What is anime?
Anime, short for animation, is commonly associated with a style of Japanese art animation in which stories and characters are made into moving artwork that can be found in movies, t.v. shows and video games. To learn more check out our page on this topic
Why not? Animation has been a popular source of entertainment for years. Many of us grew up watching weekend cartoons, and animated movies. At one time or another we each have found ourselves captivated by the motion pictures that told a story. Animation is a growing industry that is gaining worldwide popularity, we are jumping on the bandwagon and exploring the world known as anime. Come join us on our journey as we discover and learn things about the culture and artwork associated with this expanding phenomenon.
What is the difference between anime and cartoons?
In truth, there is a debate among the anime community as to the specific differences between anime and cartoons. Some of the key points people argue are the distinct differences between the art styles, the origin and influences of the animation, the targeted audience, and the cultural differences. Some even argue that the word “anime” is simply synonymous and interchangeable with the term “cartoon.” YouTuber Otaku Gonzo Journalism‘s video does a pretty good job of explaining this in more detail.
Is anime just for kids?
Nope! Anime is for everyone. Just as there are different genres for movies and books, so too are there different genres for anime. There are some anime that appear childish in a manner of either the art style, the voice acting or the story itself, and to some that might be more appealing than a dark and dramatic story, or a scary horror anime. It is our belief here at Anime Inquiries that there is an anime out there for everyone, and we want to help you find your next favorite!
What is the difference between subbed and dubbed? Which should I watch?
These terms refer to the audio used in an anime, specifically whether it is original audio (such as in Japanese) with subtitles in a language viewers can understand, or if it is dubbed meaning that there are voice actors using a different language other than the original audio to voice the characters of the show.
As for which one you should watch, it’s a matter of opinion. If you prefer to watch something in the original audio with subtitles in the language you speak, then go for it! If you don’t like the hassle of trying to read and watch at the same time, then maybe watching in dubbed is a better choice for you? Or perhaps the anime you are watching is only available to watch in one language, whether that is dubbed or subbed? Either way it is a matter of opinion and choice.
You mention manga on occasion, what is it?
Many anime are based on or adapted from popular manga. Manga are similar to comic books. Manga are usually read in a traditional format from right to left instead of the normal left to right, beginning in the top right hand corner and moving downwards. Manga is also generally in black and white, depending on the type or genre of Manga. Although sometimes manga can have featured colored pages.
You mention cosplay, what is it?
Cosplay, short for costume play, is a term used to describe the hobby of dressing up in costume as characters from things such as anime, video games, movies, tv shows, etc. Cosplays can represent original characters (OC), or characters already in existence. Individuals whom cosplay can make their own costumes from scratch, incorporate pieces of their own work and store bought pre-made pieces, or purchase their cosplay from online shops. Cosplay is a fun way to enjoy the characters you like, as well as involve yourself in a world of imagination and fun.
What is an otaku?
Otaku is a term used to refer to an individual, or a group of individuals, that enjoy anime and anime culture. Otaku, although it used to be used as a somewhat derogatory term, is now used more similarly to the usage of the words “dork,” “nerd,” and “geek,” and have less of a negative connotation.