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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1,126 308
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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

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

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758 321
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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657 405
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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580 395
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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427 370
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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504 464
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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419 384
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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303 298
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Spawn 1997

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292 289
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Megas XLR 2004

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332 333
W.I.T.C.H. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
W.I.T.C.H. 2004

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250 303
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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228 294
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