What It Is:
Anime is short for Japanese Animation. It is not,
however, just cartoons.
Anime comes in all genres and interests. It's also drawn
in many different styles and
it's rare that two series look alike. Magic Knight
Rayearth characters have darkly lined
giant eyes, for example, while the girls in Perfect
Blue have small, more human-like eyes.
This is because most anime TV series are based on manga
(comic books) and the art
styles of the original artist(s) is recreated by
animators to make sure the characters
look as much like their original manga counterparts as
Strange Design: People
new to anime get confused at the large variety of hair
anime characters can have. Some people wonder why there
are blonde girls and red-
headed boys when in Japan, most people have black hair.
Personally, I don't see why
reality should limit something like animation. Characters
often also have naturally blue,
green, pink, or orange hair. I've heard that this is
because it makes it easier to tell
similiar characters apart, but I think it's a matter of
artistic liscense by original artists.
The eyes are also generally very big, especially in
shoujo (see below) anime. Some
more series anime will have character that look more
human than cartoony and vice
- this is aimed for younger girls, usually around ages
5-18, though lots of older
fans (boys and girls alike) tend to like some shoujo
series. (Card Captor Sakura,
Sailormoon, Wedding Peach, and Kodomo no
- this is aimed towards boys, probably
younger in age (around 5-18), though
some shounen stuff seems like it's for an older audience.
(Ninja Scroll, Rorouni Kenshin,
- often shounen anime, this features giant
robots. (Macross, Evangelion,
- these are often series, but can be
movies, that make fun of other anime
as well as everything else. (The Slayers,
- basically, stuff with major
adult content. I won't call it porn (because I hear
it's a little more complicated than that), but it's often
filled with sex, nudity, and stuff
kids shouldn't watch. No, TAMA will not show any of this
due to LTCC rules.
course, just because it's a boy's series doesn't mean
girls don't watch and love it. Just
because it's aimed for young girls doesn't mean men in
their thrities won't enjoy it.
quick lesson in terms you may need to know if you watch a
lot of anime (or end up
in a discussion about it).
- someone obsessed with anime (in America). In Japanese,
it's not entirely the
seiyuu - literally
"sayer". It means voice actor/actress.
OAV/OVA - Original Animation
Video/Original Video Animation. A short series that was
fansub - a subtitled tape
produced from a Japanese original by fans for fans. No
made off of these tapes.
cosplay - short for Costume
Play, it's the act of wearing costumes of Anime/Manga
it's rude not to add a suffix to another's name unless
you know them really
really really well, and even then, you're likely to do it
out of habit. This can confuse
new anime fans, especially because each company
translates them different. Some
leave them out of subtitles completely, ignoring them
entirely. Others add it in the subs,
and some even try to find English equivilents (in MKR,
when Hikaru calls one of her friends
"Fuu-chan", it's translated as
"Fuu-ster" which gets very annoying).
note, most suffixes can be used with either the given
(first) name or the family
(last) name. However, chan and kun are often only used
with the first name because
if you know someone well enough to call them
"chan," you would be able to call them by
their first name.
- used for girls (or
really young boys) as a friendly suffix.
kun - used for boys, basically
san - can, in context, mean
"Mr." "Mrs." "Ms." or even
nothing at all.
sama - can mean
"Lord" or "Lady". It's used when
addressing a high superior and even
sempai - what you might call
your classmates or people in your grade level (usually
members don't usually call each other by their names
(well, at least, I don't).
Otousan/Papa - father
Oniichan (Oniisan)/Aniki - brother
Oneechan (Oneesan)/Aneeki - sister
Obaasan - grandmother
Ojiisan - grandfather
unless shown in a theater in the US (which rarely
happens, save for Princess
Mononoke, X/1999, and Pokemon) anime is not
rated, even when sold in the US, but is
given general age requirements (some of which are
insulting). Stuff like
Card Captor Sakura is rated as "3 and Up".
Rayearth is "13 and Up". Anything not aimed
at younger audiences is "18 and up" and often
times, you'll have to show ID to buy these
(since it's not a law, though, stores will often let you
slide!). Titles like these include The
Slayers, Evangelion, etc. (Imagine being carded to buy a
Slayers tape! I was shocked!)
the anime isn't really rated, and because TAMA is a
college-aged club, anything
that isn't explicitly hentai or isn't entirely
objectionable can and will be shown. Anything
like Perfect Blue may have disclaimers. If you are under
18 and do not live on your own,
please have written permission from your parents to view
swear words, etc. If you do not, you will have to leave
the room when we show anything
that's not rated "13 and Up" and you'll miss
out on a lot for no good reason.