8 Mainstream Movies And TV Shows That Were Inspired By Anime

In recent years, the entertainment industry has hit peak globalization, and our shared cultures have become more prominent. These days, it’s not uncommon to find titles like Naruto, Durarara!! or Death Note at the top of your Netflix suggestions.

Despite widely being considered a “niche” market, anime has been making its way into the mainstream for far longer than some people realize. Between the fantastical subject matter, dynamic characters, vibrant colors and highly stylized anatomical features, anime has been incredibly influential in shaping Western media and pop culture.

Check out these eight movies and television shows that prove how much anime has inspired Hollywood:

What’s your favorite anime? Let us know in the comments section!


MP Staff Writer, cinefile, and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai