As an aside, in my opinion the absolute best
of (relatively) recent American TV animation was "The Last Airbender". While - just like most animation these days that isn't Disney or Pixar - most of the animation is done in Taiwan and/or Korea, it's directly storyboarded/produced in English for an American audience, and the writers are all native speakers. The animation, story, pacing, characters are all VERY good, in my opinion. Don't let the simply abominable live-action movie turn you away; you won't be sorry, I promise. I think it would be an enjoyable way for you to do what Morellet is suggesting; in fact, the creators of the series specifically wanted to make an "American anime". I think they exceeded all expectations.
It's not really exactly what either of you were talking about, but there have been a LOT of shows done by oriental animators for specific foreign audiences, especially the US and France. Some of them are pretty damn good, too! There are many more good examples, but a few I'm fond of are:
- "Exosquad"(US). This series had, among other things, a realistic depiction (sans actual gore; it was a Saturday AM show - lol) of the casualties of war, with many characters dying during the narrative. No "A-Team" piling out of the helicopter after
it explodes, then hits a mountain, nope!
. The animation is pretty decent, too; sort of a "Star Blazers" aesthetic, but with more traditionally Western character designs. Think "GI Joe" meets "Star Blazers", sort of.
- "Wakfu" (Fr). Especially
for the 1st season, this "anime" (based on an MMORPG, amazingly, and NOT terrible
is beautifully animated in an unusual style, has a great story, and is often absolutely hilarious
. I had to learn to not drink soda while watching this series, unless I wanted a nicely carbonated sinus cleanse! It also neatly avoids just about every misogynistic anime trope; the female characters are just as (in)capable and (im)mature as anyone else, and there's NO ultrasonic squealing or underage panty shots
. I like anime and its tropes, mind you, but it's refreshing to see this once in a while.
- "Oban: Star Racers" (Fr). Another French "anime" with a rather unusual visual style. More serious than Wakfu, it still gets a LOT of good mileage out of what would seem to be a pretty simple plot, at 1st glance. This series' main character is female and once again, it's treated astonishingly well, at least from the perspective of most Japanese anime.
If you want to learn a foreign language using anime and subs, I believe the best way to do so would be to go get the translated transcript
of the entire show and use only the original, raw audio and video. In fact, this is how anime was mainly distrusted in the US, "back in the day", with a little translated booklet of time-coded dialogue. It makes your brain work just a skosh more; I actually know 3 different people who taught themselves (basic but completely workable) spoken Japanese this way. I think you'll enjoy it at least as an additional tool, if not your main method of learning the language.