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Anime is Not a Cartoon

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Started: 11/16/2011 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The first round is for agreement.


I accept the challenge, let the debate begin!
Debate Round No. 1


I thank you for accepting.

Now to start things off, I would like to start with the terms:
Anime - a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality. (
Cartoon - a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest. (

Anime is an animation that is both hand-drawn and computer-animated. It is used in television series, films, video games, commercials, and Internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. It has many different visual styles, but the common form includes "exaggerated physical features such as large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs... and dramatically shaped speech bubbles, speed lines and onomatopoeic, exclamatory typography."

The creation of characters in anime is made so that the proportion of the body resembles the proportions of the human body. The eyes are usually slightly bigger than the rest of the body to help show emotions. However, in some anime, the eyes are in proportion to the rest of the body. The facial expressions are used to denote moods and thoughts. They include a fixed iconography that's used as shorthand for certain emotions and moods.

A wide variety of stories have been adapted into anime. They are sourced from Japanese history, classical literature, and even adult-oriented themes. While animation for children exists, most of anime have more adult oriented themes. (

A cartoon is a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art. Modern usage refers to a typically non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing or painting intended for satire, caricature, or humor, or to the artistic style of such works. Because of the stylistic similarities between comic strips and early animated movies, "cartoon" came to refer to animation, and the word "cartoon" is currently used to refer to both animated cartoons and gag cartoons. While "animation" designates any style of illustrated images seen in rapid succession to give the impression of movement, the word "cartoon" is most often used in reference to TV programs and short films for children featuring anthropomorphized animals, superheroes, the adventures of child protagonists and related genres. (

Now onto you SquadSix. Good Luck!


I shall be skipping all over the place in this rebuttal but I will try and keep the sources together.

When you say cartoons are two dimensional, you mean they are basically flat right? If that is true won't earlier anime such as Yu Yu Hakusho also be two dimensional. Even the early DBZ and Yu-Gi-Oh would be two dimensional. Now cartoons can be as colorful as an anime, such as a recently reproducted Lion King. It still has that feel of a cartoon but has color changes like an anime to reflect the mood. Cartoons are getting better color, but are anime but the line between them is getting ever so thin.

You said "a variety of stories were adapted into anime". Is this not also true in cartoons? Sure they aren't adult oriented but still there are plenty of stories in cartoons. They reflect from history to modern day times to even the future. Specific examples would be Hercules, Up, and Wall-E. As we know Up and Wall-E are animated but by his description of anime as being Japanese in origin then they are not technically anime, especially since they are made by Disney. They are not two dimensional so are they cartoons, or some kind of hybrid.

Up and Wall-E are no doubt very good animated productions but they have minimum violence and little if any adult themes. They may have some disproportionate features such as the little boy in Up with his tiny eyes and big face but being logical having a big face with large cheeks might actually scrunch the face making they eyes look smaller than they actually would be if his cheeks were smaller. Wall-E though is an exception of the disproportionate rule. They are meant to have large bodies since they have never walked or even moved in forever. They are supposed to look like over sized marshmallows.

Onto another term that rules into the Up and Wall-E factors. Anime are hand drawn and animated, both Up and Wall-E are both hand drawn and animated but as the recent facts I brought up they most certainly aren't anime. Also he says a cartoon is hand drawn? This is true if you account for years before 2004. The most recent animated cartoon I can think of that is a good example would be Cars. That is just like Up and Wall-E but factors in talking cars. So what is happening to the "cartoons" we are growing up with in the 21st century? They are turning into and "anime" of sorts. These "cartoons" though would be categorized in a different anime group though. They don't have all the fighting like anime but they do have character development. If they could have episodes instead of a movie they would most certainly become even more developed.

Now onto my points.

I say cartoons are not anime, yet! Anime I say cannot be just classified as only Japan made. Here is a very good example. The Boondocks. This show has all the anime features that Mr.Chicken described and where was it made, that is right, America! So it is safe to say "most anime" is made in Japan but it is possible to be made in America. So going back to Yu Yu Hakusho, it has three dimensional features but as seen in the picture that is posted at the end of the source it is less animated than my previous examples. Why, because it was made well before their time, but that is no excuse in this debate.

To say an anime is not a cartoon is irrelevant. Cartoons are ever expanding into new ways of art. The only features they will probably never have are he adult themes and lots of fighting, but then again... As we may be seeing in the future the cartoons(not made by disney) may become more violent. Such as movies and other T.V. shows made by other networks, such as Cartoon Network have been expanding into violence with Adventure Time and Regular Show. If they were to put the effort in as they do in Bleach to color and put in those "ever needed" three dimensions to make an anime would they be an anime or a cartoon. These are the questions that need to be asked. These are the answers we need to see. If any cartoon had today's technology would they ever be a cartoon? If He-Man had today's technology what would it look like today? Would it be the "cartoonish" two dimensions or would they have but in three dimensions to this classic cartoon.
They have done this with Transformers. The show is called Transformers Prime. It is an actual three dimension T.V. show that has character development, epic fight sequences, and that ever so neat color. The body distortions are not present since they are out of this world robots. Would you argue this to be an anime? If so it was again made in
America but had help with Japanese animators at Digitalscape. That is where all the anime like qualities came from.

That is where I stop. Back to you Mr.Chicken, and in your words "good luck."
Debate Round No. 2


MrChicken forfeited this round.


To be fair to my opponent I shall leave this argument to the voters now.
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