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14 Anime Versions Of American Shows

Updated November 5, 2019 13.4k votes 2.5k voters 74.4k views14 items

List RulesVote up the best anime adaptations of American shows.

America loves to make Hollywood adaptations of Japanese anime, as seen in the big-screen debuts of Ghost in the Shell and Dragon Ball.These are perfect examples of westernized anime titles that are bound to ring a bell. But this flip-flop of animation isn't exclusive to Japanese anime making transformations into Hollywood feature-length films. There are plenty of anime adapted from the best American TV shows.

American television that inspires anime counterparts come from a variety of genres and time periods, ranging from the modern and colorful world of well-known western animations such as The Powerpuff Girls and Lilo and Stitch, to the real-life dramas of Highlander, Supernatural, and Little House on the Prairie. Check out this list of shows and vote up the best Japanese versions of American TV series. 

  • 1
    X-Men (Anime)
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    X-Men (Anime)

    Anime reintroduction of Marvel X-Men franchise.

  • 2
    Batman: Gotham Knight

    An anime-style series set between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in the "Nolanverse."

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  • 3
    Wolverine (Anime)

    Anime reintroduction of Marvel character Wolverine.

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  • 4
    Powerpuff Girls Z
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    Powerpuff Girls Z

    Based on the animated television series The Power Puff Girls.

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    Iron Man (Anime)
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    Iron Man (Anime)

    Anime reintroduction of Marvel character Iron Man.

  • 6
    Supernatural: The Animation

    Based on the Supernatural TV series.

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    Blade
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    Blade

    Anime reintroduction of Marvel character Blade.

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    Witchblade

    Based on Witchblade comic book series from Top Cow Productions, an imprint of Image Comics.

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  • 9
    Highlander: The Search For Vengeance

    An anime installment of the Highlander franchise.

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  • 10
    Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers

    Based on the Marvel Comics Universe.

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  • 11
    Mutant Turtles: Superman Legend
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    Mutant Turtles: Superman Legend

    Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise.

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    Stitch!
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    Anime adaptation of the 2002 animated feature film Lilo & Stitch.

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  • 13
    Ultraviolet: Code 044

    Loosely based on the 2006 science fiction film Ultraviolet.

  • 14
    Laura, The Prairie Girl
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    Laura, The Prairie Girl

    Based on the novels Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder