Reasons Why Japanese Anime Is Worse Than American Cartoons


The Top Ten

1 Fanboys/Fangirls

This list should not even exist. - GehennaTheSecond

Japanese Girls are worse than the American!

Anime has the worst fandom on the internet and the fans are hypocrites. They get very emotional when someone generalises anime with comments such as "it is animated porn" or "it's nothing but endless fighting" but they do the exact same thing to western cartoons by saying "all western cartoons are for little kids" or "it's nothing but fart jokes."

It is also a big double standard that anime fans are allowed to hate on western cartoons without getting criticised for it but as soon as some people say they dislike anime, anime fans start calling them the scum of the earth.

Most of them are just trash...

"Graphics are worse in American Cartoons! "
Anime have huge eyes and samey bodies.

"The storylines are simple and boring! "
Steven Universe.

"Trying to make obesity a good thing"
This is false.

"American cartoons don't make characters tansform to get their full powers"
Winx Club'Club.

"American cartoons have less attractive characters"
OH MY GOD stop with your random excuses and shut up! - DaisyandRosalina

2 Bad Storyline

I don't think so
You obviously haven't seen your lie in april, one piece, naruto, evangelion, Yona of the dawn, death note, fullmetal alchemist, etc. Anime have better stories, better characters, better art, anime is even better than comics and better than cartoons by a long shot. You anime haters are just biased, just admit anime is better. I even met my Japanese wife over anime. It brings people together, and it brought us together. Anime is beautiful, and a lot of you anime have never even seen an anime or read a manga. At least give anime a chance before you judge. Trust me, you'll love it!

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a thing though - Kuro

All you anime fans are biased. Your just trashing on American cartoons constantly saying that anime is always better and that American cartoons never have or had a storyline or then always having horrible animation and then saying since you think anime animation is 10 times better that it must be true. Then why you say every American cartoon is only about farting, it's obvious you only watched breadwinners or family guy and assumed that that applied to every American cartoon. I've seen a lot of animes and there isn't anything special about them. It's just a group of people going on a journey to find something and then there are some bad guys who try to stop them. Gosh this fanbase is so annoying. All they do is complain if someone doesn't like their precious anime and then they need to bash on American cartoons even though they only watched the bad ones.

Can't you respect that my opinion and see that I hate anime, yet you still say oh you should watch it and maybe you'll love it. No I won't I hate it and its not awesome. I don't like the style of it (i get told I know nothing about animation then just for saying that) and I find the storyline confusing and just boring. Also you may not say American cartoons are the worst and anime is the best but many anime fans do that.

I've seen 10 anime, and I can say most of them weren't pretty good, but there are anime that are superior to American Cartoons, such as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, yeah I now it sort of sucks at the start, but later on in the series, it gets intense with reveals and stuff, it's go on a journey, but it isn't stop by bad guys, except for the start. The animation isn't really good with anime I know, but the story is amazing, the American Cartoon beats them at animations but they can't beat them with the story, take IMDB for example they rated anime better than most American Cartoon. And it is sort of true, in general most American Cartoon beat anime, but there are anime which are better than all of the American Cartoon

3 Too Much Fanservice

Hey, Brat. Anime is tasteless. Women are treated like garbage...And you admit your foolish activities are better than american animation. What did modern anime do? nothing. Older anime is better(i am talking 70's and 80's).

There's no need of this much fanservice.

Then again, there is if the cartoon is bad and needs cheap ways to attract viewers.

Which is what most anime have been doing in the last years.


I love anime but this is SO true it's not even funny. I'm not even referring to ecchi but in general.

Okay, Ill get lost, because you are freaky annoying, anime haters! One more:
1. Anime is amazing
2. Story is amazing
3. Characters are amazing
4. Drawing is amazing
5. Humour is amazing
6. Voice actors are amazing
7. Every types of animes are amazing
8. Japanese culture is amazing
9. Japan language is amazing
10. Anime fans are amazing


4 Horrible Animation

I'd say only one thing, and that anime's animation is 10 times better than that of cartoons. - Kiteretsunu

"Anime eyes are so big! 1! 1! 11! "
Tell that to the powerpuff girls. - XxembermasterxX

Which ever lonely fool who made this list, you suck and get a life dude! Don't you dare pick on Anime if you have problem with your life!

