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Things that are done in an art style similar to, or use tropes associated with, Japanese anime. Also called anime-influenced animation, Amerime or Americanime (if it's American), Franime (for French things), or faux-anime, animesque works come from a variety of sources. Some are simply non-Japanese creators deciding to mimic the style, while others are genuine co-productions. France and Canada are especially known for cooperating with Japanese producers in this way. In Japan itself, "anime" is a broad term for anything animated (being shorthand for the loanword "animation"), so technically, all of these examples are "anime" whether or not they are classic Japanese-style anime.

Animesque art is a case of a 'full-circle' evolution, because the Japanese anime style was inspired by classical American theatrical animation of the 1930s and 1940s. For example, the big eyes of anime characters were taken straight from such works as Bambi and the old Fleischer shorts — think Betty Boop. The father of manga himself, Osamu Tezuka, was mainly inspired by the style of Carl Barks.

This style was pretty prevalent in the early 2000s due to the international rise of the anime boom in media, with many following the trend. Nowadays, not so much, now that anime is pretty commonplace, though still a design choice for some.

Note that this is about a work's art style, not its storytelling.

Super-Trope to Anime Opening Parody. Compare Disneyesque. See also OEL Manga and Fanime.

Straight Examples

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  • The Metro Manners series of PSAs are live-action, but the whole concept toes the line between Affectionate Parody and wholehearted embrace of anime tropes. The videos feature a Magical Girl/Henshin Hero protagonist who fights monsters representing rude transit behavior, with lots of Gratuitous Japanese. The visual style is also very anime-inspired, with examples including Super Kind's purple hair, use of anime-style title cards in Japanese, and the use of freeze-frames with Manga Effects, such as a segment where Super Kind freezes, shocked, while white lines radiate out from her face.
  • A few advertisements from Canada also do this:
    • This Recycle Everywhere PSA features not only an animesque art style and animation, but also characters using superpowers that have anything to do with recycling. There's also a white-haired woman that appears to be teaching a teenager on what goes into the blue bin and what doesn't, as well as having the ability to vaporize liquids (Specifically leftover ones) with her eyes.
    • A more notable example is Welcome to the Haulerverse, an ad for the Canadian Supermarket chain No Frills. This is what happens if you make an Action Anime that consists of... shopping at a grocery... complete with over-the-top superpowers and special effects to boot.
  • Taco Bell's "Fry Force" ads of 2021. Not only are they presented as movie trailers, but the entire fictional movie is a spoof of Pacific Rim, which is itself an homage to mecha anime and tokusatsu movies. Taco Bell would later take this up to eleven by publishing a prequel comic drawn and designed to be read from right to left, as many East Asian comics are published.
  • Transformers: Generation 1's toy commercials would get shifted from a style more in line with the cartoon (itself falling into this trope regularly depending on episode) early on, to a more anime-looking appearance for 1987's lineup of figures onward (though ironically, not to that of the actual anime released at that time). Of particular note are the ones for the Headmasters, Fortress Maximus and Scorponok.
  • Type S: Chiaki's Journey: The series is fashioned as a throwback to 1980s-90s racing anime, such as Initial D, with liberal uses of Japanese writing and phrases. Even if one knew it was an ad, they would probably figure it was another visually elaborate one that comes out of Japan occasionally (Acura is a sub-brand of the Japanese auto company Honda, after all). However, it was produced by London-based studio The Line Animation.
  • The North American commercial for Hudson Soft's Xexyz features a version of one of the ridable sea creatures (specifically the fish, though in green instead of the game's red) in animation that looks like it stepped out of a late 1980s mecha OVA title.

    Animation — Asia (non-Japanese) 
  • The Chinese series Nana Moon has a brightly-colored, cutesy art style that looks much like a kodomomuke anime, and it uses several well-known anime facial expression tropes.
  • Infinity Nado appears to take inspiration from Beyblade with its basic Battle Tops premise, and it has a very anime-looking art style to match.
  • The Haunted House: The Secret of the Ghost Ball appears to take inspiration from Yo-kai Watch and Pokémon: The Series about catching the ghost based on Korean mythology.
    • Tai Chi Chasers is a Korean animation that was also produced in Japan as well.

    Animation — Europe 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball uses countless anime-style facial expressions. The main characters are meant to resemble 70s Japanese mascots.
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes and Code Lyoko, both produced in France by MoonScoop. Code Lyoko includes a Japanese girl as one of the main characters, perhaps as a way of acknowledging its anime influences.
    • Code Lyoko uses a similar artstyle while trying to be different (notably with less exaggerated expressions than most animesque series), and was inspired by Serial Experiments Lain. The pilot, Garage Kids, is even more inspired by anime, when it comes to it's animation, plot and includes even more blatant Serial Experiments Lain influences.
    • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes's overall art style (characters, fights, animation, places) is also influenced by Japanese animation.
  • Miraculous Ladybug, a co-production between French studio Zagtoon and (to no surprise) Japanese studio Toei Animation. The heroine is a Chinese-French Magical Girl who relies on anime-styled transformation sequences; this also applies to Adrien Agreste (Cat Noir) and the characters who become superheroes in the subsequent seasons. It was originally even more anime-like before becoming an All-CGI Cartoon. The original trailer is often compared to Pretty Cure/Glitter Force and featured the protagonist with a huge Idiot Hero, which the anime concept was a complete success. The finalized cartoon is in CGI but still keeps a lot of its Japanese influences (for example, in some of Marinette's trains of thought, her mental images are drawn in the style of black-and-white manga).
  • The 2007 adaptation of Valérian called Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline is another.
  • The Podcats, a French series animated in Canada by the company who did Clash of the Dinosaurs and some of the effects for Underworld: Awakening.
  • Iginio Straffi's shows Winx Club and Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (from Italy) were designed in an anime style, and every character has hair highlights and eyes reminiscent of characters from (respectively) Shoujo and Shōnen series. Both heavily feature transformation sequences. They don't use Limited Animation, though.
  • The Rainbow Magic movie, due to the character designs and animation style; no surprise, as it was co-produced by The Answer Studio.
  • Robotboy, which is primarily visible in the Astro Boy-esque premise of the series.
  • Spanish animated film Gisaku, going so far as not only being drawn in an animesque style, but also featuring a samurai as the protagonist. In Spain.
  • Some early Mondo TV (an Italian studio) series were animated in Japan, so an anime style was unavoidable:
  • Khuda-Yana, a Spanish series by B.R.B. Internacional, looks and moves a lot like your typical anime series.
  • Angel's Friends, for the transformation sequences and magical girl motif.
  • Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville, another Mondo TV production, has an art style reminiscent of anime from the mid-to-late 2000s and other animesque cartoons of the time (with characters having consistent shading and some like Kate having notable hair highlights) and a slight magical girl motif with the scenes where Kate or Ava use the Friendship Heart for anything from the Friendship Ceremony to Pocketpedia activations.
  • Sophie et Virginie, for its very Japanese character designs and animation style; not surprising considering it was animated in Japan.
  • The characters of Kaeloo often use sweat drops, face faults and other anime-like things.
  • Ōban Star-Racers, the series was co-produced in Japan, so it isn't a surprise that it has a Japanese feel to it.
  • The cartoon adaptation of Disney's Italian comic-book series W.I.T.C.H. produced by French studio SIP Animation also uses an anime art-style. The Sailor Moon inspirations are pretty obvious with the Magical Girl motifs. The art style was confirmed by a director to have been inspired by anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • The circus scene from the Tom Poes movie “The Dragon That Wasn’t, Or Was He?” is very anime esque with how the characters are drawn and animated; the film had some scenes outsourced to Japan.
  • Totally Spies! is one of the most known animesque European shows. The cartoon was produced by the French company, Marathon Media. The show is known for its anime style and the use of every possible Japanese Visual Arts Tropes. In fact, the shows' creators have mentioned that Dirty Pair, which was massively popular in France in their youth, was a big influence on the show.
    • Also from the same creators are Martin Mystery and Team Galaxy, which have the same artstyle as Totally Spies!, as well as many anime-styled expressions.
  • Wakfu, a France-animated series based on a video game. It's so much that some episodes are produced in Japan. All humanoid characters (those of the Eliatrope, Sadida, Cra and Iop races) have designs and proportions which are faithful to the anime style. For the remaining characters, such as the monsters, the degree of anime influence varies.
  • Jelly Jamm is primarily a Spanish-British co-production, but utilizes common anime expression tropes, including, but not limited to, Sweat Drops, Cross-Popping Veins, an Idiot Crow, and Gratuitous Japanese text in a few episodes. Bandai Namco is involved in the show's production, which may have something to do with it since they're a Japanese company.
  • Pantheon: The show's art style is very reminiscent of popular late-90s and early-2000s anime.
  • French cartoon Droners has an artstyle definitely reminiscent of anime, with the show also making use of quite a few anime expressions.

