Top 10 Reasons Anime is Better Than American Cartoons

The Top Ten
1 Great Characters

Look, I like anime and cartoons equally, but you guys saying all cartoons suck clearly haven't watched the better ones. For instance, numerous adult cartoons, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Star vs The Forces of Evil, Adventure Time and Over the Garden Wall, and cartoons pilots like Infinity Train and Obituary. I get really tired of people just stereotyping cartoons because they've seen one episode of SpongeBob or something. Also, don't harass someone because they like cartoons better, it's their opinion, geez.
Actually watch the good cartoons before you judge them all in general.

Yeah that is true anime characters are great with different personalities and different looks and they are realistic and relatable. Cartoon characters are mostly weird or cute nothing else they can't be realistic or cool or dangerous. Anime characters make me feel like I'm a part of them too like when they are sad I'm sad when they are happy I'm happy too when they cry I cry when they laugh I laugh too. That's why anime characters are way better than cartoon characters.

Many times American cartoons try to achieve good characters, and they get exaggerated, or creators try to make them fun and energetic, only to come off as annoying. The only counters I have to this are spongebob characters and gravity falls characters. Anime, however, character are actually real. Even in fantastical anime like one piece, you have a boy who has an ultimate dream, and tries to achieve it, but stumbles through obstacles along the way,

Not even cartoon characters like Johnny Test, Sanjay Patel, or Clarence are as great as Kirito from Sword Art Online. People may think Kirito as generic or bland, but that's an argument for another day. At least he and other anime characters are way better than the crappy cartoon characters that make you want to come into the T.V. and punch them in the face.

2 Better Story Better Story

Anime has lots of depth in the story. There usually is a deeper meaning you can get out if it. Unlike, American cartoons, it can get really serious with certain topics. Cartoons are based around light topics. In animation, characters grow a lot in person. They change through their experiences. The characters in cartoons usually stay the same. I think anime also can grasp the watcher's attention even if they don't like the art because of the story. (That's how I ended up loving One Piece even though I vowed to never read/watch it because I thought it was a childish, stupid anime) I think the plot lines in animation are really clever and well thought out.

Anime can be better than this. I mean I'm against anime, because what does anime show not just today but probably the time anime was invented? A lot of trippy. What I'm saying is that they should take all the bull from the good stuff, like lasers and magical powers the people harness. And start putting the good stuff in it and make a new genre of anime. I'm thinking like a sitcom anime or something.

In some of the Western animation that I have watched, there wasn't a set plot. It was just some episodes were connected, and some weren't. In anime, however, there is almost always a story that has been well thought out and well written. There are different genres of anime, so anybody can watch whichever one they like.

Speaking of better story lets take a look at FMA & Ben10. Each episode of FullMetal Alchemist has a lot of great action, funny moments, and overall each feel which has some good messages for kids. While all episodes of Ben10 has a weak storyline, crude toilet humor and characters that are just terrible role models for kids.

3 Emotional Connection With Characters Emotional Connection With Characters

Due to anime being able to have an actually serious nature, I feel for the characters. American cartoons are all about comedy without plot so I never give a damn about the characters. I mean isn't there an entire video on youtube devoted to all the Kenny deaths from South Park? How am I supposed to care when he dies literally every episode. Anime is different because they let me connect by making the characters real and relatable. Even if we're not talking about heavily emotional anime where I cry over characters dying or being seriously injured (Kagari from Psycho Pass and Izaya from Durarara), I still feel emotions for the characters.

American cartoons have more supporters because of their cheesy songs and most people are lazy to read the subtitles for anime shows that cannot be translated or they just do not get the meaning of the storyline. I think if anime has more shows for children then it would be popular but don't remove character death. American cartoons use to have character death but children these days keep crying. What is the use of a story that just has singing. It just make children believe they won't die.

