For most fans and followers in the “Anime” community, “Anime” is “Anime,” and “Cartoons” are “Cartoons,” even if the two are vastly different.
To begin with, many people confuse an Anime and a Cartoon; just because they are both animated does not mean that they are the same. While both are caricatures that may be animated, anime usually has visually distinct features for characters. So, here I will now explain the difference between these two. Anime are Japanese animated productions that come in various formats such as television series such as Dr.
anicloud Anime characters have distinct facial and physical features that are very similar to reality; their big eyes and small mouth are created for cuteness, whereas cartoons physical features are very far from reality. Anime characters also show various types of distinguishable facial expressions, whereas cartoons do not.
Cartoons are often created to make people laugh, hence the genre is primarily comedy; nevertheless, there are many cartoons that are educational, teaching something positive to primarily toddlers and children in a fun, participatory fashion, such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Bugs Bunny.
Anime, unlike cartoons, does not limit itself to one or two genres; instead, anime shows and movies are all based on some kind of plot that runs throughout the entire series, such as bleach, one piece, Naruto, and so on. Anime is based on real-life issues or something that is closer to human emotions, and has many more genres than cartoons, such as drama, school life, slice of life, romance, action, and so on.
But if you look at both of them as different entities, or as the same, you won’t be able to tell the difference, which is why most people get confused and label anime and cartoons the same thing.
Cartoons are two-dimensional characters made and utilised in animations, as caricatures in newspapers, and books. If we were to define Anime, the general idea of some of the common and agreed upon notions would be “Japanese, animation, vibrant designs, and hand-drawn.”
Today, Anime appears to simply refer to “animations only from Japan” to make it more intelligible for people; after all, it is human nature to choose things that are easily understood and classified.
To illustrate the distinction, consider Tom and Jerry and Dragon Ball Z. You may wonder what the difference is between the two when they are both animated and have good visuals, backgrounds, sound effects, and even the animated drawings are nice. However, there are many differences in them that differentiate them from anime to cartoon. For example, their concepts are completely different, as you know every episode of Tom and Jerry is different and is not relatable.
Another distinction that some people may make between anime and cartoons is that cartoons are for children, whereas anime can reach many other age groups and places.
But, in my opinion, cartoons are not just for children, because, as we can see in newspapers and on television, there are many cartoons containing and targeting many political, religious views, most of which are hidden and unrecognisable for children, so that adults can enjoy watching them with kids, whereas some anime contains high adult content and thus are not safe or good for little kids to watch.
So, when cartoons are deemed safe for children to watch, I believe anime should not be considered safe for them, but no matter how old you become, you can still enjoy it as is.
I believe that anime has deeper thought in them, well developed characters, a broad story-line, a solid theme, realistic background animation, real life situations, dialogues, expressions, etc. all of these things bind us together to watch all of the episodes (whether there are 12 or 24 or more than a hundred of episodes) of the anime series.
Cartoons do not appear to be as imaginative as anime characters since they are so different from one another and so fully developed.
Another difference between anime and cartoons is that in the Simpsons, Bart is the class clown for the entire show, whereas in most anime, the character’s traits change dynamically, such as in the beginning they may be shy, or considered weak or harmless, but later on they become stronger than most of the other characters.
These are some of the differences I believe exist between anime and cartoons.