inception and paprika
Inception may have owed some of the dream shifting and hopping to the Satoshi Kon anime, Paprika

In the following years, anime awareness grew in the US as more properties made their way over from Japan. The influences of anime and its style began to permeate into the consciousness of several film-makers.

Giant robots Getter and pacific rim
It’s pretty obvious that Pacific Rim’s Jaegers were inspired by most of the giant mecha tropes like Getter Robo

Quentin Tarantino infused anime into his epic Kill Bill Vol 1. Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010) may owe some of its dream hopping and shifting worlds to Satoshi Kon’s Paprika (2006). 2013’s Pacific Rims Jaegers obviously homage the numerous giant robots and mechas of anime.

The biggest influence was primarily seen in The Matrix (1999), directed by The Wachowskis. The Matrix and its sequels relied on numerous influences with many scenes appearing as if they could have been lifted directly from anime. The anime influences even extended to a direct to video project, The Animatrix. The Wachowskis would then revel in their complete live-action anime feature, Speed Racer (2008).