Top Reasons American Cartoons Are Better Than Anime

The Top Ten
1 Iconic Characters

Western Animation has all time classics like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse.
Anime has Pikachu... and no other characters recognizable outside their respective fanbases.

Reading some of these comments made me realize these haven't even watched
An anime properly. They watched just two episode and now they are criticizing it. Seriously get a grip. You are hating on anime in an unreasonable way like some of anime fans.

I feel a great disturbance in the force, as if a thousand weeaboos all cried out in anger. And we're suddenly silenced. - Unnamed Google User Remade

While anime does have it's iconic characters like Goku and Naruto, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, Popeye, and other classic cartoon characters are more iconic.

2 Different Art Styles

Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Adventure Time... you name it. The correct names just sprang right into your head just by glancing. For me, I've first watched Steven Universe in a hospital T.V., and its pastell-ish unique art never left my head. And after that it was easy to find it! In Anime however, I can't find a creative and significant art style. Sure some shows like Naruto and Dragon Ball were different, but most of them just squish in with the others. Even the characters all look alike, only with different hair color and eyes. So I get a little boredom every time I watch Anime.

As much as this list is just mentally retarded, this one is something I can agree. I like anime but no doubt western animation has more "freedom" to their art styles where in anime it has to stick to an art style. Not all animes have the same art style and what defines as different anime artstyles in my opinion is quality,visuals,color,etc but cartoons can be differentiate quickly with no thought while in anime it takes time. Its just many cartoon creators only want the money and not get money thru beautiful and quality cartoons like Adventure Time or... The Regular Show (I really see Steven Universe like the new DBZ in cartoons but extremely better) but I say anime is extremely different to cartoons. But in a way I see it more expandable to audiences and quality while cartoons can have an big influence and independence in art styles

You can tell apart most Western shows just by looking at them, whereas you wouldn't know the difference between two animes unless you had watched them before. Western animators are better because they experiment with different ways of drawing/animating, giving each cartoon a unique look.

There are like thousands of anime art styles, you probably don't know them because there not as popular, like I'll compare the animes Attack on Titan and K, K has a beautiful arrt style and lovely fight scenes, Attack on Titan looks drawn, but still has badass fight scenes.

3 Better Characters

I can't agree with this. Anime and Cartoons both have some really great characters and some really bad characters. You really can't compare them

Sure, Anime has deep characters, but it doesn't make them better. Most main Anime character are just a cute boy with spiky hair, trying to become some kind of master.

4 Funny Gags

Animes have more head-hitting moments than some Americans.
The bump in some animes are nothing but cactus ball-shaped pink thing.
But some Americans are nothing but too tall for bumps (early bumps are bright red but nowadays are the same thing as anime's).
I wonder if some cartoons have head bump with grosteque features.
(Growing bump-on-the-head with blood).

I don't really get the humor in anime. Sure, America has dumb toilet humor, but the old episodes of SpongeBob had way more humor in my opinion.

When's the last time SpongeBob made me laugh? The last time I laughed was when season 3 ended. Every season after wasn't funny at all.

I'm a anime an cartoon and Hollywood fan. Every tine I watched a I don't Their are funny parts but with America shows they are comeplety funny as heck!

5 Simple Stories

Look, people are different so you won't know what they will say. To be honest, I have to agree with them but I do not hate western animations as much though due to the fact that I watched cartoons during my childhood. Think about anime as more mature version of cartoons. (This must be the reason why my mom loves ani me but dislikes cartoons.)

I am an anime fan who still love cartoons, so I think that, when I want to watch something for fun, I'll watch cartoons, but anime is better for a proper story.

They are still good American cartoons but anime fans can't accept that. They just want to hate on Western Animation and the fans and say anime is the best thing in the entire world even though it isn't

Allow me to say this on anime's behalf:
*clears throat* Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and both Avatar series. That is all.

6 Great Catchphrases

You go away to Pey. If you want to hear people praise anime like it's the best thing ever (even though it's not) go to that dumb biased list. You and many anime fans can't accept the fact that American cartoons are really good and are not just made for children. I have heard people say that tweety bird catch phrase a lot of times but that doesn't matter. What matters is that it's an iconic catchphrase that everyone knows. Just because you know some so called "catchphrases" from animes doesn't mean it's iconic.

AliCatz615 go away. No one even says that and that "catchphrase" isn't even iconic. You obviously watched an episode of whatever anime was on, heard a quote you liked, then put it here. It's a stupid quote anyway. Why would someone say they would take a potato chip and eat it. It's not funny and it's not a catchphrase. It will never be iconic or well known.

There's Bugs Bunny's "What's up, Doc? ", Porky Pig's "That's All, Folks! ", SpongeBob's "I'm ready! " Scooby-Doo's "Scooby-Dooby-Doo! " Charlie Brown's "Good grief! ", He-Man's "By the power of Greyskull..." etc... American cartoon catchphrases are more well known that Japanese anime catchphrases.

Guys were in america of course were going to use catch phrases from america. There's a language barrier between Japan and america so catch phrases wouldn't really work.

