Most of America's animation has suffered under the Animation Ghetto; the belief that cartoons are for children only. Because of this, American animation has been damaged by a severe lack of growth, due to less adult material being made. Most of the animation is aimed for children, which damages the variety of work American animation can do.
In Japan, the animation is aimed at multiple age groups, there's an incredible amount of variety of animation aimed for adults, teens, and children. It has no crippling disability to sell to adults or teens.
I'd say Japanese animation is more fleshed out, but I haven't seen too much of it.
All I can really do is list a few of my favorite animation series/movies done by the cultures.
American Dexter's Laboratory The Land Before Time The Secret of Nimh Ed Edd and Eddy Powerpuff Girls Adventure Time My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Japanese Paranoia Agent Arashi no Yoru Ni Spirited Away Gurren Lagann Fooly Cooly
All of the above titles are pretty appreciated works, but you may notice I have less Japanese titles-That's just because I've seen less japanese animation. As you can tell, I'm in no real position to judge.
If I want comedy, it's american animation all the way. If I want anything else(serious sci-fi, drama, action, thriller), it's gotta be anime. I don't like anime comedy in general, because there are too many cliches and conventions thrown around instead of the animators genuinely trying to be original.
I really like Japanese voice acting. Over there, being a voice actor is a job that garners a lot of attention, so they always have good voice actors that really get into their roles.
Agreed nothing else to say.
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A lot more effort and creativety is placed in anime than American cartoons.
I have to disagree. In anime, the characters look a lot more realistic than in American. Thus, once you choose the physical features you want, it's not difficult applying them to a person.
Where as in American animation, the characters are not at all realistic. So while you have chosen certain features, it's not as easy applying them to a shape that doesn't look like a human outline.
You get what I'm saying? So I do believe American animation has that more uniqueness to it and it's also very varied among styles; Japanese doesn't have many mainstream styles.
To me, the average cartoon is supposed to be comical, easy-going, light-heartened show, so the unrealistic-comic appearance really appeals to me. As I said, this is what I generally view animation as. You can still make serious stories out of it but you need to create it using more 'serious' looking animation like they did for Avatar: The Last Airbender for instance.