25 Most Influential Japanese Anime In The US

Posted by on July 9, 2013

Japanese Animation or (as it’s affectionately known in the US) “Anime” is a style of animation that has taken the US by storm. Known for exaggerated features (such as big eyes, oddly colored hair, etc) animes portray fantastic stories (usually about some supernatural power) that is not just beautiful to watch but also entertaining. Check out our 25 most influential Japanese anime in the US in order to see what we mean.


Yu Yu Hakusho


A Japanese manga series that was adapted into an animated series in 1990; Yu Yu Hakusho revolved around the story of a teenage delinquent named Yusuke Urameshi who got struck and killed by a car as he sought to save the life of a child. After he was revived, he was appointed as an Underworld Detective to investigate the cases of demons and apparitions on Earth.




Berserk was aired in 1997 and was centered on the life of an orphaned mercenary warrior named Guts, who called himself the Black Swordsman as he served the Band of the Hawk. This is an intense anime filled with great action and some colorful scenes which may not be appropriate for children.




An anime television series that was released in 1982, Super Dimension Fortress Macross featured a love triangle among its major characters plastered against the backdrop of battles that existed between aliens and humans. When it was shown in the US, it was titled Robotech instead. It rose to fame because of Linn Minmay, the pop star idol in the show, along with transforming air fighter units called Valkyries.


Code Geass


Code Geass was a Japanese anime series that was directed by Goro Taniguchi and written by Ichiro Okouchi. The story was set in the alternate future and revolved around a former prince named Lelouch Lamperouge who obtained the Geass power and used it to destroy the Holy Britannian Empire.


Elfen Lied


Elfen Lied was a Japanese manga series that was created by Lynn Okamoto. Its story revolved around the interactions, emotions, similarities and differences between human beings and the Diclonii. Diclonii was a mutant species that resembled humans in build but had two horns and vectors. The anime series centered on the protagonist named Lucy, who sought revenge after being rejected by humans.