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A MANLY MANS GUIDE TO ANIME  KappaHD
Composed by: Pokemon

So What EXACTLY Is Anime?

Cartoon is a term that once referred to fine art during the renaissance period. Somehow, though, the terms meaning evolved (or devolved, depending on how you look at it) into humorous and witty illustrations and, finally, into animated programs meant to entertain people, mostly children. For, clarity, the term cartoon in this article shall be referring to the animated programs. Recently, however, a new term has been coined: Anime. And the distinction between these two has caused much confusion.

Strictly speaking though, there should be no distinction between anime and cartoon. Anime is a term used by the Japanese to refer to animated cartoons, from their own country and from others as well. Somehow, though, the world started using the term anime in reference to Japanese cartoons exclusively. Japanese animation was once called "japanimation", but this term was aptly discarded when the term Anime was put into use.

Some say that they see absolutely no difference between the two, even going so far as to classify both cartoons and anime as childish because of the nature of how they are presented, much to the woe of anime fans. Technically, there's no official difference and they are somewhat correct. But you only have to watch a single episode of any anime series and you'll see that anime is far more than your usual slapstick comedy man-tripping-on-a-banana-peal early morning cartoons. There is a real and profound difference between the two besides their spellings: Anime is so much more than just a cartoon.

Storylines/Plots

Cartoons usually have a simple and defined plot. And they're usually about the good guys fighting the bad guys. Cartoons rarely go beyond that old cliche. Most Anime series, on the other hand, are also about the same good vs. evil but the plots are rarely simple and rarely predictable. You'll find an element of politics, religion, humanity, and a score of several other abstract concepts within an anime. Whereas cartoons are just about evil cats chasing innocent mice or a hero defending himself and others from a very evil bully. Anime can blur the lines between good and evil so much that you'll be left wondering which side is really right. Look at the plot of Gundam, there aren't any good guys or bad guys. They're both fighting for a cause a worthy one, and both sides are prepared to do good and evil to achieve their goals. Look at the Wave Country arc of Naruto which is now at Naruto Shippuden. Zabuza, evil as he was, had evoked more sympathetic tears than any of the typical Disney antagonists. There are, however, few exceptions to the cartoons are simple rule. There are cartoon series that are far advanced like X-men.

In terms of humor, anime goes beyond the slapstick comedy that cartoons offer. There won't be any corny joke about the chicken crossing the road with anime. There won't even be the quintessential banana peel. Anime humor is deep and witty. However, it is to be noted that cartoons are mostly for kids. Anime can be for an adult audience; it mostly is, actually. There are even times when anime plots are hardly suited for children.

Characters

In cartoons, there's a protagonist, an antagonist, and a damsel in distress. Their roles are well-defined and clear and the characters always act according to their roles. In anime, however, the damsel in distress may very well become the antagonist, leaving the protagonist in distress. There's no knowing what to expect in anime. Anime characters, a lot of times, are developed overtime through trials and growth, while cartoon characters remain the same from when the show started. (Of course, there are exceptions such as Spiderman.) Since there's an ongoing plot, Anime characters actually grow up and may even produce the next generation for the series. Anime fans tend to get into the characters a lot deeper because of the characters depth and charm. Consider Naruto; viewers see him growing up from an infant to a young powerful ninja, the way he relates to people, the way he learns new techniques, and the way he evolves visually. That is one of the chief reasons for popularities of anime over plain cartoons.

So Why Anime ?

I like anime because it can achieve things that normal shows can't. It can cross the boundaries of real life and turn a simple animation into a work of art, a masterpiece. While it may be hard to understand at times characterization is usually brilliant, making me able to connect and understand the characters, enabling me to feel genuine emotion throughout the series that I am watching. I also like how there is a genre for everybody. If you want to see a soldier riding a 100 foot mech then you can, if you want to see a touching love story you can, there is a show for you no matter what you are into. The experience does not simply stop once you are finished watching a certain show though, there are many good people that share a common interest, a whole new social circle is opened up to you, whether it be on the internet or in your group of friends at school. Rapping this up i don't simply see anime as 25 minute segments, just mere episodes. I see anime as a work of art, something where you can gain new experiences and make new friends. Well.. its also a great time killer.

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Main Stream Recomendations

Berserk
Fullmetal Alchemist
Monster
Kaze no Tani no Nausicaahttp
Death Note
Ookami to Koushinryou
Shingeki no Kyojin
Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan
Beck
Liar Game
Bakuman.
Kuroko no Basket
Deadman Wonderland

MyAnimeList

My Anime List, also commonly shortened to MAL, is a very popular site in which anime watchers keep track of the shows they are currently watching, have watched, and want to watch. Along with keeping track of individual episodes, you can also score the shows on a scale of 1-10, and compare your scores with all the other site members. If you begin to watch a decent amount of anime, I (Evigishki) recommend this site to keep track, so you dont accidently skip any episodes or forget what youve watched.

myanimelist.net/animelist/Zeful

Thanks for reading my guide I hope you agree with me that Anime is great, post what down below what anime your currently watching and recommend others Anime to watch!



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I still need to read this, but lol I can't believe you have the name POKEMON
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#3
You pretty much word for word wrote how I feel about anime and cartoons. I think anime is far superior to cartoons but that does not mean I don't like cartoons. Old cartoons like Courage the Cowardly Dog or Doug are awesome and I also like Adventure Time and The Regular Show but like you wrote anime can touch you in so many ways and is just awesome.
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#4
Yeah I think cartoon are more random in each episode as in where anime have more of a plot and story to them. And Yeah Justin I was surprised too. :p
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#5
Cartoons tend to not have a main story and also tend not to have character development
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(Nov 3, 2014, 03:58 PM)Pokemon Wrote:
Main Stream Recomendations

Berserk
Fullmetal Alchemist
Monster
Kaze no Tani no Nausicaahttp
Death Note
Ookami to Koushinryou
Shingeki no Kyojin
Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan
Beck
Liar Game
Bakuman.
Kuroko no Basket
Deadman Wonderland

Your taste is s**t kappa
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(Mar 8, 2015, 12:48 PM)thewasher19 Wrote:
(Nov 3, 2014, 03:58 PM)Pokemon Wrote:
Main Stream Recomendations

Berserk
Fullmetal Alchemist
Monster
Kaze no Tani no Nausicaahttp
Death Note
Ookami to Koushinryou
Shingeki no Kyojin
Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan
Beck
Liar Game
Bakuman.
Kuroko no Basket
Deadman Wonderland

Your taste is s**t  kappa

These are just a few mainstream anime, and screw you his taste is awsome tjfRekt
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