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6 Differences Between Anime and Cartoons

NearlyWes

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Many people that are not familiar with anime, place them all in the same category as cartoons. In fact, there are a few key differences between the two. I should point out that this doesn’t cover all cartoons or all anime, some from each topic will stray from what I am about to point out. Last thing I want is for one of you lovely readers to go all Lucy on me and rip my head off. This is a list taking the majority of each into account.

If I upset you, please spare my life…

Definition

AC cartoon

There are two definitions for cartoon. “A motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects.” and “A drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor.”

AC anime group

In Japan the word anime is just a short version of the word ‘animation’. In the English language though it is described as “A style of Japanese film or animation.

Country of Origin

Cartoons to a majority are western animations. To be honest with the definition given above, a cartoon can really be anything made outside of Japan.

Anime is created within Japan…yep…

Target Audience

AC KIDS

Cartoons for the most part are made to aim at children or teenagers. Most of them stray away from anything too mature, anything that a kid might not be able to grasp. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t adult humor for the parents to enjoy while watching with their kids.

AC ELFEN LIED

Anime’s don’t stick with just one age group. There is some anime that are enjoyable for kids, with comedy or it’s fun characters. There is also anime that are aimed for adults, these anime’s may have more violence or have obvious sexual situations.

Themes

Family-Guy

Cartoons are intended to make people laugh, so for the most part a lot of cartoons are of the comedy theme. Examples of these can be ones such as ‘Tom & Jerry’ and ‘Loony Toons’.

AC anime themes

Anime reaches far and wide with the types of themes they are willing to portray. Even though there are anime based in comedy, there are also ones in Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Anime sometimes deal with real life situations; an example would be an anime like ‘Tokyo Magnitude 8’ which is an anime based around what would happen is Tokyo was hit with a terrible earthquake.

Plot

AC sponge

Since a majority of cartoons are aimed at children, they have fairly simple storylines. Instead of a show unraveling through the episodes, each episode holds their own story. Each episode has a beginning, middle, and end. Most of the episodes have nothing to do with the one that came before and most likely will have nothing to do with the one after.

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Anime is a bit different in that way, the storyline in anime is a bit more complexed. A lot of long running anime will have things such as ‘Story Arches’ which are a group of episodes that pertain to a certain event within the anime. Because of this character development is much more evident in anime than it is in cartoons majorly.

Art Style

Last but certainly not least there is the way that both anime and cartoons are animated.

Cartoon style

Cartoons convey their character to a more humanistic standard, though this isn’t the case with all cartoons. For the most part the characters within cartoons are made to look closer to reality. Cartoon characters are still exaggerated to an extent, something such as Stewie’s football head in ‘Family Guy’.

anime art

Anime is much more exaggerated in physical features, it has a very iconic art style to it, one that easily identifies itself as an anime. These features are something such as the large eyes that consume a chunk of their face, the colorful huge hair that some character possess, as well as the elongated limbs that some anime convey.

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I stated in the very beginning this does not cover all anime and cartoons. A main example of a cartoon that this does not apply to is ‘Avatar The Last Airbender’. A main example of an anime that this does not apply to is ‘Pokémon’.

As always though, I hope you all enjoyed my name is NearlyWes and just like last time Happy Holidays.

Are there more differences that I missed? Do you not agree with what I stated? Or do you just want to yell at me? Comment below and let me know.

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Sources: Diffen.comTofugu.com, Google Images.

 

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LootAnime: FIGHT ME!

NearlyWes

Novembers Theme: Brawl

If you’re a geek or a nerd or whatever term you would like to be defined as, you probably know about a site called LootCrate. If not it’s a site where every month they pick a theme for a box and if you buy it, you get a bunch of merchandise that goes with said theme. One of the themes recently was ‘Time’ and it held stuff from “Doctor Who” and “Back to the Future”.

In November though they’ve started to release a new type of LootCrate that they have given the name, LootAnime.

I was able to get my hands on one, which I guess sounds difficult, but I really just gave them money and they gave me a box. I guess I could just tell you how awesome it was, but what’s the fun in that? I HAVE PICTURES!

LC box

The box was actually pretty big and filled with a plethora of amazing items, I expected it to be shaped the same as an ordinary LootCrate. I was wrong. Even the inside looks cool.

