Some sources claim that anime derives from the French term for animation but others believe this to be a myth derived from the French popularity of the medium in the late 1970s and manga 1980s. In English, anime—when used as a common noun—normally functions as a mass noun. (For example: “Do you watch anime?” or “How much anime have you collected?”) Prior to the widespread use of anime, the term Japanimation was prevalent throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In the mid-1980s, the term anime began to supplant Japanimation. In general, the latter term now only appears in period works where it is used to distinguish and identify Japanese animation.
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