Top 20 Western “Anime” You’d Recommend to Others

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Japanese anime fans have ranked the top western cartoons they would recommend to others, revealing that voters have a distinct taste for the classics as well as a penchant for the immensely violent.

The ranking:


1. Tom and Jerry

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2. Powerpuff Girls

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3. Transformers

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4. Spongebob Squarepants

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5. Happy Tree Friends

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6. South Park

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7. The Loony Tunes Show

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8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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9. Toy Story

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10. Phineas and Ferb

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11. Star Wars

12. Frozen

13. Ultimate Spider-Man

14. The Amazing World of Gumball

15. RWBY

16. Winnie the Pooh

17. Finding Nemo

18. Beauty and the Beast

19. Adventure Time

20. Aladdin


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I can kinda see why the top three are there; you've got the mahou shoujo, the mecha, and Tom and Jerry are a lot like a Japanese comedy duo with their semi-predictable gimmick gags.

    Old Warner Brothers stuff is seriously classic, and their fuller-length productions and shorts are worth watching for any Westerner. Go find the Merrie Melodies playlist on Youtube and check out that animation quality and the way they've threaded it together with great music, which is pretty impressive when you realize it's all hand-drawn frames coming out of the 40s and 50s.

    I'd throw in stuff like Tiny Toons and Animaniacs too, but perhaps those are a bit too Western in humor taste. Then again, they have stuff like South Park and Spongebob there, so maybe they're more open to it than one might think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    And, let's not forget about things like the Tex Avery Show. "The World of Tomorrow" is still probably my favorite cartoon ever, and not only because some of the subject matter would send every SJW into a coma. :P

    https://vimeo.com/32889552

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    tom and jerry works because it has almost no words ie dialog (there is some) so everything is slapstick which tends to translate across all languages.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm surprised to see the Looney Tunes in this considering they mocked the hell out of the Japanese during the 1940s.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    06:36 21/02/2016 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Only certain ones, what's really amazing is a main reason that the Warner Bros cartoons became as epic as they were is because of the magic of incompetent nepotism.

    Basically someone put a guy in charge of them who didn't care what they did as long as they made him look good. It's not just that they were doing it in hand drawn frames, most of these 3-4 minute cartoons were made in two weeks. From conception to completion, 2 weeks.

    They became so fast and efficient that they finished even faster than that usually, and they were such an incredible team, that they used that to make their own ideas, finishing two cartoons in the span of time it took to make one.

    This is how Duck Amuck came into existence.

    Legend isn't the right word for them. An alignment of talent and ability that seems almost impossible came together to make something that is so unbelievably timeless that it took me until I hit college and learned the history for me to realize these cartoons were 60 years old and still amazing.

    It's why I am an animator.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The episode where Daffy Duck is a commando who parachutes into Germany and proceeds to bedevil the Nazi vulture is considered a classic. He even smacks Hitler in the head with a mallet at the end of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    i may suggest to watch Warner Bros. WWII propaganda cartoons.I saw its compilation on VHS years ago and it was awesome also some works by Tex Avery.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    21:28 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was the 40s. There's lots of Loony Tunes besides that. Decades more. Also, how many kids remember those old cartoons?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where is King of the hill, s the best anime

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    21:28 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That gaijin ain't right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    i feel like king of the hill wouldn't translate very well

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Believe it or not there's a Japanese dub of KOTH

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe it I mean there is a jp dub of the simpsons and mlp so I'm pretty sure there one for koth too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Gargoyles, Samurai Jack, Exosquad, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Spectacular Spider-man, Young Justice, Batman the Animated Series, The Justice League, Batman Beyond, Mighty Max, The Tick, Maxx, and The Animaniacs.

    All quality western cartoons that seem to be missing from that list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I would definitely agree with Gargoyles and Exosquad, as they were two of the very few American animations of the '90s to have a continuous, coherent storyline, not just "screw around for 30 minutes and then everything's the same as before". Batman kind of has that problem, but the art style and voice acting are so ridiculously good you don't really care.