It's fine that you protect Japanese Animation, but please don't say it in a way that's offensive. - Qryzx

I challenge the person who created this list to watch Spirited Away. The animation of that movie beats the animation of any cartoon.

5 Big Eyes

Yeah, right? Levi Ackerman's eyes are so big they barely fit on his face *heavy sarcasim* Not all characters have big eyes, and when they do, it's always to express emotion better. I also find it pretty stupid that almost every American cartoon draws the characters with big eyes as well.

Even American cartoons use this like the powerpuff girls either way spongebob has big eyes, and you don't hate it. - XxembermasterxX

Part of the art style and not all anime use the big eye style, anyway look at SpongeBob's eyes. - SynInMyBlood

Are Japanese people just a bunch of hypocrites by not only inventing weird stuff we don't use in the USA (somewhere Japanese people aren't supposed to be) but also by how they look. I mean, like, big body parts (steroids, maybe? ). What I'm trying to tell you weird people out there, is like the people out there animating that crap (let's just say when they were just 10 years old) looked at themselves at the mirror andand they thought to themselves and probably said "damn it, my arms are so thin, so weak. But I can't exercise because I'm too lazy." And so they thought something so stupid like "I know, ima make an image of myself but with muscles and stuff a REAL GUY HAS" and probably added some people that never existed and probably that will be YOU.

Your move, anime kids

6 Hentai

Which is art - Kuro

This is like saying all T.V. shows are bad because porn exists. It is not connected, they simply share an art style. - SynInMyBlood

I disagree with every item of this list except this one. Hentai definitely spreads a very bad name for anime. - Kiteretsunu

Only problem with some Japanese anime.

7 Repetitive

Not all anime is repetitive such as Black Rock Shooter. In that anime, there are two world. One of reality, another of feeling from reality. There is no repetitiveness there since there is no real bad guy. Repetitive anime probably counts as Fairy Tail or Bleach since it just continued from one bad guy to another. What I'm saying is that not all anime are repetitive.._.

Not every anime is about going on a journey and having good vs evil themes. Many animes I've watched aren't about that. Dumb western animation fats

Well some anime are repetitive but that's only like 5% of them. - aarond90

Animes stick to a general story not American cartoons. the thing you described is real life adult sitcoms. In anime its about that one boy or girl or school or a journey to find something while some guy tries to stop them

8 Beyblade

Everything except this is just bogus. Beyblade is cool, but none of the other options really connect.


9 Female Representation

Sorry but this list makes people sound like whiny feminists. The reason why people hate anime because America gets easily offended much. - EdgyDoll510

There are American cartoons who have unrealistic looking bodies as well. Such as the Disney princesses, and especially Jessica Rabbit. Heck there is even a real life American woman who had plastic surgery to look like Barbie, and a guy who did the same thing to look like Ken.

A lot of animes(Especially One Peice) represent girls with perefect bodies,big boobs and butts. a lot of guys these days prefere anime girls to being with real girls which makes them feel that they have a perfect body to be liked.that's how me and a lot of my girl friends feel.

10 They Turn Good Shows Into Terrible Shows

The same thing happened with SpongeBob.

This didn't only happen with cartoons such as SpongeBob. Teen Titans Go and Powerpuff Girls Z are both awful versions of their originals.

The Contenders

11 Cliches

I actually find more cliches in cartoons than anime. All the antagonists in action cartoons seem to have the same goals and the same personalities. They also tend to be two-demensional and lack depth.

American entertainment (which is my side) currently does that because they're making fun of those tropes.

Right, like America doesn't have clich├ęs you hypocrite. - Qryzx

12 People Love Spongebob

So you have to hate anime in order to like Spongebob? Hating anime is fine, but this item is pointless. - BorisRule

I love anime! Doesn't mean I hate SpongeBob

Is this a joke? - Kiteretsunu

People can love 2 things - SynInMyBlood

13 The Art Style is Always the Same

The art style is not always the same. These points aren't even trying anymore, honestly. The only reason that they would look the same is that most of you guys haven't even watched 2 shows to judge this. I know that cartoons don't usually have the same art style, but, if you only take on look at two cartoons, for example, Steven universe and Star vs. the Forces of evil. At first glance, you can see that they both have big eyes and bright colors. Their face shapes are relatively similar, so they almost look the same. Of course, this is not true. They have completely different styles.

