Proposal: Anime & Manga

I realize a lot of Japanese animated shows have a lot of Korean or Chinese studios working under the main animation production studio, but the focus is still going to be on the Japanese studio. Would it be on topic to discuss shows produced by Korean/Chinese studios? Like "Space Gundam V", "Robot Taekwon V", or more recently "My Beautiful Girl, Mari", "Hammerboy" or "Sky Blue" (whose studio worked on Macross Zero). Chinese animation will probably be even less relevant because very, very few of them even get exported or get picked up by sub groups.

  • We should decide this know. Are we going to ask and answers questions about cartoons like The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry and South Park? Sep 2, 2012 at 6:20
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    @hkBattousai, I don't think so. As far as I know, the term 'Anime' actually came from the word 'Animation', and the Japanese people calls it 'Anime' and then later on, it became a Japanese word that is referring to animated videos and such. So I think even the term 'anime' is theirs. The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry for me are called 'cartoons'. Anime are of greater scale than cartoons in my perspective. Well, I'm an otaku and all. :))
    – xjshiya
    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:57
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    When I was a child I used to think that if it's not in English it's automatically anime; so if it's in English it's a cartoon. LOL Oct 15, 2012 at 10:43
  • I think enumerating a precise, finite and not very long list of allowed "border case" titles might help to allow such "guests" as french Wakfu while keeping Mickey Mouse away.
    – SF.
    Dec 7, 2012 at 17:45

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Merriam-Webster defines anime as "a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes," whilst it defines manga as "a Japanese comic book or graphic novel."

I would think there no question as to whether this were to be limited to Japanese animation or not. Anime and manga are Japanese, so one of the stipulations for asking a question should be whether or not the series is a Japanese production or not.

For example, whilst ├ćon Flux and Reign: The Conqueror were both conceived by Peter Chung, only the latter was produced by a Japanese studio; since the former was an American production, I would move it not be included in discussions, here.

The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry, etc., are American productions and not anime, so should not be included.

As to the question of whether Chinese and Korean studies should be included, I would again say no, mainly because anime and manga are as much about culture as they are the product itself. For example, Space "Gundam" V has very little, if anything, to do with any of the Gundam series (being more closely related to Macross, which it ripped most of its ideas from), being a Korean production commenced in response to disallowing the real Gundam into Korea.

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    What about something like First Squad which was a joint production between a Japanese studio and Russian authors who work for a company headquartered in Canada? The content wasn't primarily targeted to a Japanese audience, so it doesn't pass your culture test, but you also suggest inclusion of works by Japanese studios.
    – Troyen
    Nov 19, 2012 at 20:45

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