Anime style is a way in which a manga or animated television program may be drawn. This particular style always has a few defining characteristics.
- Very bright colors.
- Large eyes.
- Well defined color borders.
- Color shading.
- Over-dramatic facial expressions.
- Spiky hair.
This style has been huge in daily Japanese television for 20 to 30 years, but only recently has gained popularity with American audiences. If you want a great guide to the smaller parts to understanding anime style, read A Guide to Anime Expressions.