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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2,083 498
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,805 428
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,939 491
Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,670 475
RWBY is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,323 497
Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2003

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1,195 628
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,048 624
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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807 632
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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738 590
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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861 733
Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2005

12
582 539
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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498 484
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004

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493 482
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
1997

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417 480
Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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392 470
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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76 85
Ōban Star-Racers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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380 458
Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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62 94
Halo Legends is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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70 113
Neo Yokio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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276 490
Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime