Anime may be a niche genre, but its influence can be found in mainstream cinema. Many American movies are influenced by anime, and their writers and directors have been open about discussing the imprint anime has left on their films.
Other filmmakers, however, have not been as forthcoming with the impact anime has made on their work. Some have completely denied any sort of homage or influence, like in the case of Paprika and Inception, while others admit they knew the anime property existed, but still claim their intention was not to rip it off. Either way, fans of anime are quick to point out the obvious parallels and themes pulled from their favorite series.