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A North American amalgamation of the words "Japan" and "animation" used to refer to Japanese Animation. Japanimation was, for a while, the common way to refer to Japanese animation before "Anime" became the preferred word.

According to Anime News Network's Answerman, the term Japanimation was coined by Central Park Media in the early 1990s in order to sell anime to large retailers who weren't reacting positively to the term "anime."

Since then the word "Japanimation" has fallen in stature and many North American Anime fans sneer upon its use as bastardization.

Paradoxically enough, "Japanimation" is now commonly used in Japan to differentiate between Japanese animation and other animation, all of which is called "Animé."

See also: Anime

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