As was mentioned in the comments section of my What is an anime? article, I have proposed the adoption of an “I’ll know it when I see it” policy when it comes to anime. So, does Adventure Time fit? To spoil the article, yes. It fits all the way in.
Anime eyes are an important part of anime. In fact, they may account for up to 40% of an anime’s animeness, according to a recent PEW Center report available at www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/anime-why-the-eyes-matter.aspx (You may not be able to access the article if you’re not a Pew Platinum member).
So how does Adventure Time stack up?
Welp, can’t argue with the math. 4 sets of anime eyes times 40% means Adventure Time is 160% anime.
I’d leave the article with this, but I get the feeling some obstinate folks won’t be convinced just yet.
The Japanese Language
Most animes have Japanese scattered throughout the series.
As you can see, Adventure Time does as well.
A concept used exclusively in anime, moé is that which inspires males or females to masturbate to anime girls when they act cute.
Blushing is probably the most moé thing of all, and Adventure Time has it in spades. Marceline (a typical bishoujo), is often featured in moé segments like this one.
Fetishization of the Dead
Though some may look at Sankarea as a clear example of anime’s “newfound” obsession with guro themes, Adventure Time had already tackled this subject with CoffinCreep Princess long before Sankarea even aired.
Ahead of the curve as always. And what curves…
According to Wikipedia,
I’m not sure I can say more on this subject.
It’s not an anime without a hot springs episode. Every show, from Ergo Proxy to Hamtaro, has an onsen episode or two.
The purpose is to provide masturbation material to youths so they will attach to a given series as they would to a lover — a valuable marketing technique that has proven successful among ronery Japanese youth.
Like other anime, Adventure Time has an onsen episode.
It fulfills its purpose well enough.
And of course…
…of Both Sexes
Yup. Anime as fuck.