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The Time-Old Question Continues On: Is Avatar Anime?

On a related note, does anyone else get annoyed when they see Scott Pilgrim in the manga section?

It’s literally a question that friends of mine have been asking since high school — does Avatar: The Last Airbender, an American-made cartoon with strong Asian influences, count as an anime? My inclination is just to stop at saying “no, it’s not,” but of course PBS Idea Channel takes it farther than I would, because that’s what they do.

Maybe it’s just a problem I have, personally. We need a term for when Americans borrow stuff from Japanese cultural wells that doesn’t sound as annoying as “Japanimation” or “Animesque.”

(via PBS Idea Channel)

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