Weekend Japanatainment - Cartoons Made in Japan Edition


American Anime?!

Wait, what? Yes, I just blasphemously compared your beloved Japanese anime with American cartoons. Now, before you all start grabbing your imitation 'Made in China' Katanas and ninja run over to the Japanator building intending to HISATSU-RENGAN-CURRYPANSHIMASU my face off, here me out. 

Did any of y'all ever gone and rewatched any of those popular cartoons from the US in the 1980's/early 90's and wondered why some looked like it was inspired by Japanese animation? It wasn't US companies imitating anime but many Japanese studios were part of the production of many popular US cartoons from the era.

This weekend's selection for Japanatainment is all about cartoons that were made in Japan. Well, not entirely but a good portion of the animation was made in Japan. So many people over the age of 25 actually grew up with cartoons that were heavily influenced by Japanese animation. It's no wonder when anime finally arrived in the US, many were already secretly indoctrinated to like these weird cartoons from Japan.

So let's take a look at some of openings of those shows which really show off the Japanese influence. Enjoy!

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The Real Ghostbusters (1986)

Yes, this show was animated mostly in Japan by a company called KK C&D (while the last two seasons were done by a Korean studio). There are many scenes in the series that just suddenly get very anime and it just looks pretty cool looking at it from today knowing who worked on it.


ThunderCats (1985)

This intro is probably the most anime of all the intros in this selection, not to mention the most 1980's as well. It's got that super high energy that just doesn't stop with the animation and the music. I never really saw the show, but that remake was a straight-up anime.


SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993)

I couldn't verify much of the information on this show but I can confirm that the intro was worked on by Itsuki Imazaki, who has worked many roles on different anime. The intros definitely give off very strong anime influences and eventually the show started to look more and more like anime. Don't believe me? Go watch some episodes in the second season.


Batman: The Animated Series (1992)

Animated by another Japanese studio, TMS, this show does not look like anime at all with its very distinct character designs by Bruce Timm. Though there are moments where we get that occasional flash of anime influence.


G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)

A show about with the subtitle "Real American Hero" is made in Japan? Yep, Toei animation, the folks behind many of your favorite anime such as Dragon Ball, was made in Japan (also with some help from Toei subsidiaries around Asia). This sequence from the movie is just pretty crazy and just feels like something from an insane action anime with everything going on.


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Red likes a lot of things from Japan and wants to share more about it with the world. He even likes the bad anime. Sometimes. As long as it doesn't have big boobs. Maybe. more + disclosures


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