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Posted 1/13/15
Im just not into "american anime"
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Posted 1/13/15

MysticGon wrote:


cielinadress wrote:


GoldTStar wrote:

Pokemon?


I believe it's an American anime...though I might be wrong. Probably a bad assumption on my part.


Pokemon is 100% Japanese. When I think of edit:American anime only things that come to mind are Avatar/Korra and that piece of trash RWBY.


Don't forget the Boondocks.
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Posted 1/14/15
I think its more of traditional East vs West art styles....

I characterize like Superman, Batman, Bugs Bunny, Spongebob as Western.

Then Tower of God, Pokemon, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam as Eastern...
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Posted 1/14/15

cielinadress wrote:

It all bugs me, really. Except pokemon, which I'm a huge fan of. It doesn't feel genuine. Kind of like a wannabe. What do you guys think?


Pokemon is not an American Anime. Its just almost all of it has been very heavily translated
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Posted 1/14/15 , edited 1/14/15
If I like something, I like it. I don't really care where it's from. I follow some non-Japanese "mangaka" on DeviantArt, most notably a Canadian artist/author who goes by shilin.
http://shilin.deviantart.com/
To be honest, I struggle to hold someone who writes Western "manga/anime" off as "wannabe" in good esteem, because I consider saying such a thing as an immense disservice to talented artists/authors who are out there.
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Posted 1/14/15

silvercrow420 wrote:

What r other american made anime?


Some stuff I've seen on TV:

Monsuno - apparently this is US/Japanese?:



Tenkai Knights - Canada + Japan:



Monsuno is trash. Tenkai Knights is somewhat decent, the animation in the show looked pretty nice from what I remember.

There's also Totally Spies which is France + Canada collab.
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Posted 1/14/15
What about the Boondocks cartoon? I thought that was done in a very anime-esque style, and it was worth watching.

I think it would be nice if people would open their minds a little to the possibility of anime influencing American cartoons even more, mainly because I have always found most American cartoons to be ugly whereas anime tends to be much more aesthetically pleasing. Anime was originally created because Japanese people thought that Bambi was super cute and wanted to see more like it, so I see nothing wrong with that then influencing American cartoonists in the way they draw. Look at the music world - it is the mixing of different influences that creates something new, what if white musicians had never opened up to the possibility of learning from black musicians? There would be no rock and roll, and that would be very sad.
Posted 1/14/15
Inferior knockoffs. The Chinese could make better knockoffs than the USA.
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Posted 1/14/15
I say we need more shows like IGPX. Keeps the anime style, but adopts some western ways.
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29 / M / Atlanta, GA, USA
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Posted 1/14/15 , edited 1/14/15
I'm getting pretty tired of some of the recycled Japanese anime cliches, so watching some American cliches would break it up a bit.

Anyway, there are some companies in the USA that can throw a lot of money into making a quality animation with good writing. I don't really care if the person making it has visible tear ducts or not. I hope there are more shows like Legend of Korra.
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Posted 1/14/15
There is no such thing as an "American Anime". Anime basically means Japanese animation. You can have an American cartoon in an anime style, such as Avatar, but an anime made in America would simply be a cartoon.
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24 / M / Under your skin.
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Posted 1/14/15
Idk. I liked ATLA and RWBY both so I guess I like it.
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Posted 1/14/15
The problem with many American productions that emulate Anime and Manga is that they are often too focused on replicating what the Japanese have done and do not bring anything new to the table. The best of American animation, like the Avatar series, uses their own ideas alongside eastern themes and visuals. I would also add that since a lot of anime can be very generic and unoriginal these shows can be fresher and more original than some of the shows that inspired them.

Another issue is that many American companies seem to be unwilling to consider animated shows that are serialized and story focused. Avatar was successful, but its success seems to be seen as an exception. Censorship is also a problem as it limits what kinds of stories can be told, but Avatar, and especially Korra were able to tell more mature stories than was the norm for channels like Nickelodeon.
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Posted 1/14/15 , edited 1/14/15
I don't get the hate for rwby, its not an anime, it was never intended to be an anime; why people insist on comparing it to anime is beyond my comprehension.

I'll admit that it dosen't have that great of a story, and the animation is bad, but it is a low-budget animated web series made by a small company that specializes in making youtube videos about video games. Now compare that to a representitive anime: FMA:B, it was produced with a large budget, by a large company that produces similar media as their primary method of business. See where I'm coming from?
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