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For questions about the animated media, Anime (アニメ), which generally stems from Japanese animations.

Anime (アニメ, /ˈænɨmeɪ/ or /ˈɑːnɨmeɪ/) is the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of "animation". In Japan, the term anime does not specify an animation's nation of origin or style; instead, it serves as a blanket term to refer to all forms of animation from around the world. English-language dictionaries define anime as "a Japanese style of motion-picture animation" or as "a style of animation developed in Japan". English-speakers occasionally refer to anime as "Japanimation", but this term has fallen into disuse, particularly since the mid-1990s.

While the earliest known Japanese animation dates to 1917, and many original Japanese cartoons were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s—notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka—and became known outside Japan in the 1980s. Anime, like manga (漫画, /ˈmɑːŋɡə/ or /ˈmæŋɡə/), has a large audience in Japan and recognition throughout the world.

While different titles and different artists have their own artistic styles, many stylistic elements of anime and manga have become so common that describe them as definitive of the media in general. Generally, the most common form of anime drawings include exaggerated physical features such as large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs, with dramatically shaped speech bubbles, speed lines and onomatopoeic, exclamatory typography." The influences of Japanese calligraphy and Japanese painting also characterise linear qualities of the anime style. The round ink brush traditionally used for writing kanji and for painting, produces a stroke of widely varying thickness. Anime also tends to borrow many elements from manga, including text in the background and panel layouts. For example, an opening may employ manga panels to tell the story, or to dramatize a point for humorous effect.

Sources: Anime and Manga on the English Wikipedia

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