Only an anime lover or ‘otaku’ as we fans like to call ourselves, is fully able to differentiate between an anime and a cartoon. People who usually say, “What’s the difference between them?” are either the ones who have never seen an anime in their lives or the ones who don’t notice the uniqueness of the anime series. So for those who are not able to differentiate between ‘Dragon ball Z’ (an anime) and ‘Dexter’s laboratory’ (a cartoon), here are the reasons why anime is not a cartoon.



Here are the Four Reasons to Describe why Anime is not a Cartoon.

1. Origin:

The origin of an anime is  different from that of a cartoon. Anime originated in Japan.  The trend of anime arose early in 20th century. The early works of Japanese animation (most of which were destroyed as a result of 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake) are quite different from the anime of contemporary times of today. With the passing time, the techniques that have been implemented to produce an anime have also evolved. Many animators in Japan were inspired by the success of Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and one of them is the famous manga (Japanese comic books) artist and animator Osamu Tezuka who has successfully used Disney animation techniques by modifying them in a simple manner to reduce costs and limit the number of frames for production. Since 1970s, ‘mangas’ have become so popular that they have been adapted into an anime at an enormous scale. And this trend of adaption is still being practiced in Japan and has further evolved by producing these ‘mangas’ and ‘anime’ in live action movies.

 2. Sketching of Characters:

The body structure of an anime character and a cartoon character is largely different. Whereas a deformed or exaggerated touch is given to a cartoon character to give a comical essence to it, the anime character can be seen in proportionate body structure reflecting an actual human body. Further the more noticeable feature that differentiates  a cartoon and an anime is the eyes of anime character.

3. Repetition:

Whereas the episodes of cartoons are usually repeated on television i.e. there is no serial number to an episode of a cartoon, anime are usually aired in a series manner, as in, like any other normal TV series. That is, each and every episode of anime series is different developing them into continuous stories. This is a very distinct feature of an anime that makes it very different from typical cartoons.

4. Genre:

Whereas cartoons don’t have any specific genre, anime tend to be demographically targeted. There are various genre in anime like kodomo ( for children), shoujo (for girls), shounen (for boys) and a diverse list of genre targeting adult audiences like mecha, a slice of life, harem, sienen, ecchi, etc. Anime is also seen to be coming out of its boundaries by showing serious stories about homosexuality with the genres like shoujo ai, shounen ai, yaoi and yuri.

There can be many differences that can be pointed out if one wants to. But the ones mentioned above are some of the major and general differences that thicken the boundary line demarcating anime and cartoons.So here’s why Anime is not a cartoon.


  1. Yeah, it is a cartoon. Airing times, genre, and where it was made do not change that. A cartoon is an animation designed to tell a story. Fits anime perfectly, doesn’t it?

    • How? Cartoons don’t mean animation but are a subgenre. Hell the definition for cartoons and the etymology is different. When something uses realism to something that uses cartoon or non realistic art it isn’t.

      Sorry, but these arguments are stupid. Please for fuck sake go back to your corner of the ignorant part of the Internet. Also, you being this offended is kinda childish.

      ” I’m right, your wrong BS is annoying. GROW UP.”

      Also, your definition doesn’t fit the definition given by dictionaries. A cartoon is, usually charactures, simple stories. Not something that tells a story, just a simple IDEA. What the fuck are you smoking?

      Again, I can show you the definition of cartoon BUT you’d argue it. Moreover, cartoons don’t have genres or tell stories just simple concepts of good versus bad.

      Or exaggerated ideas. Sorry, again but if you want to call this a stereotype I AM sorry but again NiggaHigga said it right, all stereotypes have a lot of truth in them. Keep being stupid…

      • That’s like saying well, this cartoon tells a ” story” about a damsel in distress. Not really a story, but an idea. Cartoons don’t tell stories, simple ideas are what they tell you or ” stories”. That’s like saying Nintendo tells stories, NO they come up with simple ideas that can be made into games. Well, that was until the latter half of their gaming history.

        Your argument is, cartoons are animation.

        YES it is, but animation isn’t a cartoon.

        Just like a car in motion IS a car in motion

        But motion isn’t a car.

        Lastly, cartoons are made to tell stories, WRONG.

        Cartoons: a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one. Usually surreal or simple ideas about good vs evil and good winning.

        Anime tells stories but complex ones. Again, this bullshit is stupid and for some reason all you idiots get it wrong.

        They weren’t designed to be that way, they were designed for COMEDY and simple ideas not complex stories. Usually for families and children.

        The problem is you morons, and your defensive bs over what you don’t know.

        Moreover, animation is broad not one thing. So if three subgenres do it that doesn’t include all others.

        Lastly, a cartoon can be anime just like an anime can be a cartoon. However, that doesn’t mean that it is.

        I am done with you morons, this is the same BULLSHIT I hear when people argue over what atheism means, or if science is a fact. Clearly idiots like you aren’t qualified cause of cognitive bias. I know what I know, and I am right cause I believe it is true and because I am not looking outside my own bias beliefs. EVEN when a bunch of historians, and such say other wise. Whatever.

        Welp, thanks for Trump…


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