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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/12/17
what does American animation lack compared to anime? I feel like the best American animation has to offer is works like Young Justice and DC & Marvel animated movies are the best the America has to offer but all that plaes in comprasion to Japanese anime. What's the difference? Is it budget? Art style? Angles and Effects? Even the average anime looks better than America's best. The "DoomFist" overwatch trailer was great but we don't make enough stuff like that in America.

Edit: It seems that most of the answers are storytelling, expressing emotions, voice acting and exaggerated scenes.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/11/17
It lacks tsundere, yandere, and moe.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/15/17
I don't know about North American anime lacking anything. RWBY, Samurai Jack, BraveStarr, and Avatar: The Last Airbender pop up in my mind when good North American Anime is to be considered .

I honestly think your problem OP is expecting North American animated series and movies to be filling the same niches that Japanese animated series and movies do. Which there is no point to do so from either a creative or financial viewpoint. Why should Michelangelo and Da Vinci paint in exactly the same style and the same subjects to boot. After all both were liked precisely because of their unique approach to art.
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Posted 8/10/17
Animated girls drawn good enough to fap to.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/15/17
Storyline.

There is very few American made cartoons made with a story-line. None are romance, drama, horror... etc. There is a few that have an actual story-line, but those so few and far between that I would not even know if one was made worth watching.

Only story is the difference. American cartoons have none of it. Though I do love Family guy and South Park.
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Posted 8/10/17
Not sure what you mean. Even very old Disney movies have better animation than most Japanese animes. However, Japan has mastered cheap bulk production, so we get a ton of new anime shows every season.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
I think you're holding anime up on a pedestal. It has just as much garbage ( possibly more ) as western animation. The cliches are just different and simulcasting/dubbing acts as a bit of a quality filter for us.

Where anime use to have a real edge was in using a serial format ( and thus story arcs ) over the traditional western animation's episodic format ( problem solved in 30 minutes or less ). But many western shows have moved into using a serial format as well these days. To great success at that.

In terms of animation quality? Ehhh....the bulk of anime's actual animation is pretty bog standard these days. There's certainly less stylistic variation in anime than there is in western animation. Plus, some shows make it to air with stunning terrible animation with this attitude of "We'll fix it later for the blurays".

I mean cripes, look at the first run of any given ep of Sailor Moon Crystal.




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Posted 8/10/17
For me it's the stories and subject matter they are willing to use going from the mundane to the fantastic along with the characters they can either neatly fit into archetypes or be more different along with character flaws. That's at least the problem I have with marvel and DC you kind of already know who the characters are and how the story is going to play out before you even take it up where with anime every story that's not a sequel has the potential to be a surprise also anime ends typically they don't beat the dead horse and tend to end granted sometimes before the story. I'm the sort of person who prefers knowing nothing about what I am going to watch so to me especially with marvel and DC characters that can be a problem. As runec touched on western animation tends to be made for you to pick up the series at any point where anime you kind of have to start at episode 1 most of the time. I prefer watching things from the first episode so to me things like Dr Who (although not animation or American but it's an example of my point) are really hard for me to get into because they are so long, whereas the Simpsons and most western animation has that episodic format so they can be effectively milked dry and people can take it up at any point. Not to say anime has no dubious marketing strategies.

sorry for the badly organised comment and for any spelling and grammar mistakes I fixed what ever I was able to and tend to type as I think
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Posted 8/10/17
Mostly it's just the target demographic. American animation can crank out fantastic series. But if a show isn't targeted at either a toy-selling or stoner comedy demographic, most animated dramas don't last for many seasons. Assuming they get green-lit by a studio to begin with.
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Posted 8/10/17
I don't really think there's anything lacking from American cartoons .-.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
We're miles ahead of Japan in computer animation (usually), but our industry has become painfully lax with more traditional animation, and it shows. It's also rare that we put much effort into our outros and intros, in comparison to Japan, and Japan has more variance in topics and demographics... Not always for the best...
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Posted 8/10/17
Your perception of 'American animation' seems to have left full-length films out of the picture.
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Posted 8/10/17
american cartoons lack a good story line and art.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17

Cardamom_Ginger wrote:
We're miles ahead of Japan in computer animation (usually), but our industry has become painfully lax with more traditional animation, and it shows. It's also rare that we put much effort into our outros and intros, in comparison to Japan, and Japan has more variance in topics and demographics... Not always for the best...


Anime intro and outros tend to be pretty boilerplate to. License a generic j-pop song for the op and ed then just follow the template:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPCLMH1NM4

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Posted 8/10/17
Here we go with putting anime on some damn pedestal.
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