There are a lot of western movies that are based from anime, such as Dragonball Evolution, Tekken, Blood the Last Vampire (based on Blood+), and Street Fighter. The Matrix movie is also strongly influenced by Ghost in the Shell and the action scenes were drew upon their admiration for Ninja Scroll and Akira.

So my question is, was there an anime produced based on a western movie or series (not on western literature or novel, so movies that are based on novel are excluded) ?

  • Not movies, but both Powerpuff Girls and Transformers have anime spin offs. Mar 7, 2013 at 19:34
  • The two Little Witch Academia productions from Trigger are quite blatantly inspired by Harry Potter; despite Harry Potter being a novel series, I think it deserves a mention. Jul 7, 2015 at 20:41

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Off the top of my head, there's Highlander: The Search for Vengeance. It was produced by Madhouse and written by David Abramowitz, who worked on the Highlander TV series. Obviously, it's based on the Highlander movie and TV series in the west.

  • Another interesting example (though not quite what OP was looking for) is Heroman, written by Stan Lee and animated by Bones.
    – anonymous
    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:43

I am not sure if you comics are counted as Literature or not, but there are anime adaptations of several marvel comics like X Men, Iron Man, Wolverine

Similarly TMNT also was adapted into anime/OVA named Mutant Ninja Turtles: Superman Legend

Also the Video Game Dragon Age was adapted into an anime movie called Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker

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