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#3 - oshily (01/25/2013) [-]
Anime is, by definition, Japanese animated productions in all forms, such as television series, animated short films, and full-length feature films such as Grave of the Fireflies, and include computer animation creations.
In English, the term is defined as a style of animation originating in Japan.
So, by definition, anime != cartoon, since a cartoon is, by definition, a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art. Modern usage refers to a typically non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing or painting intended for satire, caricature, or humor, or to the artistic style of such works.

So no matter what your opinion on that topic is, in the end anime and cartoons are two completly different things.

(Source for most of that info is wikipedia, some from random stuff on the internet and my brain)
#4 to #3 - lolibear (01/25/2013) [-]
Based on what you said, doesn't that just mean, all cartoons are anime, but not all anime are cartoons?
User avatar #5 to #4 - oshily (01/26/2013) [-]
Not at all.

Cartoons is used to refer to drawing/paintings, while anime is a Japanese computer animation. Even if you'd count cartoons as an animation in general, it still isn't anime, because a computer animation != anime. Only when that computer animation is Japanese (as in made in Japan, by Japanese studios) it's an anime.
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