This guide is intended as a place to learn about the various kinds of Japanese media. It will also include links to external sites.
Article on Anime.
Anime is a medium of animation produced in Japan.
While some westerners, especially casuals, will claim that the term doesn’t only apply to Japanese animation; this is false. It should only be used to describe Japanese animation.
Most anime is traditionally animated (2D), as opposed to CG. Their way of animation is also fairly different from most western animation.
Article on AMVs.
Anime Music Videos are a strange niche. When most people hear AMV, they think of the really bad ones. However, the good AMVs are really well made. I recommend just looking at the best rated ones.
Article on Manga.
A comic medium. Most manga is black and white (which is done to save money and time) and are published in magazines.
Article on Visual Novels.
Visual Novels are an interesting kind of media. Depending on who you ask, they’re either video games or their own medium entirely. I’m of the opinion they’re too different from games to be considered games.
Article on Light Novels.
Light Novels are short books (“Light” “Novels” heh) typically targeted at teens. The most popular series go on for dozens of Volumes.
I don’t know of any Light Novel databases unfortunately.
This section is a work in progress.
Article on Vocaloid.
This isn’t a genre, rather it’s a product. A vocal synthesizer… or in other words, a virtual singer.