The artwork for the first two editions was always supposed to be anime-inspired, and because it was it helped to propel Exalted out of the D&D fantasy mire into the success that it is. You'll note that the "sexism quotient" of the art drifted as the editions ran on. We only maintained the WoD connection at the beginning and by second edition it was pretty much never mentioned again. AND Exalted 3rd Edition pretty much leaves all of the things you mention with the previous editions. There are still anime-inspired pieces, but they are mixed throughout in much more of an internationally flavored concept art overall look.