Anime is the Japanese name for a cartoon. Similar to all other cartoons this one two is an animated version. Anime is found in Television shows, books, and magazines, animated movies. Although they appear similar to other forms of animated cartoons, yet there’s a marked difference between the two. The difference primarily lies in the way they are depicted and the technique of making such caricatures. Anime has for visually appealing characters with sharp features while characters drawn in Western cartoons are adorable and fun animated creatures. As per Ronald Ozer, people often mix up the two and regard them as the same thing. However, there are certain areas, which specifically denote this difference between anime and regular cartoons.
Anime is meant for the motion pictures
Unlike regular cartoons which are 2-dimensional artistic drawings caricaturing people, events or telling a story, anime are fully functional animated characters which are developed into a story to be run on television – feature films, television dramas. Nowadays, regular cartoons have also forayed into digital and electronic media yet the difference is immense and this one specific arena highlights this difference.
Contrary to regular cartoons, which are caricatures of normal people and events, anime are realistic characters. These characters do not look like a caricature of people but rather it is a real-life depiction of people. Characters here have sharp features with distinct anatomical structures, which make them look like real people. Cartoons, on the other hand, deal with characters with deformed and bloated features. Thus, both visually and aesthetically, anime differs quite a lot from normal cartoons.
The purpose of making them
Cartoons are mostly regarded as a medium of entertainment. Whenever we hear of an animated series, we think it a cartoon meant for entertaining people. It is as if the sole purpose of making them is to make people laugh and have a fun-filled time. That’s not the case for anime. Anime is strictly restricted to motion pictures, which are made for a purpose. In fact, it is regarded as the Japanese style of animated motion pictures. The key aspect here is to depict real-life situations which are relatable to people. Most of them are used to tell a story or drive across a point. It’s just an alternative form of movies. But in case of normal cartoons, it’s just the opposite. It’s solely made for the purpose of making people laugh. Thus restricting their use for only entertainment purposes.
Duration and source of origin
As per Ronald Ozer even though, both of them are animated features, yet they differ in their concept. While cartoons are a product of the American society, anime reflects the realities of the Japanese society. Not just in origin, they vary in their duration of running as well. Anime come as short series of 20-25mins, which last for a couple of episodes while the cartoons have a vast repertoire. Cartoons can be made for any length of time. From 2-3 minutes to a 3-hour motion picture, cartoons cover all genres. Thus, anime and cartoons are not the same. We should keep this in mind while watching them.