Really? Character development is the worst thing about anime. All of them are the same. All of them have feelings? American characters do, too. This is the dumbest list ever. You can get an emotional connection with ANY character, anime or not. As long as you like the show enough. The animation is better? How wrong you weaboos are. Anime is the same old choppy stuff, while American animation is smooth. Also, the storylines? Forget it. The comedy anime has to take place in a high school and have hentai in it. You want to talk about fart jokes in American animation? Hentai is worse. The action is boring, and I give up at the halfway mark. You otakus want to bash other things, but look at your own fandom first.

American cartoons target younger audiences, so no one really dies and it's just friendship and magic and everything is really happy and all.

But with anime, it's much more real and it chains you to the characters, so if someone dies it's like you're being dragged along with them.

4 Better Animation Better Animation

Depends on what you mean... Western animation has it's plusses over anime, like, not using the same mouth movements over and over (besides those cruddy Flash cartoons).

All of the above, they draw better, there is more action, and nobody beats Japanese imagination. The best Anime/Cartoons I have ever seen in my life were all Japanese: Ninja Scroll, Akira, Battle Angel, The Hakkenden, Neo Tokyo, Doomed Megalapolis, Karas:The Prophecy, Princess Mononoke, Ghost In The Shell, too many...The American cartoons bore me with their stiffness, thick lines, and blocky look...All the Batman Cartoons, to date, are a perfect example..

Lol, you cannot be serious. Anime in general don't have the budget for good animation. Western cartoons have better animation; not only because they have a larger budget, but character designs can be more simple. More simple designs means the less time it takes to draw a character. This let animators draw more frames. This is why anime characters tend to stand still when they talk, they only animate the mouth. In western cartoons the characters actually move when they talk.

Dude, this list was obviously created by a Weeaboo, I mean come on, most Anime have cheap flashy movements, and for the idiots saying "The fight scenes are' awesome and most of the animation is so realistic" must have been living under a rock, what's so realistic about an overly dramatic emo boy with bug eyes? Cartoons animation is much smoother and they actually put life in their characters movements, and in cartoon fight scenes, they have the characters look like they are actually fighting and they have it where you can see what's happening, but for most Anime, all they do is use the cheap "lines across the screen" trick for their fight scenes because they are to lazy to get into detail, also, most Anime use the same picture for about a third of an episode with only the mouth moving, most Anime animate their stuff lazily and it doesn't really take much time to make an Anime, which is why Anime can make their shows 30 minutes. But cartoons actually put forth effort in their ...more

5 Strong Female Characters Strong Female Characters

Hello, cartoon fans that came here to comment! (Nothing wrong about that, anime fans do it too.) I have a neutral opinion. Please, no hate. I am a big fan of anime, but cartoons are amazing as well. The reason may be that I don't watch them as much. Anyway, I'll try saying this respectfully.

While lots of female characters in anime have the 'big boobs that bounce around every time they move' characters, they also have many characters with normal and small chests. Not every strong female character has big breasts. From the top of my head, I can name Mikasa Ackerman, Morgiana from Magi, Yona (from Akatsuki no Yona), and Olivier Armstrong.

Last time I checked cartoons had strong, independent females too like Korra, Katara, Toph, wonder woman, raven, miss martian, artemis, mulan, merida, daria, and many others were strong and independent female charaacters. Anime tends to abjectify women more, and when it does have strong female characters, they just make that the whole point of their character with no other defining character trait (looking at you Erza and Yoruichi).

Um. Well anime female characters are independent, but...they are too sexy. Like, they all have big boobs, and most of them are hentai or herem girls who just wants handsome and powerful male characters to love them. Ugh! Even in magical girl anime, where the females are obviously the protagonists, the anime highlights or shines a spotlight on a scene where a man saves a slow motion!
To me, anime woman are mostly just being marketed for body features and sterotype "I love you! "

I'm an anime fan, but I have to admit that I have also seen strong female characters in cartoons. Examples include Kim Possible, Betty Barrett from Attomic Betty, and Merida from Brave. Although most main female cartoon characters tend to be Mary Sues, they are still strong and independent.

6 Great Fight Scenes Great Fight Scenes

Anime scenes are pretty realistic. But in cartoons you see that the fight was off-screen or just a cloud spits out with stars and swirling lines. Alternatively, you also see a tornado (which it was from the old Looney Tunes).

