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Top 5 'Western' cartoon series that seems inspired by Japanese anime/manga

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There are some 'Western' cartoon series that seems to have some inspiration from their Anime or Manga counterparts. I can only come up with five, but there might be more. Below are my list.
I hope that this article can be put in the Anime section, or should it be put somewhere else?

5. Ben 10/Alien Force/Ultimate Alien/Omniverse (2008-)
Created by 'Man of Action' for the Cartoon Network. Revolves around a kid Ben Tennyson who takes possession of an Omnitrix - a watch-type device - which turns him into alien creatures. The character animations are very similar to the Japanese counterparts.
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4. Generator Rex (2010-)
Also created by 'Man Of Action' for the Cartoon Network. Inspired by the comic M.Rex - short for Machina Rex. Revolves around the adventures of Rex, whose bodyparts turn into various machines.
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3. Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
Created by Craig McCracken for the Cartoon Network, which revolves around the adventures of four Kindergarten superheroes. Episodes consist of a combo of superhero and Tokusatso fare in a humorous tone.
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2. Samurai Jack (2001-2004)
Created by Genndy Tartakovsky for the Cartoon Network, which revolves around Jack, a samurai warrior aiming to travel back in time to prevent the evil Aku from taking over the world. Art-style of the episodes resemble ukiyo-e paintings. Even Aku is like the God of Evil Amatsu-Mikaboshi.
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1. Teen Titans (2003-2006)
Created by Glen Murakami for Warner Bros. and based on the DC Comics of the same name. Revolves around the adventures of four teen superheroes - Raven, Starfire, Beastboy, Cyborg, and Robin. The animation is very much like Japanese anime. Even the characters reactions are inspired by the Japanese anime-style. The closest to Japanese anime yet.
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What do you think? What other 'Western'-made cartoon shows look similar, or have something about them that are like the Japanese anime or manga shows and/or films?
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I instantly thought "Avatar" but haven't seen 4 out of 5 on your list. [MOG]
I'm only familiar with 5,3,2 and 1 and definitely agree with you on all of them especially Teen Titans which has a very strong "Anime" feel to it in relation to typical Shonen manga/anime.

I think Avatar deserves a mention as well, I think that's a western cartoon with strong inspirations from Anime =D
I haven't seen the Avatar cartoon series. I don't think it was on the Cartoon Network. Did a search, and yes it does have alot of anime influence.
@DarkJibTEC if the article warrants to be featured, then yes please.
I think it was broadcasted on Nickelodeon [MOG]
How do you define "inspired by"?

Mirage said: I think it was broadcasted on Nickelodeon

Yeah thats what all of the episode i have say... damn annoying nickelodeon splash thing in the corner all the time. [Shifty]
samurai jack is awesome
i looove the teab=n titans theme song.... [Derp]
I realize it wasn't inspired but Anime, but I did like how the Kids Next Door made a refference to, or parody of Animes in one episode. (if memory serves me correctly)
Good to see more user content around here, keep it coming.
Damn I was hoping powerpuff girls were the real deal.. I still like watch it ^_^

Tsunamo said: I realize it wasn't inspired but Anime, but I did like how the Kids Next Door made a refference to, or parody of Animes in one episode. (if memory serves me correctly)


I think that episode was called R.E.P.O.R.T, which deals with retrieving a package. Numbah 4's report is a parody of Dragonball Z.

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