    Animation — U.S.A. 
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines heavily borrows different styles of anime:
    • The trucks' faces feature large eyes similar in design to standard anime eyes.
    • The trucks' mouths tend to expand rather wide when shouting or grit rather exaggeratedly when angry or straining.
    • The "Robot Riders" miniseries takes inspiration from the Mecha genre popular in Japan.
    • As of the show's Art Evolution introduced in the "Wild Wheels" miniseries of Season 3, and into Season 4-onward, speed lines can sometimes be used. It gets much more expressive and detailed as the series progresses.
  • The Blinkins, like many 80's cartoons, has animation by a Japanese company, though it was produced in America.
  • Steve Ahn's Blossom Detective Holmes brings over the eastern flair from his time working on Voltron: Legendary Defender and The Legend of Korra, channeling it into a young adult mystery series. According to the series' mission statement, it aims to make anime a viable production in the U.S. the same way western series could be made in Japan.
  • The Boondocks uses stylistic Watanabe-based animation, chiefly because Aaron McGruder is One of Us. Also, most of the animation studios that worked on this show are in Korea (however, Madhouse in Japan did do a bit of work on this show as well, and two of the animation studios are owned by Japanese companies Madhouse and Studio Gallop). There's an Easter Egg homage to Samurai Champloo in the second opening. The first one is a Shout-Out to Cowboy Bebop. So, in other words, they're both shout-outs to Shinichiro Watanabe. They even devote an episode to both Samurai Champloo's "Baseball Blues" and Shaolin Soccer ("The Red Ball")
  • Each season of Captain N: The Game Master was outsourced to a different studio. The second went to Japan. Said season did stand out, though, with better drawn episodes like The Legend of Zelda (1989) crossover.
  • The DiC series Care Bears has been described as animesque, and in fact it really looks like some of the children and adults are drawn in this style. (There is even an episode where a character is shown wearing a Sailor Fuku.) This was one of the examples of a co-production with Japanese animators, and there were even parts where they showed newspapers with scribbles that seem to indicate it being written like Japanese newspapers.
  • Centurions, showing some of Sunrise's influence. It even served as the first ever project for their Studio 7 branch.
  • The 4Kids Entertainment cartoon Chaotic is an interesting example of this. Although the first season uses simplistic-looking flash animation, the second season changes completely, using a style that is clearly based on anime.
  • Conan the Adventurer, by the American-Japanese studio Jetlag Productions.
  • Though it didn’t last beyond the Pilot episode, Constant Payne was heavily inspired by anime in its artstyle, and Word of God listed Cowboy Bebop as an inspiration.
  • Crunchyroll normally distributes anime, but the few in-house series all carry the aesthetic. This has lead to immense vitriol from some fans who complain that it's "not real anime" or "just cartoons":
    • Onyx Equinox is probably the least overt example. Character designs are generally similar to those in Avatar, but some designs more closely resemble anime, e.g. Quetzalcoatl's true form.
    • High Guardian Spice is inspired by Magical Girl through and through.
    • Blade Runner: Black Lotus is actually listed as an anime, but it was made in-house. It resembles Japanese video games more than anime, but retains many of the medium's stylistic elements.
  • The DCU:
    • Batman: The Animated Series has a couple of nods to The Castle of Cagliostro (and used TMS Entertainment to boot), but overall, the art style is closer to the old Fleischer cartoons. The New Batman Adventures episode "Growing Pains" in particular has a Ghibli-esque look and feel to it. A bit of research does yield that it was animated alongside some animators from Ghibli.
    • Batman Beyond borrows the setting, a futuristic city overrun by gangs, and a recurring theme of Bio-Augmentation from AKIRA.
    • Some of Justice League's action sequences are Dragon Ball-esque earth-shattering fights. The Justice League episode "Legends" also features a giant robot that is a not-too-subtle Shout-Out to EVA Unit-01. There's also the Justice League Unlimited episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core", which starts with a fight against a kaiju in Japan.
    • The Batman. With the fight scenes, use of stock footage for his suit-up sequence, and the designs for both Robin and Batgirl, it definitely takes influence from anime.
    • Batman: Gotham Knight was created by multiple anime studios, but was primarily made for an American audience, and distributed by an American company. The stories were American-made but the actual animation was directed by several famous anime directors. Each segment also uses a different animation style.
    • Bruce Timm revealed that before Justice League, the next Batman show was slated to be an anime-inspired reboot that he described as "Batman meets Power Rangers".
    • Teen Titans (2003) was heavily inspired by anime in general, and by bizarre, expressionist anime like FLCL in particular. This led it to have all the "quirks" of Japanese animation, like sweatdrops, "chibi" forms, etc. and a title theme by J-Pop band Puffy AmiYumi. Taking it even further, all the quirky "filler" episodes have the theme sung in Japanese.
      • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, in which the Titans go to Tokyo, contains parodies and references to everything from Kodansha comics and weird Japanese commercials to Japanese art, and includes a sub-plot where Beast Boy sings the Japanese version of the theme song at a karaoke bar and gains a fanbase of Japanese schoolgirls. Even its spin-offs keep up the look; the DC Nation shorts resembled chibi omake chapters, and Teen Titans Go! is a Galaxy Angel-esque parody series that wouldn't look out of place in CoroCoro Comic.
    • Young Justice (2010) : From character designs, action sequences, to overall animation. Unsurprisingly since overseas studios in Seoul, South Korea, work on it such as MOI Animation, Inc., Lotto Animation,and DR Movie Co., Ltd., the latter which have work with Japanese companies on anime.
  • One of the Dexter's Laboratory Cartoon Network Groovies is styled in an animesque style.
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1983) was animated by Toei Animation from beginning to end, and while Marvel/TSR claim to have made sure to keep all designs as American-styled as possible, guest characters often look like they jumped straight out of an anime.
  • While Frankenstein Jr. didn't have an especially anime-like art style, it was one of the first Western series to be inspired by anime—specifically, contemporary Super Robot works such as Gigantor.
  • Gargoyles uses this trope fairly obviously, and has its share of Japanese directors and designers.
  • G.I. Joe: Resolute, a Darker and Edgier incarnation written by Warren Ellis, animated by Titmouse Inc. channeling Madhouse, and voiced by four people. Given the lavish budget of the live-action film, fans wonder how much it cost to make this miniseries and if it can be repeated.
  • G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 had all-American heroes animated in Japan and badly edited for the US. Few remember the show, but its merchandise like the Dragonhawk are much sought after. The original G.I. Joe series also had most of its animation done in Japan.
  • Glitch Techs features dynamic action scenes, chibis, and expressive facial features reminiscent of 2000s boom of similarly-styled Western cartoons of the trend. It helps that one of the animation studios involved is Flying Bark Productions, which also animated Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the same style.
  • True to the birthplace of the eponymous J-pop singers, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. And Janice Kawaye's role of Ami helps out, considering that she speaks fluent Japanese.
  • DiC's Inspector Gadget. Aside from moving like '80s anime, the influence became especially visible in Gadget any time the characters were shaded. TMS Entertainment was even a co-producer during the first season.
  • Invader Zim is very popular among anime fans and somewhat animesque; the Megadoomer was even a miniature, squat, practically chibi-style EVA with invisibility, and one sequence in the Christmas Episode is a practically shot-for-shot remake of a scene from End Of Evangelion. The DVDs were even produced by a company that usually produces anime DVDs, which caused most video stores to place the show's DVDs in the "anime" section.
  • Jem was animated by Toei Animation. It has an overall Western art style; however, some Japanese things accidentally slid in, like some background extras looking animesque and a Japanese eyechart appearing instead of an American one. The series also uses characters who naturally have abnormal hair colors, which is uncommon in American animation, and has some Magical Girl traits. The show has Eye Catches as well, which are more common in anime than American cartoons.
  • Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures is visually similar to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind because one of the studios contracted to animate the show was Pacific Animation Co. from Japan, a remnant of Topcraft, who did the anime film.
  • Kappa Mikey: Everyone save the title character is drawn in a limited-animation anime style as the show is set in Japan — therefore everyone there is Japanese and must be drawn in a Japanese style, except the title character, who is American and drawn in a much simpler fashion. It pulls no punches when it comes to Facefaults and thinly veiled parodies. This is played for laughs in one scene when everyone gets a big-head facefault except Mikey, being drawn in American style. He holds his breath in an attempt to copy them, fails, then mumbles, "Show-offs".
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: The show's artstyle alone gives off this vibe, to say nothing of that fact that the animation is done by Studio Mir.

    Animation — Canada 
  • Abby Hatcher, a co-production between Canadian studios Guru Studio and Spin Master Entertainment, is a CGI kid's show but with anime elements, especially with the use of quivering puppy dog eyes and miniature mouths with curved corners, speed lines, and the chibi-styled Fuzzlies.
  • The Nelvana series Cadillacs and Dinosaurs , perhaps as a consequence of being outsourced to APPP, has some strongly animesque elements in its artstyle.
  • Cybersix uses heavy anime elements in its style, due to being a coproduction between the now defunct Canadian studio Network of Animation and Japan's TMS Entertainment.
  • Nelvana's D.N. Ace has elements of this, with the show taking heavy inspiration from the Mon genre popular in Japan and the characters sporting anime-styled eyes.
  • Another Nelvana series, Di-Gata Defenders, features a number of anime elements in its style. This is primarily seen in the way the characters' pupils are designed (with full colors in the irises and white spots in the pupils), although the hair and body proportions (especially head shapes) also have characteristics commonly associated with anime.
  • Mostly-Australian production (but DHX distributed the show making this Canadian-Australian) Kuu Kuu Harajuku is known with the main characters looking like anime-like characters due to being a Japanese band from Gwen Stefani.
  • The short-lived Euro-Canadian series My Life Me is best known for this. It was made to capitalize on the 2000s anime fad, and often makes use of common anime tropes for its visuals. The main character is even noted for being an aspiring manga artist.
  • More subtle than most of the other examples, but Polly Pocket clearly derives from anime because of the characters' large eyes and relatively small mouths.

  • Ur-example: Japonism. Although long before anime, back in the 1860s, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints heavily inspired Western artists of the time. Notably, Van Gogh actually painted two of Hiroshige's works.
  • The works of the British (a northern one, to be exact) design studio The Designers Republic in The '90s codified the usage of this trope in Graphic design (prominently featured on the Wipeout series). They turned it into a timeless trend, so timeless that people started copying them. Though they rarely demonstrate this trope anymore, they are still remembered and associated to Japanese-influenced design movements.

    Card Games 
  • The original card game Magi-Nation was like this, before it got bought out and had change in art style.
  • Magic: The Gathering plays this straight often (for example, Chandra, the Firebrand and Jace, Memory Adept. Double points in that there was a special edition version of their original cards drawn by a manga artist released sometime before), but it's averted in the Japan-themed Kamigawa block, which seemed to go more for an art style reminiscent of traditional Japanese art instead of anime. The return to Kamigawa, Neon Dynasty, plays it both ways: actual card art is either the usual Magic style or flat out allusions to traditional Japanese art, including a saga cycle made on classical mediums like carvings; however, the marketing is heavily animesque, culminating in a manga, a Visual Novel and the trailer.

