The term "Anime is short for the Japanese word "animeeshon", itself a loanword from English. Anime's trademark visual style is shared with Manga (Japanese comic books and graphic novels); in both cases, it is largely influenced by the post-World War II work of Osamu Tezuka, who is arguably the father of modern Japanese commercial art.
While most Japanese animation shares distinctive visual characteristics that allow it to be easily identified, this does not mean that it is a separate medium entirely from "standard" animation. To the Japanese, for example, the word "Anime" refers to all forms of animation, whether it's eastern or western, cel or CGI.
Unfortunately, many American fans of Anime -- especially those who take their devotion to Japanese animation just a touch too far -- argue that Anime is a completely different medium than "Western" animation, and thus should be held apart. Here at the Tropes Mirror Wiki, we hold with the traditional Japanese definition, using the word "Anime" as a convenience term only to specifically connote Japanese animation, and not as a separate media category.
Almost all tropes common to Anime are also associated with animation in general, and vice versa. The reverse almost always applies as well.
See Anime Tropes for those few tropes that are associated exclusively (or nearly so) with this type of animation.
This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.