I know not everyone has watched anime or heard of J-pop before. I’m fairly certain you have seen various American cartoons ranging from Garfield, The Simpsons, Xmen, The Fantastic Four, or something newer like the Fairly Odd parents or Danny Phantom. The songs in the opening usually are the same through the show and so are the scenes that are shown with the opening credits.
Anime is different the opening songs and images change. Also, the songs are made with kaoraoke so that the viewer can sing along. Often the songs are made by popular Japanese singers like Tamaki Nami who sings Realize and Believe for the Gundam Seed franchise. The singers often make the song for the anime as with Snow for Jigoku Shojo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGaHuEF0ono&feature= related SNoW – sakasama no cho [jigoku shojo version].
Some anime has awesome music that sounds oddly similar to a western band. The music in the anime Trigun, for example, sounds a lot like Led Zeppelin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgGb817mPlQ trigun opening
American tried to have a popular pop band do a cartoon song once and guess what it was for? Anime. And guess who was the band? ‘Nsync. Unfortunately, the only song they decided to do for a cartoon was the Poke rap for Pokemon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G71enrqDI_o I’m not sure whether or not to think that’s sad. I mean at least pokemon was successful, but then so was ‘Nsync. Where are they now?
Apparently Americans aren’t for singing along with their cartoons. Maybe we just want something catchy enough to catch our attention instead of something to listen to in the car and sing along with. I for one have been known to watch anime just for the opening and ending songs which I have never done for an American cartoon. For cartoons I was definately watching them for the content, not the fluff.
And don’t worry if the quality of the songs for anime is better, because American’s popular songs go into movies so the quality is better there. Besides the music’s targeted to different audiences in America and Japan. Anime targets a wider range of age groups than Cartoons and therefore the music listening age groups demand good music. While in America the Cartoons are targeted to children who have not learned to care yet. Of course you can always dispute me.