I love fight scenes mor me than any other scenes BY FAR and anime exaggerates them so you can't help loving them! Don't believe me? Watch Naruto/Bleach and you'll see.

The fight scenes can be incredibly violent almost as violent as a Quentin Tarantino movie characters bleed bones are broken and some of them even die.

This is what I love about anime almost the most.
The fight scenes in some anime are intense and yet violent but that's okay.
Anime can be as violent as any other movie.

7 Great Intros Great Intros

Anime intros are well crafted, long, and professional like. Cartoon ones on the other hand are short, plain, and beginner like. Cartoon intros look like that it has no art or creativity in it.

Although some American cartoons do have catchy intros (look at Rick and Morty or even the Simpsons), it's the fact that anime has MORE great intros that makes this reason valid.

Anime intros are the best. Most are one and a half minutes long, but the songs are so good I'd listen to them even outside of anime. For cartoons? Nah.

Anime intros are awesome. Some of them are Lucky star's theme song, Pokemons theme song, Beyblade metal fusion ending theme song and do much more!

8 Great Romance Great Romance

All anime love stories are better than American cartoon love stories. Especially Sword Art Online. Who says a virtual reality series has to be only about fighting and epic moments? Romance was the main thing that helped compel me to watch Sword Art Online. I really liked Kirito and Asuna as a couple and never ever regretted watching this anime ever.

Seeing Kirito and Asuna be number 1 on a Top 10 Anime Romances video by WatchMojo was one of the reasons I finally watched Sword Art Online. And guess what? I really loved the romance and the anime as well. I'm a boy and I love romance, so I loved Kirito and Asuna and how their relationship developed over time. And I find it quite stupid how people hate romance when it's supposed to be a part of their life if they ever wanna get married.

When cartoons want have romance, they just play it straight. No nervousness, shyness, denseness, or misunderstandings, just real romantic development. But that's only when cartoons wnat romance like in young justice and avatar. But then again they're are plenty of anime when romance is not evident in the plot I. E one piece, dbz, basically most shonens.

Even the "unromantic" shippings in anime are better than cartoon ships. Example, Lelouch X C.C. from Code Geass. Both of them are equally awesome and they don't need words to show their love. While in cartoons, the romance looked like typical infatuation

9 Better Villains Better Villains

Cartoons always portray their antagonists as losers. They try to send the "good guys always win" message, which is not very realistic. However, the antagonists of anime are very dangerous and present a real challenge to the protagonists. It is impossible for the protagonists to defeat them without undergoing rigorous training. In Bleach, for example, Ichigo Kurosaki had to risk losing his soul reaper powers in order to reach the final Getsugatensho and defeat Sosuke Aizen. Many characters in anime even die while fighting the antagonists, as seen in Naruto when Pain (or Nagato) killed Jiraiya.

These people have no idea what they are talking about. A great villain isn't just "dangerous" or "actually evil", a great villain needs to seem "real". I like villains who are funny more than villains who are dangerous. Comedy makes them feel more real than "OH NO, HE CRUSHED SOMEONE'S HEAD WITH THEIR FISTS! 1! ". And it doesn't have to just be comedy, have them say something you hear maybe everyday! They may be villains, but people can still relate to a part of them.

No cartoon villain has ever made me hate them so much as some anime villains do. Watching how sadistic and evil Sugou from Sword Art Online was made him one of my favorite anime villains that I just love to hate. And by that, I mean I hate Sugou, probably even on the level of Shou Tucker from Fullmetal Alchemist.

This "reason" like the many other "reasons" is a opinion, not a fact. I personally enjoy video game villains more than anime and cartoon villains, but I wouldn't try to make it a fact and a reason for "Why video games are better than anime and cartoons"

10 More Interesting Plot More Interesting Plot

Animes are better than American cartoons, even Gravity Falls when you think about Gurren Lagann, the show about a boy the size of Earth, who can control robot bigger than a galaxy and sometimes bigger than the known universe, Gurren Lagann makes all the other animes and Gravity Falls look weak and boring.

