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Anime in the Western world
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Posted 4/8/13
Upon having a discussion with friends about Anime, we came across the topic of using animation used in the genre but applying it to non-Japanese themed series.

being all Anime fans, I wonder what your opinions would be on the subject? Would those series still be relevant to you?

I am an Anime fan, but I will gladly admit that my interest in Japanese culture is no different then my interest in any other country's culture (AKA, I'm not obsessed with Japan thus interested in Anime). I simply enjoy the art in Anime from a purely aesthetic perspective.

Would a series still be appealing to you if it were in the same animation as used in Anime if the themes were not necessarily Japanese or in a Japanese setting, written and voiced in English?

I'm quite sure that it's been somewhat done, but I'm thinking more along the lines of this:

Imagine your favorite Anime (excluding those obviously tied strictly to Japan) where the setting of the characters was somewhere in the US, and the dialogue was written in English -- would it still hold the same merit?

I'm anticipating a few responses, and so please don't be shy.
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Posted 4/8/13
i'm still waiting for a series in which the protagonist is a world mobster and has connection with every mob in the world and the anime actually uses real people in each demographic to dub the anime
Posted 4/8/13
I don't think putting it in an American setting would change much. There'd be a lot more ebonics present in the dialogue, though.
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So...are we talking about the cartoons I watch on Cartoon Network?
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Posted 4/9/13
I would actually say that Cowboy Bebop is probably the most American anime i've seen. The stories, the characters, and the dialogue seem more like things you would see in American cinema rather than anime.
And as for an American setting, then i would recommend that you check out Baccano!.
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depends if the story is good or not i guess there are plenty of anime series that arent based in japan so i dont see the difference really...i wouldnt really care as long as the story is good i perfer anime to live action because you can do more in animation and i perfer it over other cartoons becasue they dont always draw goofy looking characters and have no plot
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Well I certainly wouldn't see anything wrong with it. We've also seen the west's acceptance of the art style in recent years with shows like Avatar and the Thundercats reboot. However I wouldn't call them anime. What makes an anime an anime are the themes and different legends and such that are represented in a lot of anime.

Because Japan has been around for so much longer than America, in a much less progressive time, it allowed the country to form so many legends about gods, demons, spirits etc... that America never had because it was created in a much more modern age(in comparison)

Take Naruto for example. So much about that show is based off gods and myths from Japan. It simply couldn't be written and set in America without losing all it's imagery.

The closest things that we have to these legends are our folktales, but those are about people like Paul Bunyon and Johnny Appleseed. Not exactly the same thing.

If a show based in America, using the anime style, came out and it was good I would watch it, but that's all I would consider it, a cartoon embracing the anime art style. Not an anime.
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