    I don't think Animaniacs and Tiny Toons translate all that well to foreign countries. So much of their humor is making fun of American politics and pop culture that if you don't have a good understanding of why it's funny when Babs Bunny pulls George Bush's lips out of his mouth and it says "NO NEW TAXES" on the inside, everything's just going to fly over your head.

    I'd like to add Bucky O'Hare and the ABC Sonic the Hedgehog to the list too, even though Sonic is technically based on a Japanese character. Fantastic cartoons that got screwed over by corporate politics before they could tell their whole stories.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    None of them were really that popular with the Japs. Most ESPECIALLY the Avatar franchise.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    21:27 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm shocked that Happy Tree Friends made it to the list. It's so random.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    no dialog to et messed up with translation hence tom and jerry as well physical humor carrys across well over almost all countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 28/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is a.t.o.m and dragon booster

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese eat Tom and Jerry up. It always at the top of sales lists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    A list of Western anime without Teen Titans or Code Lyoko? This has to be an ironic list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:44 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Code Kyoto is French, making it European, not western.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 28/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    PROTIP: LRN2 Geography and social studies, fuckwit. European countries and culture are what THE WESTERN WORLD is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    European = Western. Western civilisation is that mix of Roman(Latin)/Greek.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    #1~5 ANYTHING by Chuck M. Jones
    #6 Samurai Jack
    #7 Megas XLR
    #8 Sam & Max: Freelance Police!!!
    #9 Inspecteur Gadget
    #10 Don Quijote De La Mancha (1979)

    I'd also add quite some more euro/japan coproductions from the second hald of the 70's to the first half of the 80's, like Ulysse 31 or Sherlock Hound. Those were really western animes, in every sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    im pretty sure star wars isnt "anime" unless you count that half-assed animated clone wars crap.

    im also pretty sure transformers is originally japanese.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    21:36 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are a few Star Wars "anime" including Rebels.

    It's originally Japanese, but there have been so many Transformers since then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    beast wars as far as im aware is the last one i made in japan all the ones after I have no clue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    all cartoons are anime only over zealos elitests think other wise. verified by my wife shes Japanese all cartoons are anime to her since anime is short for animation hence all cartoons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tom & Jerry, both a classic AND immensely violent. My dad would always rave about how Loony Tunes and Tom & Jerry were the pinnacle of cartoons and a ton better than the violent cartoons they have today. pointing out just how violent tom & jerry is puts up the armour of god, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looney Tunes would never get on the air today. How many times did Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer and all the rest get shot in the face, or blown up with dynamite? Wile. E. Coyote plummeting off cliffs or crushed by rocks. There were even a few episodes where they died and went to hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Samurai Jack, looney toones have some very unpleasant protagonists

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:09 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell is Steven Universe?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steven Jewniverse is in the trash where it belongs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too feminist and progressive for Japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 23/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it's just got a horrible Japanese dub. Like, I've seen cartoons on Japanese television and the acting isn't always bad. Steven, however, is one of the occasional exceptions. Sadly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the fuck is G.I. Joe, X-Men (Not that Evolution crap) and He-Man?

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    21:31 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would they vote for 90s X-men? You assume this is a 30-something group voting for this. They probably don't know Evolution, either. The only X-men they might know is the X-men co-pro anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man that Buzz Lightyear will give me nightmares.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    this list either needs to be renamed or needs to be redone since clearly 5 of these are movies and not shows. and two of these are web series but I guess it counts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 26/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm Venture Bros. How has no one brought this up yet? C'mon people!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is MLP !!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    He-man and She-Ra should be top of that list skeletor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 22/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    and Bravestarr too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ultimate Spiderman???? that shitt is a bad clone of Deadpool.

    Tom and Jerry rape the fucking old HST alot.

    The list need:
    - Dexter labs firts seasons.
    - Xmen series (90s).
    - GI Joe.
    - Samurai Jack.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Happy Tree Friends, huh? Tee. Hee.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not really good... But I think that it's a good revisit to the gore they stopped producing in japan. admittedly not as good quality, but you take what you can get.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it reminds the Japanese of the batshit stuff Gainax used to put out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least they have good taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 21/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    W.i.t.c.h and Fritz the cat.





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