Want to explore the colorful world of anime? You’re going to love it! However, while checking out anime shows or movies, you’ll come across various terms like dub, shoujo, etc., which aren’t commonly used in the Western entertainment sector.

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One of these terms you might have encountered is canon anime. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s what it means.

Canon anime meaning explained

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Canon anime refers to anime that faithfully follows the original storyline of its source material, such as a novel, manga, or movie. This means that the characters, plot twists, endings, and other elements of the story must align with the original source.

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A canon anime may cover the entire narrative of the source material or focus on specific segments of it. However, to be considered canon, the storyline depicted in the anime must take place within the universe of the source.

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While there may be additional elements or scenes in a canon anime, they should not impact the story and deviate it from the one. Some popular examples of canon anime include Naruto, One Piece, Attack on Titan, and Dragon Ball Z.

Who should watch canon anime?

If you are someone who has been following a franchise for a long time and want to see your favorite story and characters come to life in anime in their original forms, then this is the one for you. 

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However, if you love exploring different theories, then non-canon anime can take you on that journey of creativity and surprise you with new outcomes that you might have never imagined. The choice is all yours!

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