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In order to avoid confusion based around Anime and Manga for members, I figured this may be a useful background.

Manga:

Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons, literally translated as "whimsical pictures". However, the general depiction of it globally refers to any sort of comic that is produced within Japan. This is a common misconception, because there are many other sources of manga, mostly from other Eastern-Asian countries but there are also sources in France (La Nouvelle Manga) and of course within the English-speaking parts of the globe as well, known as Amerimanga or World Manga.

Manga was originally made around the end of the 18th Century and the beginning of the 19th century. However, manga as we know it became incredibly popular by contrast around the end of the second world war and the beginning of the 1950's.

Manga is massively popular within many different subcultures and varies in subject from comedy, action-adventure, war, historical drama, sci fi and fantasy, horror, business and commerce, and in some sections the story is based around sexuality (hentai, which is not to be posted here). If a manga series is found to be considerably popular then it is likely to me made into an animated series known as an anime (see below). However, it is possible that the opposite can occur, and a manga series can be made following a particularly popular animated or live action film or series (for example, in the case of Star Wars).

There is a rather nice little history behind the origins of manga, but I don't wish to stretch this thread out any longer than is necessary. If you wish to read up on it, then look at this Wikipedia link

Anime:

Anime is an abbreviation of the term "animation", and in japans refers to all animation. However, globally anime refers to any animation that is originated within Japan. There are of course non-japanese animations such as Avatar which may be confused as anime, but it is more appropriately titled as "anime-influenced animation". This may seem pedantic, but we anime fans are puritan =)

Anime rooted in the early 20th century as a means of allowing Japanese story-telling without resorting to the underground live-action film industry, and was originally influenced by the Western styles of animation, especially those adopted by Disney (anyone who has seen Hayao Miyazaki's work would see this much). However, within the 70's the surge in manga resulted in anime renditions and these have continued in this sense since.

For further information, again here is the Wikipedia link.

Anyone who is observant enough will have realised that the majority of what has been written has been sourced from those links, but they are pretty reliable sources so I cannot see the harm in it.
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Nice thread Kossick. Hopefully this'll stop people calling American cartoons anime.
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I'm a weaboo too .
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Wapanese - Encyclopedia Dramatica

Yeah, complete spitting image.
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ED's made to be offensive and a stretch of the truth. Did you seriousy have to Google it?
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Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they're far from it. They use Japanese words but usually end up pronouncing them wrong and sounding like total assholes. You can find alot of these faggots clogging up the forums of Gaia Online, hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket, or crowding the manga section of your local bookstore. Synonym of wapanese.
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ED's made to be offensive and a stretch of the truth. Did you seriousy have to Google it?
Did you post that quote to prove yourself wrong? Or am I missing something here?

And PLEASE stop insulting Kossick's intelligence.
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Basically..Weeaboo: Someone obsessed with Japanese culture to an unhealthy degree.
The ED just clogs it with cliche insults, comparisons, pictures and sad jokes.
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Basically..Weeaboo: Someone obsessed with Japanese culture to an unhealthy degree.
The ED just clogs it with cliche insults, comparisons, pictures and sad jokes.
Yeah, no shit. Stop assuming we don't know. If you can find one instance were anybody here has acted like they're obsessed with wanting to be Japanese then I'll shut up. Note: liking anime doesn't make you a Japanese wannabe.
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I simply asked him if he was a Weeaboo. Why are YOU getting offended?
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