Anime is taken from the French, who love their comics and cartoons. They also love Jerry Lewis, but that is wa-a-a-a-a-ay beyond my ken, and thus will likely never be dealt with here.
It is a Vox Day-level conundrum. Have at it, Mensa-boy.
Yup. The Japanese, who love Frenchy-French-Frenchness (Give Fantastic Plastic Machine a listen), ganked the word "anime" for their own brand of big-eyes, small-mouth cartoonery, and thereby hangs the tale.
We, just this month, made cable TV to go away, wishing it into Charter's corporate cornfield. We still have cable internet, though, and a ROKU box, a hockey-puck-sized bringer of joy. Through it you can access all manner of 'Net-TV wonders: Netflix, GBTV, all sorts of newsfeeds. And Crunchyroll.
"Crunchyroll is an American website and international online community focused on streaming East Asian media including anime, manga, drama, music, electronic entertainment, and auto racing content. Founded in 2006 by a group of UC Berkeley undergraduate students, Crunchyroll’s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content to over five million online community members worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by Venrock." -- Wikipedia
The site is www.crunchyroll.com
I have been a fan of French comics for years. Asterix, Carmen Cru (Please note: no "z". This was from the '80s "French Ice" book), and Valerian - Spatio-Temporal Agent. Well.
The Franco-Japonais partnership has brought forth a treat: "Time Jam - Valerian and Laureline", a very creditable adaptation of the Dargaud "Valerian" comic series. Crunchyroll has it. You can get it on your household Logic, or online via ROKU, your PS3, or other such technical gimcrackery.