Why do they call it anime?
Outside of Japan and in English, anime refers to Japanese animation, and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. However, in Japan and in Japanese, anime (a term derived from a shortening of the English word animation) describes all animated works, regardless of style or origin.
Does anime have to be from Japan?
Anime is a Japanese loanword used to refer to any sort of animation. Outside of Japan, in other countries, anime is generally considered to be a type of a cartoon. You can make a cartoon in a style similar to anime, but it can’t truly be considered an anime.
Do I have to be Japanese to make anime?
Yes! Anime is simply the Japanese word for Animation. In the Western-World Anime is however seen as Animation with a specific style that is created in Japan. No matter how you define the word “Anime” though, there have been Animation shows, that had an American writer but were produced in Japan.