    Comic Books 
  • The style of Sky Doll (especially the side material, e.g. Lacrima Christi or Space Ship) is discreetly, but definitely influenced by the manga style.
  • Adam Warren drew OEL Manga years before it became the cool thing to do — or had a name. One of his contemporaries in that sense is Lea Hernandez.
  • The title character of Empowered hangs a lampshade on this in a meta-text panel from Vol. 1, lamenting that a manga-styled superhero comic won't have it easy when most manga fans have zero interest in western style superheroes, while most superhero fans hate anything that even looks like manga.
  • X-Men was actually drawn by manga creator Kia Asamiya for a brief time in 2002. As well, the art of Joe Madureira, who drew the book from 1994 to 1997, is heavily manga-influenced.
  • The Marvel Adventures version of Power Pack by Gurihiru Studios. Like with most other Japanese artists hired to draw American comics, it is just as much an example of them matching our style even in pacing and storytelling.
  • Ditto the art of Runaways. But looks less animesque as Art Evolution goes.
  • Gurihiru's artwork on Superman Smashes the Klan. In particular, the villain's hair and facial expressions are blatant "Shōnen manga villain" during the climax, which is amusing given his white supremacist motivations.
  • Ninja High School was drawn and written by Ben Dunn, an admitted anime and manga addict, and spoofs and/or parodies anything and everything in the genres that it can get away with in its early issues. Later, it settles down into an actual overarching plot, but the parody elements (as well as the art style) remain woven integrally in.
  • Gold Digger, another Antarctic Press title by Fred Perry, has an art style heavily influenced by anime/manga, but the artist himself tends to keep the proportions within the art consistent and avoids the common visual gags for the most part. Also, while references creep in from anime that Fred's seen, they're kept company by an equal number of pop culture references from the Western world as well.
  • One early example of American graphic novel influenced by manga is Wendy and Richard Pini's ElfQuest.
  • The Door Stopper It Takes a Wizard is drawn in manga-style despite not being a "Manga" in definition. (It's even placed in the manga section.)
  • Radiant could easily be mistaken for a Japanese series — it even goes on the Manga namespace on This Very Wiki. Valente notes his influence from Akira Toriyama and Yusuke Murata's works, and it definitely shows in his art. He even refers to the series as a Shōnen manga by name. It's also one of the few mangaesque series to fully make the jump to its country of inspiration; Murata endorsed the series when it was translated into Japanese, and Lerche spearheaded an anime adaptation of the series airing in late 2018. Hiro Mashima commented in volume 5 that "while it looks like a Japanese manga at first glance, its slightly bitter tone feels very European."
  • James Paterson's novel series Maximum Ride was adapted into an OEL Manga.
  • Rockin Raven is very deliberately based on the manga style.
  • The art style of Dark Wraith of Shannara, Del Rey's first foray into comic publishing, was meant to emulate manga, but had Western-style panel layout.
  • The OEL adaptation of Sherrilyn Kenyon's The Dark Hunters was written by an American, drawn and lettered by Americans, reads and looks like a typical American indie comic, but is formatted in a right-to-left page format like a manga.
  • The Dreaming is a comic that is drawn in manga-style by a Chinese-Australian author named Queenie Chan. It's even published by TokyoPop, and is considered one of the first non-Japanese manga series that they published.
  • Dork Diaries looks rather animesque, but it's more to give the idea of a girl who is an artist doodling in her diary, and her drawings are actually quite detailed.
  • Batman:
  • Ape Entertainment's Scarlet Veronica deliberately attempts to blur the line between western comic art and manga art. Typically resembling Thick-Line Animation, characters facefault, sweatdrop, and go chibi as the situation requires.
  • Becky Cloonan's work in Demo draws primarily from older indie comics, but steps into anime territory for at least two issues — issue #3 ("Emmy") and issue #10 ("Damaged") both seem heavily manga-influenced. By the second series she seems to have grown fond of the style.
  • Chynna Clugston's Blue Monday. The cover of the first volume even has the lead lounging in a giant bowl of ramen!
  • Vampirella: There was a sci-fi re-imagining called "Vampi" that was done in a heavy anime style.
  • Welcome to Tranquility features an Art Shift to this style in the back-up that gives the skinny on background character Mangacide an extreme Occidental Otaku.
  • Ame-Comi Girls is a series based off the popular Anime-inspired toyline. The series stars Manga-styled redesigns of characters such as Wonder Woman and Batgirl.
  • UDON Entertainment, best known for Street Fighter and official art for most Capcom projects since 2005. Dozens of artists, most of them Canadian, all of them with clearly manga-inspired styles, the best known of them arguably being Alvin Lee, who handled the series up until Street Fighter II and is responsible for the UDON art found in the Capcom games that use it.
  • Monica's Gang:
    • There is a spin-off series focus on the teenager audience called Monica Jovem (Monica's Teen Gang). Just compare the normal and cartoony Monica and her friends with her Teen version. The Teen comics are in black and white, while Monica strips were often made with colorful tones. The comics still read left-to-right, though (complete with a last-page notice warning readers of this). Some editions even parodies famous anime like Death Note or games like the Phoenix Wright franchise and MMORPGs in general.
    • After the success of Monica's Teen Gang, another printhouse published Luluzinha Teen. Yes, it's Little Lulu for teenagers in animesque and yes, that's Tubby Tompkins kissing a Sailor Moon cosplay. For some reason, Animesque comics aimed for teenagers are getting a high popularity in Brazil.
  • Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim is quite heavily influenced by manga art style. The characters have large heads with big, expressive eyes.
  • Seconds (2014). O'Malley specifically stated he wanted to try "70s/80s manga style like Rumiko Takahashi or Izumi Matsumoto" with "bigger hair and 'cuter' figures."
  • Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, whenever it's being drawn by Matt Frank, has extremely anime-like designs, especially on the humans. Which is somewhat fitting seeing as the franchise in general is Japanese in origin.
  • Jake Wyatt's issues of Ms. Marvel, complete with really adorable Chibi expressions for Kamala.
  • Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) went through a period of this from 1996 to about the mid-2000s. Cover artist Patrick "Spaz!" Spaziante was the first to go into this with James Fry and Ron Lim soon after.
  • Archie Comics had a few 'manga style' series in the early 2000s, when anime was gaining popularity in America. Fans hated the artwork however the actual writing in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic was praised.
  • IDW's Jem and the Holograms (IDW) has a western art style however it does have some manga influences. Jerrica does a Magical Girl type spin when becoming Jem and certain artists use some manga-type expressions.
  • Erin Hunter:
    • Warrior Cats' graphic novels, despite being American in origin, are called manga, and James Barry in particular has a more animesque style than the other artists. He tends to give cats tufts on their heads, even though cats don't actually have said tufts (and in an extreme example, one had actual hair).
    • Sister series Seeker Bears also has a few OEL Manga.
  • The titles of the short-lived Culture Crash Comics from the Philippines, which includes Cat's Trail, One Day Isang Diwa, Pasig, Solstice Butterfly, and sometimes Kubori Kikiam all featured Animesque designs.
  • Also, the Filipino Funny Komiks, which formerly utilized Western comics style, later introduced manga-esque designs by the late 90s or early 2000s. The strip Combatron started the trend, which is the Filipino take on Mega Man.
  • The Manga Classics series adapts classic literature into an OEL Manga format.
  • Witch & Wizard was adapted into two manga-style graphic novels in 2010-11.
  • The Berrybrook Middle School series is drawn in an art style that's recognizably cartoony, but also takes quite a few cues from manga. The series' creator Svetlana Chmakova has drawn OEL Manga in the past (such as Dramacon and Nightschool).
  • The Dead Boy Detectives 2005 graphic novel: this Western comic is advertised as a "manga digest" and is drawn in the style of a manga. It's black and white, the characters have oversized heads and eyes, the characters are introduced with hobbies and blood types ("he hasn't got any; he's a ghost!") and hallmark Japanese visual arts tropes like Luminescent Blush and Face Fault are used to indicate the characters' feelings.
  • A long running series of Korean Edutainment comic, Why? use art style that influenced from anime. Since each volume drawn by different artists, some the volumes are less-animesque and more leaning to Western Animation influenced style, but still use facial expressions and tropes commonly found in Anime and Manga as well.
  • American Chibi of Astro City is an overt, over-the-top example, with an oversized head, large eyes, and tiny body.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Boondocks has been using an animesque artstyle since its newspaper comics strip days. This is because creator Aaron McGruder says that anime presents the feeling of live-action while still being animation. It also allowed him to get away with Only Six Faces by differentiating only the hairdos and skin tone of a lot of the younger characters.
  • InSecurity looks as if it came out of a manga series, from wild-looking Anime Hair, Alertness Blinks, Big Ol' Eyebrows and Visible Silence, to most other Japanese Visual Arts Tropes.
  • The newspaper strip My Cage has many of its female characters drawn in an animesque style, though everything else is pretty western. Notable for the fact that its syndicate made a big honking deal about how it will appeal to "manga fans". It appealed to people, just not the massive amounts of manga fans that they were expecting.
  • A Christian comic Tract series called The Truth For Youth uses a manga style.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Speed Racer was described as "the first live-action anime", and it certainly fits, with Speed Lines, the mecha-like Car Fu, and Speed clearly being a Hot-Blooded hero. A parody of Fist of the North Star also appears in the show.
  • The story of O-Ren Ishii from Kill Bill Volume One had a portion which was an anime-style cartoon paying homage to — of course — anime.
  • Brick is created with the same shot composition and editing an anime would have. Brendan's looks are also based off Spike Spiegel.
  • The story of Pacific Rim The film takes a great deal of cues from Super Robot Genre anime, as well as Toho Kaiju films. This was probably the idea behind the over-the-top characterization, including a hot-blooded rival.

    Live-Action TV 

    Music Videos 
  • Kirsten Dunst covered "Turning Japanese", and the music video is her in a magical girl-styled dress, dancing around Akihabara.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Tau are said to be designed to appeal to anime fans. The reception was and still is mixed. This may have less to do with Japanese influence, which is largely present only in their rather Macross-inspired Battlesuit designs and more to do with their perception as a "good" race by many players in a setting famed for its Grim Darkness. The Tau philosophy is also as much or more Japanese than it is Chinese, specifically WWII-era "Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere" expansionism. The "mecha" design of their battlesuits, vehicles, and power armour is clearly of Japanese pop-culture origin, with a substantial aquatic-form influence.
    • The Eldar are more Japanese-inspired, though the post-Rogue Trader Eldar were explicitly based on organic forms, with an increasingly heavy Art Nouveau influence as the designs evolved.
  • Big Eyes, Small Mouth is an open-ended anime RPG, made in Canada. There were a few series-specific books, in case you wanted to roleplay Tenchi Muyo! for some reason, and you could certainly ignore its anime theme and use it for anything you wanted, but the main appeal behind the game is in roleplaying your own anime series.
  • Red Dragon Inn features Witchdoctor Natyli, who is a troll and the niece of another character, Phrenk. Phrenk and the rest of the ever-growing cast of playable characters have more Western-leaning art. Natyli has much larger eyes than the rest of the crew, and is pretty clearly meant to be the game's Cute Monster Girl.

  • LEGO:
    • LEGO Exo-Force was LEGO's take on anime and the Humongous Mecha, replete with very exaggerated Shonen Hair, random kanji slapped everywhere, typical Japanese names, and a heavy dose of anime and mecha-genre tropes.
    • In the same vein, Ninjago focuses on Ninjas with a bit of mecha thrown in here and there, most notably the Samurai X mech and various Serpentine vehicles. It's a little more subtle about it in that it limits itself to Shonen Hair and kanji is few and far in between. The names also reflect a much larger variety, with only Kai, Nya and Misako being anywhere close to Japanese. It still uses a lot of anime cliches, such as magical weapons, power-up transformations, color-coded chosen warriors and the aforementioned Shonen Hair. It also mixes several other Asian themes into it as well, most notably Sensei-Wu, who appears more Chinese than Japanese.

    Video Games 
  • ANNO: Mutationem: The character designs have elements with notion to anime, particularly unique expressions and animesque traits that have detailed highlights and settings rendered in stylized detail. The Mystery Console DLC is also presented in a Super-Deformed-style gameplay.
  • Phantom Dust was made by Microsoft to sell in Asian countries, then ported back into America later. The theme, character design, and plot all mimic common Anime and Manga attributes. It was unsurprisingly much more popular in America than in Japan.
  • Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, an early FPS from Monolith (the first to use their LithTech technology), heavily influenced by mecha anime.
  • Gekido: Urban Fighters: While the characters are drawn in western comic book style, the storyline and aesthetic are evocative of late 80s and 90s cyberpunk anime.
  • Tsunami 2265, a third person shooter aboard mechas produced in Italy. The female lead looks a lot like Motoko Kusanagi.
  • Oni is heavily influenced by Ghost in the Shell.
  • FusionFall redesigns the Cartoon Network characters appearing in the game with an animesque look. The series even has a short, official prologue manga.
  • Puzzle Quest also uses anime-like style for its characters.
  • Genshin Impact was designed and developed by miHoYo, a mainland Chinese company, but opts for a full-on anime art style that could easily get it mistaken for an actual Japanese-developed game. This holds true for the other works of miHoYo as well.
  • Drawn to Life. Despite all appearances, it had no Japanese involvement in development. 5th Cell seems to be an animesque company.
  • Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, a game from Spain! One of the main characters is from the Japanese folk tale Momotaro.
  • Shantae, a side-scroller for Game Boy Color made by the American developer WayForward Technologies. The first game's Commodore 64-esque soundtrack betrays its Western origins, though. Bonus points for hiring Japanese developer Inti Creates for Pirates' Curse and Half-Genie Hero. Shantae and the Seven Sirens takes it even further by featuring anime-style cutscenes animated by Studio TRIGGER.
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal, also made by WayForward, utilizes an anime-like artstyle.
  • Vitamin Connection takes it even further by having an actual Japanese singer for its insert songs, and includes a Japanese language option!
  • Fantage has a very anime-inspired art style.
  • Jitsu Squad have its art style looking like some ninja anime from the 90s.
  • Spectrobes: From its main character being a Captain Ersatz of another certain red Badass Longcoat with a sword arm to having cutscenes rendered similar to another Jupiter game, The World Ends with You, it fits.
  • Troublemaker, an Indonesian game, has cutscenes rendered in manga-esque graphics.
  • During its development, Jet Force Gemini was inspired by several science fiction works, including the anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, hence the character designs for Juno, Vela and to a lesser extent Lupus, specifically their anime-style eyes and the humans' space suits. In particular, Juno's helmet is modeled similarly to that of Ken the Eagle, while Vela's skimpy wear mimics that of Jun the Swan. At one point in the game, their suits are upgraded with Jet Pads to fly in certain places, similar to the Science Ninja Team when gliding with the Bird Style. And each time the player resumes their playthrough, the character selection has the heroes preparing to eject from their mothership into the site of action, similar to when the Gatchaman characters prepare to head into the current episode's place of conflict.
  • Katana ZERO: The game itself doesn't look like this, but look at any of the official art and it becomes immediately apparent.
  • One Must Fall 2097, a fighting game produced by Epic Games in 1994, well before anime had a large fan base in the US, had its characters drawn in this style.
  • Jak and Daxter, although the only noticeably "animesque" thing in it is the character design.
  • Black Sigil, whose battle system has a very strong Chrono Trigger vibe to it. It's nostalgia fodder for SNES JRPGs.
  • The box art for Fable is rather animesque, to the point where you could be forgiven for assuming it's an Eastern RPG. The in-game graphics however are much more western looking, and later games' box art more closely resemble the in-game graphics.
  • The Caverns of Hammerfest contains a few animesque traits, what with the blurred-feet running animation for Igor and the little dance he might do after you idle — the latter being is a homage to Haré+Guu.
  • X-Blades has a protagonist named Ayumi, and she is rendered in Animesque style. The game was created by russian game developer Gaijin Studios (Gaijin means 'foreigner' in Japanese) Its sequel, Blades of Time, jumps on current marketing fads and largely dumps the aesthetic, resembling a Tomb Raider game where a vaguely anime Lara Croft runs around with blonde twintails.
  • Dragon Age II: Elves got an overhaul to look more like their Japanese counterparts, with long pointy ears, huge eyes, smoothed-out facial features and skinny bodies, including the token Anti-Hero companion.
  • Asura's Wrath, with manga style recaps, and is episodic like an actual anime, Eyecatch's included. Critics even referred to it as an "Interactive Anime".
  • X-COM: UFO Defense has an animesque intro and the background images for Base functions and the Hidden Movement screen retain the art style of the intro.
  • In League of Legends, a few champion designs and some champion splash arts have a noticeable Eastern influence — one big difference between this game and its nearest rival game Dota 2 is that Dota 2 looks more like a Western RPG, whereas League looks more like a JRPG. League as a whole is still distinctly a western game, but it still likes to integrate a few anime references in many of its designs/quotes/storylines, as well as in several non-canon skins, most prominently the Super Galaxy and Star Guardian lines.
  • Apidya, with its Japanese-style intro scene, was produced by Kaiko, which was a German company despite its Japanese-sounding name and the large amount of Gratuitous Japanese text in their earlier Puzzle Game Gem'X.
  • The Wipeout series is Britain-developed, yet incorporates Japanese-influenced graphic art, courtesy of the Designer's Republic. The third game even has a mascot that is clearly based on cute mascot characters. Some entries even feature the usage of Katakana.
  • Yandere Simulator plays with many anime tropes such that it's easy to mistake it for a Japanese game. The game's roots instead stem from a FourChan concept given life when interest was indicated for it.
  • Carrie's Order Up! uses big eyes and a bright, colorful style that does an amazing job of recreating the look and feel of '90s Japanese arcade games.
  • In TitanFall2 Is more apparent than the first game. The setting, the more outlandish Titan designs and abilities, the use of the Pulse Kunai, shurikens in the grenade slot, subtly more bizarre weapons such as the Alternator, Jack being a rookie who fell into the cockpit, and the over-the-top action certainly give off the vibe of a mecha anime at times.
  • Undertale: Invoked; in the True Final Boss fight, the psychedelic background, the music, and the name of his attacks and the calling of them just screams cliched JRPG, but it's because he thinks anime is rad.
  • RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, an adaptation of RWBY, looks a lot like a Japanese hack and slash game. So much so, apparently, that Sony put it into their "Straight From Japan" special category of the PlayStation Store.
  • Indivisible, much like Shantae and the Seven Sirens, had its intro animated by Studio TRIGGER.
  • A Hat in Time has cute character designs with large eyes, anime-style expressions, and speed lines are used frequently.
  • No Straight Roads uses a highly-stylized art style with a slight anime influence that's most obviously seen in the 2D animation cutscenes. One particularly strong case is the Virtual Idol Sayu, who is deliberately designed to be a cutesy anime Genki Girl with Idiot Hair.
  • Haven (2020), by France-based developers The Game Bakers of Furi fame, has an art style and storyline that could be straight out of a Hayao Miyazaki film (the protagonists even have Asian-sounding names), and gameplay highly inspired by Japanese RPG's such as Persona. Bonus points for the Attract Mode and end credits cinematics being produced by an actual Japanese animator.
  • Forgotton Anne is a Danish adventure game whose style and themes are clearly inspired by Studio Ghibli films.
  • Metal Warriors: The first cutscene's style and some of the Mech Suits are inspired by old mecha anime such as Mobile Suit Gundam. Since the game's conception was inspired by that of Assault Suits Valken (a Japanese game with similar Mecha designs and motifs), this makes sense.
  • Need for Speed Unbound is the first installment to features Japanese-style aesthetics combined with Cel Shading effects, making those characters come out fresh from an anime.
  • Switchblade, being released in 1989 for the Atari ST by the British creator of Rick Dangerous, is one of the earliest examples of this trope. Its sequel Switchblade II for Amiga is even more clearly inspired by manga and anime, especially notable in the portrait of protagonist Hiro on the cover.
  • While initially leaning towards more inspiration from Western Animation, Frebbventure begins to slide hard towards this trope towards the end.

    Visual Novels 
  • Katawa Shoujo is a Western attempt at making a Japanese-style Visual Novel, complete with anime-style artwork. The art style is because the original art that inspired the game was Japanese. Some people saw a Japanese artist's drawings for a visual novel he'd like to see one day and decided to make it an actual visual novel. It succeeds at emulating Japanese anime/manga and Visual Novels so well that a good amount of fans were actually surprised to hear that it wasn’t made in Japan.
  • Zig-zagged with don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story. While it is a Western-made visual novel, its background CG art and character sprites are used ready-made from a Japanese designer that specifically makes them available for amateur visual novels. The AmieConnect avatar pictures and event CGs, though, are drawn by a western artist in animesque style, but with still a heavy western feel. The transition is actually slightly jarring.
  • Anything by the infamous "Winged Cloud", usually their visual novels are prefixed "Sakura".
  • Everlasting Summer was developed by Russians, was originally written in the Russian language, and is primarily set in the former Soviet Union. But both the gameplay and character design seem straight out of a Japanese visual novel.
  • Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk is a Russian-made visual novel with a very minimalistic pixelated style. Its sequel, milk outside a bag of milk outside a bag of milk, begins with an animated intro that recaps the whole first game, and is rendered as an anime episode complete with a Japan-esque style (owing to Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments Lain), yellow subtitles and odd camera angles.
  • Missing Stars is an English language visual novel that has animesque character designs. It is a Spiritual Successor inspired by Katawa Shoujo set in a European school. The finalized art is a bit more western than the early concept art, however it is still animesque.
  • NomnomNami's characters are usually drawn in a particular anime style. This style can be seen in her tears were my light.
  • Extracurricular Activities is a Western novel where the facial expressions and gags are anime-influenced, as well as the novel borrowing from the Harem Genre where instead of cute girls, the love interests are hulking anthropomorphic men. In early 2018, the novel switched over to a new artist where the art direction became less animesque.
  • We Know the Devil is another Western visual novel with character designs largely grounded in reality, but with clear anime influences. Most pronounced in the case of Venus, who has big round eyes.
  • Heaven Will Be Mine is made by the same team as We Know The Devil and not only has the same artist but is a Mecha series with heavy influence from Gundam. One of the main characters, Luna-Terra, is even a female Char Clone.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! is a School Club Story with typical Japanese high school girl archetypes and a moe art style. It was developed by an American team lead by Dan Salvato, who is also a developer and pro player of Project M. This is part of its Affectionate Parody/Deconstructive Parody nature; even the dialogue is written to sound like it's badly translated from Japanese, and there's a fourth-wall-breaking joke that implies it is so translated, even though it's not. Except it eventually becomes very creepy, but keeps the art style.
  • VA-11 HALL-A looks like an anime visual novel that's really deep in the PC-98 aesthetic, but the game was developed in Venezuela.
  • A Summer's End — Hong Kong, 1986 is a Visual Novel developed by Studio Oracle and Bone, a team based in Canada, but it takes a lot of aesthetic cues from anime of The '80s, such as City Hunter and Kimagure Orange Road. In one post from the official site, the artist names the art of Haruhiko Mikimoto, Akemi Takada and Akihiro Yamada as some early artistic influences.

