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Anime vs. Cartoon

Who doesn’t love a good television based on animation of old cartoons and animes? Of course time change, as Japanese animation (anime) is more popular than American animation (cartoon). I discovered this article, “Japanese vs. American Animation,” by Jeff Gillespie, as he enlightens his theory of both animes and cartoons. Like I once mentioned from before, I’m an absolute anime fan, though I do enjoy watching cartoons in my time.

On American animation, their media strongly relates to cartoons, of how they ‘re coming alive, resemble escaping reality, and mostly entertain young viewers, such as children. Cable channels companies broadcast animated cartoons, despite displaying advertisements for certain industries, to show the audience (mostly children) their features in films and short clips. In Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and other channel programs all broadcasting shows for children age appropriate. Apparently there are certain shows that are rated 18+ and mature, such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, and others in late night channel programs, like Adult Swim.

On Japanese animations, their media is similar to cartoons but they created them in a new anime version and cultural style, some are even based on their mangas. From what Jeff stated “Most anime is based on manga, the Japanese version of comics. Authors create their stories in a set of still pictures that, if the strip is popular enough, are then brought to life.” This relates to American’s animation when some comics, like DC and Marvel, become instantly popular that producers and animators created series and films of them. Their animes are considered a top hit in North America, with some relation of imagination and creation, but all relates to their culture, religion, stories, even legends.

Between anime and cartoon, it’s the designs and characters of the series, the actions and adventure, machines and technology, even relationships and drama; though some teen/young adult viewers are now more into ‘lemon‘ and violence, along with ‘Yaoi‘ and ‘Yuri‘. In my case, I’m more into mystery, horror, fantasy and sci-fi, since the creation of the animation is considered powerful, entertaining, and exciting it inspired young animators, like myself, to create their own animation. Even though some animation are created by different regions, it’s the quality of new media that counts.

Everybody have favorite shows in animations, or to those who are mostly into live-action series, or soap operas, and sometimes there’s not much of a popularity contest between anime and cartoon; if there is, anime is winning.


  1. ddunnema wrote:

    I liked the comparison between Japanese and Western animation that you made because while the styles differ they have both made great contributions to animation. I think that the greatest Western animations that I know of have come from Disney. Back when each animation was painstakingly drawn frame by frame and it made for a beautiful look that seemed like an impossible amount of time, care, and attention to detail went into each creation.
    The same goes for Japananese animation and the likes of Miyazaki’s films and other such classics. Today it is rare to see such detail put into animation from either Western or Japanese artists which is depressing.

    Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink
  2. hopeful1 wrote:

    The styles are definitely different. I love Miyazaki’s works for sure, and I wish there were more like his.

    There is such a huge style change, along with content change between Japanese and Western art. For example, when japanese ‘PG’ movies come to the US, they usually get rated ‘R’ because we don’t expose our youth to the same things. I think the American way to get back at them is to make cartoons like ‘The Simpsons’ and what not, to say that we can make shows inappropriate for kids too. I much prefer anime, I think they keep it artistic as well as entertaining…cartoons seem to just be their for entertainment.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:44 am | Permalink