LC inside box

Now I’m sure you would all like to see what was inside the box, and if not then well…deal with it…?

lootcrate everything

EVERYTHING!!!

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LC manga

1. The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol 1

The first major thing if held inside of it was a manga, to be more specific, it had the first volume of “The Seven Deadly Sins”. This was pretty awesome because I had just gotten finished with the anime’s first season. It was as if LootCrate was pushing the manga in my face yelling “READ IT!”.

 

LC mug

2. Attack on Titan Mug 

When you’re fighting Titans all day it’s good to keep up your energy, well for all of you wanting to find the perfect mug, look no further! With this Attack on Titan mug you can keep that energy high and maybe avoid being killed another day.

 

LC bandaid

3. Attack on Titan Bandages

In case that mug of coffee didn’t do its job right and you still got an arm or a leg ripped of then, well, here’s a bandage. You can put it on your wound and it will…do nothing…but it’ll look cool!

 

LC doll

4. Mystery Mini 

It’s Mikasa Ackerman everyone, say hello! So she has been having a fun time with everything in my room, but there is one problem.

LC funny doll

She thinks my duck is a Titan.

lc tshirt

5. Naruto T-Shirt

I love this t-shirt, in fact, I am wearing right now. You not only get to see the t-shirt, but you also get to see my pretty face.

WAIT NO! COMEBACK!

Why do they always run away?

LC tag

6. LootAnime Tag

This is a phone charm for the people who subscribed to the first LootAnime, I decided to put it on my keys. I’m just that much of a rebel…

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That’s all I got from my first months LootAnime, sadly there is no way to get this specific one again since November 2015 is over with. Decembers crate is even better though, so please head over to LootCrate and check it out. This months theme is “Enchant”. 

Hope you all enjoyed, my name is NearlyWes wishing you all Happy Holidays and all that fun stuff.

 

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Manga Review: Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1

NearlyWes

01 TG

By Sui Ishida 

VIZ Media

Have you ever taken a girl out on a date and rather than getting a good night kiss, she bites you? Kinky right? I mean wait, no, scratch that, lets rephrase that entire sentence. Have you ever taken a girl out on a date and she turns out to be a ghoul? It’s a bit of a bummer, put those condoms you had ready “just in case” away, because ghouls and humans just don’t mix.

02 TG
© Pierrot

Or do they?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hopefully you all are having fun eating your fill in delicious foods and spending wonderful time with family. For this Thanksgiving I decided to talk about a show where the main character can’t enjoy any of it!

04 TG
© Pierrot

Sad Kaneki is sad. 

Tokyo Ghoul is a story about Ken Kaneki who during a terrible accident consisting of an evil woman, a construction zone, and God throwing steel beams on demons! Ends up having to get an organ transplant, but the organs he receives are not human. In fact, with bad luck as terrible as this, I’m lead to believe that Kaneki spent his free time smashing mirrors or walking under ladders. No, the organs he receives are ghoul organs, the doctors don’t know because ghouls are basically the same as humans except for one small detail. They can only eat human flesh.

The first manga of these series takes us through the first nine chapters of Ken Kaneki’s life, after the organ transplant we get to read as he adjusts to his new life. Is he taking it well? HELL NO! His taste is completely off the frits to where everything tastes repulsive and as his hunger worsens so does his bloodlust. Kaneki doesn’t want to give into the hunger though, because why would you want to eat something that only days ago, you were. It’s like if Ariel from ‘The Little Mermaid’ started cutting up her underwater friends after she became human because “fish tacos are delicious.”

The story of Kaneki is a tragic one, but that’s what makes it such a compelling piece of literature. You can really feel the struggle that he has within himself throughout the manga, from not only the words but the beautiful artwork as well. He has to deal with not being human, but also not being ghoul either. He feels trapped and alone, on one side is his best friend Hide and on the other is Touka and a slew of other ghoul posy.

Kaneki is a compelling character, in times when he is able to resist and even in times where he loses control because hunger sucks. If you give this manga a look, you should be able to instantly tell that this story has a plethora of potential.