The same case with anime. Some reasons why anime could have the same art style maybe because they're from the same studio. For example, Studio Ghibli. Their movies have the same art style because they are created by the same people. It's a signature style. Now, take a look at Ms. Kobayashi's Dragon maid and Blend S. They may look the same at first, but they, after inspection, have way different ...more

Attack on Titan, Elfen Lied, The Seven Deadly Sins, Ouran High School Host Club, Noragami, Akame ga Kill, Tokyo Ghoul, Another, No Game No Life, and Toradora all have completely different animation styles from each other. Also, I highly recommend the anime I just listed for all you anime haters

Not really American cartoons are not the unique of an art style either. - XxembermasterxX

I don't mind the art style, but it's always the same.
There is Fullmetal Alchemist and a few other shows as an exception, but really, all western cartoonists start with their own unique art style. Adventure Time with it's simple look, Steven Universe for it's unique bodies, etc.
That doesn't mean anime artists don't implement something from their own (One Piece faces, for example). It's just, boring.

14 They Take American TV Shows and Make Them Horrible

See the live action remakes of anime they're terrible. - XxembermasterxX

They only did that with Powerpuff girls and created PowerPuff Girls Z. America likes to do this with anime as well.

But I liked the idea of making ppg into an anime, the show was even better than the original.

No it's the other way round.

15 Too Much Blood and Gore

That's good. - XxembermasterxX

Right.. Happy Tree Friends and Modern Family Guy TOTALLY don't count. - Qryzx

What about Happy Tree Friends? - BorisRule

I don't Agree With the Blood being one of the reasons why Japanese Anime is worse than American Cartoons but the gore is understandable which is this page

16 Lack of Humor

Say that to Teen Titans Go.

17 Too Much Sexual Innuendo

True - Carsrule300

18 It generates weeaboos

They are not popular, but there is also this thing called a westaboo. - XxembermasterxX

Now I don't have a giant thing against anime, I enjoy it occasionally. But many anime creates a false image of what Japan is really like. That false image turns fans into weeaboos, who are obnoxious and horribly misinformed and think that "Nippon is a kawaii sugoi gift frum god uguu! " And believe that every Japanese school girl must be obsessed with yaoi, and that they communicate by using high pitched squeaks.

19 Originality

Every single cartoon has an outstanding trait, originality. We can easily distinguish one cartoon show from the others just by taking a simple look at them. While animes are hard to dishtinguish if compared. I like anime better than cartoon, but objectively, cartoon looks more original compared to anime

Because shows like Teen Titans Go, Uncle Grandpa, Family Guy and American Dad are so original... Cartoons aren't always original and easy to distinguish.

20 Always the same pointless male main character with brown or black hair

Um hello?

Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, Soul Eater, My Hero Academia, Little Witch Academia (FYI the main character is a brown haired FEMALE.), Fruits Basket, and other Anime main characters aren't Brown/Black Males. - Qryzx

It is annoying ok?

21 It comes from Japan

Racism detected - BorisRule

Why does it have to be from Japan? That's why I hate anime and manga! If anything comes from Japan, it's terrible and should not exist! Japan should never exist because it made anime, the start of world war three.

So? There was this Anime-Styled cartoon from France called Wak Fu. - Qryzx

22 Anime Sucks

Wow, this is just plain petty. - Qryzx

23 Lack of Diversity

Um, they're from Japan. There's not a lot of diversity there.

You sure? Because most American cartoons are a bunch of jokes. - Chico123

Because humor is good.

24 They make people hate censorship

That's called 4KidsEntertainment. In one piece they added/removed stuff unecessarily. May I say that they had entire Arc removals and changed Sanji's cigarette into a lollipop?

Not all censorships are fan service/Hentai related, smarty. - Qryzx

So what if it doesn't have mature content? (There are english dubs that do have mature content) It's not the end of the world.

25 Dead Parents Cliche

Almost every japanese anime has this.

26 Teary Eyes
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Top Remixes

1. Fanboys/Fangirls
2. Bad Storyline
3. Too Much Fanservice
1. Bad Storyline
2. Horrible Animation
3. Too Much Fanservice


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