Top 5 western cartoons for anime fans

By ·April 8, 2016 9:53 am

Animes often hold a deep connetion with those who love them, they have entrhalling story lines, heart-pounding adventure, superb animation and well rounded characters that you can get behind. But anime isn’t the the only medium where we can find those same qualities, many highly acclaimed western cartoons have a similar, if not the same, appeal as the best animes.

So whether you’re a hardcore anime fan or just looking for something to binge watch, we bring youu the top five western cartoon for anime fans to watch.

Steven Universe

Steven Universe

Discovering your powers as you defend the planet from aliens… Sound kind of familiar? Steven Universe definitely brings together some elements usually seen in anime series.

In this show we have Steven, a young boy who is half human and half alien space rock, living in the fictional town of Beach City. You follow him and the Crystal Gems (Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst) through epic adventures as they save the planet from their own kind.

Adventure Time


Adventure Time has been a long favorite for anime fans. The courageous characters, fighting, magic, and saving princesses that are still smart and can kick butt. All of these are ingredients for an amazing show in general. The show is also entertaining for those who play Dungeon and Dragons, as the show was deeply inspired by it.

Adventure Time follows Finn the Human and his adoptive shapeshifting brother, Jake the Dog, as they go on many adventures in the post-apocalyptic world of Ooo. You meet an incredible array of characters such as the scientific Princess Bubblegum, the annoying, but deeply characterized Ice King, and the trickster Marceline the Vampire Queen. While this show has a lot of humor and epic battles there is still enough room for good lessons and sweet moments. Like a lot of anime, it is easy to portray this show as for kids while it actually has a lot of depth to it and sometimes touches on darker topics.

Avatar the Last Airbender


Often mistaken as an anime, Avatar the Last Airbender is a beautiful show that rivals some actual anime.

Avatar can practically be summed up with its famous opening,

“Water… Earth… Fire… Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he’s ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world.”

This show brings together a lot of qualities seen in anime such as the art style, the following of a story line, and the deep character development. It is very easy to get attached to these characters and root them on while seeing how they grow. There is also a lot of great animation to go along with the unique fighting.

Teen Titans


A show that is sure to kick some in the nostalgic feels, this is another show that is known to be confused with anime for its art style and animation. Not to mention the theme song alternates between English and Japanese, and that they had a special that was set in Tokyo.

Teen Titans is an adaption of the DC Comics Superhero team. You follow the team defeating different villains, but the plot has a focus on the main villain Slade. Sadly, when the show was delving deeper into the plot it was canceled and a new, more random version of the show began to air. But trust me, you will be sadly disappointed by the differences between the two.



RWBY is an american inspired anime web series created by Monty Oum.

In RWBY, young people come around to train as Huntsmen and Huntresses to protect their world, Remnant, from monsters called the Creatures of Grimm. The series revolves around four very unique girls, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang. They form the team RWBY, based on the first letter of their names, at Beacon Academy and delve deeper into the problems their world faces. Did I mention that the soundtrack is amazing? Also be prepared to witness the most epic food fight you will ever watch.

While these shows are not your typical Japanese animes, they still incorporate elements that attract anime fans whether it be the art, animation, story, characters, ect. These shows are perfect for those who just want to watch something different or for anyone who wants to start taking steps into watching anime. Either way, these shows are great and fun to watch!

Image Credits: Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon & Rooster Teeth

Written by Abigail Meck

Lifestyle and Gaming Writer

As an anime fan and fellow geek I am happy to create articles for The Nerd Recites! I have been an anime fan for over a decade and a cosplayer/con-goer for about five years.

My main passions are singing and voice acting, while my interests include anime, manga, dancing, writing, and gaming.
I am delighted to bring news of our culture to the community and to enlighten those outside of the community our greatness.

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