Are they just sub-genres under the same umbrella, or different genres entirely? Anime - a style of Japanese film and television animation created using series of drawings or cg, which are displayed one after another, very rapidly, so as to produce an illusion of movement Cartoon - a motion picture that is made from a series of drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of inanimate objects (as puppets) and that simulates movement by slight progressive changes in each frame. Manga - also known as mangos. (totally couldn't find a definition that wasn't "Japanese comic or graphic novel") Comic - a magazine or book that contains a set of stories told in pictures with a small amount of writing, usually in speech bubble form and with visual sound effects. With the rise of more adult oriented cartoons - Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, South Park, Archer, etc, cartoons aren't specifically for children any more. (I know family guy and south park are late 90s, but the range of adult cartoons are increasing much faster these days), not to mention the forever existing adult aimed comic books and graphic novels. Is target age group a valid reason to separate the two. Can origins define them either? Sure, one is Eastern (Japanese) and one is Western (American), but what about animations and graphic novels from other countries? Anime is originally voiced in Japanese, but how is that different from a cartoon in any other language? What about American cartoons that are styled like Japanese anime. Avatar, RWBY and Boondocks all have a very 'anime' feel, yet they are made in America. What really stops these from being anime? They have character development, a story line, 'anime' art style. Avatar even has a comic book(manga??)! The general art style definitely sets them apart, with anime and manga tending to be much more detailed but is this a good enough reason for people to say "its anime, not a cartoon!". Even though i'm struggling to give a clear difference between the two, I find myself enjoying anime and manga much more than I do cartoons and comics. I feel like there is a difference that can't really be defined. I'm interested to hear your points on this. Do you feel anime/manga and cartoons/comics really are a different style of art, or are they just a different genre under the same umbrella?