Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Anime includes animated television series, short films and full-length feature films. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese. In English, the term is defined as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastic themes. The intended meaning of the term sometimes varies depending on the context.
While the earliest known Japanese animation dates to 1917, and many original Japanese animations were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s?notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka?and became known outside Japan in the 1980s.
Anime cartoons but it very different from american cartoons. Japanese anime can range from very silly animes to over the top serious animes that discuss issues such as pyschology of the human mind. It is also a culture, you will see this if you go to an comicon one of those kind of events. Look here: http://animecons.com/