What is Shounen anime?
Shōnen, shonen, or shounen is aimed at a male audience. It appeals to a large age group, though its primary audience stays roughly between the ages of 10 and 18. Shounen anime is characterized by a lot of action, a lot of fighting, flat characters, and no or horrible romance. There are subcategories like Yuri and Yaoi in both Shonen and Shoujo, which means “girl.”
What is Slice of Life Anime?
In short, its an anime about everyday life. A slice of life story is a category for a story that portrays a “cut-out” sequence of events in a character’s life. It may or may not contain any plot progress and little character development, and often has no exposition, conflict, or dénouement, with an open ending. It usually tries to depict the everyday life of ordinary people, sometimes but rarely, with fantasy or science fiction elements involved. The term slice of life is actually a dead metaphor: it often seems as if the author had taken a knife and “cut out” a slice of the lives of some characters, without concern for narrative form. It is sometimes called tranche de vie, from the French.
What is Science Fiction Anime?
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. It often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a “literature of ideas”.
What is Mecha anime?
A Mecha anime basically is mildly futuristic. HOWEVER, it is not qualified as a mecha anime unless it has robots. Think of Transformers. If you find an anime with Transformer-like characters in it, it will be classified as mecha. These robots DO NOT have to walk and talk, however. Take Full Metal Panic! for example. It is classified as a mecha anime because futuristic/highly technological robots are used extensively throughout. FullMetal alchemist WOULD NOT be classified as a mecha anime. Some mistakenly say it is, because of Ed’s automail arm. However, it is not robotic, and therefore is not.
What is Romance anime?
These anime showcase the joys and hardships of falling in love.
What is Seinen anime?
A seinen anime is an anime which has a target audience of older males (18 – 40). While its true that they can be distinguished by having a higher degree of sex/gore content, this isn’t always the case. Because much of the emphasis of the seinen genre is on character development and storyline as opposed to the action found in the teen targeted shonen show, its possible to mistake some seinen for shoujo, particularly when it comes to comedy series.
What is Shoujo anime?
Shoujo anime focuses more on storyline/plot and depth of character development, as opposed to action or fighting-oriented works. In my opinion, defining shoujo as ‘manga/anime for young girls’ is very antiquated. There are many works that fall into this category that are really geared towards older audiences, both female and male.
What is Ecchi anime?
Ecchi is an anime with suggestive sexual themes. There will be partial or full nudity (e.g. panty shots, cleavage), but no sex scenes. Usually there is mention of sex and characters talking in innuendos. It’s normally paired with comedy as to make it more lighthearted.
What is Harem anime?
A series with one main male character, and a bunch of female characters surrounding him (e.g Love Hina). There are also reverse-harems (one female main character with a bunch of males surrounding her (e.g. Quran High School Host Club)
What is Hentai anime?
In Japan it’s called H-Anime, because Hentai in Japanese is Pervert. It’s characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots.
What is TV Anime
Television Anime Series are shows broadcasted weekly at a specific time on TV by anime distributors. Usually these shows has a duration of 23-25 minutes and in some rare cases 10-15 minutes. If the anime series receives lots of popularity, the anime producers would consider to extend the anime series into multiple seasons, dub it into a different language to cover a wider audience globally and/or sells in DVD/BD (Blu-Ray) form for anime fans to purchase it.
What is TV Short Anime
Television Short Anime Series are shows broadcasted either daily or weekly at a specific time on TV by anime distributors. Usually these shows has a duration of 3-5 minutes and some rare cases 5-10 minutes. TV Short anime are comedic in nature or contains mini stories.
What is Anime Movie?
An anime movie isn’t commonly available on TV but its obtainable via purchase from online or offline stores in the form of DVD/BD (Blu-ray Disk). These anime movies are adapted from novels or created after the related anime TV series is completely aired so they could merge some parts of the stories into 1 lengthy show with duration spanning over 30 minutes to an hour or more. There are some circumstances where they add in side stories that are not shown in TV series too.
What is ONA?
An Original Net Animation (ONA), known in Japan as Web Anime (Web(ウェブ)アニメ, Webu Anime ?), is an anime that is directly released onto the Internet. ONAs may also have been aired on television if they were first directly released on the Internet. ONAs have started to become more and more common over the last few years.
What is OVA?
Original Video Animation (OVA) also known as Original Animated Video (OVA) are animated films and series made specially for release in home video formats without prior showings on television or in theatres, though the first part of an OVA series may be broadcast for promotional purposes. OVA titles were originally made available on VHS, later becoming more popular on LaserDisc and eventually DVD.
What is OAD?
The term Original Animation DVD (OAD) is fairly new and it just started to come into use over the last few years. An OAD is another form of OVA, but it’s specifically an OVA that comes bundled as an extra with a volume of manga. Starting in 2008, the term OAD (original animation DVD) began to refer to DVD releases published bundled with their source-material manga. For example, it was recently announced that 1 OAD episode would be bundled with the 6th volume of Seitokai Yakuindomo. Anyone who gets that manga will also be getting that OAD episode.