Anime. Japan's gift to the west.
Anime is an abbreviation of the Japanese word animeeshon. As you have probably guessed, it refers to Japanese animation.
In recent years, anime has exploded in the west. With a lot of series being serialised, dubbed and subbed into English; the world of anime has became a lot more accessible. You can load up Amazon, type in anime and with a few clicks can have a box of anime DVDs making its way to your door.