Avatar: Anime Or Not

Picture of the main characters of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and Zuko

Avatar: The Last Airbender, the critically acclaimed animated tv show, is quite the amazing show. Hailed as a successful and universally lauded series with a great cast of characters, amazing plot and anime like appearance.

With the rise of such a show that came around during the middle of the 2000s, with the animation style that the show possessed, a single question arose. Is Avatar: The Last Airbender an anime.

An anime is defined to be, by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes. By this by the books definition, Avatar isn’t really an anime because it was not produced in Japan.  

But if we try going in further, the world anime comes from the Japanese word アニメ which was made from shortning the word animation. As seen the, anime is written in Katakana, indicating that it is in fact a foreign word. Katakana is one of the 3 alphabets from the Japanese writing system, Katakana is used only for foreign words.  So the Japanese themselves say that Anime is a foreign idea adopted as their own.

There are certainly cases for and against the idea of Avatar being an anime. Certain definition and points of views give us insights into what Avatar can be classified as. One thing is definitely for certain, anime fan or not, anyone can definitely enjoy this show.

Sizing Chart For Unisex Tees
Sizing Chart for Current  Unisex Tees!


Body Length 27 28 29 30 31 32
Body Length Tolerance 1 1 1 1 1 1
Body Width 18 20 22 24 26 28
Body Width Tolerance 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4
Body Length 20 1/2 22 23 1/2 25 26 1/2
Body Length Tolerance 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2
Body Width 16 17 18 19 20
Body Width Tolerance 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2