Anime is often an explicitly commercial art form; producers and marketers aim for very specific audiences, with focused categories for shōnen (boys) and shōjo (girls) genres, as well as for teenagers and adults.
Anime - It's Orgin
Anime once bore the popular name Japanimation, but this term isn't used much these days. It was most popular during the 1970s and 1980s, which also happened to be the first and second waves of anime fandom. The term survived at least into the early 1990s but seemed to fade away shortly before the mid-1990s anime resurgence. The term Japanimation is much more commonly used in Japan to refer to domestic animation. Since anime or animeshon is used to describe all forms of animation, Japanimation is meant to distinguish Japanese work from that of the rest of the world.
In more recent years, anime has also frequently been referred to as
MANGA by many, a practice that probably stems from the Japanese usage. In Japan, manga refers to both animation and comics. Among English speakers, manga has the stricter meaning of "Japanese comics."
The voice actors for anime usually bear the Japanese equivalent designation, seiyū.
Anime features a wide variety of genres and unique artistic styles which varies from artist to artist. It can have as many genres as live action cinema, including adventure, science fiction, children's stories, romance, medieval fantasy, erotica (hentai), occult/horror, action. Most anime includes a variety of thematic elements. For example, it is not uncommon for strongly action-themed anime to involve humor, romance, and even poignant social commentary, and romance-themed anime may involve a strong action element.
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