It had three manga’s out in English now with the fourth one being released in December. It also has an anime as well with two season already. I wanted to keep this review as a spoiler free as possible, of course some of the stuff has been given away, but I tried to shield you from the major stuff…kind of.

 

Again I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember, be thankful you can taste all the delicious food. Some people can only satisfy their hunger with human flesh, what a drag it would be to never be able to enjoy cake ever again.

Let that sink in.

05 TG

Sad Kaneki is…still sad.

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Nanatsu no Taizai Review

NearlyWes

Now that we have the music playing were ready to blast right in with a review, I thought nothing better than this wonderful anime. I found it on Netflix and thought I should give it a chance, and I’m sure glad I did. So let’s begin.


English Title: The Seven Deadly Sins

Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Episodes: 24


Synopsis

© Aniplex, A-1 Pictures
© Aniplex, A-1 Pictures

 A group known as ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ were once a powerful group of Holy Knights that protected the region of Britannia. Though when a gruesome murder occurs the group is accused of trying to overthrow the kingdom. The sentence they are given is that of death and they are exterminated, or at least that’s what some people think. Ten years after the incident rumors start to accumulate that the sins might still be alive. The once protective Holy Knights now turned tyrannical as they stage a coup d’état against the king and become the new rulers of Liones.

All hope is with Elizabeth, the third princess of Liones, and her quest to find ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and request their help in taking back the kingdom from the evil that is now the Holy Knights.

 

Thoughts

© Aniplex, A-1 Pictures
© Aniplex, A-1 Pictures

I’ve loved the idea of the seven deadly sins ever since I watched Fullmetal Alchemist, Nanatsu no Taizai does wonderfully in building up the excitement through the introduction of the sins. Each episode is exciting in the combat style and the chance of meeting yet another member of the sins. The aspect I enjoy the most about this group of sins is that they aren’t named after their sin, they just have aspects of it.

The world that this all takes place in really has a medieval vibe to it, like if magic were in the Dark Ages of history this show is exactly what I would assume it to look like. None of the characters seem ridiculously overpowered, even the ones you assume would be, get their butts kicked. It’s nice because it’s hard to determine who could possibly win in a fight.  I think that it’s very important to have that leveled playing field.

Though don’t get me wrong, I do love some overpowered characters when I’m in the mood.

 

Final Verdict

© Aniplex, A-1 Pictures
© Aniplex, A-1 Pictures

It’s nothing ground breaking within the anime world, but it is enjoyable in the exciting fight scenes and character development it has. Though it does have some long story arcs, they all pertain to the story in a positive way, rather than seeming like a filler.

Would I watch it again? Yes, I would, it has some wonderful characters and some pretty great plot twists.

Hopefully you all give it a chance.


A-1 Pictures has renewed Nanatsu no Taizai for another season, it is set to come out in 2016.

 

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Top Ten Best Anime Opening Songs

NearlyWes

Hey everyone my name is Nearlywes, as you can probably tell I am new here on Unime TV. I thought instead of starting myself out here with a review we could listen to some music, you know, set the mood.

BOW CHICKA BOW WOW

Woah! Not that kind of mood! I was thinking more along the lines of awesome anime songs kind of mood.

Let’s begin.

Sword Art Online – “Crossing Fields” by LiSA

© A-1 Pictures
© A-1 Pictures

Though the anime may fall lack luster half way through it doesn’t change the fact that the opening song is amazing. The first few notes play and it already has me hooked, the beautiful voice of LiSA is an added bonus.

Fairy Tail – “ft.” by FUNKIST

© A-1 Pictures, Satelight, Bridge
© A-1 Pictures, Satelight, Bridge

The first opening “Snow Fairy” may be a wonderful piece of art, but opening 3 for Fairy Tail has a bit of a kick to it. It allows you to get pumped for the upcoming story arc by giving you a little taste of some action.

Soul Eater – “Resonance” By T.M. Revolution

© Bones
© Bones

Have you ever been at the gym and really wanted some Japanese music to pump you up? Well look no further with its beginning guitar rift this opening song will certainly do the trick.

No Game No Life – “This Game” by Suzuki Konomi

© Madhouse
© Madhouse

The song starts off soft and quickly picks up with the quick beautiful voice of Suzuki Konomi, it the perfect sound for an anime about being in a different world.

