 Still, anime devotees, including notable creators of our times, have been commenting on it and binge-watching all weekend. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” a classic anime now on Netflix, tells the story of our lives," 23 June 2019 The Mongols are not mentioned in the book, but their tactics inform the concept of powered armor, which the world of anime has taken to itself with such energy. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers," 9 Dec. 2018 In this fascinating land of anime, snow monkeys, and high-speed trains, there is something to delight every member of the family. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019 The Black Panther actor has his own production studio and wanted to partner with Rooster Teeth on a new anime series called gen:Lock. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Halo cosplay, Overwatch Outlaws, and animation royalty at RTX Austin festival," 6 Aug. 2018 There’s a new kid in school, Jules (Hunter Schafer), an anime-loving girl who meets married men on a dating app. Darren Franich,, "HBO's teen shock-soap Euphoria is sweeter than you think: EW review," 14 June 2019

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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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