What is Anime?
Anime (pronounced AH-nee-may ) is a term for a style of Japanese comic book and video cartoon animation. It is the prevalent style in Japanese comic books or manga . Story lines are often very sophisticated and complex and extend into episodic series. Typical anime themes or genres include Ninja and other martial arts; the supernatural or horror story; the romance; and science fiction including robots and space ships. Foils for the main characters, including robots, monsters, or over the top insane or evil villians.
Variations of anime called hentai and ecchai are sexually-oriented. Doujinshi is the term for “autonomous comics,” or comics written and distributed by independent and often amateur devotees of anime.
What is Cosplay?
Cosplay short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art where participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific characters or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and science fiction such as Disney. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered around sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing (even explicit) costumes.
What is Manga?
Manga is the Japanese word for “comics/cartoons” and consists of graphic novels, comics and print cartoons. In the West, the term “manga” has been appropriated to refer specifically to comics created in Japan, or by Japanese authors, in the Japanese Language.