7 Actually Funny

Anime is not that funny, just Dorito chin guys and whiny high pitched girl Mary Sues. I also think the Digimon anime is BETTER than the Pokemon anime. It's ok to disagree but please respect my opinion

No cartoons have annoying @$$ dad jokes and stuff. Animation in anime makes it pop out and be more funnier.

Sure western animations have dumb toilet humor nowadays, but the old spongebob episodes are extremely funny

8 Better Animation

Anime, besides the action scenes, doesn't really have fluid animation, I mean, it still looks nice, but it's not fluid.
Western Animation (besides a few examples), on the other hand...

Pfftftt. Please anime has better animation for sure. The background is so detailed and beautiful and the character designs are so awesome. Literally they put more effort in eyes than cartoons

As an anime fan I have two words for this example: HAND. DRAWN.
While some like Sword Art Online do use computer animation, most anime are drawn frame by frame by a group of talented artists from beginning to end. Yes it can be a bit rough at times, but anime will always be more fluid than western animation.

This is not true, no matter how much you day it, it never will be. A single frame in anime can take hours to draw by a group of artists. However, a frame in a cartoon can be thrown together in about five two minutes. Anime takes much more skill and effort to make and looks a hundred times better too.

9 No Creepy Fetishes
10 Bright Colours

I would say this reasoning is kinda dumb, there are some WA that uses dark animation and some Anime that uses bright animation.

BS animes have as much bright colours as a cartoon! In cartoons all they does wear the same outfit in like every episode whereas in anime they change wear something different or wear the school uniform. There hair colours are different (which people who hate anime find weird) but does it matter? They have colours which you might find very mellow. The colours in a cartoon can cause a seizure. It happened to my friend once.

O so if someone makes a list saying anime is better, its fine but if someone makes a list saying American cartoons are better, they are a jackass. how is mrcoolface a jackass? Because he thinks American cartoons are better and your a biased little prick who can't accept the fact that not everyone thinks that anime is better

That's not what I'm saying bitch. He practically spams saying stupid stuff on why anime is better than cartoons list. Whenever people say cartoons are better than anime it's fine, but when people say anime is better he has to have his input on every item on the list. Can't HE accept that people like anime better? I mean look at his list, it's pathetic. He says stuff like they have no plot or that they are repetitive.

The Contenders
11 Family Appeal

Well most anime fans like animes better ( for really bad reasons) because they want it to be a sad ending. That's stupid. Cartoons have happy endings so you can escape reality and forget the troubles of the world. You don't want to watch a murder story or a sad anime to remind you of the crap that's happening now. Also emos aren't cool. All they do is cry and moan and cut themselves.

This is bull. I'm sorry my giant black MMA instructor likes anime. He served in Iraq and has a wife and child. One of the coolest guys I've ever met and helps special needs children.

American cartoon IS made mostly for families... Anime is more extensive and is there for all types of audience,for five year olds to a 50 yr old man but mostly for teenagera... I know lots of anime's which are geared towards "family appeal". In fact I watch them with my parents.

Not all anime has sad endings, I actually hate things with sad endings, which is why I watch OHHC, Cute High Earth defense Club Love, This boy caught a mermaid and many more.

12 Talented Voice Actors

I am way more a fan of cartoon voice actors but this is false. Both are very talented and give off many things. Though I would say cartoons you show off more talent since you are able to create so many different voices, whereas for anime you kind of just use the voice in different tones, which is talented, but still.

Yea people said that voice actors for anime are better than voice actors for American cartoons. I can just say one American cartoon voice actors name and those biased anime fans would shut up. Really, American cartoons had Mel Blanc and these people are really say Anime voice actors are better. BS I SAY! BS!

Anime voices are pathetic. With childish voices, and forced ones, to stupid voices trying to make them sound cool.Most. American Cartoons don't make your ears bleed.

If you mean, Cartoons with talented voice actors, I recommend you to watch My Little Pony.

13 They're Never Depressing

True! There's usually only like 1 episode per season that would have a cliffhanger or a thrilling ending if you're talking about a more serious cartoon like gravity falls. But the rest of the time it's just great humor, artwork, and acting.

There are also anime that takes you to a world where you can escape everything you know. Anime isn't that dramatic. Watch Acchi kocchi for once and you will realize that anime isn't really sad and emotional. In fact, anime usually blends emotions. From a trajedy to a happy ending.

It doesn't mean there can't be one sad cartoon, I'm actually curious what it would be like, and if I have a sad day, aI can always watch Cute High Earth defense Clubs love, its one of the funniest Animes I know.

Sad and emotional? Isn't that what you get with reality? Cartoons are about escapism. If you had a depressing day at work these cartoons cheer you up big time.

