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How Japan and Anime Influenced Cartoons

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(Apologies for the quality) Tara takes you through a brief history of how anime slowly, parasitically infected Western anime... and we LOVE IT! Some of our favorite shows were inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun, maybe in ways you didn't expect. We go from the beginning, with the production of King Kong Show in 1966, all the way to the modern era with Steven Universe, Star Vs the Forces of Evil... and Teen Titans Go! If you like our content and would like to see more, please don't forget to subscribe! ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆ CAN YOU SEE MY VIDEOS?! - Please Watch!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWweUGcgAg0&t=32s RIVALRY OVER PRIORITIES! - Kekkaishi Anime Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_-DY_FGyD8&t=50s GET HYPED Y'ALL!!- Looking Forward to Anime 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rebY81m3_6I ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anime-America-Podcast/143426920107?ref_type=bookmark Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnimeAmerica Instagram: @animeamericapodcast Website: animeamericapodcast.com ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆ Anime America started out as a podcast created by Bradly Kingston and starring him, Anastazia Copeland, and the channel's current host Robyn Barry-Cotter. Robyn now runs the production with Shannen, Hannah, Lark, Tara, and occasionally Brad as they review Anime and make Top 10 lists! ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆ SUPPORT US THROUGH PATREON! https://www.patreon.com/AnimeAmericaPodcast?ty=h CHECK OUT OUR AWESOME T-SHIRTS! https://teespring.com/stores/anime-america BUY AWESOME POSTERS MADE BY ROBYN! http://animeamerica.storenvy.com/ ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆ For more awesome videos related to everything in Pop Culture, subscribe to Pop Spectrum right here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PopSpectrum ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆ ☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
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Martyn McMurray (1 month ago)
*I have this idea for an animesque show for a couple of weeks. Well, here it is;* It's called "Mon-Soul". It features both half traditionally drawn and half CGI visuals. It takes place in a futuristic setting where a new sport & pastime is created that allows players transform into a certain famous Monster depending on what the virtual reality technology sees in their hearts. It's 2D in the real world and 3D in the Mon-Soul world. Oddly enough, they can even become Monsters that are the opposite to the players genders. Some Monsters are different than what they usually look like (Yeti's have sharp icicles on their backs, Wolfmen are large tailless muscular versions of Werewolves and more). When someone's going to play as a Dragon, people take bets on, not if the Dragon wins, but what *type* of Dragon will be featured instead (Medieval, Chinese, etc). The main character, Wally Lupine, had just started on the first episode and wins the qualifier event. However, there was a glitch that somehow rearranged his DNA. And since his Mon-Soul was a *werewolf* (everyone's favourite), Wally ends up developing a black wolf tail with ears, a ravenous appetite and a subconscious habit of making really bad dog puns. (e.g.- "I sure hope they find a cure. My condition is getting _RUFF")._ Now Wally must live with this life error until a cure is found, resulting in some great comedic moments. His lifelong friends are Frank Armstrong, who's Mon-Soul is Frankenstein, and Janet Cordelia, who's Mon-Soul is a Mermaid. Wally has a crush on her. Wally develops a sitcom grudge with his rival, Dante Ironside, a rich douchebag who's Mon-Soul is a "fire" Dragon and seeks to win Janet's affections. The recurring antagonist is the immature "Count Blackyard Awesomeness", a wicked inventor who aims to take down the sport with a daily "Bot" (similar to how Dr Doofenshmirtz creates a new "Inator" every episode) & sells corrupted people mechanical weaponry so he can hire his "customers" to do his dirty work. He constantly complains to and abuses his long-suffering mutant henchman, Fleagor. Things get really shocking in the first season finale as Count Black reveals he had his own Mon-Soul - a Dhampir - corrupt his DNA and made him go insane from isolation, developing a venomous hatred for the sport. This pretty much settles the age old question on which is better in the battle between Wally & Black; Werewolves or Vampires. Ironically, really he hates being called a vampire and he can hear whoever makes a crack from _the other side of the planet._
Gabe Saravia (3 months ago)
Mojo Jojo was also inspired by piccolo from dragon ball Z you ever think of that
BNSF1995 (6 months ago)
Goddammit! Everytime I see a video talking about cartoons inspired by anime, nobody ever talks about Wakfu. EVER. Is there some kind of prejudice against it because it's made in France and Americans think French people hate any American not named Jerry Lewis?
sharita sarmah (7 months ago)
Damn, you completely missed out the Boondocks!!
cowcannon (8 months ago)
One of the few openings I know by hear the both samurai jack intros and the abstract intro
Noods ・ (8 months ago)
TAWOG is probably the best cartoon on cartoon network that is still popular
AmuletRebel (9 months ago)
Would you can Miraculous Ladybug anime-inspired, despite it being in CG art?
