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Anime Cartoons REPACK

Anime and cartoons are both sub-genres of animation, which is generally a two-dimensional or three-dimensional representation of a set of characters following a specific plot. However, both forms of animations are sometimes misinterpreted to mean the same thing.

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While cartoons are popular among kids due to their humor-filled storylines, anime offers more options, including mature themes that appeal to the older generation. Regardless, there are still salient differences between the two animation styles that can be pointed out.

On the other hand, the origin of cartoons can be linked to a much older date: 1499, when it was used as a study guide for a model or painting. The cartoon is a two-dimensional art, and it is derived from the word Karton," which means strong or heavy paper. Compared to cartoons, anime closely mirrors reality and possible occurrences in the real world but in an exaggerated form.

Facial expressions aside, the background and environmental designs of anime are much clearer compared to some cartoon designs. Although there are cartoons, such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, that put a lot of effort into landscape design; however, anime still has a better grasp of this concept. It is even debated that anime is one of the major causes of the change in cartoon art styles from the early 2000s.

Storylines are probably one of the biggest differences between anime and cartoons. A vast number of famous cartoons are usually without any specific storylines. For instance, western cartoons like South Park, the Simpsons, and The Amazing World of Gumball lack specific plot lines, which is understandable because the aim of such shows is to elicit humor. However, with comedy as the goal, anime shows still have better storylines, like One Piece, and Mob Psycho.

With a perfect mix of comedy, action, and adventure, these anime provide a quality experience for fans and viewers alike. Also, most anime storylines reflect creativity and brilliance. Attack on Titan is one such anime. With every season, the main focus of the anime changed in a different direction that most fans could not predict. The reveal of certain information, such as the protagonist's true nature, stunned fans, depicting the well-crafted nature of anime plot lines.

Anime also has much to offer apart from the anime itself. First, the openings are diverse and enjoyable, compared to that of cartoons which are often unremarkable. Second, if you don't like watching a specific anime, you can always check out the manga, the light novel version, or even the live-action, if there's one. Lastly, some anime have their video game adaptations, which you can check out at any time. Cartoons may be older than anime, but anime is definitely a broader franchise that consists of a variety of shows you can choose from, depending on your preference.

Emedo Destiny is a freelance writer and editor based in Lagos. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in law at the University of Lagos. Presently, he works for Valnet, Inc as a Features and List Writer for GameRant. Destiny enjoys playing survival horror games, and binging anime during his free time.

Japanese anime is different from cartoons. While both are caricatures that may be animated, anime usually has visually distinct features for characters, and a more "limited animation" style for depicting movement.

Cartoons, however, approximate reality a little more and carry traces of day-to-day life in them. Striking resemblances to humans can be spotted in various cartoons. However, cartoon characters are still caricatures, so they often diverge from reality (e.g., Marge Simpson's large, blue hair or Brian, the talking dog, on Family Guy).

Facial expressions for anime characters are often different in form than their counterparts in western animation. For example, Embarrassed or stressed characters produce a massive sweat-drop (which has become one of the most widely recognized motifs of conventional anime). Characters that are shocked or surprised perform a "face fault", in which they display an extremely exaggerated expression. Angry characters may exhibit a "vein" or "stress mark" effect, where lines representing bulging veins will appear on their forehead. Angry women will sometimes summon a mallet from nowhere and strike another character with it, mainly for comic relief. Male characters will develop a bloody nose around their female love interests, typically to indicate arousal. Characters who want to childishly taunt someone may pull an "akanbe" face by pulling an eyelid down with a finger to expose the red underside.

Anime scenes place an emphasis on achieving three-dimensional views. Backgrounds depict the scenes' atmosphere. For example, anime often puts emphasis on changing seasons, as can be seen in numerous anime, such as Tenchi Muyo!.

Cartoons are usually intended to induce laughter; thus revolve around humorous concepts. There are some cartoons in the market that are educational in nature whilst retaining their amusing qualities that are generally targeted towards toddlers and kids.