It depends for every fooly cooly or gurren Lagann there are 10 different fighting anime with the same cliches and characters. Some American cartoons are awesome such as Steven universe (a show about a young boy being raised by humanoid aliens, he must learn how to control his powers well dealing with the fact his birth is the reason his mother died and he is really a liability to the team), adventure time (a show about a boy and his magic dog brother going on adventures to different universities and fighting with magical monsters while also being friends with a bubble gum woman, princess made of fire and a demon/ vampire in a post apocalyptic world.

Try getting trapped in a VRMMORPG with 10,000 players inside where dying in the game means you die in real life unless you beat the final boss and clear all 100 floors, Adventure Time.

Madoka magica is about two teenage girls(Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki) who were only your average school girls until they made a contract with a cat like creature(Kyuubey)to be magical girls.A classmate of them who is also a magical girl(Homura Akemi)told them not to as she believed that they will be in danger because as magical girls will battle witches. But another one(I forgot her first name. You know, the blond one with the gun)disagreed with Homura and eventually, Madoka and Sayaka became mahou shojos.True, there are magical girl cartoons. But their plot sucks. Why won't magical girl cartoons be like magical girl animes?

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11 No Toilet Humor No Toilet Humor

The only legitimate anime series that contains toilet humor is Gintama, but other than that, that's just only ONE anime with toilet humor. Plus, it doesn't overuse toilet humor and at least the toilet humor can be funny. While most cartoons such as Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Fanboy & Chum Chum, and Uncle Grandpa have overused toilet humor. Sigh... sure, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy had a lot of toilet humor as well, but at least it wasn't overused. Now most cartoons that aren't well-written superhero shows don't seem to be like that anymore...

Anime has better jokes that's not about farts, poops, toilets, or butts. Cartoon on the other hand, tries to hard to be funny but the only thing they can come up for jokes is only toilet humor

Anime series are intelligent enough to come up with better jokes than poop, fart, and toilet jokes.

This is a valid point. At least anime does not consist of crappy shows like Sanjay and Craig.

12 Anime Breaks Stereotypes and the Status Quo Rather Than Following Them Anime Breaks Stereotypes and the Status Quo Rather Than Following Them

Well this is a stereotype. *Clap clap clap*

The only anime with stereotypes that I can think of is Lucky Star and K-On

13 Great Music

Just because it has good music doesn't mean it can't be a bad show. A good show should have a creative conflict, story and characers, not just good animation and music.

Take anime openings, sure the music can be good, but I perfer it when the actual opening shows more than just 2 second standing character introductions, scenery and fighting (Looking at you, SAO). Baccano is a example of a great opening. The character introductions show they're personality, and not a single word is said in the opening, instead playing some jazzy music to go along with the opening, with matches the theme of the anime. Most cartoons are short so that they can get more on to the actual thing, instead of one minute of an opening.
Now background music is different, yes it can be awesome, but sometimes it isn't necessarily. I've only cared to listen to two anime soundtracks, which were Madoka Magica and Nichijou. The rest I just didn't care, unlike the millions of video game soundtracks I look up ...more

Cartoon music is also really good. Case in point: SpongeBob and Steven Universe have great soundtracks. Phineas and Ferb, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Adventure Time, Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park, Futurama, etc. also have good soundtracks.

I'd rather listen to anime openings than the Adventure Time opening. It starts out epic, but than turns into pitiful singing. The song is trash compared to Guren no Yumiya and Crossing Field and Ignite.

Oh yea watch Looney Tunes or Tom and Jerry or Animaniacs and maybe you won't think that, or you're biased and won't accept that American cartoons are good too.

14 Cute and Compassionate Characters Cute and Compassionate Characters

I personally think that the characters in anime, both boys and girls are cuter/prettier/handsomer than most cartoon characters. Many boys in anime are so attractive. Sure, they all look like they have the same face, but that's the point of ART STYLE. Each anime has different art styles from each other which makes it quite refreshing. And they don't have the same body builds and bodily features.

