For over 10 years now, the site has operated under a fairly clear cut definition of what qualifies as anime (Site Definition of Anime and AMV). And although this definition has served us well, it's always been a little restrictive, and occasionally caused us to exclude shows for the smallest of technicalities. Some of the most notable exclusions include "Avatar: The Last Airbender", "The Legend of Korra", and more recently "RWBY" and "Voltron: Defender of the Universe".
I've recently watched a video on youtube that does a very in-depth analysis of what defines anime, and for the most part, it's what inspired this post. I think that it's the closest representation of "what is anime" that I've ever heard, and it's truly worth watching from start to finish. If you absolutely don't have time to watch the 18 minute video, then it can be summarized as although Anime originated in Japan, it's no longer limited by geographical borders. It became a artistic movement that's now being embraced by the entire world, and there's an ever increasing sub-genre of "Non-Japanese" anime that deserve a place at the table in terms of anime discussion. The full video can be watched here: So with this in mind, I'm posing the following questions.
1. Do you feel that the Org should broaden its definition of anime to encompass this "non-Japanese" anime?
2. If the site made a distinction between "Japanese Anime" and "Non-Japanese Anime", but still allowed both types of videos to be cataloged and uploaded, would you have any complaints?
3. If the Org went through with this, do you feel that AMV Contests should follow suite?
4. Do you feel that the decision as to what qualifies as "Non-Japanese Anime" can be left to the admins/ moderators? Or should there an additional influence from the userbase?
Off the top of my head, the list of shows that would probably comprise the "Non-Japanese Anime" list would be the following:
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Legend of Korra
Voltron: Defender of the Universe
So please, if you have even the slightest opinion on the matter, post it here so I can get a better understanding for what our community wants. At the end of the day, this site exists to serve the AMV community, and so we'd love all of you to join in the discussion about its direction.