Okay, everyone, this is not an anime, it is purely a cartoon TRYING to become better than it is.

Okay does anyone agree with me? I'm not saying that it was bad, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but really Avatar cannot be called an anime! It is a cartoon modeled on the type of animation that anime usually invokes. It is attempting to be something that it is not! and I really cant believe that people would go as far as to give it the association with anime!

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Feb 27, 2009 4:32AM EST

No it can not be called an anime. The reason does not lie in the animation, but the fact that Avatar not was made in Japan.

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Feb 28, 2009 11:41PM EST

i dont think it's really TRYING to be an anime. it's just wrongly associated with anime by people who dont know what anime is. the animation is anime style, but isnt japanese, so its not anime.

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Mar 1, 2009 11:20AM EST

I don't think that it is so much that it was not made in japan, although that is a very large feature of it, its more along the lines of the way it is made. There are aspects of it that is SIMILAR to anime, not even the same,and aspects of it that are so obviously NOT anime-like.

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Mar 1, 2009 12:29PM EST

So you are one of them... Here is what the rest of the world says about anime:
*ANN: Japanese word for cartoon and animation. In Japan, "anime" refers to any and all animation or cartoon - regardless of the genre, style, or nation of origin. Outside of Japan the word "anime" has come to refer specifically to animation of Japanese origins, or animation of a particular style* Wikipedia: Anime (taken from half of the Japanese pronunciation of "animation") is animation in Japan and considered to be "Japanese animation" in the rest of the world* Encarta: Japanese animation, known as anime* anidb: "Anime" in Japan technically means any animated film, regardless of origin. People in the rest of the world take "anime" to mean animated films from Japan.
This gives one conclusion. Anything animated in Japan, no matter how horrible it may be, is an anime.
Also, how much anime have you actually watched? Because like there are different kinds of movies, are there different kinds of anime.

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Apr 8, 2009 10:34PM EDT

I'm glad to not be the only one who gets annoyed that people call Avatar anime. Personally I think most anime is terrible, they are the sitcoms of Japan; tons are made but only a handful are decent. I think calling Avatar anime not only gives people the wrong idea about the show but implies that America can't create a decent cartoon that isn't strictly comedy (make sure to read the last statement with some sarcasm, I have a sense of humor it just doesn't always translate into text well).

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Apr 9, 2009 8:12AM EDT

Wait.... hold on did you just ask if I knew what I was talking about..... check this out.

Obviously I am not one of those people that comes in thinking that they know what they are talking about. I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!

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Apr 24, 2009 9:30AM EDT

I completely agree with fiskehaps. Fact is, animated pieces being anime is decided on origin and nothing else. Fact is Avatar is not Japanese. Fact is Avatar is not anime. Just like fiskehaps said, there are different styles of anime. You have your Bleach, Naruto and Hellsing but also Hamtaro, Shin Shan and Powerpuff Girls Z. All six of them are japanese, thus all six of them are anime. As simple as that.
The reason Avatar is believed to be anime by so many people out there, is the great amount of asian influences that contributes to the series.
However, for Avatar goes that it is not anime since it is not japanese. Weither anime is or is not anime is not decided by an opinion of any kind, but simply by the fact it is not japanese.

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Apr 28, 2009 10:29PM EDT

I only have one thing to say about this post:
Who cares if people think it's anime? Let them think it!
Animation is animation, whether it's from Japan, the US, or Sweden.
If people want to call it anime, who are we to argue with them? It's a silly thing to get in a controversy about. If something this petty irks you, you really need to take a good look at your priorities. There are other things more important than arguing over the fact whether Avatar The Last Airbender is an anime or not. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, whether it be politically correct or not.
So, get off your soap box. We have enough activists in this world without adding one more over a foolish cause.

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Apr 29, 2009 5:23PM EDT

No... I shall not let them think it..... well I can't help that really but I can inform people that they are horribly and irrovocably wrong.
My priorities are in exactly the right order.... anime.... then anime.... then everything else.... pretty much.

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May 3, 2009 7:46PM EDT

I don't care if you said the sky was purple and everyone else is wrong about it being blue.
I don't really like people who stuff their "I'm right and You're wrong" physiology down other's throats. Is calling Avatar an anime hurting anyone? No! Is it killing anyone? No! It just Irks YOU!
And hear this 'child', the world does not revolve around your pet peeves!
Those 'uninformed people' as you call them, will continue to call Avatar an anime whether you like it or not. Get Over It!
By the way, anime is not a priority, it's a luxury.

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May 16, 2009 5:21PM EDT

Good God! What a pointless argument!

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Jul 15, 2009 8:24AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jul 15, 2009 8:24AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jul 15, 2009 8:24AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jul 15, 2009 8:25AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jul 15, 2009 8:25AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jul 15, 2009 8:26AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jul 15, 2009 8:26AM EDT

haha well personally, Avatar is my favorite anime :D

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Jan 9, 2010 3:25PM EST

I call avatar an animeDoes that anger you Adriasil, huhanime anime anime anime Lol

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