Top 10 Reasons Anime is Better Than American Cartoons


The Top Ten

1 Great Characters

Anime characters have real personality that make them relateable, when their mad their mad, when their sad their sad and when their happy their happy they also really care about other people like Goku who trains really hard to be strong in order to protect his friends and family even at one point he decides not to be brought back to life with the dragon balls fearing his revival would only attract more danger.

I actually can disagree on that part. The majority of anime characters are generic (aside from protagonists). Come at me white knights.


Anime has better characters unlike most american cartoons were the main character comes off as completely stupid. - egnomac


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2 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.

Most Cartoon Characters don't die they just get hurt, with Anime characters you feel strongly connected with them you care about them and you feel really sad when they die - egnomac

Seems to me the you're only comparing humorous lighthearted cartoons with serious and dramatic anime. You can't compare two different genres, you have to compare using the same genre. As a result your list is heavily flawed as it only applies to certain anime as well as certain western animated shows. So much bias.

We love the characters in anime because there relatible and you feel for them wither they struggle to do the right thing or face near impossible challenges, we also get very emotional when characters die if Sponge Bob were to die not too many people would care but when a character who is important to the a show like Maes Huges dies we get very emotional. - egnomac

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.

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3 Better Animation

Hell yeah, animation is way better. The fight scenes are ' awesome and most of the animation is so realistic, unlike cartoons.

And while they're at it, why don't they make the design of their characters DIFFERENT this time

Yes there are many animes that don't have good movements but there is a lot of things that anime has that cartoons don't I mean even the stupidest animes show what is going on and have a story line but in most cartoons there is no story line and also I will not say that cartoons suck and no one should watch them I'm just saying in my opinion anime all in all has a lot more enjoyable things than cartoons do

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. - howie

Anime dose have shows with great animation like One punch man,Attack on titan and more. But nothing compared to American cartoons like Samurai Jack and Avatar.

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4 Strong Female Characters

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).

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.

Have you seen Fairy Tail's strongest females? Just look at Erza Scarlett and Mirajane Strauss in battle form. Piss either of them and you're in big trouble.

Not to metion sandy cheeks ^-^ - Adventurur2

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5 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.

As if anime stories aren't full of cliches, boring characters, regurgitated plots, generic designs. One piece is old and it NEEDS TO DIE

Anime is filled with emotion, and if the author/director tries, the story plot can be really amazing. The characters aren't black and white, in my opinion(Call me biased if you like.). Most cartoons have episodes that aren't connected at all, and don't really have a plot, not saying that anime can't not have a plot(Take Lucky Star for example, not hating, cause I loved it, just saying.). Anime characters also have growth, unlike cartoon characters, who seem to learn a moral, sometimes, by the end of the episode, but forget it when the next one starts. The only cartoon I've ever been a fan of is scooby doo, and people will say it's really pointless and predictable, which it is, but I still love it, but it proves my point on this topic; that cartoons, always have a happy ending, unless the newer ones don't, sorry, I don't watch adventure time, steven universe or anything(I live under a rock pretty much.), and anime, you can never tell. Anime endings will continue to surprise me. I'm ...more - Aurothon

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.

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6 Great Fight Scenes

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. - ZZDOORAL

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. - aarond90

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).

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7 Great Romance

Their romance story is really great. I always ended with tears in my eyes every time I watch an epic story romance. I recommended you to watch Clannad :3

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.

Romance in anime is life

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8 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. - MLPFan

Nope there intros suck. In anime it's really catchy and fun to listen to.

Have you even ever watched an American cartoon theme song because I doubt you have and your just saying it's sucks since it's from an American cartoon and your just biased.

What does good intro music have to do with a good show in general.

Not a valid reason but I will say that I love AoT intro
Oh not to mention intros change in anime - Adventurur2

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9 Better Villains

While some cartoon villains were good most of the times they always lose quite pathetically if I may add, anime villains are smarter, more dangerous and a lot of the times triumph over the good guys such great anime villains include Frieza from DBZ who takes over the planet Namek and he's ruthless in doing so doesn't flinch in killing innocent people who get in his way and he's super powerful, In Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood there's Father who actually succeeds in his plan to transmute the whole country. - egnomac

Yeah Frieza is classic. The epitome of a pure evil villain in anime. - Goku02

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.

Compare madara or pei to ice king

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10 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... - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Name 10 anime series that use toilet humor, then I'll be proven wrong.

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 - MLPFan

Don't get me started on Toilet Humor please... - EpicJake

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The Contenders

11 More Interesting Plot

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.

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. - nelsonerica

For me death note has the best plot

See my "Better Story" comment. - TheYoshiPyro64

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12 Doesn't Always Take Place at a House/School

Not true. Sure, there are a lot of animes that do take place in fantasy worlds and stuff like that, a big chunk of it takes place in highschool/has highschoolers as the main characters (Toradora, Mob Psycho 100, Nichijou, Haruhi Suzumiya, etc). It's gone to the point where people have been asking why there's so many highschool animes out there, and even hating the school setting. Cartoons, on the other hand, while some can take place in a school as well, also can take place elsewhere.

At least the school anime are better than where cartoons take place in. The Asterisk War or Chivalry of a Failed Knight, anyone? At least they're good shows.

Not really, but I am interested in The Irregular At Magic High School.

Sailor Moon takes place at school. I even watched half of it.

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13 Great Music

I agree. Anime music is always nice to hear even if its an anime for younger viewers.

You see you may not get what the songs mean but they get me and you into it (I'm taking about DBS and Fairy and tail)

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.

Carl Stalling, Hoyt Curtin, Scott Bradley and the Disney musicians would like a word with you on that one.

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14 Gets People Interested In Japanese Culture

Yeah it does, but usually for the wrong reasons.

And maybe virtual reality if they watch Sword Art Online.

Japanese culture is portrayed the wrong way by anime *braces self for dislikes*

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.

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15 Great Humor

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. - mrcoolface

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. - ZZDOORAL

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.

I strongly disagree with this though.
Sure, America has too much toilet humor nowadays, but doesn't anime also relies on overused humor as well? Like fanservice or lolis, or something like that.
In fact, I see a whole lot more humor in the original SpongeBob episodes.
This is my opinion though. - Yungstirjoey

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16 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. - MLPFan

We bare bears and Gumball are both cute shows

They aren't cute compared to Cardcaptor Sakura, the Precure franchise, and Kirby: Right Back at Ya. - PerfectImpulseX

I think we could say ths is a tie.

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

17 It Can Show More Mature Content

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.

Anime is for kids? How about they watch a show called Hellsing Ultimate? It's very kid-friendly (sarcasm warning).

Hey kids, wanna watch a show about an amusement park? It's called Deadman Wonderland. Wait till they see that.

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. - PerfectImpulseX

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18 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! - akuusa

No cartoon can juggle genres in one series like Sword Art Online can.

I read some comment near the bottom, and I saw a very valid point, most Anime genres are just "learn how to fight, or die" type of genre. :/

For every genre of anime, there's a western cartoon with an equivalent, enough said.

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19 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

Like when you just know about DBZ and you think that Anime is only about ''learn how to fight or die''

20 Great Supporting Characters

Look if you don't like anime that's fine, you don't have to be a dick about it. - ZZDOORAL

Yeah. I know we all have to respect opinions. But the cartoon defenders in this list don't seem to respect opinions either - MLPFan

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

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. - egnomac

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,… - Goku02

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