Top Reasons American Cartoons Are Better Than Anime

The Top Ten

1 Iconic Characters

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.

I am an anime fan who enjoys watching American cartoons!

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

Anime has Goku and Naruto. But that's all the anime characters parents and grandparents would recognize.
American Cartoons have Mickey Mouse,Bugs Bunny,Spongebob,Donald duck,Daffy Duck,Tom and Jerry and many more that people all ages would recognize.

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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.

"bruhh" what are you talking about the reason why she likes anime better than cartoons is because it has better animations and the characters aren't cuckoo or crazy like teen titans go honestly I love anime I'm a weeaboo so american cartoons suck it's so easy to draw cartoons that even a 3 year old can do plus anime websites make more money than american cartoon artists can ever earn at all.For example gogoanime io

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3 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.

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.

Hey cartoon catchphrases are great but don't forget about
"Take out a chip... and eat it"

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4 Funny Gags

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

More than any lame anime I have watched.

Anime jokes are lame. They drag it on and explain it. American Cartoon have great gags.

Actually to be honest I don't find American Cartoons that funny, most of the time the characters are just acting unbearably stupid, or they are getting hurt in a comedic way for no reason. In anime I've found myself laughing harder than I ever have watching American cartoons because what happens is actually relatable and funny. For ex in the anime Naruto I've laughed when Minato first meets Sakura and asks if she is Naruto s girlfriend.

You've obviously never watched an early episode of Spongebob - Sherb0i

Anybody who says cartoons are not funny hasn't watched the amazing world of gumball or Rick and Morty.

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5 Different 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.

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

I don't care how realistic anime characters look, I want some variety in art styles.

I cannot tell what anime any anime character is from because the art style is the same. - Lunala

Bull anime’s stile is better

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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

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.

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

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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

I half-heartly agree (I think is better though)

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8 Kimba the White Lion

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

The Lion King is first and better than that Kimba

The Disney movie'The Lion Kink' was a rip off of this anime.

Astroy boh is awesome

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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.

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

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.

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

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

Animes are really sad - PeeledBanana

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The Contenders

11 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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12 Better Animation

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

Anime mouths just change shape while the character stays still. The lip syncing in anime is worse than Ratatoing. - Lunala

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.

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13 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.

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.

14 Talented Voice 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

Well some other talented voice actors/actredd of anime characters also starred in American shows too.

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15 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!

16 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.

17 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.

18 Not As Much Fanservice

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

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

19 They Never Outstay Their Welcome

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

Yeah... Yeah Sponge Bob didn't over stay it's welcome...screw logic!

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20 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

21 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

22 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 ...read more.

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!

23 Unoriginality
24 Anime Was Influenced by American Cartoons

You forgot to add "and vise-versa."

True.

25 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.

26 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

27 Witty Dialogue
28 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 ...read more.
29 DreamWorks
30 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.

31 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.

32 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

33 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.

34 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".

35 The Fanboys

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?

36 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!

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!

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

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37 More Diversity
38 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.

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39 More Realistic
40 Better Fighting Scenes

Cartoons are Better

Have you even watched Naruto?

41 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

42 No Boring Conversation
43 Not as Much Death
44 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

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