I totally agree! Most American cartoon characters who are ment to be " cute" are not cute at all! With a few exculsions of course.

15 Gets People Interested In Japanese Culture Gets People Interested In Japanese Culture

Most anime fans care less about the real culture of Japan, but they are weebs who think they know everything about it. All they care about are the exciting points and fantasy elements.

By teaching them words like "kawaii desu", and making them think females are emotionally sensitive, and males like "peeping toms"? Japan is actually a pretty mannerly country.

The Simpsons gets people interested in American culture. So BAM!

Yeah it does, but usually for the wrong reasons.

16 Anime Characters Express Their Feelings Better Anime Characters Express Their Feelings Better

In anime when a character is in despair or is sad it is often better than in American cartoons. An example is when anime characters feel pain or sorrow they scream out in pain somewhat a real scream but in American cartoons I hear " IT HURTS" or "DOH" which isn't very appealing to me at least.

17 Great Humor Great Humor

A lot of the humor is basically lost in translation. Because we are judging the list mainly on an English perspective, I mean, are we typing in Latin letters or katakana? It's obvious.

Well your saying that's all the humor in American cartoons and it's really not. Sure there is slapstick but it's well timed enough to be funny. Apparently you are biased about slapstick even if it's well timed. I watch a lot of American cartoons and I barely see slapstick. It's there but your making it seem that it's the only type of humor in American cartoons.

Everyone has a different sense of humor. One guy might find a joke of lifting a girl's skirt to be hilarious, but the guy next to him finds the joke to be immature and creepy. The cartoons and anime I have watched have a variety of comedy, and even though I didn't find some jokes funny, I could see effort put into it.

A Lot of American cartoons rely too much on slapstick humor & random gags that its just annoying, Anime does it better because its not constant its funny when it wants to be and can be dead serious when it needs to be.

18 It Can Show More Mature Content It Can Show More Mature Content

Well, yes, but to all of those saying that things like SAO or Attack on Titan are for adults, your wrong, both of those shows are sub-par shows and made for children around 10-14. In all honesty though, yes, anime does make extremely mature shows, the best example I can think of is Elfen Lied, this show is rates T.V.-MA but it honestly should have a new rating to its own credit, it is extremely sad, heartbreaking, gory, and does not hide anything or shy away from showing anything. They also don't sacrifice the story line for anything. Be warned though, this show features torture, sexual abuse, animal abuse, child abuse, child sexual abuse, etc.

I don't agree that anime is only for kids. In Western culture, animation mostly focus on children. But Japanese anime basically server all kind of genres. You can see Doraemon or Youkai Watch is made for kids but others like Gintama, S.A.O. or Attack on Titan for teenagers and adults. For anybody is still thinking anime for kid, you are misunderstand because anime is made by difference culture (Japanese culture) where their standard is not like ours. Anime can show "love" between two elementary kids and "violent" in schoolboys and their teachers relationship... So don't force your standard on anime cause its not your culture.

Even anime marketed at kids like Dragon Ball Z, Cardcaptor Sakura, HeartCatch Precure, Sailor Moon, and most Gundam series have lots of violence and contain dark subjects that most Western cartoons are afraid of tackling.

Watch Deadman Wonderland. Pretty much only for the adults. Every character in the show talks like a sailor. Only problem is that I hate Ginta's English dub voice. Sounds really pubescent.

19 Animes Generally Aren't As Overrated As American Cartoons

Why try to call Attack on Titan or Sword Art Online overrated when cartoons are way more overrated than those series? Adventure Time and Phineas and Ferb get so overly praised for what little they contribute to the cartoon industry with their shows.

At least they don't show too many commercials and merchandise.

20 Different Genres

In the world of anime (and manga) there is something to watch for everyone no matter age, gender or preferences. You can find anything from thriller, adventure and action to romantic comedies via any kind of childish theme you can come up with. No matter the theme you can think of, there's sure to be an anime about it!

American cartoons aren't the same. Anime DOES have different genres ok?! It's not for Emos either. Anime is for anyone for all ages! There not always dark and depressing. They can be funny like a regular cartoon. Also to mrcoolface, if you don't like anime, your in the wrong spot dude. This is for people who love anime so let everybody enjoy it. Anime rocks!

So do cartoons. The DCAU has a lot of action cartoons. Steven Universe, Adventure Time, BoJack Horseman and The Legend of Korra are dramas. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Invader Zim, Gravity Falls and The Owl House belong to horror.

Mrcoolface go away. This obviously isn't a place for you. You don't have to write you input on everything. Please leave. We don't want your mind here.

21 Different Genres to Choose From Different Genres to Choose From

Oh yeah? I'd like to see American cartoons juggle genres in one season like Sword Art Online did!

"Different Genres"? 95% of Anime have the same genre that is basically "learn how to fight or die".

American cartons have different generes to choose from. Every Disney animated movie is basically full of different generes

22 Characters You Can Actually Relate To Characters You Can Actually Relate To

Have you seen Family based Cartoons? You can relate to anybody in there. You gotta have a messed up life if you can relate to anime characters.

Yes I can relate to Kirito from SAO because I win everything (Including a harem) by being edgy and saving girls.

I can relate to Kirito from Sword Art Online, Eren from Attack on Titan, or Shinichi from Parasyte -the maxim-.

My sister can relate to Lisa Simpson. So that's an American example. HA!

23 Great Supporting Characters Great Supporting Characters

Anime does in fact feature a lot of great supporting characters who help out the main character, In Dragon Ball Z you have Master Roshi who was Goku's master, King Kai who teaches Goku the Techniques that help him with fight against the Saiyans and there's Bulma despite her constant nagging proves to be real help with her technology especially the Dragon Ball Radar, in Fullmetal Alchemist there's Winry the very Auto Engineering who gave Ed his auto mail the got him back on his feet and lets not forget Pinako and there's Mes Huges who becomes the closes thing to a real father to Ed & Al.

An example of a supporting character: Hetalia you have England who raised and fought against America in the Revelutionary War.

Sometimes the supporting characters are even better than the main ones I.e. Naruto : Itachi > Naruto, Konan ( and every other Naruto female characters ) > Sakura; Fairy Tail : Jellal > Natsu, Erza > Lucy; Inu Yasha : Sesshomaru > Inu Yasha; Death Note : L > Light, Naomi > Misa,…

24 Character Deaths Are Actually Meaningful

It adds more to the plot and changes what is going on in the plot line! It's crazy and I love it!

In Madoka Magica, none of the other Puella Magis were brought back to life until ultimate Madoka revived them In the new world she created. And their deaths In the previous world (Madoka kind of died because she rewrote the universe while destroying herself and Homura probably died)actually helped on Madoka's character and had storyline purposes. If Mami survived the fight with Charlotte, Madoka would be a magical girl, Kyoko wouldn't come to Mitakihara and Homura had to reset the whole thing(and worsen Madoka's fate without noticing It), If Sayaka didn't turned into a witch, Madoka wouldn't thought of the wish to erase witches and would wish for something else like the cake idea Mami gave her, If Kyoko killed Sayaka's witch and stayed alive, Madoka wouldn't be that desperate or thought of the wish. But Madoka being that powerful DOES make sense. Let's say, at first, she wished for a loaf of bread, in the other one she wished for a lettuce, and then meat and another one cheese, later ...more

25 Characters Actually Age Characters Actually Age

Its not really that important but it does annoy me that certain characters haven't aged at all The Simpons have been on the air for over 20 seasons yet Bart and Lisa are still in grade school don't you think by now that they would be in college by now will at least Lisa.

I asked it because characters aging have nothing to do with something being better.

Goku is 12 at the end of Dragon Ball and he's 45 at the end of DBZ.

Most characters in the american ones are like the whole series 10 years old or someting (except for adventure time, steven universe, etc.). In anime they actually AGE (okay except Ash).

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