American vs Japanese Animals


Anime fans in both Japan and the barbarian nations have been pondering the rather pronounced differences in animal character design between the USA and Japan.

Disturbingly, the American version could be recaptioned “furrie animals” without too much incongruity, although the same could probably be said of Japan’s with respect to “moeblob animals.”

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    Comment by Palmtop Tsundere
    17:00 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Where is tiger?
    *imagines tenori taiga vs Tony the tiger*

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    LMAO @ Squid musume translated to american = Ursula from Little Mermaid XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Gosh... For all of you who seem to not even notice... Ursula is based on an octopus. Fail @ you all! rofl

    I don't think Ikamusume has any american peers.

    05:40 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was going to say the same thing.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    17:05 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Japanese WINS!!!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    We can all agree that at least US got bunnies right.

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    Comment by kamiru
    18:21 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    by bunnies you do mean playboy right?

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    Comment by alidan
    17:54 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)


    lol, i think i speak for the majority of people on the internet.

    furry art is ok, when drawn well.
    what we don't like is the furry community at large, for reasons every one here should know. and its not because they dress as animals, its how creepy they can act, and how big of drama queens they can be, also the artists who decide that they will give the art away for free, but so their furry god if you post it anywhere else on the internet

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 21:37

    I believe it's Road Rovers and Heathcliff, respectively. Been a long time since I've seen either of those 2 shows.

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    Comment by erochichi
    18:37 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bunnies, yes. But they`re mostly 70 years old designs. Tex Avery, Carl Barks etc real creators. Since then, and specially now, American creativity has died, being replaced with more-of-the same industry in new, preferably 3D forms.
    Cartoon-comic animals are trying desperately to have human(?) character, Japanese fiction animals can range very widely from almost totally realistic, to extremely cute having a degree of humanity to 99% human with animal ears. And new kind of cute animal ideas done with excellent art quality are coming out all the time.
    Japanese anime&manga animals beat Americans, say 7-3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I enjoy drawn bunnies. But if I see anyone in a fursuit or claims they have a "fursona" it makes me wanna scoop out their eyes with a spoon and jab their buttplug tails into their eyesockets.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    17:46 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Get The Yiff Off You Furry!

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:07 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Ranka Lee is an insect queen... so... yes?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A DFC from Omamori Himari,i believe :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Speaking about kitties...

    What about Felicia Hardy AKA the Black cat? She is damn hot. Maybe not moe like the Japanese catgirls but damn what is she hot xD.

    NVM she is a human with a cat theme. (not a cat) T^T
    I am going to search for more.. But I already know that Japan will win hands down ;)

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:55 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I know. It's Shizuku the water snake god incarnate from Omamori Himari. I was trying to make an off the cuff comment. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Found one Squirrel girl vs Blazblue's Makoto Nanaya.

    I think Makoto obviously is a expy of Squirrel girl but Makoto got : Underboobs.

    Winner is Japan.

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    Comment by dreadx6
    18:15 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is really awesome, and i think i would prefer "moeblob animals" over "furries" any day.
    Also is that character for the fish and original artwork or attached to some kinda anime/ manga?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    West: Drawing Animals with Human Features

    Japan: Drawing Humans with Animal Features

    Would be interesting to discuss how it comes to such differences in design Philosophy

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:46 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ika Musume vs Ursula
    Cowgirl vs er...cow?

    Such a landslide win with first 2 comparisons....

    Comment by flood
    21:39 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Was expecting Suwako for Frog. :/

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    Comment by Travis
    01:40 21/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Balto is AWESOME. Mostly because it was based on a true story. So heartwarming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    This sample is not accurate. What about the the wolfs in Wolfs Rain? What about the kitty in Trigun? Or the many puppies that Ive seen in anime?


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I dunno, at least the US versions don't just say "use a young girl and give her ears and a tail, done"

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    thats not Ranka lee from macross

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    Comment by HouseLife
    18:56 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I see more design diversity and creativity across the board in the American designs, simply because they had multiple purposes if nothing else. Sadly as wonderful as Japan is at perpetuating beautiful women in various cosplay, at the very least the American versions had a wide range going for them and really deserve recognition for that. It takes more skill to humanize an animal than it does to toss animal traits on a human and make it emotionally effective.

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    Comment by Majineko
    02:31 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    fail comparision. swatkats is not there. they were the best furries of our time.

    the american sonic cartoon is a good example too. thunder kats, goofy, hanna babera's stuff blah blah. i could go on forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japan BANZAI!

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    Comment by oslja
    19:54 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's a character from "Ao no 6-gou"

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    Comment by TK-Chan
    05:15 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where is that moe cockroach...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To someone who mentioned a Felicia, what about the other Felicia from Darkstalkers on the Japanese side? Clearly there was plenty of fail bias in organizing this chart if that was missed. I don't even know who that person is in the Japanese cat slot, but it's most definitely just a person with cat ears and no other features.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Dia: Moefied fish = mermaid... but that's already a category of its own.

    This comparison is so weird. Comparing a humanoid version by the japanese to a talking animal with human character by the americans... I'd totally nominate kamineko for representing a cat... except in that particular case its a humanoid cat by the americans...

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    Comment by OhYeah
    22:31 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All valid except the fish. I kinda like Dory because she's voiced by Ellen D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't know. Both the bunnies look pretty good.

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    Comment by Kwonnie
    01:15 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Adding to the previous list; number 2 is Road Rovers. Can't recognize the third.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    (sees chart)

    I bow to our cute and spunky invader, Ika Musume!!!

