Anime ([ɐnʲɪ'mɛ] cf., nescl., yap. ア ( (inf.) [anʲime], from the English animation - "animation") is a Japanese animation. Unlike cartoons from other countries, intended mainly for viewing by children, most of the anime produced is designed for teenage and adult audiences, and largely due to this it has a high popularity in the world. Anime is characterized by a characteristic manner of drawing characters and backgrounds. It is published in the form of television series, as well as films distributed on video media or intended for film screening. Plots can describe many characters, differ in a variety of places and epochs, genres and styles. Sources for the plot of anime series are most often: manga (Japanese comics), ranobe (light novel) or computer games (usually in the genre of "visual novel"). During the film adaptation, the graphic style and other features of the original are usually preserved.