Anime (Japanese: アニメ,) is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan. In Japan and in Japanese, anime (a term derived from the English word animation) describes all animated works, regardless of style or origin. However, outside of Japan and in English, anime is colloquial for Japanese animation and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. Animation produced outside of Japan with similar style to Japanese animation is referred to as anime-influenced animation.

The earliest commercial Japanese animations date to 1917. A characteristic art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and spread in following decades, developing a large domestic audience. Anime is distributed theatrically, through television broadcasts, directly to home media, and over the Internet. In addition to original works, anime are often adaptations of Japanese comics (manga), light novels, or video games. It is classified into numerous genres targeting various broad and niche audiences.

Anime is a diverse medium with distinctive production methods that have adapted in response to emergent technologies. It combines graphic art, characterization, cinematography, and other forms of imaginative and individualistic techniques.


Manga (Japanese: 漫画 [maŋga]) are comics or graphic novels originating from Japan. Most manga conform to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century, and the form has a long prehistory in earlier Japanese art. The term manga is used in Japan to refer to both comics and cartooning. Outside of Japan, the word is typically used to refer to comics originally published in the country.

In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action, adventure, business and commerce, comedy, detective, drama, historical, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and fantasy, erotica (hentai), sports and games, and suspense, among others. Many manga are translated into other languages. Since the 1950s, manga has become an increasingly major part of the Japanese publishing industry. By 1995, the manga market in Japan was valued at ¥586.4 billion ($6–7 billion), with annual sales of 1.9 billion manga books and manga magazines in Japan (equivalent to 15 issues per person). Manga have also gained a significant worldwide audience. In 2008, in the U.S. and Canada, the manga market was valued at $175 million. According to Jean-Marie Bouissou, Manga represented 38% of the French comics market in 2005.

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Impossible to say. That depends on the person and the story. The two can be very closely linked as many manga get made into anime, including Black Butler, Attack on Titan and Dragon Ball which spawned the anime series Dragon Ball Z.

Although neither is a genre, Japanese graphic novels and animation are particularly distinctive. Some fans will love manga, some will love anime. Many will love both. One thing is for certain, both manga and anime are incredibly popular with audiences in Japan and around the world.

Manga are comic books rather than animations. Unlike anime, manga is often published in black and white. Why? Because they are usually published weekly and printing them in colour would take too much time and money.

Manga is usually fairly cheap to publish and only requires a small number of artists to produce. In fact it can take just one, the mangaka, who is usually both the author and illustrator, as well as filling in other roles of the publishing process.

In Japan the term anime is used to refer to all animation, much like cartoon is in English. Only elsewhere has anime become the term associated exclusively with animation from Japan.

There is some debate over whether the term anime can be given to animation not from Japan. Although it technically can, anime has, at least in the English language, become synonymous with Japan.