anime n.

a Japanese animated film or television programme, drawn in a meticulously detailed style, usually featuring characters with distinctive large, staring eyes, and typically having a science-fiction or fantasy theme, sometimes including violent or sexually explicit material; this genre of entertainment

[< Japanese アニメ (anime), ultimately from English animation]

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  • 1985 Re: Japanese Animation in net.comics (Usenet newsgroup) 20 Feb.

    Almost all Japanese animated series are either based on manga (Japanese comic books) or are printed in comic form after the fact either as anime comics (using frame reproductions like a photo-novel) or as adaptations.

  • 1994 Sci Fi Entertainment Aug. 8/2

    A great many other anime fans, would have preferred a more detailed piece on the specific films featured in the Channel’s anime fest to the ‘once over lightly’ introduction as presented.

  • 1995 Sci Fi Entertainment Feb. 14/1 (advt.)

    Where can you get all of this great anime and not stand in any lines?

  • 1996 SFX May 21/1

    I'd always enjoyed all that stuff, and I'd seen a lot of anime and reprint manga on the continent, so I was well acquainted with Japanese pop culture.

  • 2000 Interzone Oct. 31/2

    It sets out to forge a distinctively American dialect of anime, harnessing the Japanese genre’s visual style and narrative grandeur to an idiolectic cluster of native Hollywood themes; and even where it fails utterly, as it largely does, it exposes fascinating faultlines between cultures and genres.

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antedating 1985

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in net.comics

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Added to OED3 in Sept 2003.

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