The Legend of Korra was the successor to the immensely praised animated Nickelodeon show, Avatar: The Last Airbender. One question that has been on the minds of fans of both shows has been “Is this an anime?” Today, I will choose to talk about the more recent of the two, The Legend of Korra. In my opinion, The Legend of Korra falls under a specific grey-zone in between western animation and the genre known as anime. Anime is defined as “a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children” by the Oxford dictionary. In this case, I would not define The Legend of Korra as an anime, seeing as the show, like Avatar, is an American-network (Nickelodeon) production. Be that as it may, there is something else that we must take into consideration about The Legend of Korra: nine episodes were animated by a Japanese animation company, Studio Pierrot while the other forty-three were animated by a Korean animation studio, Studio Mir. So, while the idea of the television program was created by a Western company, the show itself was animated, in part, by a Japanese studio that had already previously produced countless animes. Hence, Korra falls in an unclear spot in the middle. It is also worth noting that the definition of anime is not crystal-clear. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anime as “a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes.” In this case, because of Korra’s anime-like style and genre, it would be undoubtedly considered an anime. In my opinion, The Legend of Korra cannot be fully defined as a cartoon, nor as an anime. To say it is a cartoon would put it in the same category with shows like Steven Universe or My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and that does not seem entirely appropriate, seeing as Korra is much more action-centered and less whimsical than most children’s cartoons. To say it is an anime would also be incorrect because Korra was not conceived in Japan. In conclusion, The Legend of Korra is neither a cartoon nor is it an anime because of its contradictory characteristics.