Created By: Rupa on February 25, 2013 Last Edited By: Rupa on March 4, 2013

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A western animation becomes an anime temporarily for laughs

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A western animation becomes a stereotypical anime for one scene to a whole episode for laughs. This usually entails many stereotypical anime tropes such as engrish, bad lipsyncing and dubbing, giant anime eyes, spiky/unconventionally colored hair, thin lined artwork (only notable because the original cartoon is (usually) thick-line animated), and more badass versions of characters (especially if they aren't human).

The series in question does not have to be made in the west for this trope to count, it just has to have a western style originally. For example, an anime that looks like a western animation, but changes its art style to an anime for a scene would still count. However, most of the time, this trope is used by western animators to make fun of the differences between the two art styles.

A subtrope of Art Shift. Compare Animesque, when a western work has an anime style by default.

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  • An inversion in one episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (an anime that looks a lot like a Western cartoon), where the art style suddenly becomes much more realistic and darker.

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  • The ending of one episode of Clerks has the ending "lost overseas", and thus had a replacement ending parodying anime made by Korean animators.
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "R.E.P.O.R.T", Numbuh 4's section is done in a style that parodies Dragon Ball Z.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: The episode Mock 5.
  • Fairly OddParents: The episode Go Go Racer, which is also a parody of Speed Racer.
  • Futurama: The episode Reincarnation, specifically the third act.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: The episode My Peeps: Billy sees everything as if it was an anime, albeit for only a few seconds.
  • The Phineas and Ferb special "Summer Belongs To You" had them going to Japan for one scene, and we see a music video clearly parodying anime.
  • An episode of South Park changes animation style to anime when the boys play with the ninja weapons they had recently bought.
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Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • February 25, 2013
    CobraPrime
    The animated version of Horton Hears A Who did that.
  • February 25, 2013
    StarSword
    We already have Medium Shift Gag.
  • February 25, 2013
    DaibhidC
    I'd say it's more Art Shift, but we already have that as well.
  • February 25, 2013
    Rupa
    Wouldn't this be considered a subtrope of art shift/medium shift because it happens in a more distinct set of criteria?
  • February 25, 2013
    arromdee
    Dexters Laboratory did the "Mock 5" episode which was done like Speed Racer.
  • February 25, 2013
    MrRuano
    The ending of one episode of Clerks has the ending "lost overseas", and thus had a replacement ending parodying anime made by Korean animators.
  • February 25, 2013
    Chabal2
    An inversion in one episode of Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt (an anime that looks a lot like a Western cartoon), where the art style suddenly becomes much more realistic and darker.
  • February 25, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
  • February 26, 2013
    dokatron
    An episode of South Park changes animation style to anime when the boys play with the ninja weapons they had recently bought.
  • February 26, 2013
    Zanreo
    • The Phineas And Ferb special "Summer Belongs To You" had them going to Japan for one scene, and we see a music video clearly parodying anime.
  • February 26, 2013
    Koveras
    If it Needs An Index, Episodes is the way to go.
  • February 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    The Webcomic Pv P had a physical comic book that was done Anime-style. Would that fall under webcomics or Comic Books?

    I don't know if it was a hardcopy of a series from the webcomic, but based on the format it seems like it would be hardcopy-exclusive.
  • February 27, 2013
    Folamh3
    I would suggest omitting references to "Western animation" to avoid making a false dichotomy between "Western animation" and "anime". Creator Provincialism and all that sort of thing. Suggest revising the trope description to "An animation not typically in an anime style..." rather than "a Western animation" or something like that.
  • February 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • March 2, 2013
    Rupa
    I think the Pv P example would only count if the anime style was done as a gag. Western series get anime adaptions fairly often, such as the Powerpuff Girls, and that would fall under just Art Shift, I think.

    The reason I say 'western animation' in particular is because most of the time that this trope is done, it's by western animators poking fun about how different cartoons from the two sides of the ocean can be, maybe even bringing attention to how popular anime has become in America. Panty and Stocking is a rare diversion from this, I really doubt we will get many Anime and Manga examples other than that one. Maybe saying 'a work in a Western style' would work better?
  • March 2, 2013
    Larkmarn
    It was a gag; the last page was the guys waking up from falling asleep while watching an anime binge.
  • March 2, 2013
    Rupa
    Ohh, then yes, it is definitely an example.
  • March 3, 2013
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • One issue of X Men comics changed to anime style, including the characters' look.
  • March 3, 2013
    Folamh3
    How is that political correctness gone mad? Are you saying Western animation and anime are the only two kinds of animation in the world?
  • March 4, 2013
    SpoonElemental
    happens in the Ping-Pong episode of Community
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=vsupg6plsuvo4jko23pqzafc