Anime became very popular lately. Every day we read – some anime is just like some other one. But what exactly is anime and what makes it different from the other animations? This thought is in the heads of most new fans (and in the heads of some of the older ones) who decided to check anime out. Because of these and many other questions that pop out in the anime circles, I decided to write this article to explain most of the things that seem to be known only to the enlightened. The word “anime” is Japanese and means “animation”, but for the fans it means “Japanese animation”. Anime is very different in style from the standard (or more popular) Western cartoon animations. There are several things which are typical for Japanese animation:
All anime series originally have Japanese audio. An English audio (dub) is often added, but it is never the original audio.
All characters have specific eyes and weird haircuts (for example, green or purple hair).
Topics like death are very common and it is completely normal for one of the characters dies. This is one of the reasons why anime is being censored in the American versions.
Anime is usually based on a manga, but not always.