Most Helpful Guy
It's Japanese animation.. that's it, that's the "difference".
Most Helpful Girl
Anime is a special sub-category of Animation. It's usually treated slightly different because Animes have been around before the term or genre Animation were really established. I don't think it's wrong to call Anime Animation, but do keep in mind it hold a special standing.
It is, however, wrong to call Anime cartoons.
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