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Posted 12/23/17 , edited 12/23/17
Hello!

Background

I adore anime, but if I'm honest, I'm more of an anime fan by necessity due to the fact that I was unable to find western animation that suited my tastes. While that's still true to some extent (as I doubt I'll ever find a western equivalent for iyashikei or CGDCT), it's been long enough for me to notice that both my own tastes and the medium of western animation itself have evolved over the years. Thus, I thought it would be prudent to ask for recommendations on works of western animation that would interest me.

But I guess the term "western animation" itself is kind of vague. I know that I can't and shouldn't group all of western or eastern animation together, but I think people sort of intrinsically know what I'm referring to by these terms. If not, I can try to elaborate more, but I'd really rather bypass that discussion if I can.

What I'm looking for

Truthfully, I don't know myself. I've been parted from western animation for so long that I wouldn't know where to start. I can give two slightly useful pieces of information though.

1) I'm not really looking for "western anime".

Things like RWBY and Avatar are great and I do adore them. However, I would like something with more of a "western voice". Ugh, I know this is super vague and an over-generalization, but again, I'd really prefer not to get into the specifics of what I mean by that if I can avoid it.

2) I can give you one example.

It was one specific show that I found which made me think "Huh... I should be looking into this more."

That show was a short-ish series called Bee and PuppyCat

It's important to point out what specifically drew me to this show - its focus on cute, bubbly characters. Its lighthearted and pure yet "mature" mindset (without relying on sexuality or violence to be adult), and its inclusion of very mundane "daily life" stories in addition to its more fantastical elements.

Basically, the show gave me things that I used to be able to find only in anime. Cute characters and art. "Pure" stories aimed at an adult audience. Slice of life without being a raunchy sitcom or gross-out gag show. All of these while still maintaining what (to me at least) seems like a very "western" voice through it's almost.... how do I describe it.... "absurdist humor"? (For lack of a better phrase).

If you pressed me, I guess you could say that I'm looking for more like Bee and Puppycat, but really I'm more curious if the show is an exception to the rule or an indication of a thread of shows I've missed. Shows that can give me that illusive thing I could only find in anime during my adolescence.




Again, I know this is extremely vague, so I'm not expecting anyone to really get what I mean, but if anyone has any suggestions or responses, then I'd be most appreciative.
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Posted 12/23/17 , edited 12/24/17
Taking into consideration what you just said, I think I have some options that just might be what you're looking for. All of these have cute bubbly characters, stories with surprisingly mature subjects most of the time and a good combination of slice of life with other stuff.

You can try Adventure Time, Steven Universe and Over the Garden Wall. Over the Garden Wall is a 10 episode long mini series but it's a modern classic of animation. Adventure Time and Steven Universe are more focused on what I think you're looking for though.

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Posted 12/23/17 , edited 12/24/17
Gravity Falls is one of the best cartoons I've ever watched.

I would also suggest Samurai Jack, it's absolutely beautiful.
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Posted 12/23/17 , edited 12/24/17
I second Samurai Jack! (That reminds me, I need to re-watch it so I can watch the last season).
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Posted 12/23/17 , edited 12/24/17

I_am_DJ wrote:

I second Samurai Jack! (That reminds me, I need to re-watch it so I can watch the last season).


Absolutely worth it. The season was a perfect finale.
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Much obliged to everyone for the quick initial responses.






JosephJoestar01 wrote:

Taking into consideration what you just said, I think I have some options that just might be what you're looking for. All of these have cute bubbly characters, stories with surprisingly mature subjects most of the time and a good combination of slice of life with other stuff.

You can try Adventure Time, Steven Universe and Over the Garden Wall. Over the Garden Wall is a 10 episode long mini series but it's a modern classic of animation. Adventure Time and Steven Universe are more focused on what I think you're looking for though.



Thanks for the recommendations. I will look into these when I get a chance. They seem like they could be quite similar to what I'm looking for.

Although, Images for Over the Garden Wall make it seem like quite a... dark series. Even so, it never hurts to try. Bee and Puppycat also had instances of these very bizarre almost "horror-esque" lapses that seemed similar to some of what I see in an image search of that show. Fascinating


MasterOfThorns wrote:

Gravity Falls is one of the best cartoons I've ever watched.

I would also suggest Samurai Jack, it's absolutely beautiful.


Thanks! I'll give Gravity Falls a look as well.

Funny that you should mention Samurai Jack as I was a massive fan of it when I was younger, though I haven't watched it in ages. Far more... "action-y" than what I'm really looking for, but I did love the episodic nature of it. Since my tastes have changed so much since then, I'm unsure if it would have the same impact on me now, but it was quite a spectacular show.
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Posted 12/24/17 , edited 12/24/17
I think you might want to take a look at...

Sarah & Duck - British series. so cute and engaging. 5 stars.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir - although this is admittedly a lot like a 'western' anime

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh - goofy, different. daaang!
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Posted 12/24/17 , edited 12/24/17

Cait_Sidhe wrote:
Thanks! I'll give Gravity Falls a look as well.

Funny that you should mention Samurai Jack as I was a massive fan of it when I was younger, though I haven't watched it in ages. Far more... "action-y" than what I'm really looking for, but I did love the episodic nature of it. Since my tastes have changed so much since then, I'm unsure if it would have the same impact on me now, but it was quite a spectacular show.


If I could make recommendations, the Samurai Jack Episode XIII: Aku's Fairy Tales, if you haven't seen that one. And Episode LII: Jack And The Baby. Very comedic and entertaining, and far less action fare than other episodes.

If you want to go off the beaten path, I would also recommend Gargoyles, a very Shakespearean Disney cartoon. Not as comedic, just if you want a pallet cleanser. lol


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Posted 12/25/17 , edited 12/25/17
Can't think of any like that so just general recs.

The Spectacular Spider-man

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Superman: The Animated Series

Justice League (2001) and it's sequel season.

Young Justice

Beware The Batman

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman: Mask of the Phamtom

Batman Beyond

Static Shock

Gargoyles

Rango

Over the Garden Wall

The Maxx

The Boondocks
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