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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1,463 363
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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1,505 393
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,339 368
RWBY is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,256 357
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,011 390
Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2003

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868 508
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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735 506
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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588 475
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

10
568 459
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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634 573
Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2005

12
442 410
W.I.T.C.H. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004

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361 382
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
1997

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359 384
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004

15
308 381
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperf... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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315 392
Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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295 369
Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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222 401
Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime