In the “Anime” community, for most fans and followers, “Anime” is “Anime” and “Cartoon” is “Cartoon”.
First of all, many people get confused between an anime and a cartoon, just because they are both animated does not mean that they are both the same. There are so many differences in Anime and Cartoons. While both are cartoons that can be animated, anime generally has visually distinct characteristics for the characters. So, here now I will explain the difference between these two. The animes are Japanese animated productions, which come in different formats such as television series such as dragon ball z, Naruto, one piece, etc., animated shorts and feature films. But cartoons are two-dimensional illustrated visual art, non-realistic or semi-realistic drawings.
Anime characters have distinct facial and physical features that are very similar to reality, their large eyes and small mouth are created due to cuteness. On the other hand, the physical characteristics of cartoons are far from reality than anime. Anime characters also display different types of distinguishable facial expressions, while cartoons do not.
Cartoons are generally made to make people laugh, so the genre is primarily comedy. But there are also many cartoons that are educational, teaching something good mainly to young children and children in a fun and interactive way. For example, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, etc.
Unlike cartoons, anime is not limited to one or two genres. Anime shows and movies are based on some kind of plot that continues throughout the entire series, for example, Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, etc. Anime is based on real life problems or something that is closer to human emotions and has many more genres than cartoons like drama, school life, part of life, romance, action, etc.
But if you see them both as separate entities, or as the same, you won’t be able to find a clear difference between the two, and that is why most people get confused between the two and end up calling anime and the cartoons are the same. .
The first cartoon is said to have been produced in 1499. It depicted the Pope, the Holy Roman Emperor, and the King of France and England playing cards. However, Japanese animation began in the early 1920s, when Japanese filmmakers were experimenting with different techniques. In the 1930s, as an alternative to the live action industry, animation was established.
As cartoons they are two-dimensional figures drawn and used in animations, such as cartoons in newspapers and books. If we were to define what anime is, then the general idea of some of the common and agreed notions would be “Japanese, animation, vivid designs and hand drawings” would be the predominant buzzwords.
Nowadays, Anime only seems to refer to “Japan-only animations” to make it more understandable to people. After all, this is human nature for you to like things that are easily understandable and easy to classify.
To clarify the distinction, let’s take the example of Tom and Jerry and Dragon Ball Z. So you can think what the difference is between the two when they are both animated and have good images, backgrounds, sound effects, and even cartoons are nice. But, there are many differences in them that differentiate them from anime to cartoon. Like, their concepts are totally different, since you know that each episode of Tom and Jerry is different and is not related to any of the previous episodes or continues some kind of story from one point, but in Dragon Ball Z each episode is related to the previous one, and continue the story from where it stopped in the previous episode. And their genres are different too, as Tom and Jerry is exclusively based on a cat and mouse fight and is made to make people laugh and amuse their viewing time. On the other hand, dragon ball z is a kind of journey of a saiyan to save the Earth and the universe from various threats, he fights to save everyone, with the help of his family, friends and fellow Saiyans. Dragon Ball Z can be classified into many different genres such as action, adventure, comedy, super powers, etc.
Another thing that some people can distinguish between anime and cartoons is that cartoons are for children, while the scope of anime can be extended to many other age groups and other areas.
But what I believe is that cartoons are not just material for children, because as we can see in the newspapers, and also on television, there are many cartoons that contain and point to many political and religious opinions. Most of these messages are hidden and unrecognizable to children, so adults can enjoy watching them with children. While some of the anime are high in adult content and therefore not safe or good for young children to watch. That kind of anime is made completely focused on the adult audience. But there are also some anime series that are absolutely safe to watch with children. But nowadays, even normal anime can have some scenes that are not supposed to be seen by children.
So I think where cartoons are safe for kids to watch, anime should not be considered safe enough for them. But no matter how old you are, you can still enjoy it as is.
I feel like anime has deeper thinking into them, well developed characters, broad storyline, solid theme, realistic background animation, real life situations, dialogue, expressions, etc. All of these things brought us together to see all the episodes (be it 12 or 24 or more than a hundred episodes) of the anime series. Whereas, on the other hand, cartoons, regardless of whether they are telling a story or just aiming for comedy, have superficial characters and themes.
Cartoons don’t look as creative compared to anime as anime characters are very different from each other and are also very well developed.
There is one more thing that we can say that differentiates anime and cartoons, that is, for example, in The Simpsons, Bart is the class clown throughout the show, but in most anime the character traits change dynamically, as at the beginning. They can be somewhat shy, or perhaps considered weak or harmless, but later become stronger than most other characters.
These were some of the points that I think make anime and cartoons different from each other.