Anime is an art form, specifically animation, that includes all genres found in cinema, but it can be mistakenly classified as a genre. In Japanese, the term anime refers to all forms of animation from around the world. In English, anime (/ˈænəˌmeɪ/) is more restrictively used to denote a "Japanese-style animated film or television entertainment" or as "a style of animation created in Japan".
Anime are often classified by target demographic, including kodomo (children's), shōjo (girls'), shōnen (boys') and a diverse range of genres targeting an adult audience. Shoujo and shounen anime sometimes contain elements popular with children of both sexes in an attempt to gain crossover appeal. Adult anime may feature a slower pace or greater plot complexity that younger audiences typically find unappealing, as well as adult themes and situations
A little explanation as to those who have not seen Anime, or have a misunderstanding either through similar shows on television.(Pokemon's or Naruto) Many who I have spoken to believe it to be only for children but that's further from the truth. It's an art form in which the director has decided to use animation as opposed to live-action.
In case you have missed it Your Name (Japanese: 君の名は。 Hepburn: Kimi no Na wa.?) written and directed by Makoto Shinkai became the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, and the highest-grossing anime film worldwide. I am not even going to guess how the Acadamy Awards missed this one.
The story is about a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies. There are comedic elements as well and the supernatural but at its heart its a romance.
If you have thought about giving anime a try or looking for a really good story go out and see Your Name. It's breathtaking work of art that's both beautiful and touching.
if you're new to anime see it dubbed, yes it's in English. Old veterans might like the sub. I saw the sub but plan on seeing the dubbed.