The Best Anime & Manga Made By Non-Japanese Creators (part 2)
Cannon Busters (the U.S)
Cannon Busters, which was eventually published through Udon, started as an American comic book series by LeSean Thomas. The series was transitioned to focusing on a potential animation project coming to fruition in 2019. Distributed by British company Manga Entertainment, the series would be animated by two Japanese animation studios Satelight and Yumeta Company. It was also directed by Takahiro Natori, covering all bases to ensure that the work was officially an anime.
RWBY (the U.S)
Rooster Teeth’s very successful RWBY might be the most well-known example of a Western anime. The series stars a group of girls attending a rigorous academy to hone their skills in defending the world of Remnant against the evil monsters called Grimm. Probably the biggest way to make it officially become an anime was by having various manga adaptations released in Shonen Jump. These would serve to expand the backstories of the protagonists, telling all-new storylines for the characters after adapting the plot from the first production trailers. Moreover, the series is broadcast on Crunchyroll and has been dubbed into Japanese. There is no need to say that it presently blends in pretty easily with all of the other anime.
Vinland Saga is easily the most anime of these series. For all intents and purposes, it is an official manga with a Japanese creative team. The original version was written and illustrated by Japanese creator Makoto Yukimura. In spite of the potential Norse connection in its name, it takes place in 11th century England and is made up of a cast of Vikings known as the vengeful young Thorfinn. Essentially, the only things foreign concerning the series would be its European protagonists, in addition to the fact that the anime itself was licensed by Amazon Video. It also aired on Amazon Video one day before its Japanese release, further sullying the waters of its exact national identity.