About AnimeAnime (Japanese: アニメ, [a.ɲi.me] (listen)), sometimes called Japanimation, is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan. Anime, which is a shortening of the English word animation, is used in Japan as a blanket term for all animated works, regardless of origin. Outside of Japan, the term is used either to refer to animated works produced in Japan, or to their common visual style, which has since been adopted by a minority of works produced in other countries.The earliest commercial Japanese animation dates to 1917. A characteristic art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of animator Osamu Tezuka and spread in the second half of the 20th century, developing a large domestic and international audience. Anime can be distributed theatrically, through television broadcasts, directly to home media, and over the Internet.