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Poll: Is Avatar: The Last Airbender an anime?


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Dec 17, 2017 2:52 AM
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I was suprised to see that MAL does not have Avatar: The Last Airbender in it's database.

I'm sure this debate has been done to death on this site, so I'm just looking to see whether there's agreement on the AD forums one way or the other.

Feel free to start debating it though if you feel like it.

Just to be sure; this is about the series that aired on TV in the US from 2005 - 2008 (and by extension sequel), not about the movie which obviously is not an anime.
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All Dubs must die!

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Dec 17, 2017 2:54 AM

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I dont think of it as a anime. i cant really explain why i just dont
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Dec 17, 2017 2:58 AM

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I'm pretty sure it's not in the database because it was produced in the USA.

For me anime refers to animated shows from Japan, so I don't think of Avatar as an anime.




 
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Dec 17, 2017 3:03 AM
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Mirai said:
I'm pretty sure it's not in the database because it was produced in the USA.

For me anime refers to animated shows from Japan, so I don't think of Avatar as an anime.


But there are non Japanese shows on this site though.

https://myanimelist.net/anime/33926/Quanzhi_Gaoshou?q=avata

Is Chinese, for example.
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Dec 17, 2017 3:04 AM

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Here in MAL, only Korean, Chinese and Japanese animation works are accepted so I guess we have to stick with that. Avatar is not an Anime.
 
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Dec 17, 2017 3:19 AM

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No it certainly is not an anime (just like how RWBY and Cory in the House isn't anime)
 
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Dec 17, 2017 3:21 AM
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Alright, it seems that there's basically unanimity on AD with regards to this (so far, I'm the only one who's voted yes). I'm surprised.

Well, my question has been answered.
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Dec 17, 2017 3:31 AM

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If Avatar is an anime Scooby Doo is one too.
 
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Dec 17, 2017 3:33 AM
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sums it up pretty well imo
 
Dec 17, 2017 3:36 AM

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Why are Cory in the House and Seinfield not on MAL? Would break it to #1 and #2
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Dec 17, 2017 3:39 AM
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The only think that prevents it being qualified as an anime, is fact that it wasn't made in Japan.
Still, it was so heavily inspired by anime, I think it deserves MAL entry.
Especially, because there is quite a few non-japanese anime on the database already.
 
Dec 17, 2017 3:40 AM

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It hasn't been produced in japan therefore it's not an anime.


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Dec 17, 2017 5:33 AM

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No. It's an American cartoon. I hope it answered your question.
 
Dec 17, 2017 5:45 AM

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Yes it is. Avatar the Last Air Bender is actually anime.
 
Dec 17, 2017 6:02 AM

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It's not Japanese, or asian for that matter so it isn't anime.
 
Dec 17, 2017 6:11 AM

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This has been answered many times before.

No, it's not an anime.
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Dec 17, 2017 6:14 AM

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Seriously, can this stale meme just die?
 
Dec 17, 2017 7:06 AM
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Don't consider it much an anime. I mean it's fine if you do and though it's story can work to that of anime story telling it has a very "western" appeal to it.

Bozzzz said:

sums it up pretty well imo


I knew somebody was going to link this.
 
Dec 17, 2017 7:10 AM

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If Boondocks isn't anime, Avatar sure as hell ain't
 
Dec 17, 2017 7:53 AM

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No



No



No


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I'm a shitposter for fun
 
Dec 17, 2017 8:11 AM
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Where is the «i dont give half a shit» option. Its an awsome serie, if its anime or not doesnt matter, in still gonna love the shit out of it!
 
Dec 17, 2017 8:16 AM
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Where is the «i dont give half a shit» option. Its an awsome serie, if its anime or not doesnt matter, in still gonna love the shit out of it!


Nobody ever gives a damn about anything, nothing ever matters.

It's all just fun and games anyway.

Its just fun to hear what/how people think of something sometimes, is all.
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Dec 17, 2017 8:25 AM
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Gorganoth said:
Troll12345678966 said:
Where is the «i dont give half a shit» option. Its an awsome serie, if its anime or not doesnt matter, in still gonna love the shit out of it!


Nobody ever gives a damn about anything, nothing ever matters.

It's all just fun and games anyway.

Its just fun to hear what/how people think of something sometimes, is all.
Yeah yeah, i just think its dumb anyway, wheter its anime or not is just so trivial it makes no sense to think about it for me, thats all. Waifu wars are 10x more meaningfull
 
Dec 17, 2017 8:28 AM
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Ey, don't bring you bait into my thread! Make your own as you're wont to do!
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Dec 17, 2017 8:31 AM
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Who cares? It isn't like there is a rule that anime is better than other animated works, like cartoons. Avatar is better than 99% of anime. So why chain to a platform which is regarded as infamously as anime when it is better for avatar to not be an anime. Just call it a cartoon and you can still compare it to anime if you want. If you want to get technical, it isn't an anime only due to how the majority of the world views the word anime to mean cartoons from japan. However, if it looks like an anime, sounds like an anime, and feels like an anime, call it anime if you want to.
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Dec 17, 2017 8:36 AM

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Not to the standards of this sites database ... but apparently pingu is..
 
Dec 17, 2017 8:37 AM

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What kind of question is this
Avatar is the best anime ever made



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Dec 17, 2017 8:39 AM
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NihilisticLoner said:
Anime literally means animation, so yes, Avatar IS an anime


In west anime is defined as japanese animation tho.

Bozzzz said:

sums it up pretty well imo


I have seen the video but I can't remember most of it, what were his reasons for considering it an anime again?
 
Dec 17, 2017 9:11 AM

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@Zydeph

In the West, who defined anime as, "a style of Japanese animation", to begin with?
Most likely, weebs like us.
Besides, "a style of Japanese animation" is too vague: there are plenty of animated series from Japan that look nothing like the anime we know of, like Doraemon.

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How am I bringing bait?
The topic is: Is Avatar: The Last Airbender an anime?
So I answered the question, with evidence.
The lengths you guys on MAL will go to to create drama amazes me. Even Youtube commenters are much more reasonable people.
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1) Anime is a Japanese colloquialism that is directly referring to animation. Avatar is anime to the Japanese and to us Gaijin.

2) Anime is animation that must be produced in Japan. Avatar is an American cartoon.

There is also Korean and Chinese made anime which would not fill option 2. Option 1 is better as it is more encompassing in nature.
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Dec 17, 2017 9:32 AM
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personally, I really don't mind what it is
if it were to get a Japanese dub, I bet people can't even tell the difference

it look like an anime, it feel like an anime, so why the discriminate
 
Dec 17, 2017 10:19 AM

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I don't know if I like this kind of threads or the "who are the next big 3???" threads more.
 
Dec 17, 2017 10:22 AM
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Objectively Speaking it isn't and never will be but of course special snowflakes are free to believe in it being anime just like some people believe in an old, beared man in the sky.

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Dec 17, 2017 10:35 AM

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I used to think it does, sometimes to me it doesn’t. More often then not though, I get more confused the harder and deeper I think about it.

 
Dec 17, 2017 11:44 AM
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