Irregulars of Magic High School – “Rising Hope” LiSA

© Madhouse
© Madhouse

With one of the most OP main characters in anime this song with its punkish vibe sets solid ground for an anime placed in high school. The characters trying to not only get through it, but also deal with the upcoming future they’ll all face together.

Cowboy Bebop – “Tank!” by The Seatbelts

© Bandai Visual Company
© Bandai Visual Company

It doesn’t just have an iconic sound within the anime world, but it also gets you dancing in your seats ready for the awesomness that is Cowboy Bebop.

Tokyo Ghoul – “Unravel” by TK from Ling Toshite Sigure

© Pierrot
© Pierrot

Is the perfect sound of someone trying to deal with their new life, and all while being surrounded by people who have been living with it for quite some time. It would cause anyone to (as the title of the song suggests) unravel.

P.S. At about 0:22 seconds the guy totally says the word taco.

Baccano! – “Gun’s and Roses” by Paradise Lunch

© Aniplex
© Aniplex

Who doesn’t like a little bit of jazz every once and awhile, and for an anime that is set in the 1930’s and the age of the Mafia, this song just belongs with it.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – “Again” by Yui

© Bones
© Bones

This is downright beautiful. The song starts off with Yui’s sweet voice slowly, but quickly does pick up once she starts to rap. It has to be one of my favorite opening that any anime has to offer, it suits Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood perfectly.

 

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Honorable Mentions by Unime Team

Steins Gate – “Hacking to the Gate” by Kanako Ito

Bleach – “D-Technolife” by Uverworld

Attack on Titan – “Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen” by Linked Horizon

Fullmetal Alchemist – “Rewrite” by Asian Kung-fu Generation

Ghost in the Shell – “Rise” by Origa

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Angel Beats – “My Soul, Your Beats!” by Lia

© P.A.Works
© P.A.Works

I am a sucker for piano, I admit it. Even with that being the case I think it’s easy to see why this is number one. Not only is Angel Beats a wonderful tear jerking anime, but it also has a great opening song to go with it. Lia’s voice is beautiful and really prepares you for what you are in for with this anime.

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That is my list for the top ten best anime opening songs, do you agree with this list? If not, please tell me what you would have liked to add. I know, I KNOW! Death Note Wes! How could you forget Death Note? Because I can! That’s how!!!

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NearlyWes: Top Ten Anime

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Yu Gi Oh

Yu gi oh
© Studio Gallop, NAS

Now this is probably the first anime I ever watched aside from Pokémon, I loved the characters within the show and how they were developed. I’ve also always loved card games, even the Pokémon one which I had no idea how to play. Then came Yu Gi Oh and honestly it stayed with me ever since I watched it as a wee little Wes. This is probably because I watched it with my father on our Saturday morning show binge. We couldn’t wait to see Yugi and Joey duel once again, I also enjoyed the emotionally distant Kaiba. There were monsters, there was an island adventure, there was even an evil genius pulling the strings. What wasn’t there for a kid to fall in love with?

For a group of people who have just taken a card game way too seriously, it’s still one of the most memorable animes I’ve ever watched.

 

 Inuyasha

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© Sunrise

When you realize there is a world known as anime, there will always be the first show you experience within it fully. For me Inuyasha was that show, the premise of it appealed to me. A half demon trying to become a full demon is on the road of a redemption story, and who doesn’t love a good redemption story. Though Inuyasha’s redemption is only a small part of why this anime is so amazing, it holds a wide range of different characters and personalities. Everyone you meet you can tell really belongs there and has their own purpose to the show.

I was hooked to the show when Miroku showed up with his wind tunnel, it was basically a black hole within the palm of his hand. I thought it was one of the most tragic but also awesome powers one could ever obtain.

 

 Soul Eater

Soul Eater
© Bones

Weapons that are people, and meisters to wield them working together in hopes to making Lord Death his next scythe.

Now with that description and the catchy powerful opening that this show displays it isn’t a surprise (to myself at least) that this would be here. The anime is filled with memorable characters and probably one of my top five favorite anime villains, Medusa. This anime does a good job at being full of action and jam-packed with awesome stories, but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. Which for this show is definitely a good thing.

