Anime is a fandom rich in history and plentiful in culture. Short for “animation,” anime is a genre known for its vibrant, hand-drawn graphics. While the art form originated in Japan, the style quickly spread west. But it’s as much about the diverse narrative as the compelling art and technique itself. Anime is a constantly evolving form of storytelling, dating back to the 1900’s. The fandom combines art, unique animation, cinematography and more, focusing on portraying lively and realistic characters immersed in action-packed plots.