    That said, I'm hoping they would do a Kingdom Hearts parody with her~

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The first row WINS! Normal animals are normal! ^o^

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:17 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing I paid attention to most on this list is how they had to find the exact Fish that Mutio looked like a humanoid version of...

    It's one of the better looking fishes as is Mutio 1 of the better humanoid animal characters...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    1 Cow and Chicken
    2 ???
    3 ???
    4 Balto
    5 Bambi
    6 The Little Mermaid
    7 Kung Fu Panda
    8 Space Jam
    9 Princess and the Frog
    10 Nemo

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    Comment by Dia

    Interestingly America wins the last row battle. Understandable in the case of deer, but it's an island nation so they should be able to moefy fish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    That's NOT representative of Japanese animals

    What about:
    - Ein the dog from Cowboy Bebop
    - Jiji the cat from Kik's Delivery Service
    - the Tanuki from Pom Poko
    - Kimba The White Lion
    - Bokko from Wonder 3

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The last three examples were the main characters in the movies in which they appear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    All the lines the Cow-girl has in the eromanga she is from consist of variations of "Moo".

    It means "Moo", by the way.

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    Comment by CowExtract
    03:02 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually think that Ein does count as a character. He is Ed's partner in crime, after all. And one last thing. I'd like to throw Menchie in to the mix as well. Let's not forget that one episode of Excel Saga that kinda spoofed Lady and the Tramp... Or maybe it doesn't count because it was spoofing it.

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    Comment by Imyou
    11:42 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How are they less characters than their American counterparts? Kimba is the protagonist of the whole series! Jiji speaks, right? Ein... is a bit debatable, but when he can steal the show like that, he's clearly more character than accessory. Can't speak for the other two...

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    Comment by Majineko
    04:17 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wat about the girl from bleach. yoroichi i believe her name was.

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    Comment by Artefact
    23:09 20/01/2011 # ! Incalculable

    Those animals don't really qualify as characters though.

    Comment by Andices
    20:32 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I saw Wanko To Karasou :D

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:10 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait...does this mean they're grooming us to be furries through cartoons in the west?? The horrid truth stands revealed!!

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    Comment by Imyou
    11:44 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'd say there are more furries in the leagues of American animators. So much so it's become a self-perpetuating tradition for what it's worth. Some kid grows up fapping to Lola Bunny, decides he wants to go into animation and draw animal people all day, makes a sexy character and inspires the next one.

    ♪ The cirrrrrcle of life~! ♪

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    02:01 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm, if you call Bambi a "furry", I guess so...

    Funny thing with all the furry-bashing, I'd consider the Japanese humans-with-animal-characteristics as or even more furry than most of the examples shown for American cartoons (Balto, Dory = furry? really?).

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    Comment by Sithreis
    07:54 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, because Tony the Tiger is the Chuck Norris of animated animals

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    Comment by TheBeast
    07:05 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    seriously? so is the purpose of this post suggesting that japan has a one track mind? i think the basis of this comparison is a little biased as well. the japanese "animals" are geared towards adults for the purpose of erotic pleasure, while the american animals are geared toward children for interesting storytelling.

    i don't think japan has these pictures in textbooks at school for the way animals look. if they do, i want to go to japan and get a few new pets.

    fun post, but i'll bet it will only end with japanese calling americans white pigs, and americans calling the japanese emo fags.

    Comment by PhillB
    17:47 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's well balanced. Moe philosophy is anthropomorphic and everyone can enjoy while encountering our inner animal.

    However, Dory's unique character wins over design.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course japan wins.
    haven't you seen what they can do with cockroaches?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    u cant really call this fair, there is no way american's animals will win over japans ones, is like saying which is better, a man's tits or a girl's tit

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    Comment by BTE
    00:17 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Girl's tits are always better than men's tits.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Flawless Victory

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Using comparisons mainly from the 80's/early 90's to japanimations newer stuff eh..

    Gee, I wonder what side they where trying to make look better, hah...

    Look up Japans anime from the late 80's and laugh at what garbage it looks like..

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Roflcopter @ Bambi's mom. It is accurate to say the least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    tenori taiga would woop the shit outa tony the tiger hands down no questions asked wat so ever to the 100% of the world and everyones eyes then the world would be in peace forever an ever.

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    Comment by KomariMax
    17:30 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    was there a competition to begin with?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:50 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    We like to point out and reaffirm that overwhelming difference even if it goes without saying.

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    Comment by King Tiger


    Japan HAS an imagination

    America has NO IMAGINATION

    /nuff said

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    Comment by Majineko
    04:12 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont get it :/ girls with animals is imagine? get your head out your ass dude. yea imagination in japan is hella good but this list does not prove that at all. stop being a typical weeaboo

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    Comment by Majineko
    09:10 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok. maybe you can elaborate youre opinion next time instead of totally bashing a country. the fact that cartoon and comics started here shows that theres a crapload of imagination. some good, some bad. saying america has NO imagination is total bs.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    06:18 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    @ Majineko

    a) I'm not a weeaboo those fags can die for all I care

    b) I was just stating my opinion

    when it comes to animorphic animal-ish designs the ones I find more appealing are the anime ones and the reason for that is cuz I HATE FURRIES!

    (do I really need to put an "opinion tag" on my posts or can you guys figure it out on your own?)

    Comment by Anonymous

    The real tiger.

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