Messed Up Podcast (9 months ago)
So cartoons inspired anime, which then went on to inspire cartoons...
Witecat J (9 months ago)
FLCL is amazing from an animation perspective, but story wise it makes absolutely no sense. The music is pretty cool though. I really wouldn't recommend it, but it at least needs to be experienced.
DrainedEyes (9 months ago)
FLCL was the first anime I found (outside of yugioh and Pokémon and those introduction Shonen shows) when I was a kid. Changed my life and was integral to my perception of the world around me as an 11 year old shy boy who thought he knew everything. I recommend it to literally everyone.
Kristle Johnson (9 months ago)
This begs the question: How is anime inspired by western cartoons?
Death Watch Trooper (9 months ago)
Anime are cartoons.
RPGQueen87 (9 months ago)
How dare you not mention W.I.T.C.H.! One of my favorite series, it came out around the same time as Winx Club (or at least I was introduced to them at the same time) and it is also a prime example of the Magical Girl Genre, based off the Italian Comic series/later animated series of the same name.
icecream hero (9 months ago)
Powerpuff Girls was mostly inspired by American cartoons. UnderDog, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Adam West Batman. The other inspirations were from Speed Racer, and Godzilla. Do better research.
icecream hero (9 months ago)
The Powerpuff Girls aren't magical girls they are superheroes. The rainbow trails in Powerpuff Girls are not from anime they came from Underdog.
baliebox 4916 (9 months ago)
SEE THIS! is how adult cartoons should become! thats the problem!, the only thing thats keeping me away from show like bobs burgers and rick and morty these days is the ugly art style (reminiscent of the simpsons and family guy) with its ugly bug eyed/washed out art style which is OVER 20 years old at this point and still going on for some reason and the constant political jokes (reminiscent of south park) with 9/11 & trump jokes left and right in MOST OF rick and morty and other shows like brickleberry (which is also inspired by the goddamn simpsons and family guy) you see all i and most hipsters want to see in a western cartoon is a show with an alternate reality on the likes of fringe but a more eco frendly succsessor of the ATL with north and south korea being unified, sega still being a console maker, cave story having a successful life with toy line and anime and califonia being divided into east and west (for a more modern twist on the pretty bland yet aging fringe world that was left behind when it was canceled) with a nice warm cozy feel and happy feel on the likes of the critic (which is better than the simpsons in my opinion), a video game series on the likes of a cave story, shovel knight, minecraft, sonic adventure 1 & 2, cruis'n, virtua cop, ddr and quake 3 & warcraft 2, fallout 1 & 2 and system shock starting with a graphic novel and "2D" theatrical movie (THATS NOT AS "BAD" as minions and the emoji movie and most other 3D/CGI Films both artistic, plot and marketing wise) and a tv series with a anime art style on the likes of naruto, magic girl animes and 80s mecha anime (LIKE IN THESE SHOWS (teen titans, steven universe and puffy ami umi) which are mostly aimed at children "sadley" it would be a miracle if a series like that aimed at pubecent teens and adults (gen x & hipster mellinials) would come out
Anthony Grigorian (9 months ago)
6:30 it was Good and you know it! quit hating!
icecream hero (9 months ago)
Teen Titans Go is a masterpiece I like it much better than the original.
icecream hero (9 months ago)
The Giant eyes the Powerpuff Girls have were inspired by Kean Paintings not anime
icecream hero (9 months ago)
The Powerpuff Girls are superheroes not magical girls. It was inspired by anime, but it was also inspired by Underdog, Rocky and Bullwinkle( The narrator was stolen from those 2 shows, Godzilla, 60's Batman, and speed racer do better research.
selena8472 (9 months ago)
*sighs* good luck about finding out what the hype about FLCL is because i never did,while i like the Bizarre best example Orichimaru who is a dammed freak if I ever saw one FLCL is its own special wonderland of bizarre that is just soooo out there that i never figured out what the hype and appeal of it was but then again realize i found Tenchi Muyo GXP bizarre but that is because my poles are flipped I find demons and monsters and chakra and chi and magic all normal everyday relationships???in anime???uh yeah bizarre time to find our way out of the twilight zone.
NinjaDragon (9 months ago)
OMG! Who wants Robin to review the 'School Babysitter!' anime!? The Newest Anime of 2018!! 😍😢😇
Carol M. (9 months ago)
You missed a research spot. Voltron: Defenders of the Universe was more or less a redubbing of the anime Golion and another show whose name I've forgotten, heavily edited so that it would be kid-friendly. You can find the original Golion on Youtube with subtitles.
Izuku Midoriya (9 months ago)
I am VERY surprised Miraculous Ladybug wasn't mentioned in this video
robert copher (9 months ago)
I love this episode! You're love of anime comes threw clearly and you really did an impressive amount of research, awesome video! Would love to see more like it!
spamuel98 (9 months ago)
I still remember watching Totally Spies as a kid, because sexy young women in catsuits, and Code Lyoko was my favorite show for several years in between seasons of Avatat.
Ormarr's Claw. (9 months ago)
It's possible that all Cartoons could be considered Anime depending on certain aspects. It's not possible for Anime to be cartoons by any means however.
Antwain Jackson (9 months ago)
Great video an excellent history lesson on the world of animation. As a major of the art I appreciate a video like this. Very good
TheRavenPirate (9 months ago)
what about Kappa Mikey?
Elizabeth Strand (9 months ago)
Love the Chise outfit.
Sayuri Rin (9 months ago)
I thought that the original teen titans was an anime when i was younger
Jose Gonzalez (9 months ago)
Honestly I'm glad that western cartoons use anime styles and references
sailor venus munoz (10 months ago)
Plus let's not forget about the power ranger series
Mu91c14n (10 months ago)
God, where do you even BEGIN with FLCL? Robyn should just do a whole review episode on it!
Elsbeth harper (10 months ago)
Hold on! You guys forgot to mention adventure Time, and the Castlevania Cartoon!
Jamal Taylor (10 months ago)
While the animation was anime influenced, Totally Spies was a basically a teen version of the Charlies Angles TV series from the 70s, with some heavy sprinkles of Clueless mixed in.
wafflepancake 666 (10 months ago)
Honestly I thought the 4kids dub for winx club was good, I don't think everything 4 kids dubbed was terrible just the one piece dub the others range from good in my opinion to bland at worst.
Arkan NOA (10 months ago)
*We inspire each other*
171QA (10 months ago)
There was also this other series from France called Oban: Star Racers. It was technically animated in Japan but the creator was definitely French (so French that he's the descendant of the man who built/designed the Eiffel Tower). And there's also Miraculous Ladybug that's also from France and takes many inspirations from Magical Girl shows along with the Superhero genre.
awesomo9 (10 months ago)
Um........Attack on Titan Junior High????
Smith Wesson (10 months ago)
Review Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters on Netflix and maybe a collaboration with a famous Godzilla youtuber explaining the influence of Godzilla on anime
xGracigloo (10 months ago)
Winx Club actually has THREE English dubs: the one from 4kids, the "Rai English" one (which was actually done by a company in Canada - yet Canada and every other English-speaking country aired the 4kids dub), and the Nickelodeon dub (they redubbed the seasons 4kids did and continue to dub it to this day). Also I am shocked you didn't talk about Kappa Mikey, a Nickelodeon cartoon that's LITERALLY about an American guy moving to Japan in which all the Japanese characters are styled like anime while he is not.
badgall21 (10 months ago)
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Irken Pony (10 months ago)
Walt Disney, you inspired someone to make something that later expanded to became a Big thing for everybody today... Anime. Also you kinda lost me on the PPG is a Magical Girl show. :^
badgall21 (10 months ago)
Nice facts
badgall21 (10 months ago)
Wow
Sarah Brown (10 months ago)
if you watch FLCL be ready to get so badly confused you will need to have a VERY comfy pillow on hand to enjoy it I'm not kidding oh and word to the wise DO NOT MISS A SINGLE EPISODE, if you miss even one it will leave so lost you won't even know what's up or down anymore
ElephantsLover (10 months ago)
Hooray! Some popular youtuber talks about winx! Boi was that show trash and I love it
Angus Jameson (10 months ago)
Me (after watching this): "Welp, guess I have to goes watch FlCL now"
How about France's influence on not just Japanesse and American animation but also film noire
AlexKuro1 (10 months ago)
This reminds me, I need to head to a book store at the end of the month for Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 2 and graphic novels of the second W.I.T.C.H. story arc
Sizzle and rise (10 months ago)
Where’s the anime awards
Darius Impey (10 months ago)
new amine to watch is hakumei-to-mikochi also the manga is great too
Tristin 402 Nokori (10 months ago)
you should do a review on Castle Town Dandelion.
phantom130 5 (10 months ago)
It's interesting that even Teen Titans Go borrows from anime. I knew about series like it after enjoying Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth - a comedic Naruto spin-off which focuses on Rock Lee. But like you said, those that complain about Teen Titans Go, likely aren't meant to be the target audience. I'm hesitant to think they'd ever run new episodes of a Teen Titans reboot or continuation (made similar to the original) at the same time as Teen Titans Go because this still isn't a common thing in western animation, but if they ever did, I think that would lighten some of the Teen Titans Go hatred.
Kamilah Max (10 months ago)
It's the Circle of Inspiration
Karolann Turgeon-Vallee (10 months ago)
Wait a min... Totally Spies.... is a French show!? What!?! O.O
Jim Howlett (7 months ago)
Hey Robyn thanks for letting me and your cohorts know about the Ouran High School Host Club anime. Could not get enough of it, none stop laughter. Will keep watching you'll channel for future recommendations.
Ika (10 months ago)
Powerpuff Girls weren't the first magical girls in the West...
Blake 81 (10 months ago)
9:15 Still looked better than Berserk 2017 does.... And btw, since you mentioned french animation, I am surprised you did not mention the initial influences it had on Japan at the very start. According to my Japanese teacher, french cartoons actually were a thing in Japan in the Post-WWII, Pre-Tesuka era. Heck, in fact, the word ''ANIME'' is actually a japanization of ''animé'', which is french for cartoon... and that says a lot...
BNuts (10 months ago)
The way art in different cultures influence one another is awesome to see. Different styles get blended together to make something greater and more innovative than would have been made using only homogeneous and local influences -- and it's impossible to untangle and name them all after a certain point. Yes American, Canadian, Italian, Japanese... you name it, it has influenced culture elsewhere. Just look at Rooster Teeth's _RWBY_ , a CG series heavily influenced by anime, started over in America and given an official Japanese dubbed release. Awesome! And because people are trying to create new things we also get the breakdown of old definitions and barriers. If you were like me, you grew up on both _Samurai Jack_ and _Powerpuff Girls_ whereas a decade ago I'd only have watched _TransFormers_ but not _My Little Pony_ . These days your age and gender matter a little less compared to the entertainment value of a product, and so an adult male watching _Steven Universe_ , _Adventure Time_ , _Gravity Falls_ , _Phineas & Ferb_ , _Star VS The Forces of Evil_ , and yes, _MLP: Friendship is Magic_ is not _quite_ so strange as it would have been considered 20 or 30 years ago -- though there is still a strong stigma due to gender rolls established 30 or 40 years ago (yes, pink for girls and blue for boys is fairly recent). And the co-mingling and influence of styles has only happened stronger and faster than ever in the past 20 or so years thanks to the Internet, which spreads cultural influences practically instantly. Go, Internet!
Andhika Soehalim (10 months ago)
"Apparently the major contributors to the American Cartoon industry are actually nerds." You Don't Say :D
S. Johnson18 (10 months ago)
I have to point this out, you forgot RWBY.
Wilfredo Martinez (10 months ago)
Teen Titans basically paid homage to Anime in the movie Trouble in Tokyo- ALL the new characters in it were based on famous Manga characters!
Just A Guy (10 months ago)
wasn't a fan of ftcl for the anime itself. the animation rocked though.
Silver Dragon Wolf (10 months ago)
You made a slight goof about Winx Club, in the US Winx Club debuted on Kids WB (which was later renamed Vortex) and unfortunately dubbed by 4kids during that time.
Bek D (10 months ago)
'Now, I know this might be a bit controversial, but I have to talk about Teen Titans Go for just a moment' ....and with that, I'm done.
Sarah G. (10 months ago)
So we’re not gonna talk about rwby? The first American anime?
Bradford Walker (10 months ago)
Voltron, like Robotech, was a hatchet job. Voltron took Go Lion, Dairugger XV, and Albegas (the last for a third season that never happened) and pulled a Frankenstein job to create enough episodes for syndication. World Event Productions got lucky that it hit, and hit good and hard, without the stupidity that Harmony Gold pulls regarding the sources series for Robotech (specifically, Macross). It is not an American original; it's no different than what Sandy Frank did to Gatchaman, so it doesn't count.
zhaoyun255 (10 months ago)
Nobody mention MEGAS FUCKING XLR? That show was the BIGGEST MECHS ANIME REFERENCE OUT THERE!!!!
Emilio Reyes (10 months ago)
Sooooo.....i take it I should check out this "FoolyCooly"?
monkeymouse (10 months ago)
You didn't mention one of the best east-west mashups of the early 2000s: "Kappa Mikey".
TheCreepypro (10 months ago)
What a fun and informative video never knew totally spies and Code Lyoko was from France when I think of french animation I always think of Wakfu also what's this about you not having seen FLCL? if I didn't know you were a dyed in the wool anime fan I would ask for you anime fan card to be revoked but it is okay no one can watch everything I still haven't seen Yuri On Ice
Some Weeb (10 months ago)
You guys want to stay high on views but these intros and poor comedy (Robyn's early comedy is well written) are not contributing
Logan Kelly (10 months ago)
Now do "How America and Cartoons Influenced Anime".
Slayerlord0 (10 months ago)
The circle is now complete
DragonKing 57 (10 months ago)
Code lyoko WAS NOT AWFUL IT WAS SPLENDID
DeGraphics Studios (10 months ago)
Technically Magical Girls don’t always have to be magic. I mean Cutie Honey, the one who basically defined the genre, was actually a cyborg/robot
Jackpot21100 (10 months ago)
What’s not to love about FLCL? It’s one wild ride of an anime and people love it for that.
Tenchigirl15 (10 months ago)
Inspector Gadget and many Saturday morning cartoons that had their art done in Studios in Japan in the 80s. glad I grew up when they first started. :D
Malik Townsend (10 months ago)
I thought western cartoons inspired anime which inspired western cartoon.
IzanamiVA (10 months ago)
Malik Townsend They did! It’s like a cycle. Disney inspired Tezuka, who was incredible and inspired countless other works.... both in anime and western cartoons.
Shadowfiend 120 (10 months ago)
The only good chibi like anime that comes to mind is Gundam SD
ginantsfan5 (10 months ago)
Most awesome vid!!!!!!!! Until now I had completely forgotten about Totally Spies it was an awesome show!!!!!! Loved the Original Power Puff Girls and the original Teen Titans!!!!!! Ah Samurai Jack miss it so much I'm still fighting back tears when I think about the ending!!!!!! ATLA was the bomb!!!!!!! Thank you Japan for inspiring us to make so many hit and awesome shows!!!!!!!!😀👍📽🎬📼🎟🗡🇯🇵🇺🇸
sakunaruful (10 months ago)
No mention of WITCH or Oban Star Racers.
Celestial Witch (10 months ago)
The original voltron was actually an anime
Paddy 2890 (10 months ago)
Lol when you censored your language it sounded weird in my ear buds. Also Code Lyoko, Totally Spies, and Winx Club were my shit when I was younger >_< (Code Lyoko more though, I remember it the best of the 3)
Dixie Normus (10 months ago)
Pls do a reaction series for FLCL if you plan to watch it.
haru frost (10 months ago)
Fuck teen Titans go
Joseph Tafur (10 months ago)
AHHHH CODE LYOKO
edmg7 (10 months ago)
This vid reminds me of Suede's list of Top 11 American Anime
God Is A High School Girl (10 months ago)
I kept watching Cartoon Network and Nickolodeon up until the release of Adventure Time. This was basically a list of all my favorite shows as a kid. I'd completely forgotten about Winx Club. France had some great stuff around that era. Code Lyoko was easily my favorite show when it was airing, even with the horrible CGI.
KidSkull (10 months ago)
hay loved the choose of outfit to your cartoon. It was the outfit for Chise from the anime the magus bride right. glad to see more folks who that anime and her too. :)
No One (10 months ago)
Powerpuff Girls are not magic and Code Lyoko was fucking awesome.
RWBY Moon Rose (10 months ago)
This was awesome! Can't believe we'v been sharing inspiration and animation with Japan for so long!
Dragon Landlord (10 months ago)
the easiest way to check; if it's got an actual overall storyline, it's influenced by anime.
Fanboy1 (10 months ago)
I know another series France made that is inspired by anime, dofus and wakfu
A swirly thing (9 months ago)
Fanboy1 another fellow fan, our kind is few and far between
Spottedtime (10 months ago)
Actually Japanese anime was based on Disney's Bambi, since a lot of Japanese liked the body proportions of Bambi. Also Voltron was original introduction into the West accidentally, I can't remember the other show, but it was accidentally packaged with an episode of Go Lions and people liked the show that they brought to America as Voltron.
R Sordilla (9 months ago)
how is Japanese anime based on Bambi?? Voltron first aired in Japan years before the Americans brought it to the us
kamenkewl (10 months ago)
voltron was kind of a cut-paste job of multiple series. they dubbed go-lion into voltron, but then edited in the robot and characters into scenes from other mecha shows to continue the series.
Samantha Verhei (10 months ago)
Ahh you just detailed my childhood. 😊❤
Kyogre's Hideout (10 months ago)
I'm a guy and I'm not ashamed to say I loved watching Totally Spies and Winx Club ^_^
Google gamer (10 months ago)
Walt Disney is the reason anime exists :()

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