|Although, the fact that so many American cartoons were actually made in Japan might've been a factor too.|
The first time I remember really being told the difference was via a very cool older kid I met on a summer trip to Miami. It wasn't too long after he opened my eyes to the fact that shows like Voltron, Robotech, Macron 1, and the like were actually anime that I soon noticed commercials advertising anime club order services that delivered new VHS tapes of anime to your house every month and then, Sci-Fi Channel announced their first yearly Anime Festival. Basically, it was a week of different anime "films". Now, the quotations are there because not everything shown was actually a stand-alone film. They snuck things like the first few episodes of Record of Lodoss War in there, complied into what felt like a film. It was eye-opening in a big way.
|Also, it was basically nothing like what people usually think of when they think of anime.|
|Natural redheads in Japan probably means they're superhuman, I've learned.|
|I don't know...the name seems a bit on the nose.|
|Which, as an fan of the Alien franchise, I adored.|
|It's definitely a lot better than the shit they show now.|