14 Stars On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Usually whenever you see voice actors and hear how famous they are, you usually see cartoon voice actors. Of course, anime voice actors are famous, but compared to cartoon voice actors they aren't known that well, which is why you don't really see them in places like greatest voice actors list. Even the possible most famous anime voice actors Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat, those two can't compete with people like Mel Blanc, Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, June Foray, Tara Strong, Grey DeLisle, Phil Lamarr, Daws Butler, Tom Kenny and tons more. Which are people who starred in "only" cartoons. I am aware some voice actors have voiced in both, but I haven't known for cartoon voice actors to voice in anime, I have only known for anime voice actors to voice in cartoons, which from my experience, they don't regularly do cartoons. In my case, there are over a handful of anime voice actors I don't even know of. Also sure Chris Sabat voices lots of characters in Dragon Ball, but especially with his ...more

No one knows who voiced for anime hence why they are never on greatest voice actors lists. Instead you see Mel Blanc, June Foray, Frank Welker, Don Messick, Daws Butler, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulson, Tres Macnielle, Nancy Cartwright, Cree Summer, Tara Strong, and Maurice Lamarche. (to name a few) Yes they all did star in only American cartoons and they are all well known in the voice acting buisness and are very talented.

Because of American cartoons, a mouse, a bunny, a duck, a woodpecker and a family of yellow people all have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That's something not even Wallace & Gromit have.

Yea but they aren't known that well because no one cares excuse dumb anime fanboys who think anime is better than American cartoons when it really isn't.

15 More Memorable
16 Less Predicable

This is actually so stupid. Most good animes aren't predictable at all and have amazing plot twists. Many times you really don t know whats going to happen and who is going to die. I mean American cartoons are predictable. People who argue that Pokemon is predictable so all anime are predictable haven t actually watched anime to see the amazing plot twists. Most times American cartoons have simple plots that only span and episode and the characters never actually die, whereas in anime there is actually a plot and you never know whats going to happen. For example, Itachi was cared for Sasuke in Naruto, tobi was not madara but actually obito in naruto, gin was good in bleach, hearthcliff was the creator of SAO in sword art online, and I can honestly think of many many more. The plot twists are amazing in anime, yes sometimes its predictable, but isn't american cartoons sometimes predictable too

People who think animes are better say animes are't predictable and they don't as long. First I don't know how a show's length has anything to do with American and anime cartoons being better. Second, Pokemon is the most predictably show in the world and guess what, IT'S AN ANIME

Anime has a huge problem of over useing shonen tropes and character archertypes. Though this complaint mostly applies to shonen and harem anime. But those two genre of anime account for 90% of all anime out there

You spelled "predictable" wrong.

17 More Pleasing to Watch

I can't just sit on the couch, turn on my T.V. and casually watch Anime. With American cartoons you can come right in the middle and still understand everything. Anime always has some cliffhanger every single episode.

18 Fewer Fan Wars

Western Animation can have fan wars, from Mickey Mouse vs. Looney Tunes to SpongeBob vs. The Loud House.

"Ren & Stimpy vs. Rocko's Modern Life" would like to have quite a few words with you

19 Better Music Scores

American cartoons were often scored by legendary maestros like Carl Stalling, Hoyt Curtin and Scott Bradley among others.

What has anime got? Trash that's what

20 Bigger Legacy

Laugh out loud what's funny is that America is trying to imitate anime now...

So big, the British tried to get in on the act in the 1970s.

21 Not As Much Fanservice

I wasn't sure where to post my opinion of this list as a whole, so I figured I'd just put it on the thing I voted for:

It's odd that nearly the entire top ten consists of things I dislike or don't care about in T.V. shows. I love complex and depressing stories as they add to who I am and my understanding of the world.

At the same time, iconic characters, funny gags, great catchphrases, bright colors, I like all of them, but I don't put very much value on them. I absolutely love some Phineas and Ferb, but when it comes to what I value in the media I consume, a great story with interesting and deep characters are what I search for.

I guess "Disney", currently at number 18, might actually be the biggest reason to love western animation, haha. Well, that and the amount of fanservice... *sigh*

Who cares if characters in American cartoons wear the same outfits every episode? It's family entertainment not porn.

Well it's the anime fans who need to find every little difference that anime has and than say it's better because BIASED!

22 Fun for All Ages

Anime fans always say that cartoons are only meant for children when they have only watched dora the explorer or the new episodes of sponge bob. They really need to stop using two American cartoons that were either never good or not good at all to compete with anime. There are lots of cartoons that can be for everyone. Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Simpsons, Animaniacs, Gravity Falls, Pinky and the Brain, The Classic Disney Cartoons, DuckTales, Freakazoid, Tiny Toon Adventures, Adventure Time, and Gargoyles. (To just name a few of the many that there are).

Excluding shows like Family Guy or South Park, American cartoons can be viewed and enjoyed by all ages. I'm pretty sure your kid would get bored if you made him watch anime. Mainly because it's Japanese and he won't understand.

23 Animation Renaissance

I don't understand... What does The Simpsons have to do with anime?

Without The Simpsons kickstarting this rebirth, Anime wouldn't have come about.

24 Better Fighting Scenes

Bruh what the heck "BETTER FIGHTING SCENES" sure there are some really good cartoon fighting scenes but ANIME has great animation when it comes to fighting scenes, I mean have some of you people even watched different types of anime not just the one's where you're gonna complain about the fan service, so if not please don't make this list with dull facts! THX :)

Have you even watched Naruto?

This is really stupid reason!

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