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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2,118 509
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

3
1,826 444
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,981 497
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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1,684 487
RWBY is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,339 509
Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2003

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1,215 642
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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1,059 638
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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819 645
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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745 600
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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875 745
Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2005

12
587 550
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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503 491
Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
2004

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499 488
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
1997

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422 488
Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

16
387 464
Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

17
395 477
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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79 90
Ōban Star-Racers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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63 102
Halo Legends is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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74 120
Neo Yokio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime

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279 494
Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime