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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3,211 278
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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2,351 549
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
3
2,025 480
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
4
2,177 554
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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1,800 537
RWBY is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
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1,449 551
Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2003
7
1,361 689
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
8
1,184 676
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
9
904 706
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
10
984 800
Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2005
11
800 652
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
12
645 596
W.I.T.C.H. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004
13
566 522
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
1997
14
552 529
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004
15
462 528
Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
16
439 513
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperf... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
17
429 502
Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
18
105 121
Ōban Star-Racers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
19
105 169
Neo Yokio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
20
79 139
Halo Legends is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
21
300 531
Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime