Time to piss some people off.
What is an anime?
There are two prevailing views for what anime is:
1. Any animation that is professionally produced in Japan for a Japanese audience.
2. A style of animation.
We’ll see if I can’t convince myself that the first is a shit definition.
Let’s use MyAnimeList’s guidelines as the most thought-out incarnation of the first view (and I use “thought-out” in the loosest sense).
The following entries are allowed in the anime database:
Professionally produced, animated works created:
- in Japan for the Japanese market;
- in Korea/China for the Korean/Chinese market;
- as a joint production between Japan/Korea/China and another country.
- Note: This does not include productions where only the animation is outsourced.
Doujinshi/independent anime if:
- it has been acquired and released by a reputable company;
- the creator has won one of the following significant anime awards: Tokyo International Anime Award, Mainichi Film Award or Japan Media Arts Festival award; or
- at least one staff member is a professional Japanese anime/manga creator.
The MAL view is held only by those who have no concept of a reality that exists outside their delusions of a Japan filled with millions of adoring anime fans, all of whom would instantly sex said waps simply due to their anime knowledge. In other words, it’s the belief system of a bunch of Japanese-worshiping wapanese virgins.
Let’s break the argument down.
The only reason this is a factor is because if “unprofessional” works could be considered anime, then it would be impossible to track the nationality of the creators if they wanted to remain anonymous. And it’s all about the color of your skin and what your bloodline is to those who believe in the overall definition. And yeah, I’m going to call racists racist. If they believe only the Japanese can make anime, that’s what they are. Too bad if they can’t fucking handle the reality of their beliefs.
(I go in more on the “professional” part of this later, under the independent/doujin section.)
This includes stop-motion animation, claymation, and flip books.
Fun fact: stop-motion animation can include humans. So if I were to go to Japan and be invited to participate in a short stop-motion segment on Japanese television, by MyAnimeList’s standards, I would be an anime character.
Guess that means everyone on earth is a potential anime character. No wonder these fuckwits like this definition of anime.
>created in Japan/Korea/China
Ever since waps found out that everyone producing their cartoons is from China or Korea, they’ve changed the definition to include those countries. Hey dipshits, you’re still behind the times.
One Piece is mostly made in the Phillipines (no English subs unfortunately).
But you won’t see them changing the definition because they consider “joint productions” to still favor the Japan/Korea/China definition. Yes, even if only one person is even from one of those countries, it will still fit their definition. Super convenient way to ignore reality. And of course the reason the Phillipines aren’t included is because Fillipinos’ blood isn’t pure enough for these so-called anime fans.
You want to come up with a reason for the exclusion that doesn’t include race? Try it. Reality isn’t so nice, is it?
>Doujinshi/independent anime if:
it has been acquired and released by a reputable company;
the creator has won one of the following significant anime awards: Tokyo International Anime Award, Mainichi Film Award or Japan Media Arts Festival award; or
at least one staff member is a professional Japanese anime/manga creator.
Let’s just tackle this all at once. This definition means that an anime could be a cartoon one day and then it magically turns into an anime the next.
If an animator scores a job at an anime company in Japan (note they don’t accept China/Korea here, because they’re not pure enough to count) suddenly every animation he’s worked on is now anime. And if he gets fired? Well then, every independent animation he’s worked on is no longer an anime. Great definition!
Going further, if an animator’s creation gets licensed, now it’s anime when it wasn’t the day before. And if the creator wins one of three arbitrary awards, well now it’s also anime.
Consistency is for the weak.
So what is this? A cartoon? An anime? According to MAL, that depends on what day it is.
Note that the only reason to disqualify independent anime is because it’s hard to trace the bloodline of the creators if they wish to remain anonymous. And we can’t have non-Japanese creating anime. That’s been made very, very clear.
So Let’s Talk Pictures
The feasibility of the entire argument here relies on people solely referring to anime as a word to describe that which is watched. Well, how does one handle drawings?
Is this not an anime girl? By MAL’s standards we need a geneology trace to be sure. But that’s not possible. Everyone who considers themselves an anime fan would look at this and instantly agree this is an anime girl. So why does the view of “anime as a style” only apply to pictures? It’s extraordinarily hypocritical. So what’s with the focus on blood and nationality in anime? It doesn’t make one lick of sense.
Face the Facts
The only logical definition of anime is one that refers to anime as a style. How to define said style? Well, that’s an issue that does need to be addressed. But it’s not impossible to work out (you’ll notice that many artistic styles have definitions even though it’s not perfectly easy to do so) and it’s certainly better than one that relies on race and nationality as the benchmark.