Anime movies don't always follow a general concept. Their stories can range from pirate attacks to humorous adventures to tales of samurai. The majority of anime movies and shows differentiate themselves from their American counterparts by creating a plot that stays in place through out the entire series, showing viewers morals and a certain level of complexity. In short, Anime is aimed at people with longer attention spans who like to see a plot unravel over multiple episodes.

While "anime" in Japan refers to all animated productions, English dictionaries define the word as Japanese style of motion picture animation. The word anime is said to have been derived from the French term dessin animé while others claim that it was used as an abbreviation during the late 1970s. The word "Japanimation" was also in vogue in the 70s and 80s and referred to anime produced in Japan.

There's certainly no shortage of rich anime programs covering a range of genres and subject matter. Yet, there also exists the potential for fans of this unique style to seek to venture outside these parameters and explore new shows which are similar, yet distinct. As it happens, there are a number of cartoons which, while not officially given this moniker, were either inspired by or hold similar qualities to anime.

The colorful cast, based mainly on John Quest character reimaginings, sets the foundation for surprisingly deep character dramas mixed with some humor geared towards older audiences. This appealing blend of action, comedy, and drama definitely rings similar to prototypical anime traits.

There's definitely some overlap when it comes to anime and superhero epics that Western audiences love. Cartoon Network's Teen Titans proves a great representation of this commonality, with its DC comic premise coupled with some colorful, detailed animation rife with action.

This similarly popular Cartoon Network show, Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time, taps into anime's sense of fantasy-laced adventure while injecting some wacky comedic flair. As is the case with much Japanese animation, this cartoon is also hand-drawn, producing an organic look with lavish settings.

Though it was short-lived, there's no shortage of thrilling action and depth in each of the 25 episodes, as we follow the turbulent events proceeding Revenge of the Sith. Using Lucas' fantastical universe as a backdrop, The Clone Wars makes for a compelling watch for fans of both anime and Star Wars.

As is largely the case with anime, this DC Comics classic reinforces the notion that cartoons aimed at younger viewers can be just as fun and dynamic as their adult counterparts. Fox Kids' program showcasing the adventures of Batman has also managed to draw older audiences, with its intense action and darker themes.

It's rife with dynamic characters and relevant emotional narratives that touch on race relations, classism, and societal injustices, providing depth to go along with its rich aesthetic. Fans will recognize these similarities with Japanese anime, which also delves into some deep and dark topics.

The show centers around a Katana-wielding samurai who seeks to cross the boundaries of time itself and defeat a shape-shifting demon. The show's focus of combat, monsters, magic, along with its prominent dystopian plot, is definitely anime-esque thematically.

Given this action show's Eastern themes and rich history spanning countless iterations, one would think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was an anime. You've got the premise of 4 powerful ninjas embarking on missions and taking on a slew of villains, led by a wise martial-arts instructor. The parallels are vast, though this is particularly the case with the edgier, more intense reboot from 2003.

There are few Western-made cartoons that so authentically resemble anime visuals quite like this adult-themed show. Based on the similarly grim video game series by Konami, Adi Shankar's Castlevania captures the same aesthetic style, majestic motifs and cinematic qualities you'll often find in anime.

Many popular Western animations are anime-inspired. Since Japan is known for making extremely successful animated series, Western cartoon companies began to make similar products in terms of their visual style and fantastical themes.

Cartoon Network, in particular, began to show anime and plenty of shows that were anime-inspired. Most anime fans can thank that channel for introducing them to the genre in the first place. Now, the people who grew up with anime are making their own shows. Some anime-inspired Western shows are recent, and others may need to be dusted off.

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a 21st-century incarnation of Voltron that looks like it was done by anime artists. Yet, the production of the Netflix series took place in the United States. Voltron: Legendary Defender proudly honored its heritage with a combination of two-dimensional animation and CGI. 041b061a72


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