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20 Strange Anime TV Commercials You Didn't Know Existed

Updated September 18, 2019 903 votes 183 voters 7.1k views20 items

List RulesVote up the strangest, most amazing commercials that use anime to get their message across.

Advertisers will use all sorts of methods to get people to buy their products - including using anime. The results are sometimes straight up bizarre.

In some cases, companies use pre-existing anime franchises to advertise their wares - did you know that Schick created an Attack on Titan ad in which the Survey Corps shave Titans and an Evangelion ad where Gendo Ikari flies beardless through the sky?  Other times, the ads simply use anime style to get their message across - like McDonalds' recent anime themed recruitment ads. Sometimes, they're even for anime merchandise - Yowamushi Pedal has its own line of glasses frames that you can totally buy if you're in Japan.

These anime TV commercials may or may not inspire you to buy the product, but they certainly make you laugh - or at least raise an eyebrow in confusion.

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    McDonald's Anime Commercial

    Video: YouTube

    Rather than persuade people to eat McDonalds food, this commercial is actually trying to court applicants. If this doesn't make you want to work for McDonalds, nothing will.

    Is this a great anime commercial?
  • 2

    Mercedes-Benz A Class Commercial

    Video: YouTube

    This 6-minute commercial, which features a high-speed drive through the city in search of a legendary noodle stand, is as high-quality as any actual anime. 

    Is this a great anime commercial?
  • 3

    Hatsune Miku Toyota Commercial

    Video: YouTube

    There's nothing like a Vocaloid chatting with two actual human beings about bacon-wrapped hotdogs to convince people to buy a Toyota Corolla. This actually isn't the only advertisement in which Hatsune Miku has appeared alongside a Western celebrity - in this lotion commercial she shows off her friendship with ScarJo.

    Is this a great anime commercial?
  • 4

    Dragon Ball Z Ford Focus Commercial

    Video: YouTube

    Japan isn't the only country to use anime in its advertisements, America does it too - or at least, Ford does. In fact, Ford does it twice

    Is this a great anime commercial?