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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1,526 397
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
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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Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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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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647 574
Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2005

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448 411
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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362 384
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
1997

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360 386
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004

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

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Neo Yokio is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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

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Halo Legends is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime