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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3,217 278
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2
2,353 551
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
3
2,026 482
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
4
2,182 554
Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
5
1,804 538
RWBY is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
6
1,450 554
Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2003
7
1,362 693
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
8
1,186 679
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
9
904 710
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
10
985 804
Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2005
11
801 654
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
12
645 598
W.I.T.C.H. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004
13
567 524
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
1997
14
552 530
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004
15
462 530
Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
16
431 503
Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
17
439 514
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperf... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
18
106 121
Ōban Star-Racers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
19
105 171
Neo Yokio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
20
79 140
Halo Legends is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
21
300 532
Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime