Top Reasons American Cartoons Are Better Than Anime

The Top Ten

1 Iconic Characters

Y'all just triggered salty kids

Don't get me wrong I love anime too but I have to go with cartoons because I love how you can experiment with different art styles and get away with adult humor without the kids getting it also another thing that sets it apart is the fans of cartoons the big fans of anime think that if you like cartoons you don't like them and it's their way or the highway.

From the days of Tom & Jerry to the days of SpongeBob, America has come up with such iconic creations.

I am an anime fan who enjoys watching American cartoons!

2 Simple Stories

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

When he said anime fans, he/she didn't say every single one. Also this person isn't even doing the exact same thing. He/she is telling the truth. Anime isn't the best thing in the world and most anime fans do hate on Western animation. Just saying that anime fans do this, doesn't mean they they are saying that it is every one.

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.

Back in the 1940s 6 minute cartoons were common. Some say they have never been better.

3 Funny Gags

I don't see why Toilet jokes are funny

Ever watched any Looney Tunes cartoons?

"When's the last the last time SpongeBob made you laugh? "

More than any lame anime I have watched.

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!

4 Great Catchphrases

Nah, anime characters can still have great catchphrases. BELIEVE IT!

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.

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.

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.

5 Different Art Styles

For me, anime is ugliest thing anyone can ever draw. Seriously,even flash animated cartoons look nicer than those abominations!

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.

If I take anime characters produced in the past year and put them against a blank background and show it to someone, they'd think they all belong to only one show

The animation in anime is bad in my opinion.

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

6 Bright Colours

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

They hate American cartoons because they think that loving anime makes them more special. Has to do with an inferiority complex I think

I have watched anime before, and it was mostly pretty dark.

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.

Naruto, one piece, blue exorcist, attack on titan, mirai nikki, no game no life, sword art online, gurren laggan. Enough said.

7 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.

Actually, we don't like bad endings. When a favorite character dies, anime fans get kinda pissed. And anime has the strength to approach implacable truths with grave honesty. And anime fans aren't emo. Also, anime is a very large part of television in Japan, and includes many family friendly movies and shows. I also have a question. What do you mean by "bad reasons? " I don't think we choose to like anime for evil or criminal reasons, other than the sheer enjoyment of it. Your argument is uneducated, purely biased, naive, and invalid.

Reading this... kills my brain cells, both sides are close minded and ignorant

So there is no space for family in anime? In Naruto Road to Ninja it was practically about him and his family, if he had any. There is a lot of family stuff

Personally I like cartoons better but I like anime too - Hayacarla

8 Kimba the White Lion

I agree with Epicjake

Nothing more then a Babar ripoff even though it is good.

The Lion King is first and better than that Kimba

So you're telling me that cartoons are better than Anime because of one character? - EpicJake

9 Stars On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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.

Well the stars who voice anime characters are famous to. - AliCatz615

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.

10 They're Never Depressing

Anime isn't "depressing" It can be sad, but they're still fictional characters. Cartoons are just scared of people not wanting to watch their show.

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.

It's true, this happens all the time. every time I try to watch anime... It either scars me for life or puts me in a bad mood.

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. - Sherb0i


The Contenders

11 Better Characters

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.

No,this is so stupid anime charaters are amazing and really relatable too. Anime has so many genres with so many different character styles and in my opinion much better design. Most cartoon characters barely resemble humans at all and have horrible proportions. And anime characters have a ton of depth and back stories. Villains aren't just stupid bad guys, some actually have noble motives but a twisted way of going about them because of their past, they are actually smart and likable too, where cartoon villains are stupid and cliche

This one actually makes me mad. There is no way American Cartoons have better characters. People who posted this are just haters who are trying to make people mad. Honestly American cartoon characterc SUCK. I mean seriously tell me spongebob is better than naruto, ichigo, grimmjow, sasuke, kirito, kaneki, and many many others. Anime characters how so much depth and backstories with emotion. American characters are just stupid, they have no emotion whatsoever. anime characters are inspiring like naruto, ichigo, etc... you could learn great character traits from them whereas american cartoon characters are just stupid and act dumb!

NO NO NO no no anime is way better than cartoons and has far better chareacters. Anime has relatable characters with deep and interesting. Go on, give me one reason why annoying cartoon characters like gumball and mordecai are better than the likes of kaori, kaneki, naruto, spike spiegel, sailor moon, chihiro, goku, L and light, luffy, maka, Ezra scarlet, yona, basically the whole cast of fullmetal alchemist, kamina, chitoge, kagura, yugi, I could go on forever!
Anime is the best form of art, way better than cartoons and the characters are one of the things that make it so good!

12 Disney Disney The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

I'm a huge fan Disney, cartoons, Hollywood, and Anime fan!

Look at all the things Disney makes and the animation they turn out and the characters they have and you wonder why people say that anime has better animation and characters.

You'd never guess who owns Studio Ghibli, the makers of Spirited away. Yep, that would be Disney. - LampSoup

Gravity Falls

People nowadays whine about Disney cartoons because they grew up in the 90s or 00s. On the internet Frozen is just a hate cult.

13 Better 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.

Who the hell animated Electric Solider Porygon?

Yes, I said it. Anime animation is just lazy. They only have 2 different mouths. One big, and one small. And when they fight or something it's always that dumb background.

Yes cartoons have over a thousand of different style of animations anime has only one big eyes and diamond shape heads

14 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

Both are sometimes predictable, none is better than the other, we all have our opinions, now deal with it. - PeeledBanana

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 - mrcoolface

What are you an anime hater? Pokemon is an anime for kindergarten children! Have you ever watched a real anime like Naruto, one piece and bleach?

You spelled "predictable" wrong.

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

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15 Talented Voice Actors

I feel sorry for the Henri actors...

This is actually completely false. Anime as amazing Japanese and English voice actors. Many voice actors do American cartoons and anime. To be honest I think most of a voice actors talent shows in anime as opposed to american cartoons, In anime characters show real emotions, anger, grief and sadness, etc... It has to sound real. Whereas in American cartoons u get the cheesy crying and sadness. In anime that sadness is real, its not all funny. The voice actor has to convey the character s emotions, and are so successful in doing so I've found myself crying during an emotional moment in anime.

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

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! - mrcoolface

You do realize there have been voice actors who do voice acting for both cartoons AND anime, right? Besides, I like voice acting from both cartoons and anime equally. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

16 Kimba stole Babar The Elephant's plotline

Both have an animal ruler who had a parent killed by humans and they both were taken in by humans. Babar and Kimba both have to spread the word about human culture to the other animals, and both Kimba and Babar have comedic relief duos. There is also Jungle Comics Simba King of Beasts and a 1948 cartoon that focuses on a lion named... ZIMBA and he even looks like Kimba! The Kimba fanbase is one of, if not, THE WORST Anime Fandoms ever! I highly recommend researching Babar, you guys would be surprised how eerily close the story is to Kimba The White Lion. At least the Lion King fandom doesn't draw violent hateart of other lion cartoons like the Kimba fandom does.

Anime fans ESPECIALLY TEZUKA FANBRATS should look up Babar the Elephant and notice the similar storylines except Babar is open-ended while Kimba ends badly. There is no doubt in my mind that the Jungle Emperor franchise ripped off Babar the Elephant. Jean De Brunhoff should have sued Osamu Tezuka for plagiarism of his story. Don't get me wrong, I adore Tezuka and his works [except for Kimba] but Babar was first and best. Oh, and one more thing anime fanbrats, without Felix the Cat, there would have been no cartoons and without cartoons, no anime. So respect cartoons or prepare for anime getting bashed!

17 Bigger Legacy

Well actually now a days america got a bunch of anime creators and created a new anime called space dandy

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.

18 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 - jezza0

19 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.

That's actually not true due to anime existing before the simpsons' creation.

20 They Never Outstay Their Welcome

Um...phineas and ferb has already over for 4 years

I disagree a lot of cartoons have completely overstayed their welcomes for example The Simpsons, Family Guy, Sponge Bob SquarePants, Phineas and Ferb, Johnny Test and many more. - egnomac

OH please lots of animes outstay their welcome to. Pokemon, Digimon, The Dragon Ball series, Naruto, and the Bakugan series. (to name a few)

That doesn't mean they haven't outstayed there welcome. people still like SpongeBob and simpsons and don't want them to end but that doesn't stop people from saying they have overstayed their welcome

Maybe to you but to other people they may still enjoy them - mrcoolface

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* - Maplestrip

To me this is just saying American cartoons are good and the title reasons why it's better is to just grab attention. It's annoying how people keep bashing American cartoons just because it's not anime or anime is better because American cartoons don't have the cliches that anime does have

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!

Its annoying how people don't like anime because there is a lot of fan service? So what? Its illegal to like my shows but you could like your cartoon crap? Fan service Is good. Your just jealous people like anime more than American crap

22 Unoriginality

Who ever made this should die

23 Fun for Children and Adults

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).

Well, my 20 year old cousin loves DBZ

24 Hanna-Barbera Hanna-Barbera Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., was an American animation studio that dominated American television animation for three decades in the mid-to-late 20th century, founded in 1957 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and live-action director George Sidney more.

At least Hanna Barbera has an excuse for characters looking alike. And this is coming from someone who LIKES anime!

Mostly because when we Hanna Barbera fans get angry, it's usually for a reason -cough cough Cartoon Network screwing over the Hanna Barbera Cartoons for Cartoon Cartoons, Adult Swim and wait for it... ANIME cough cough-. Though I will admit to liking some anime like Unico and Speed Racer. I kinda like Kimba but at the same time the Kimba fanbase drives me nuts!

25 Actually Funny

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

26 Better Fighting Scenes

Naruto sucks

Cartoons are Better

Have you even watched Naruto?

27 Anime Was Influenced by American Cartoons

You forgot to add "and vise-versa."


28 Western Cartoons Have More Accomplishments

Western animation achieved with Max Fleischer's rotoscoping and the first live action/animation hybrid cartoon, Out of the inkwell. Also Disney made the first full-length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

29 Chuck Jones

When people say the animation for anime is better, I remember the beautiful movies or cartoons he animated for us when he was alive and I wonder what those anime fanboys are smoking. He is such a great animator, that he even made flash animation look really good and this was when it was just starting out.

So what? Even with limited animation, animated movie can be great. - KT1

Naruto Bleach One Piece Fairy Tail DBZ All of theses are animated and amazing

Nope all anime animation sucks and is bland. It looks unappealing and every anime has limited animation.

So is Studio Pierott

30 Witty Dialogue
31 Pixar Pixar Pixar, also referred to as Pixar Animation Studios, is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Lucasfilm computer division, before its spin-out as a corporation more.
32 DreamWorks
33 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.

34 Better Writing, Less Time

Anime episodes are also 20 to30 minutes long...

How long is an anime episode, 60 minutes? American cartoons are 20 minutes, maybe even less, and they rarely ever have two-parters.

35 For All Ages

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.

An example is Teen Titans - PeeledBanana

There are dubbed versions you know

36 Voice Actors

American cartoons have amazing voice actors who can do so many different voices! All anime voice actors can do are boys who just hit puberty and high pitched girls.

37 Romance

Why does Anime always need some romantic story? Can't you just watch something casually and just laugh? I don't need no "emotional depth".

38 The Fanboys

Lmao this list is so biased

I hate you fanboys, and even worse, you fangirls who's always "shipping" two male characters to show how "open minded" you are. And you see yourself as a mature fanbase, but no one is allowed to dislike Anime? And what is an Otaco?

39 Fan Art

I hate it when you take American cartoons and draw them in anime style. Mostly South Park, that ticks me off. It's not supposed to be a "cute" show. Also, stop shipping Cartman amd Kyle.

No,it's not the best thing unfortunately:adventure time is an American cartoon and some works of "art" on the internet reduce to you despair!

Better fanart? I don't think so:the internet is full of dishonorable adventure time fanworks!

Sorry but fanart isn't the best thing about western animation...look at those adventure time fanworks on the net:some are good but some others are so mad that it's a true euphemism to call them dishonors!

40 More Diversity
41 No Weird Conventions

Keep in mind I am really, really, REALLY trying not to be a hater right now but, weird conventions?! Well then, if that's the case than we can just throw things like E3 and Comic-con into the fire. No matter what its for, their will always be people cosplaying, buying merchandise, and interviews with the creators.

Anime Sucks!

So true.

42 More Realistic
43 Nostalgia

I watch both anime and American cartoons, and I will agree that anime can have deeper stories, but no amount of character depth will ever replace the feel good charm I get whenever I watch/remember the cartoons of my childhood

44 No Boring Conversation
45 Not as Much Death
46 Less Inappropriate
47 They Never Get Old
48 Not Just for One Sex

10s not too old for western animation! Boys are big into anime!

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