I know 「アニメ」 as short for 「アニメーション」, meaning an animated film/cartoon; I tried on Jisho and Weblio, but I couldn't find any other meaning.

Yet I found these senteces, which I'm not sure about by reading 「アニメ」 with that meaning:

First (and less problematic) one; context: three middle school students are using the school ground to practice baseball, and one of them says he is going home earlier than expected:





Is this something like "Eh? If even you study, we should add anime to the exercise collection" (lit.: we should expand the exercise collection with anime)? If so, why 「うちのアニメ」 instead of just 「アニメ」?

Second (and more problematic) one; context: Akihiro is home, his father is watching television; sometimes news about Koushien appears, and Akihiro is pissed off by this:




Does this mean something like, "He didn't hold back and yawned, like a cartoon old cat"? If so, I'm not sure about the sentence structure, since by reading it I'd say it means "The old anime cat yawned without holding back", but even so I'm not sure about why 「老猫のアニメ」 (which sounds to me like "The anime of the old cat") instead of 「アニメの老猫」.

With that translation it could make sense if it were speaking about an anime on television, but since there were Koushien news and a female golfer appeared, this doesn't seem to be the case.


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Simply, this アニメ is the name of an old cat. うちの clearly indicates this アニメ belongs to the speaker's home or family. The の in 老猫のアニメ is an apposition marker (i.e., アニメ is an 老猫). See: What's the difference between 日本人の学生 and 日本の学生 ?

  • What does 「おまえが勉強するなら、うちのアニメだって問題集を広げてるぞ」 means? Seems like "If you study, also our cat", then something about opening/spreading a collection of problems, but I don't understand it.
    – Mauro
    Jan 5, 2020 at 16:08
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    @Maruo It's a joke that roughly means "If you say you are studying, I will say my cat is studying (bacause your statement is equally unbelievable as mine)."
    – naruto
    Jan 6, 2020 at 7:35

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