Top Ten TV Shows People Mistake for Anime

These are the show that people think are anime, joking or not.

The Top Ten

1 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese more.

I've seen Avatar characters on multiple lists for things like "strongest anime characters" and whatnot. I find it sad. - KalloFox34

It does take inspiration from anime, but its an american cartoon. I mean, this show is even on the Best Anime list!

Lots of people think this is an anime for some reason - PeeledBanana

#1 greatest non-anime cartoon ever - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

2 The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network from 2012 to 2014. It was created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino as a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Same as above.

It's just as good as Avatar - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

3 The Boondocks Cantankerous Robert "Granddad" Freeman is the legal guardian of his grandsons, 10-year-old revolutionary Huey and 8-year-old Riley, a product of contemporary rap culture. After moving the family from Chicago's South Side to the safety of suburban Woodcrest -- aka the boondocks -- Granddad hopes to ignore more.

Also an American cartoon.

This looks too much like anime. I keep mistaking it so much. Damn...still a good cartoons. - AlphaQ

4 Teen Titans Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.

This is an American cartoon, but I can see why people think this is anime. I mean when I first saw it, I thought it was an anime, and the theme song is even sang by a J-Pop band.

Perfect combo of animesque and comic book artwork - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

5 Ben 10 Ben 10 is a media franchise created by Man of Action Studios and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The franchise revolves around a boy named Ben Tennyson who acquires a watch-like alien device, the Omnitrix, which allows him to transform into ten different alien creatures.

It looks like anime, but in reality CN made it to cash in on the success of Avatar the Last Airbender. - KalloFox34

American cartoon, but its lower because not many people think this is an anime.

Nobody thinks this is an anime. Great show though. - 445956

It's got awesome action and characters - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

6 Samurai Jack Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure chanbara animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival more.

One of the greatest cartoons of all time - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

7 Star vs. the Forces of Evil "Star vs. the Forces of Evil" is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. It was created by Daron Nefcy and developed by Jordana Arkin and Dave Wasson. The series follows teenage magical princess from the dimension of Mewni Star Butterfly and her more.

Obviously not an anime, but this show is practically an American Sailor Moon. - 445956

The creator based this on Sailor Moon - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

8 Xiaolin Showdown Xiaolin Showdown is an American animated television series that aired on Kids WB and was created by Christy Hui.

It's really more Chinese in nature - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

9 Code Lyoko Code Lyoko is a French animated television series created by Thomas Romain and Tania Palumbo and produced by Moonscoop.

Super underrated series - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

This is a French cartoon.

This IS anime. - AlphaQ

10 Cory in the House Cory in the House is a television show, which aired on the Disney Channel from January 12, 2007, to September 12, 2008, and was a spin-off from the Disney show That's So Raven.

In the same situation that Shrek and Bee Movie are in. - KalloFox34

Now lets focus on the jokes and what not. This is a sitcom, not an anime. But now people who haven't even watched this show or haven't heard of it are thinking its really an anime.

Who would think this is an anime? - 906389

Oh you'd be surprised how many Internet comments I've encountered where they've said that Cory in the House is an anime. - Anonymousxcxc

What do you mean "mistake? " This is the greatest anime ever! - 445956

The Newcomers

? Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

The art style would influence the DCAU to come - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

The Contenders

11 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is an American-Japanese animated fantasy-comedy television series created by Sam Register for Cartoon Network.
12 RWBY RWBY is an American 3D web series created by Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become Huntsmen and Huntresses to protect their world from the creatures of Grimm.

An amazing series. You can't even tell it's a non-anime - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

13 Jackie Chan Adventures Jackie Chan Adventures is an American animated television series starring the adventures of a fictionalized version of action film star Jackie Chan.

It's actually Chinese - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

14 The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2019, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer more.

Also same as above.

This is the best anime - Garoto_Oceano

Seriously? - 445956

15 Sanjay and Craig Sanjay and Craig is an American animated comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from May 25, 2013, to July 29, 2016, for three seasons and 60 episodes. The series is about a 12-year-old boy named Sanjay Patel who owns a talking pet snake named Craig.

How do you mistake it for anime? You cannot even mistake it for a good show! - 445956

16 Ōban Star-Racers

It's very easy to mistake this for an anime, because it has all the makings. The animation is incredible, the plot is engaging, and there are so many tearjerking moments - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

Actually, the show is partially Japanese, so it's not really a mistake. - KalloFox34

17 W.I.T.C.H W.I.T.C.H. is a French-Italian-American animated television series based on the Italian comic book series of the same name.

So many magical girl influences, almost qualifies as an anime itself - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

18 Megas XLR Megas XLR is an American animated action comedy television series created by Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic for Cartoon Network.

The funniest mecha show ever - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

19 Seinfeld Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer -- deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City.

Wait people think that Seinfeld is an anime? The heck?! - Anonymousxcxc

Same as above, but to a lesser extent.

20 Totally Spies Totally Spies! is a French-Canadian animated spy comedy television series created by Vincent Chalvon-Demersay and David Michel and produced by Marathon Media Group and Image Entertainment Corporation.
21 King of the Hill King of the Hill is an American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997 to May 6, 2010 on Fox.

This is our first American cartoon on the list that doesn't even look like anime. At least Avatar looks like anime, but this doesn't.

Seriously? - 445956

22 Kappa Mikey Kappa Mikey is an American animated sitcom created by Larry Schwarz. The show is Nicktoons Network's first original half-hour series, bought during the same period as other Animation Collective series such as Three Delivery and Speed Racer: The Next Generation, as well as Flash shows from other studios, more.
23 Sonic X Sonic X is a Japanese anime television series created by TMS Entertainment and based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series published by Sega.

Um, it actually is anime. Read the description. - Ilovestephanie

I don't consider this anime

This IS anime. - KalloFox34

24 Shuriken School Shuriken School is a French-Spanish animated series that first aired on August 20, 2006. It has also been airing on Jetix in the UK since February 2006, as well as on CITV.
25 Teen Titans Go! 'Teen Titans Go!' is an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network. The show follows a superhero group called the Teen Titans, and shows what happens when they go home and have silly adventures. This show is Cartoon Network's revival of the popular 2003-2006 American animated television more.
26 Voltron: Legendary Defender
27 Wakfu
28 The Nutshack The Nutshack is an American adult animated TV series created by Ramon Lopez, and co-created by Jesse Hernandez.

It's similar to Cory in the House in this regard.

How can you mistake this for anime? The artstyle doesn't look remotely like anime. - KalloFox34

29 Miraculous Ladybug

So many people refer to as an anime

30 Generator Rex Generator Rex is an American science fantasy action animated television series created by Man of Action for Cartoon Network.
31 BoBoiBoy Galaxy BoBoiBoy Galaxy is a Malaysian animated TV series. It is a continuation of the BoBoiBoy TV series after it ended its third season.
BAdd New Item