    Web Animation 
  • Bee and Puppycat is very obviously inspired by shoujo anime both thematically and stylistically. Bee specifically is reminiscent of Usagi in that she is a Loser Protagonist and becomes a Magical Girl who fights in space after she meets a cat (dog... thing.) Character design falls short of just being anime altogether.
  • Many of the early BIONICLE web animations had shades of this. The character models were very faithful to the sets, but they would occasionally include things like Sweat Drops, Blush Stickers, and stylized motion-blur backgrounds for action sequences.
  • The Machinimas Brawl Universe and Smash King tend to heavily lean on the side of anime with how their episodes are filmed and edited, as they tend to use EyeCatchers, Japanese Opening/Ending themes as well as Cold Openings, and their action sequences do borrow from anime with the Effects of White/Black spikes surrounding the screen if something dramatic happens, as well as sometimes using transformations in battles.
  • Broken Saints: This was more notorious before the Animation Bump, with the first episodes being redone in a more realistic style. However, it still had some visual influence from anime.
  • CAPTAIN YAJIMA, a short film made by Ian "Worthikids" Worthington of BIGTOP BURGER fame, is an interesting example. The short was animated in Blender, and evokes a distinctive Will Vinton-meets-Rankin/Bass stop-motion aesthetic, but the character designs and expressions are heavily inspired by anime. To add a layer of authenticity, the voice acting is done entirely in Japanese, and provided by RASH A1M, the same Japanese dubbing team that worked on the Japanese dub for BIGTOP BURGER.
  • Dreamscape: Anjren and Ahjeen are animesque in terms of expressions, oddly enough.
  • ETU - Animated Stories uses an animesque style in their later videos. They even have animesque expressions.
  • gen:LOCK uses the same "3D animations that look like 2010s anime" schtick as fellow Rooster Teeth property RWBY. However, the animation content is quite different; taking cues from Gundam, gen:LOCK is essentially a Western mecha anime.
  • Muffin Songs, a YouTube channel for children, uses a style reminiscent of anime for its earlier videos, as well as some Japanese Visual Arts Tropes. For example, on this video, Cinderella's face looks like it's drawn in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica art style, and she wears ribbons that are nearly identical to Haruhi Suzumiya's.
  • Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls is perhaps the most infamous example of this trope on the Internet. Basically, it's Animeland on acid.
  • The Red vs. Blue: Animated pilot uses a beautiful and extremely fluid animesque style. Sadly, differences between Rooster Teeth and the group who animated it prevented them from going any further with this. Until Season 14 anyway, where it was made canon and received an extra scene at the end.
  • My Story Animated has several videos with varying degrees of animesque and use anime-inspired expressions.
  • RWBY by Rooster Teeth is an interesting example of this, with everything about the series looking like a 2010s anime, complete with chibis and various animesque expressions... except that they're 3D animations, making them appear like a series made of cutscenes from a post-Oughts JRPG or a 3DCG show by Sanzigen Animation. It actually does a good job on turning those anime gimmicks 3D, and is able to mix in some Western animation tricks as well. Hilariously, when it was uploaded to Crunchyroll, some people started demanding for the "original" Japanese audio, apparently not realizing that English was the original language (although it received a legit Japanese dub later on). While most of the cast placement and angles appears to be a mix of the Machinima style and soap operas, the fight scenes show Monty Oum's signature mix of anime and Kung Fu/Wuxia choreography norms with western martial arts. It apparently did a good enough job of keeping to Japanese tropes, as the series was popular in Japan and ended up getting official manga adaptations — one by Dogs: Bullets & Carnage artist Shirow Miwa, and another as a 4-volume anthology series — and, eventually, an actual anime adaptation in the form of RWBY: Ice Queendom, a collaboration with Studio SHAFT.
  • TIE Fighter is a fanmade Star Wars short animated in the style of '80s anime.

  • A major Creator Thumbprint of Jocelyn Samara, whose artstyle is manga-inspired:
  • Kuro Shouri is inspired, both visually and in story, by anime of the 90s and 00s. It has taken some cues from Western works over time.
  • L33tStr33t Boys is about a band based on a group of Otaku, done in anime style.
  • Lily Love is Thai and not Japanese. However, it takes several aspects from Yuri Genre manga, such as the artstyle and chibis.
  • The Lounge has considerable manga influence, both in artistic style as well as the art gags and tropes common to manga.
  • Mexican artist Kanela gave M9 Girls! a definite manga look, complete with chibi panels and manga annotations. Current artist Shadow continues with a more cartoony anime look. The story itself is the Mad Science version of the Magical Girl genre.
  • Animesque style isn't reserved to English-language webcomics. Here's a popular French example: Maliki. With one strip directly referencing its many influences, several of them from anime.
  • Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT. Even though Ida Kirkegaard is Danish, the drawings are something like distorted manga-style drawings.
  • MegaTokyo is the archetypal example of this trope in the world of webcomics, even going so far as to take place in Tokyo and be a fantasy/dating sim storyline. The comic has become one gigantic deconstruction of the most popular genres of anime, complete with a disaffected Magical Girl who can't really use her powers the way she thinks a magical girl should (meaning, like Sailor Moon).
  • Misfile has a major manga-esque influence, with scarcely a strip going by without a super deform, chibi, or the omnipresent egregious Sweat Drop making an appearance. Even Rumisiel's T-shirt gets one of those at one point.
  • Monsterful: A Slice-of-Life Webcomics of a monster-only world that shows a moderate manga influence, but it's well balanced with western influences and completes the circle with multiple video-game and internet references from both Eastern and Western markets.
  • Mutant Ninja Turtles Gaiden, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan-comic, which has its human characters drawn in a manga style.
  • Nightvee: Characters have large eyes and often make anime expressions.
  • No Need for Bushido parodies elements from anime/manga set in feudal era Japan.
  • The Noordegraaf Files hits this on the head, linking this trope's page on the comic's homepage, and the creator has said in The Rant that it is drawn and colored in a Japanese paint program made for, you guessed it, making manga.
  • Overlord of Ravenfell is stylistically influenced by older CLAMP manga and Yoko Matsushita, so definitely falls in this trope.
  • Pandora's Tale uses a very cutesy anime aesthetic, especially noticeable on the Helpers.
  • In Ronin Galaxy the cover art resembles anime, and the actual pages are made to look like a manga, despite being read from left to right.
  • Roommates and its spin offs, Girls Next Door and Down the Street, (the latter to a lesser extent) have a lot of manga influences. However, the Art Evolution of the first two seem to slowly diverge from this style in different directions: Roommates gets more and more realistic, while GND slowly shifts towards the style of Franco-Belgian comics.
  • Rusty and Co. grew into this style with its Art Evolution, especially in the design of female characters.
  • Sailor Ranko is an adaptation of Ranma ˝/Sailor Moon crossover fan fiction. The art style imitates the source material pretty well.
  • Sandra and Woo is a mixture of this and western comic stylizations.
  • School of Mages is drawn in a manga style, and it is even read from right to left.
  • Van Von Hunter, Sokora Refugees, and Red String are manga-inspired webcomics that were eventually published by major American manga companies TokyoPop and Dark Horse. However, Sokora Refugees appears to have been taken off the 'net.
  • Welcome to the pharmacy!: The webcomic’s artstyle is line art reminiscent of anime & manga.
  • Zos Kias is one of those American manga series that reads right to left.

    Web Original 
  • Keit-Ai features animesque art in the webcomic version. Meanwhile, the fanfic and original fiction also feature a mostly Japanese setting and characters. This is to be expected of a series that originated from 4chan.
  • Certain Neopets look suspiciously like Pokémon, the PetPets even more so.
  • Despite being a text-based Shared Universe serial, Whateley Universe frequently applies anime tropes, often lampshading or deconstructing them but just as often playing them straight. This is underscored by their being a number of characters who are explicit Captain Ersatz of anime or video game characters either due to their mutation (e.g, Tennyo, Tif Lock, Aerys, and Tiff's brother Squalling), or because they deliberately emulate their favorite characters to an obsessive degree (e.g, Ash and AKIRA).note 
  • Along with having a manga style cover, the Superhero Web Serial Novel Gamer Girl is bursting with anime tropes, from manga-like facial expressions, to long, Shōnen-esque fights, to wacky gag anime-style comedy.
  • Parasite Code is a Web Serial Novel that very consciously plays on the tropes of the Shōnen Fighting Series, complete with a cover inspired by the works of Yusuke Murata.
  • Gaia Online features anime-style avatars and illustrations, with plenty of shout-outs to anime, manga, and Japanese games. The plot comics are even referred to as "manga". During the site's early years, the tagline was "an anime role playing community" and once featured a directory of anime-related sites.
  • Ichika Whatever has a lot of this. Especially in issue 1. In issue 1, Ichika and Himari are trying to think their perspective of Kurt Cobain is, with what would later become Himari having a light pink background, light pink is associated with good in Anime, and what would later be Ichika had a dark red background in her mind and Kurt Cobain was showing an angry anime facial expression. Complete with the bead eyes and a caption(In English) it first appeared on Facebook and may never see the light of day again, this panel was released in 2019. With the series being continued in 2020.
  • The last third of the Scott The Woz episode "Anime Games", appropriately enough, has Scott being pulled over into an anime fight scene (with explosions, hand beams and giant mechas) against one Dr. Anna May, who attempts to eliminate Scott for his distaste in all things anime.


    Comic Books 
  • French comic Sentai School is a spoof of many Japanese series (either anime or live-action, and mostly from the '80s) well-known in France.
  • Issue 14 of Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror features "Murder, He Wrote", a parody of Death Note drawn in a manga style.
  • Scott Pilgrim series bears some artistic and formatting similarities to manga style, but its short parody deserves special mention. Volume 4, "Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together", ends with a reading guide as one would find in a right-to-left book. "STOP. This is the BACK of the book. What do you think you're doing?"
  • British humour comic The Beano has got in on the act as of the early 2020s: for example, when Batman eats a banana-flavoured sweet instead of a banana to power up, he becomes a chibi version of his usual self, "smaller and sweeter". In late 2022, Minnie the Minx had a storyline parodying One-Punch Man in which she became One Pinch Min, able to defeat enemies with a single pinch. In general, only the character who is the focus of the parody is redrawn in animesque style; other characters and the background don't change.

    Fan Works 
  • It isn't uncommon for fan-artists fond of the Animesque style to use it even when depicting non-Japanese series.
    • Here's an example that work surprisingly well despite the extreme Art Shift: The Order of the Stick Manga Style.
    • Another good example: Tiffany Aching if The Wee Free Men was directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
    • South Park not only parodies Anime often, but the Japanese fanbase (or those who are just fans of Japanese anime) often portray the characters as such in fanart and fanfiction, which doesn't please other parts of the fandom. Some of these artworks were actually shown in the episode "Tweek x Craig".
    • The Japanese fanbase of Happy Tree Friends also does this, although it isn't as common that people bash it.
  • Zany To The Max
    • Of the seven members of the Kat Krew, five are drawn this way. The other two are Drake the Duck and Narf the Mouse.
    • The newest member of the Warner family is Sikko Warner (Pakko, Makko, and Jot's sister), who is drawn this way as well.
    • Other characters drawn this way are Sekoila Zarner and Wacka and Wakka MaRakka.
    • In fact, Zany to the Max even features a fictional country known as Animenia, where almost all the characters are drawn this way. Since Yakko isn't drawn this way, it is unknown how he became the temporary king of Animenia in one episode.
  • Animenia is also featured in this author's Homestar Runner fanstuff (which is known as The Homestar Runner Show). The character of Slipstar Runner was created by Homeschool Winner when he visited Animenia with Homestripe and Coach B. In fact, it is revealed that Homestripe's parents are the king and queen of Animenia.
  • A Mr. Men fan series by the same author (called The Mr. Men and Little Miss Show) has Little Miss Slippery, who is drawn this way as well. Later on, Little Miss Wacky and Little Miss Camouflage, who are also drawn this way, were added into the series. In all the fan series by this author, the style is referred to as "Animeniesque", which is pronounced similar to (and is possibly also a reference to) Animaniacs.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Spoofed in Super Troopers with the really cheap-looking "Afghanistanimation" cartoons produced by the Taliban. When they find a monkey sticker on bags of marijuana, Rabbit explains that this is likely a brand used by these particular dealers, borrowed from the Afghani cartoon Johnny Chimpo, vaguely reminiscent of Anime.
    Captain: What's the significance of this John Chimpo fella?
    Foster: Uh, well, you know those really cheap Japanese cartoons? No? This is basically a cheaper Afghani knockoff. It's this monkey that basically travels around the world... uh, doing nasty things. His butler tries to keep him in line, but, uh— No.
    Rabbit: It's really funny, Cap! It's Afghanistanimation!
    German guy: Well, the butler is basically saying to Johannes Chimpo... "Don't let the Great Satan tempt you with the Western culture. You must remain true to the Taliban warlord."

  • Most Fruitful Yuki, a Show Within a Show in Juno.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! is Animesque as a parody of the kinds of Japanese works it imitates. However, it parodies the Animesque trope itself when the resident Fourth-Wall Observer notes that some of the locations don't actually look like they're in Japan, thus lampshading that it's a bad imitation of something Japanese.

    Web Animation 


    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Perfect Hair Forever: An unavoidable consequence, of course, of being a Shōnen anime parody, complete with non sequitur fanservice. Taking it a step further than that, [adult swim] even once aired it done up like an old-style VHS (and low-quality) Fansub for the April Fools' Day weekend.
  • Gemusetto Machu Picchu is yet another [adult swim] anime parody show, mainly being a parody of sports anime, with a very surreal sense of humor and animation style. It's also more affectionate than Perfect Hair Forever and focuses on trends with a lot of animation bumps. It even has opening themes in (very poor) Japanese!
  • Robot Chicken: A puppet Stop Motion and Sketch Comedy that satirizes many Japanese anime shows such as Sailor Moon, Voltron, Pokémon: The Series, AKIRA, Speed Racer, Dragon Ball Z, Battle of the Planets, Astro Boy, Inuyasha, Ranma ˝, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Naruto, Final Fantasy, Shokushu Goukan, and Japanese Hentai, plus American cartoons such as Teen Titans.
  • Cow and Chicken: The Japanese in this Got Milk ad.
  • Before they were unceremoniously canceled, the last episode of Clerks: The Animated Series ended with a direct parody of out-sourced animation in general, poking fun at Korean animation studios. Any story this episode had was completely tossed out the window.
  • South Park gleefully subverts this trope on a handful of occasions.
  • Johnny Bravo once had Johnny watching "Clam League 9000", a spoof of Pokémon with a hint of Dragon Ball Z.
  • ReBoot presented a game that simultaneously spoofed both Dragon Ball Z and Pokémonat the same time.
  • The Fairly OddParents! made-for-TV movie Channel Chasers has Timmy and Vicky surfing through the dimension of television with magical remotes, creating parodies of numerous classical cartoons, two of which are anime. The first is for Speed Racer's often-joked fast voice acting in the dub. The second is another Dragon Ball Z spoof with a show titled Maho Mushi, portraying a (to Americans) violent fighting tournament and a multitude of beam attacks. The characters' designs change accordingly; Timmy now has bead eyes similar to Krillin while Vicky is dressed like Piccolo. At one point, Cosmo accidentally blasts two holes into sides of the arena. (At least he wasn't Majin...) Though the remote controlled giant mecha were still out of place.
  • Johnny Test parodied both the Pokémon anime and games a few times. The parodies were actually surprisingly accurate, including such aspects as evolution by happiness.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • The series is rather Animesque on its own, but that didn't stop it from doing a complete and full parody of Speed Racer — right down to the style, plot line and Motor Mouth dialogue. Except DeeDee, who didn't get the joke and was animated (largely) normally.
    • In the first series finale, "Last But Not Beast", the students at the Japanese school Dexter transfers to own a mecha. Also, the teacher there had pink hair and blue eyes.
    • In a revived season episode, the villain Hukouchou looks like an evil bishōnen. Long hair, icy blue eyes, pointy ears, and so on.
  • The Phineas and Ferb special, "Summer Belongs to You", had a short musical segment that took place in Japan and caused all the characters to turn into some strange-looking anime style all while doing a parody of Caramelldansen. The singers were in Sailor Fuku too.
  • MAD has a segment called "Grey's in Anime".
  • In "Batman's Strangest Cases", an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, one segment is an Affectionate Parody of the '60s Batman manga by Jiro Kuwata. The sequence is in sepia tones, has extremely limited animation and out-of-synch "English dubbing", and is a gentle jab at '60s anime like Gigantor.
  • The Simpsons:
  • This concept was parodied twice in Garfield and Friends first in "Invasion of the Big Robots" where Garfield winds up in a Voltron-esque show, and in "The Clash of the Titans" where Garfield and Odie team up with the X-Men expies The Power Squad.
  • Regular Show: The episode "Brain Eraser" has Mordecai and Rigby rent a videotape of an anime series known as "Planet Starlight Chasers Excellent", which is a parody of many anime series that were popular in The '80s and The '90s. It fits in with the Retro Universe of the show itself, having blinding fight scenes and a Gratuitous Japanese theme song. The video store owner (voiced by Roger Craig Smith, who has done voices for many anime) confesses to watching it "all day, every day."
  • The recursive "American cartoon with Japanese-outsourced animation that disguises itself as American" style that was endemic in the '80s (see the "Animation-USA" tab in the "Straight Examples" section) was parodied in the Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Sweaters", which featured a high school and a couple of characters drawn entirely in this style. They even have a more washed-out color scheme as if they were ripped straight from an old VHS tape.
  • Major Lazer uses a style that makes it look as if it were an American cartoon from The '80s co-produced by Toei.
  • The final episode of the sixth Futurama season features three stories animated in a different style, including anime.
  • The Angry Beavers episode "Pass it On!" has the brothers and their friends telling parts of a campfire story, each an affectionate parody of some genre of fiction. Treeflower's portion is anime in both visual style and narrative.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: At one point in "My Peeps", Billy gets eyestrain, and Grim uses his magic to fix Billy's eyes, accidentally giving the boy precognitive powers. Grim ends up repeatedly altering Billy's sight in an effort to fix things, demonstrated by point-of-view shots through Billy's eyes as the art shifted through several different styles, including an Animesque one where Mandy speaks Japanese.
  • In one episode of Drawn Together, Ling-Ling (the resident Pokémon and anime parody) needs to renew his license and, during an eyesight test from his point of view, it's shown that he sees everyone as animesque characters.
  • Dr. Krieger's holographic girlfriend Mitsuko Miyazumi from Archer is clearly based on an anime girl with her big sparkling eyes, pink hair, and anime-style expressions.
  • In the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode "Don't Touch That Dial", Mighty Mouse encounters The Real Gagbusters, a mix between The Real Ghostbusters (which had several episodes animated in Japan) and Voltron, who are drawn and animated in a very animesque style, they want to rid the world of humor and talk like Lorenzo Music who voiced Peter Venkman in the former show.
  • The Animaniacs (2020) revival had two versions: one where the Warners are cute and chibified and a second where they are styled similar to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill.
  • Jellystone!:
    • In "Face of the Town", Huckleberry Hound undergoes a Sailor Moon-esque magical girl transformation.
    • In "A Town Video: Welcome to Jellystone", Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound have a battle in an anime art-style. They even have Japanese voice actors and speak Japanese (with additional English subtitles).
  • VH1 ILL-ustrated has the segment, Popeye in Anime with it shows Popeye with Ersatzes from Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh! & Sailor Moon.


Several Japanese series have inverted this trope by going for a western look. Since American cartoons generally require several times the production money for their higher frame rates, there are limiting factors that keep it to surface aesthetics rather than the actual motion. The limits are easier to get around in comics and video games. If they use English, expect it to be about as good as our Japanese. Also Inverted by Japanese video games in their art style and other choices. Outside the country, some like to call them "Japanese Animation" or "Japanese Comics" to differentiate series with no "anime" traits.

  • The character designs of Japanese artist Susumu Matsushita (best known in the US for his work in Maximo: Ghosts to Glory) tend to be very Western-looking, with round eyes and cartoony proportions.
  • Pick almost any illustration produced by Gurihiru Studios from Japan. Chances are, it'll look like something out of a Pixar film. They have been commissioned for design on some of Disney's 3D output, most notably their work on Big Hero 6. They were the character designers of Sonic Unleashed, which is why the human characters of said game had such a western look to them.
  • Shigeru Mizuki. Generally, his artstyle is more cartoony/surreal than anything else.
  • Fujiko Fujio's art (both together and apart as Fujiko F and Fujiko A) tends to retain the exaggerated features, clean lines, and button-nose cuteness of western children's cartoons. This even extends to works aimed at the adult crowd (such as Laughing Salesman), but they're still seen as one of the landmark examples of manga's influence on Japan.
  • Pingu In The City, a Japanese-made reboot of Pingu is animated entirely in 3D and rendered in a way to emulate the stop-motion look of the original series, but uses some anime tropes such as a slower frame rate in some scenes and the characters do make the odd face faults.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The '70s and '80s saw many mangas inspired by contemporary American and European media, some even set in America. Space Adventure Cobra is like Barbarella meets Eagle Land, and Mad Bull 34 is Eagle Land incarnate.
  • Given its nature as a multi-vignette show for a young audience, Folktales From Japan features a wide variety of animation designs, most of which cartoony in nature and several in particular rather western. Very rarely does it actually look like anime.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is heavily influenced by American comics.
  • While not specifically western (indeed, it more closely resembles Chinese/Korean animation in aesthetics), One Stormy Night is still much closer to your average western animated feature than traditional anime.
  • Bambi and Her Pink Gun is so visually influenced by the aesthetics of American comics that only the onomatopoeia give it away as an original Japanese creation.
  • The anime for Excel♡Saga had a scene comparing tropes from anime and tropes from western animation, and as Excel demonstrated the cartoon tropes she and the other characters are animated in the style of American comics, rubber hose cartoons, and the Disney animated canon.
  • The art style of Studio Ghibli films are heavily influenced by French animated films. One of their films is even a French Coproduction. Conversely, My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea take more influence from American animated films rather than French animated Films. Earwig and the Witch also looked to Aardman Animations and Laika's stop-motion films to translate the signature Ghibli style to 3D CGI.
  • The Big O is the result of Japanese animators involved with Batman: The Animated Series (Sunrise, the studio behind the show, was a subcontractor for the latter series) running with the influence of Bruce Timm's iconic art style. Look for the Batmobile in the backgrounds.
  • The first ending sequence to Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) is done in Mike Mignola's style.
  • Hiroyuki Imaishi's projects tend to have this reputation.
  • King of Bandit Jing, especially the second manga series.
  • The original Lupin III manga by Monkey Punch was heavily influenced by MAD, and the art style definitely shows. The subsequent anime adaptations... not so much. They're not significantly more western-like than most other anime products.
  • One Piece. The deformations of faces pushed to the limits Looney Tunes-style are probably the most prominent factor. Luffy's Gum-Gum Fruit powers are a close second, looking like something taken out of a Tex Avery cartoon. This comes full circle when Luffy gains his Gear 5 transformation after his powers awaken. In this form, he behaves no different than a slapstick Zany Cartoon character. Eiichiro Oda stated that Tom and Jerry was what inspired him to create Gear 5 in the first place. It's even been speculated that its lack of similarity to the archetypal style of anime is a factor in why it took so long to catch on outside of Japan.
  • Fairy Tail has a similar art style to One Piece but then that would be a case of an anime imitating a western-influenced anime. Thanks to Art Evolution, Fairy Tail started being drawn in a style that leans much closer to the "traditional" manga/anime style. It still has some similarities to One Piece's style, but those aren't as hugely noteworthy as they used to be.
  • Space☆Dandy is a Genre Throwback to campy western Raygun Gothic in terms of plot, setting and music. The designs and movements of Dandy and his mostly alien cohorts are far more exaggerated akin to the western cartoony style. The series also embraces episodic Negative Continuity akin to western children's cartoons where characters end up hurt and dead, only to be okay the next episode as if nothing happened prior.
  • Soul Eater looks like the unholy child of anime and Tim Burton.
  • Super Milk Chan
  • Tiger & Bunny is made to resemble Western comic books and superhero shows.
  • Trigun's designs and especially manga incarnation are heavily influenced by McFarlane.
  • ∀ Gundam's mechanical designs by Syd Mead.
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  • Obscure series Montana Jones resembles a series from The Disney Afternoon such as Adventures of the Gummi Bears, TaleSpin, or Timon & Pumbaa.
  • Cowboy Bebop draws on influences from a variety of genres, many of them quite western (including The Western, appropriately enough), down to featuring one planet themed around Blaxploitation movies.
  • Baby Felix was produced by a Japanese studio with input from current Felix the Cat owner Don Oriolo, and is anime trying (and often failing) to look like Western Animation.
  • The character designs from Zoobles seem to be at least slightly influenced by stuff like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Littlest Pet Shop (2012), which themselves are very animesque.
  • Many of Nippon Animation's works, like World Masterpiece Theater and Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics are drawn in a way that's more reminescent of Western Animation than Anime. The same applies for Around the World with Willy Fog and Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, though both were co-produced with a Spanish animation studio.
  • La Quinta Camera, faces in particular.
  • My Hero Academia takes a lot of inspiration from American superhero comics. All-Might in his hero-mode especially looks like someone straight out of The Silver Age of Comic Books.
  • The Osamu Tezuka short "Legend of the Forest" uses several different Western Animation styles as the decades pass, first a Winsor McCay style, then a 1930's rubber hose cartoon, a Fleischer Bros/Looney Tunes style, a Disney-esque style, a Fleischer Bros Superman style, and finally a UPA style.
  • Dawn of the Seeker, which was an actual Japanese animated movie commissioned and written by a Canadian video game studio, producing a very Western-looking anime.
  • This Pokémon short is done in the style of Golden Age cartoons.
  • Kodomomuke anime have very simplified art styles to the point where some would get mistaken for western children's cartoons due to lack of "telltale" anime traits. Many of them are adapted from Japanese children's books, which generally tend to be of the same art styles that can be found in the west.
  • Anpanman, one of the faces of anime, is about as round and cartoony as any of the kids' shows run in the late 80s early 90s. This partially has to do with it being adapted from a similarly-cartoony book series.
  • The long-running series Sazae-san takes many cues from Western newspaper comics, in part due to its beginnings as a newspaper strip in the 1940s— just around the time western cartoons and comics started coming ashore.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats resembles a Golden Age Western cartoon in both artstyle and humor.
  • Topo Gigio is an anime based on the eponymous 1950s Italian puppet character, and as such it has a style similar to old-school Western kids' cartoons. Interestingly, while the Italian dub has Topo Gigio voiced by the same performer who always voiced the puppet, the Japanese original has him voiced by Ryūsei Nakao, who in fact often voiced heroes and main characters in the Japanese dubs of Western cartoons.
  • Lady Red by Akira Toriyama is a homage to, and parody of, Western comics. It is written from left to right, features typical comic book sound effects in big lettering, and has a sense of humour that is quite cynical and almost mean-spirited, a far cry from the man's typical zaniness. The general style, however, is quite clearly Toriyama's.
  • Dragon Quest: Your Story controversially discarded Akira Toriyama's Signature Style for a more Disneyesque look.

    Video Games 
  • Several Nintendo franchises have a very Western feel and design to them:
    • ARMS has an art style heavily influenced by American superhero comics.
    • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M features several characters and references from western literature and folklore. Just throw in Abraham Lincoln, some Type 1 Eagleland, a Steampunk setting, a Silver Age comic aesthetic, a Framing Device where cutscenes are played out in the panels of a comic book, and as if those elements weren't enough, a campy anthem as its theme song, you'll have a Japanese-developed game that is very Western.
    • This was a very intentional move on Nintendo's part when creating the first Donkey Kong arcade game, a game that they created because a prior arcade game of theirs, Radar Scope, had flopped hard in the US despite being a bit hit in Japan. To clear out their enormous stock of unsold Radar Scope machines, Nintendo decided to create a game that would be a surefire hit in America and convert the Radar Scope cabinets to run it. To ensure its success in America they took a lot of influence from classic American cartoons when designing the game.
    • While it firmly belongs to the JRPG genre (being a partial parody of it), the EarthBound (1994) series is also heavily influenced by 1950's sci-fi, American newspaper comics like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, and other Western media. The settings of the games range from small middle American towns (Onett, Twoson) to big bustling metropolises inspired by New York City (Fourside)—EarthBound is, after all, the Trope Namer for Eagleland. Two of the main protagonists, Ninten and Ness, are even All American Boys.
    • For the Frog the Bell Tolls draws heavy inspiration from European fairy tales.
    • F-Zero takes place in a comic book future, with Captain Falcon himself being a homage.
    • The first Kid Icarus game was very cartoony with weird proportions and wacky characters, and the same applied to its Game Boy follow up Of Myths And Monsters, all while following Greek Mythology to the letter. This was strongly averted in Uprising, while mostly sticking to its Greek Mythology roots, the artstyle, presentation, and character design went full-blown anime.
    • Kirby stars a round pink creature with large red feet, and the scenery and characters are clearly reminiscent of cartoons such as The Smurfs. Even the main antagonist is a fat penguin in a Santa Claus-like outfit, and enemies include orange creatures wearing chef hats and wielding frying pans and large beetle-like insects with gloves and sneakers. Played straight with the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, which definitely looks like an anime.
    • The Legend of Zelda takes cues from many western fantasy novels and movies; with key influences being Greek mythology, the legend of King Arthur and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, Japanese influence became more apparent in games following The Wind Waker. They still hold many western influences and Twilight Princess was specifically based on Wild West stories. Breath of the Wild firmly returns the series to its Western influence via its focus on exploring a land akin to European and Near East fantasy, with notable exceptions such as the Yiga Clan and Sheikah taking Asian influences, with the Sheikah warrior Impa in the prequel, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, fighting with a Hand Seal usage and Ninja Run that has gotten compared to Naruto. Meanwhile the Link's Awakening remake has more Japanese influences. Much like its sibling series, the Zelda series has its share of Western adaptations.
    • Metroid has always aimed for an American comic book look with the atmosphere from Hollywood sci-fi, though several games post-Fusion showed more Japanese influence.
    • Panel de Pon has an artstyle and themes that are highly influenced by Western Children's High Fantasy series like Rainbow Brite and My Little Pony.
    • Pokémon normally has a Japanese style, but Pokémon Trozei! uses much more simplistic, stylized, and angular designs on the human characters that brings series like Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls (1998) to mind.
    • The Punch-Out!! games are extremely cartoony with over-the-top cartoon caricatures of international stereotypes. The games also draw heavy influence from many Western boxing films like the Rocky series and Raging Bull.
    • The Splatoon series is what would happen if you asked Nintendo to take everything that made 1990s Nickelodeon what it was, and design it into a game. The series still has a heavy Japanese influence, as the first game features a pair of Idol Singers and takes place in a city based on Shibuya, Tokyo. Splatoon 2 has a more American influence, with Inkopolis Square taking inspiration from Times Square and featuring a DJ/rapper duo modeled after Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G..
    • Star Fox takes cues from Western cartoon animals and space operas. The fuzzy puppets featured in art for the first game and the puppet like mouth face flapping for dialogue in Star Fox 64 was designed to invoke Thunderbirds, though nowadays it just looks like it was animated that way due to console limitations.
    • StarTropics and its sequel Zoda's Revenge don't hide their American influence at all, in fact, the games are so blatantly Western that the developers even went out of their way to make many references to American history and pop culture. The protagonist, Mike Jones, was named after the most common American names at the time (1990). Star Tropics' very western design was practically intended by Nintendo, as the Star Tropics games were designed to capitalize on the Western markets, and were not released in Japan.
    • The Super Mario Bros. series looks like it is firmly planted in the roots of the The Golden Age of Animation in terms of design. The main characters are plumbers with large noses and moustaches who speak with a heavy Italian accent; the use of anime tropes in the series is rather rare aside from subtle graphical elements (particularly the facial expressions of characters); and the minimal audible spoken dialogue by any of the characters (in any language) is in English. Some characters take it further, Princess Daisy's dialogue in particular borrows from many different American English dialects and accents, like Valleyspeak, Southern Dixie and Ebonics, and Wario and Waluigi are inspired by a classic American character archetype. That said, there are plenty of Japanese influences too, mainly in the form of call backs to the culture and mythology (Usually in the form of Power ups like Raccoon/Tanooki Mario and Cat Mario), and the female characters like Princess Peach have a more anime-styled motif than the male characters, and come across as a blend of western and eastern character designs, particularly in 2D art for games like the Mario & Luigi series or Super Princess Peach. Unsurprisingly, the Mario series has had its share of Western adaptations, including Saturday Supercade, the three DiC Entertainment series, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
    • While the rest of the series belongs strictly on the home front, WarioWare Gold inverts the artstyle from its predecessors, resembling more a Cartoon Network effort than a production from Japan.
  • Several of Sega's franchises also take influence from western animation and culture.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog, done deliberately so to appeal to the Western market. The design of the Funny Animal characters take cues from Inkblot Cartoon Style, settings, especially urban ones, have a Western feel, an emphasis on techno, rap, and rock for a lot of the music throughout the series, plenty of Gratuitous English in the original localization, and the general "attitude" was to appeal to the "rebellious" nature commonly associated with countries like the United States.
    • Streets of Rage is about ex-cops hunting down crime boss Mr. X and freeing the city from his wrath, while beating up hoards of enemies along the way. This all backed up by a soundtrack influenced by rave techno.
    • Golden Axe in general is influenced by classic fantasy medieval Europe, however it's also influenced by the Conan the Barbarian films.
    • Alien Syndrome was influenced by the Alien films, to the point where a Xenomorph appears as one of the enemies.
    • Rent A Hero supposedly takes place in Japan, but the titular superhero is modeled after an American comic book hero and the digitized photograph that's supposed to be representing Taro Yamada, the hero, in the intro, is clearly an American model.
    • Clockwork Knight is about a Living Toy soldier named Sir Tongara de Pepperouchau III rescuing the princess Chelsea. It uses a digitized art style comparable to popular western made games during the era like Donkey Kong Country and Mortal Kombat, and the soundtrack emphasizes genres like jazz and ragtime.
    • The artstyle for Panzer Dragoon was partially influenced by the works of French artist Jean Giraud (aka Moebius).
    • House of the Dead is one big Affectionate Parody of So Bad, It's Good B-grade horror movies, complete with intentionally narm-ridden dialogue and voice acting. Especially true in the case of House of the Dead: OVERKILL, with the visuals having a clear grindhouse-movie look and feel.
    • NiGHTS into Dreams… was partially influenced by European cultures and theater, with the Cirque du Soleil show Mystère being a specific influence. The sequel NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams takes it a step further by introducing a fictional version of London called Bellbridge and having a cast of British voice actors.
    • Samba de Amigo has a strong Mexican/Latin influence, right down to a good number of the songs being licensed Latin genre music.
    • Toe Jam And Earl is influenced by hip-hop culture (the titular aliens are rappers, for one), and it definitely shows in parts of the soundtrack. It also has gameplay inspired by Rogue and a lighter version of Starflight's science-fiction theme. Its concept was thought up by Greg Johnson, an American.
  • Capcom is another Japanese creator with an extensive library of Western-influenced creations.
    • Armored Warriors has English characters and very deep and detailed graphics, taking influence from Mech shows and Western Science Fiction. It's spinoff Cyberbots shares the same general artstyle.
    • The Bionic Commando games star a soldier named Rad Spencer armed with a Grappling Hook arm. The NES title even had you battling Those Wacky Nazis, including who is definitely not Adolf Hitler (Named "Master D" In-game).
    • Capcom's old mascot Captain Commando is likewise an Affectionate Parody of American superheroes. The company has long walked a middle ground between styles, taking it to a natural conclusion.
    • Darkstalkers and its crazy cartoon violence. It looked and moved more like a cartoon than the actual American TV show.
    • Devil May Cry stars a dual-wielding wisecracking mercenary named Dante battling demons and monsters in Gothic European and urban settings. It draws heavy influence from Western-themed works like The Divine Comedy.
    • The Final Fight games takes place in major metropolitan city reminiscent of New York and Chicago and one of the player characters is a former-wrestler-turned-mayor named Mike Haggar.
    • The Ghosts 'n Goblins series stars a medieval knight named Arthur (a clear reference to King Arthur), battling wicked demons and monsters, the majority based on European gothic horror and figures from Biblical mythology like Beezulbub and Satan. The games were also notorious for its very broken English, which has since improved in the sequels.
    • Knights of the Round is a Capcom Beat 'em Up loosely based on the Arthurian Legend and stays true to its setting. Based in Medieval England with nice and detailed Real Is Brown graphics, and medieval-styled artwork.
    • While originally inspired by Astro Boy, many aspects of the Mega Man (Classic) series have since evolved into being more Western. Taking cues from many futuristic sci-fi, episodic Saturday morning cartoons, and superhero comic books. Two of the main characters, Dr. Light and Dr. Wily in particular are blatant expies of Santa Claus and Albert Einstein respectively. The Darker and Edgier sequel series Mega Man X was made in the The '90s, and definitely wears its time period on its sleeve, highly imitating the "extreme" trend of many Western action cartoons at the time, with the soundtracks of the games relying heavily on rock and guitar. As mentioned further up the page, Mega Man even had a cartoon that ran for three seasons, which ironically was inspired by character redesigns Keiji Inafune made in his spare time.
    • The Monster Hunter series is known for this, which is ironic since the games are still more popular in Japan than in the West.
    • Red Earth, developed by the same team as Darkstalkers, has very detailed graphics and plays up its Sword and Sorcery theme to its fullest.
    • Capcom's Resident Evil series is influenced by Western Zombie films, Horror B-movies, and various Hollywood action films and Conspiracy thriller. All of the main characters are English, and the settings of the games are generally American. The fictional Raccoon City of the first three games is based on a midwestern Everytown, America. The first game even went so far as to have English actors and voice acting for its live action cutscenes, even in the Japanese releases. Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous Western Adaptations of the franchise, including an entire series of American films.
    • Resident Evil's sister franchise Dino Crisis is more or less the same thing, but with vicious dinosaurs and strongly influenced by works like Jurassic Park.
    • Street Fighter takes inspiration from American cartoons in many ways. The original Street Fighter had an art style reminiscent of 60s action cartoons. Street Fighter II continued this with an art style similar to 80's Saturday morning cartoons, which was taken to a logical conclusion. Street Fighter III continued the Western style further with a artstyle resembling an upper-tier action cartoon with extremely fluid animation and a soundtrack inspired by Late-90's Hip-Hop, Jazz and Techno with loads of English. Street Fighter IV takes the action cartoon artstyle of II and brings it into the third dimension, which in turn made the game even more colorful and cartoony than prior entries.
    • Two of the three games featured in Three Wonders, specifically Midnight Wanderers and Chariot, are drawn in a Westernized art style based on Medieval illustrations (the world maps especially), tarots and fantasy/fairy tale books.
    • Viewtiful Joe is an Affectionate Parody of both comic book superheroes and Tokusatsu.
  • Go Go Hyper Grind is a Japanese-developed skateboarding game with American character designs by John Kricfalusi and Spumco, no less! The gameplay also features many Western cartoon cliches such as Wild Takes, Stuff Blowing Up, and characters losing their heads.
  • Persona 5 uses an anime art style, plays like a JRPG and visual novel hybrid, and focuses on issues in modern Japanese society. However, the Phantom Thieves' costumes and Personas, as well as the jazzy soundtrack, take a lot of influence from classic Western comic books and tales of magnificent vigilantes.
  • While Onmyōji (2016) plays this straight in every other aspect of the game, some in-game comics (like those about the backstory of Ōtakemaru and Kujira) are drawn in a Western comic book style and read left-to-right rather than like a manga.
  • PaRappa the Rapper and its spinoff Um Jammer Lammy. Not only is the art style cartoony, all of the cutscenes and songs are in English, even in the Japanese versions. Makes sense, as the series artist, Rodney Greenblat, is actually American.
  • No More Heroes and its sequels sport a mix of cel shading and realism with a So-California setting, western-style character designs and names. Both games do make multiple references to anime media, though.
  • Killer7 looks, sounds, and feels like if it was made by Mainframe Entertainment than Capcom and Suda 51, and if it was a game in Reboot.
  • The main character in Professor Layton, as well as many secondary ones, are designed in a classic French style, though other characters are designed in anime fashion.
  • The character design of Sora that Tetsuya Nomura created for the Timeless River world (based off the cartoon short Steamboat Willie and other shorts during the 1930s) in Kingdom Hearts II, which makes him resemble a cartoon character from The Silent Age of Animation (Rubber-Hose Limbs and all). Just look at him.
  • Silent Hill is frequently mistaken for an American franchise due to the American setting and realistic graphics, and takes a lot of influence from American media such as Jacob's Ladder and the works of David Lynch. The games are very Western, with the titular Silent Hill being a fictional town set in the American state of Maine. All of the main characters are American, with English voice acting even in the Japanese releases.
  • The Metal Gear series takes its influence from American Hollywood action films such as: Escape from New York, Blade Runner, and other various Western media. The original MSX release of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake even had images of its characters based on famous hollywood actors at the time (Mel Gibson, Tom Berenger and Sean Connery to name a few), just to hammer the themes in further.
  • The Castlevania series is obviously influenced and centered around the lore of Dracula and set in Gothic European settings. Most of if not all of the characters are English and Japanese influence is extremely rare outside of visual effects and artstyle, with few exceptions like Rondo of Blood and Portrait of Ruin.
  • The arcade baseball game M.V.P., which was made by Sega, used a Franco-Belgian art style for its character design.
  • Metal Slug has a style very reminiscent of American cartoons.
  • D.N.A.: Dark Native Apostle looks like something out of The Dark Age of Comic Books.
  • FromSoftware's best known RPGs, such as Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Elden Ring, contain many elements typical of Western games such as Real Is Brown visuals, free-roaming gameplay, character customization, and minimalist story presentation. This, combined with Dark Souls debuting at a time when most Japanese games weren't getting much mainstream attention in the West, leads many people to be surprised when they find out that FromSoft is a Japanese developer. While Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set in Sengoku Period Japan, it is still hardly anime in design, retaining the gritty and realistic art style of its spiritual precedessors.
  • Metamorphic Force may be the only Japanese-developed Beat 'em Up to look like a Western cartoon or fantasy comic yet not be based on one.
  • Kaneko's DJ Boy and its sequel B.Rap Boys are beat-em-ups heavily influenced by American hip hop and street culture of the 80s, and as such have cartoony sprites and graphic elements inspired by graffiti.
  • Light Crusader looks much more like a European Amiga game than any of Treasure's other Sega Genesis efforts. The Progressive Rock motifs help confirm this impression.
  • The Knack games were developed by a Japanese team, but are full-blown western, resembling an All-CGI Cartoon adventure with western character designs for the human and enemy characters and the eponymous hero himself.
  • Contra proudly takes every American action film from the 80's like Rambo, Commando, Predator, Alien, and The Terminator and mixes them all into a blender. The two main characters are named Bill and Lance, and modelled after Arnold and Sly, respectively.
  • Splatterhouse rips from every single major American slasher horror franchise/movie from the The '70s and The '80s and mashes them all together into a gore-y stew, like Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, Evil Dead, House, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and many more. The game stars a paranormal investigator named Rick Taylor who has to rescue his girlfriend Jennifer from a house infested with monsters created by a Mad Scientist.
  • Pizza Pop!: Despite being a Japan-only game, the game boasts a distinct American newspaper comic/cartoon style ala Archie. The entire game takes place in an American-like metropolis like New York City and Chicago, and the character designs are extremely cartoon-like. It reflects even more in the design. The signage are all in English, Dollar signs are used, and the game boasts a hopping Jazz soundtrack.
  • Starting with 2 especially, Ace Combat is heavily influenced by Top Gun regarding its focus on air battles and a western inspired pilot taking the role of The Ace to fight out enemies in mostly European and American counterpart conflicts. While the sleekness of Japanese and anime aesthetics are felt especially with better technology allowing the characters and futuristic environments to be rendered in that regard, they're still primarily taking from western political thrillers, western military science fiction and Cold War era action flicks from the original Top Gun's era. In fact, Ace Combat 7 would feature a crossover promotion with Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel so long awaited to the original that comparisons between Top Gun and Ace Combat were frequently made over the decades of the latter's releases in that Ace Combat was likened to as close as one could get to more Top Gun. Maverick finally releasing and crossing over with the Japanese franchise so inspired by it brought things full circle.

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  • The art of Inferno Cop seems to be heavily influenced by American comic books.
  • Pokétoon is a series of Pokémon animated shorts made for the Internet, and most of them are done in the typical Pokémon art style. The "Scraggy and Mimikyu" shorts, however, are designed to resemble classic American cartoons from the 1930s and 40s.


It Wasn't Me

Principal Lewis and an alternate version of him are beating up Shaggy for ruining his marriage while describing the same moments from his song, "It Wasn't Me".

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