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Post Reply Do you think that Hunter X Hunter's fan base should be bigger?
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Posted 1/19/14
OK, i really want their fan-base to be bigger because in my opinion its a really good anime. Im not saying that because its my main anime.Oh and can you tell me why you think their fan-base is not as big?

I personally think their fan-base is not as big because the storyline and the picture may not seem so appealing but if you watch the anime you will probably like it.
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14
It's due to marketing, timing, frequent hiatuses for the source material, and a previous anime adaptation that was mediocre.

Honestly I like it a lot more than Bleach or One Piece. I think it's one of the best long form shonen series out there, and I'd expect no less from the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho. But that's just the way it is. It could pick up a lot more in the west if/when it gets a dub. But we'll see.

Posted 1/19/14
Yes. Hunter X hunter 2011 is one of the greatest animes imo
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I agree with you balzack the creator of yu yu hakusho did an excellent job with it ,but in the south its no as popular and well-known as the anime that are known as main stream .Balzack i have a question would you consider hunter x hunter main stream?
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14
It's fairly successful in Japan which is the place that counts the most. So I would say it's fairly mainstream.

The reason for it not being a mainstream series in the west is because anime distribution here has changed a lot in recent years. People watch things more with VOD or online than tuning into a channel like Toonami to get their anime fixes. And physical discs aren't as important anymore either which has hurt the distributors here who lacked the foresight to adapt their business models for the 21st century.

Basically we're in a period of flux here at the moment, and due to that a title like HxH can be airing in Japan right now yet attract almost no notice from Western anime fans. Things will likely improve in time though.
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Posted 1/19/14
Eh, it always seemed overrated to me anyways. Even if done as a deconstruction or parody, shonen tropes are really, really tired. and I think a lot of fans are just into it because of the weird release schedule.
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14
The fan base is getting larger already with the return this year.

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What do you mean by the story is not appealing though? Care to elaborate on that?
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Posted 1/19/14
i like the storyline , but when i put this thread out a long time ago lots of people said that the storyline was bland and unappealing. i love hunter x hunter cant wait for the new episode to come out im not bashing it
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Posted 1/19/14

antons156 wrote:

i like the storyline , but when i put this thread out a long time ago lots of people said that the storyline was bland and unappealing. i love hunter x hunter cant wait for the new episode to come out im not bashing it


I don't remember when you did that unless I wasn't there at the time.

I guess that's probably when the series first started airing again with its remake and people who were new to the franchise weren't used to the style.
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Posted 1/19/14
I thought HxH had a really big fanbase. At least the manga does. Maybe not as much as Naruto or One Piece but still pretty big.
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Posted 1/19/14
idk if were their or not but i did start a thread about it
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14
It's very popular in Japan, at least the manga. I believe it's in the top ten highest selling manga of all time.

For the anime, the popularity at least online has been growing very fast since about the Yorkshin arc in the anime. I don't expect it to get very popular mainstream in the west as I can't see anyone licensing the series and putting it on TV because it does get pretty graphic and it's long.
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Posted 1/19/14
I think it deserves to have a bigger fanbase. I may not like the series as much as Naruto or Bleach, but it's definitely a great Shonen series and it deserves much more love. I think the fanbase could grow once a dub is released, but it's unknown who has the rights to it.
Posted 1/19/14
personally think the lack of sexual fanservice and major babe drought affect the popularity of this anime.

but for me, that's what makes this anime a masterpiece and standout from other shounen adventure titles... it doesn't have random sexual jokes inserted or big breasted female characters running around everywhere tripping on their feet like crazy.


Plus this anime starts out as a fluffy-pokemon-like kind of feel in its first few episodes so that might be the reason why older people might not get attached to it easily--it seemed like a kiddie anime at first.

It doesn't get dark until much later in the series when the Pirate Crew start showing up.
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Posted 1/19/14

antons156 wrote:

idk if were their or not but i did start a thread about it


OK. Well then, in answer to your question: Yes. I think it should have a bigger fanbase. It's creative and consistently entertaining.

I think maybe the fact that the protagonists are little kids but there's graphic violence and sexually suggestive scenarios makes it kind of a cultural hot potato for would-be promoters in the West. YKWIM?
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