Top 10 Most Influential Anime in America


The US isn’t as large an anime market as Japan, but anime has left a mark on our pop culture. Here are 10 anime that had the most impact on America.

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killershadow1171457d ago

That's a pretty good list, and a very nice read.

DEATHxTHExKIDx1457d ago

I agreed with most of this list but, I thought DB would rank a little higher.

JoySticksFTW1457d ago

Yeah, DBZ popularity was no joke.

I don't think much comes close to DBZ at the height of its popularity.

DBZ was TMNT and Power Rangers big

TopDudeMan1456d ago

I dunno, pokemon was a little later than DBZ but when it first started airing, I was a kid and it was pretty much all I watched. But I was also really into DBZ.

Now I'm older, though there's no way I could watch pokemon - but I could definitely re-watch DBZ. Still play the pokemon games, though. They're awesome.

deep_fried_bum_cake1456d ago


I tried to rewatch Pokemon (well what I'd seen of it) last year. It was pretty bad and I didn't get too far.

But I've rewatched DBZ about 4 times since I original saw it as a kid and it definitely had the upper hand.

It should be higher up this list.

JoySticksFTW1457d ago

I'd add Speed Racer (hugely popular in the 60's & 70's with remakes even today), and Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets (like the the great-grandfather of 5 member team mech shows like Voltron and Power Rangers)

Both Speed Racer and BotP (with Astroboy) helped pave the way for anime in the US

manasteel881456d ago

No Akira?

Seriously, they put Bleach or Naruto on a list over Akira, Sailor Moon, Speed Racer and so many other more INFLUENTIAL anime.

Personally, it's a bad list that only takes in to account a very small window of anime in America.

ABizzel11456d ago

While Akira is better than arguably everything on this list (PM being the standout) it has not reach as much appeal, promotion, or a mass market as every anime listed on this list due to most of them being cartoon series that aired on Cartoon Network (aka the only place for anime at the time).

While it may not be a list representing the best anime, it does represent the most successful animes in the US.

However, I would rank top 3

1. Pokemon
2. DBZ
3. Naruto

Those 3 have taken off in the states.

JoySticksFTW1456d ago (Edited 1456d ago )

Akira is a great choice too. That's like THE anime movie.

I hear my favorite anime movie Ninja Scroll mentioned a lot too, but not like Akira.

Gundam Wing was incredibly popular in the states as well.

Macross / Robotech was highly influential with more mature story-telling than what US were used to in cartoons and transforming mechs.

RockmanII71456d ago (Edited 1456d ago )

"The US isn’t as large an anime market as Japan, but anime has left a mark on our pop culture. Here are 10 anime that had the most impact on America."

This isn't a list of quality or something, this is solely what has changed American culture the most. In that regard I would list it as

X) Astro Boy
9) Speed Racer
8) Mobile Suit Gundam
7) One Piece
6) Bleach
5) Sailor Moon
4) Naruto
3) Dragon Ball
2) Pokemon
1) Ghibli films

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