Anime is Japanese Animation, which has a rather different style from cartoon animation (particularly almost all American) elsewhere. The Japanese have produced a vast range of anime, all the way from small children to adult themes, from (Japanese) historical adventure to science fiction, and from wild humour to deadly serious. Themes which run through a great deal of anime are attention to detail, for example in terms of backgrounds, (sometimes doomed) heroism, and 'cute', which anime has raised to a high art!
(c) R.O.McLean, March 1997
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