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[an-uh-mey] /ˈæn əˌmeɪ/
a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality.
Origin of anime
1985-90; < Japanese, borrowing of English animation Unabridged
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  • In less than a decade, anime has gone from cult chic to mainstream acceptance.
  • But when it comes to creating derivative works, the commercial comic and anime companies look the other way.
  • As in many other anime features, the story is at once fairy-tale simple and epically convoluted.
  • It's a rare chance to watch the series that started the artistic explosion that became anime.
  • The bill, which has been delayed, has been opposed by some anime and manga creators as prohibiting expression.
  • First, they enclose a disk of exclusive anime shorts.
  • The anime series has two spinoff movies that were actually part of the manga.
British Dictionary definitions for anime


a type of Japanese animated film with themes and styles similar to manga comics
Word Origin
C20: from Japanese


/ˈænɪˌmeɪ; -mɪ/
any of various resins, esp that obtained from the tropical American leguminous tree Hymenaea courbaril
Word Origin
French: of uncertain origin


adjective, adverb
(music) the French word for animato
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Word Origin and History for anime

c.1985, Japanese for "animation," a term that seems to have arisen in the 1970s, apparently based on French animé "animated, lively, roused," from the same root as English animate (adj.). Probably taken into Japanese from a phrase such as dessin animé "cartoon," literally "animated design," with the adjective abstracted or mistaken, due to its position, as a noun.

Manga (q.v.) is Japanese for "comic book, graphic novel," but anime largely are based on manga and until 1970s, anime were known in Japan as manga eiga or "TV manga." The two terms are somewhat confused in English.

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