I'm not a big fan of anime but I will say that it should be counted as cinema, in the same way that The Lion King should and Toy Story should.
"Film, also known as cinema, a movie or motion picture, is a form of visual art used to simulate experiences that communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere by means of recorded or programmed moving images along with other sensory stimulations."
Images don't have to be photographs.
In any case, a film, or cinema only needs to use recorded visual images and other sensory stimulations to evoke a certain idea, feeling or atmosphere, so yes, anime should indeed be considered cinema.
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