 

 Ouran High School Host Club

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© Bones

What do you get when you take the voice actor for Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell then place them in a new anime as ‘love interests’ (I use that word lightly) Well…well, you get a completely different anime than Fullmetal Alchemist.

Now as a guy I expected this anime to suck, with all the pink and flowers and the fact that it was a flippin Host club. For some reason though I couldn’t stop watching it, the character depth the show displayed in only 26 episodes was amazing. There is a wide range in the cast and each gets their own portion of time to develop them nicely and believable. It probably holds three of the most annoying characters in any anime I’ve watched since then. Most of you who have watched it probably know who I’m talking about, the Zuka club members.

Those ladies need to accept personal space.

 

No Game No Life

No Game No Life
© Madhouse

There are times when an anime is produced for the soul purpose of getting an increase of sales in the source material and nothing else. This usually leads to the anime having one season and one season only. Most of the time the anime’s are mildly enjoyable and nothing terribly special so it’s a good marketing strategy, but it sucks when the anime is awesome. No Game No Life is part of the latter, I enjoyed the anime from the very beginning, a world where everything is decided through games.

Hopefully Disboard is able to grace us with another season in the future, until then I better work on my poker face.

 

 K

K
© GoHands

A video is released to the public of a murder, the man behind the terrible deed has no recollection of committing the crime. In this split timeline of Japan there are seven kings each representing a certain color, red, blue, gold, etc. Yashiro Isana is a normal kid who goes to school like normal kids usually do, though one day he finds that he is the suspect of a murder that was broadcast live. He can see that it’s his face in the video so denying he didn’t do it proves to be more challenging than he would like. Especially when he’s being targeted by a master combatant and the red king’s men.

 

Angel Beats

Angel beats
© P.A.Works

Sometimes I need a good cry…but nothing prepared me for the waterfall of tears that fell due to this monster.

YOU HEARD ME! Angel Beats is beautifully evil!

An anime set in the afterlife Yuzuru Otonashi wakes up with amnesia causing him to forget how and why he was there. He finds he is in the middle of a war between what he learns is called ‘The Afterlife Battlefront’ and a single girl who is named ‘Angel’. The anime is sadly rather short only spanning the length of 13 episodes. Though within that time Angel Beats presents you with a wonderful story of kids trying to find a way to the other side, even with some of their dark pasts haunting them.

 

 Log Horizon

Log-Horizon
© Satelight

I love video games, I love anime, put them together and you get? HAPPINESS!!!

The MMORPG Elder Tale is about to come out with its new expansion full of exciting quest dungeons and events, but when the update finally shows thousands of player are teleported into the game. The game that was once in a computer screen is now their reality, they are now not only playing their character, but they ARE their character. In the midst of it all the clever mage tactician Shiroe along with his friends, the tank Naotsugu, and the assassin Akatsuki take the world head on.

This anime to me is much more exciting because unlike Sword Art Online, in this world you can’t die. When you are killed you are merely teleported back to a place called ‘the cathedral’. Without the fear of death, the characters are able to really focus on issues such as an economy, and building a society out of nothing.

 

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail
© A-1 Pictures, Satelight, Bridge

With over 200 episodes it isn’t a surprise that Fairy Tail is one of the most well-known animes out there, my sister actually found the anime before me and recommended it. I’m truly happy she did because the kingdom of Fiore is surely a place you wouldn’t want to miss. A world a magic as well as guilds it really brought back memories of my prime days in MMO’s. I remembered being a part of a family and team when playing those games, it’s what kept me hooked to it in the beginning. Of course after a while what kept me hook was pretty much everything.

If you like magic. Watch it

If you don’t like magic. Then I don’t understand…what?

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal
© Bones

I’ve watched the first Fullmetal Alchemist and thought that Brotherhood was the continuation of it so I stayed away. In a way I am glad that I did, both animes have their charm and their special moments, and besides the first few episodes Brotherhood could be an entirely different anime. Though out of the two I would pick Brotherhood any day, not only because the story I believe is more concrete, but the openings in Brotherhood are breathtaking. ‘Again’ by Yui is probably one of my favorite openings any anime has ever given me. I wish that I could erase my memory of ever seeing Brotherhood, just so I could watch it for the first time again.

It’s just that good.

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