Anime Underground 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime  

Crystal Brackett
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List Rules Vote up your favorite non-Japanese cartoons which exude the qualities of an anime.

When a cartoon on American television looks like anime, the average person usually assumes it's anime. Given anime's ever-expanding global popularity, it's easy to deem shows with anime characteristics as authentic forms of the genre. But in order to be anime, the series must be made in Japan, and the titles below, though stylistically influenced by anime, are not. But hey, that was the intention, right? These popular series are American shows that seem like anime. They're inspired by the anime genre's physical attributes, fight scenes, and of course, beautiful women.

From full-fledged series on popular channels such as Cartoon Network to titles on streaming services such as Netflix, these Western cartoons that look like anime definitely fooled someone into believing they were actually anime at some point or another.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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RWBY is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Code Lyoko 2003

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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Ben 10 2005

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Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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W.I.T.C.H. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Spawn 1997

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Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Megas XLR 2004

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Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperf... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime