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The New Kings of Anime
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For years, the top of the heap in Anime has been One Piece, Naruto and Bleach.

Bleach's run is done for the foreseeable future as an anime. (Which is great, since it should've finished with Aizen.) I can see Naruto coming to a close within the next 3-4 years. I don't know if One Piece will ever end. Not that I mind, I love it.

But, should all three kings fall, which animes do you think have the potential to rise up and be the next kings of anime should they go on extended runs? Do you see any future DBZs out there?

Personally, I would love to see Hunter X Hunter rise to that level, but as I understand it, the mangaka behind it is rather unreliable with releases. I also think Magi has some potential. I would also say Attack on Titan, but considering the gory nature of it, I'm not sure its kid-friendly enough. Plus, with the character kill rate, I can't see it being meant to last longer than 52 episodes.

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Probably something that hasn't come out yet, honestly.

I don't consider myself the most up to date on this sort of thing, but I haven't seen anything lately that looks like it could take that one of those spots.

You mentioned Hunter x Hunter, and I seem to remember that sometime last year (probably during the Greed Island arc) it was doing really well in the ratings; better than One Piece at times. But, the source material is...still limited and the nickname Hunter x Hiatus didn't come from nowhere.

it could also be that the age of long running shows dominating for long stretches of time is coming to a close and that we will continue to move into a fragmented age of anime. It takes a lot of money and resources for studios to commit to a long-running show and studios are already stingy enough committing to new shows for more than a season. If OP, Naruto or Bleach were just now starting up, rather than being previously established franchises, they'd probably have just as much trouble as other new shows in finding funding or support from studios.
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Whatever they are, they are going to be based on a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. That's where most of the big name long running manga appear in, after all.
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In Japan, One Piece and Naruto are very popular, but Bleach honestly isn't very popular in Japan. That's why the anime was axed because it lost popularity, but for Naruto and OP, they made a spin off show for Naruto and One Piece is bigger than Jesus over there
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iblessall wrote:

it could also be that the age of long running shows dominating for long stretches of time is coming to a close and that we will continue to move into a fragmented age of anime. It takes a lot of money and resources for studios to commit to a long-running show and studios are already stingy enough committing to new shows for more than a season. If OP, Naruto or Bleach were just now starting up, rather than being previously established franchises, they'd probably have just as much trouble as other new shows in finding funding or support from studios.


You could be right about that. I think there are so many more animes being created in today's age, that the fight for fans doesn't allow it to be so easy to rise above the fray and establish yourself as a dominant long running series, as well. Still, there's always someone at the top of the heap. I think no matter how few long-runners there may be going forward, there will always be someone at the top. If only HxH was more reliable. It's clearly the best of the group. My personal favorite.
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I haven't seen any current manga that I would consider to be a successful long running series like the Big Three (or at least One Piece and Naruto were) that would then be adapted into a successful anime.

Like previously mentioned, HxH is probably the closest one to having that kind of popularity (it might even be at that point).
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does there really NEED to be a "kings of shonen" (I refuse to call them kings of anime), a big 3, or whatever?
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supasoggyrolle wrote:
I would also say Attack on Titan, but considering the gory nature of it, I'm not sure its kid-friendly enough. Plus, with the character kill rate, I can't see it being meant to last longer than 52 episodes.



From what I've read the manga is planned to end after 20 volumes (80 chapters). Right now they've covered the first 33. So it will hopefully end up with nice solid 65-75 episodes. Of course that will take at least five years since the manga won't wrap up for 3 years or so.

But I wouldn't put AoT in a similar classification as these other shows. I'm just hoping for another mid-size epic like FMA:B.
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buldieb wrote:


supasoggyrolle wrote:
I would also say Attack on Titan, but considering the gory nature of it, I'm not sure its kid-friendly enough. Plus, with the character kill rate, I can't see it being meant to last longer than 52 episodes.



From what I've read the manga is planned to end after 20 volumes (80 chapters). Right now they've covered the first 33. So it will hopefully end up with nice solid 65-75 episodes. Of course that will take at least five years since the manga won't wrap up for 3 years or so.

But I wouldn't put AoT in a similar classification as these other shows. I'm just hoping for another mid-size epic like FMA:B.

It was dragged out so long though. If the chapters are comparable they could easily do 46 in a season.
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supasoggyrolle wrote:

I also think Magi has some potential. I would also say Attack on Titan, but considering the gory nature of it, I'm not sure its kid-friendly enough. Plus, with the character kill rate, I can't see it being meant to last longer than 52 episodes.



You're asking for the impossible. Shows with high production values aren't going to be good outside of a limited run.

If you watch Naruto or Bleach, you'll see that the episodes are made very cheaply. Usually a blending is used between key actions, the Ken Burns effect is used instead of action, backgrounds are changed to a flashing color if the character was too close to the screen when performing an action, scenes are reused, flashbacks are abundant, etc etc.

But, is the pre-requisite that the anime be released on a weekly basis like clockwork?

What prevents Gundam or Pretty Cure from being one of the "big three?" The lack of an endless plot with no real conclusion? In that case, what's the trouble with Detective Conan, Pokemon, Digimon, Doraemon, Sazae-san, etc?

Soon Jojo's Bizarre Adventure will probably be going through all of the 8 manga arcs (at an irregular pace, but still), and is Hunter X Hunter not long enough to be considered ''a long shonen action show"?
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aidenraine wrote:

does there really NEED to be a "kings of shonen" (I refuse to call them kings of anime), a big 3, or whatever?



Then what???
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Insomnist wrote:

It was dragged out so long though. If the chapters are comparable they could easily do 46 in a season.


Yeah, I agree with you there. But since they started so long before the end of the manga I can't imagine they'll put off a new season for long enough to let all the chapters stack up. They've put themselves in the position where they have to either drag out the manga or just stop the anime for a few years.

My not-very-knowledgeable prediction is 25 episodes in 2015 and another 13 or 25 in 2017.

Disclaimer: these comments are a mixture of Wikipedian data and me talking out of my ass.
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aidenraine wrote:

does there really NEED to be a "kings of shonen" (I refuse to call them kings of anime), a big 3, or whatever?



Then what???


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I don't see how we'll stop seeing long runners. They are still very popular. And there's still like 10 other family oriented longrunners that are still going in Japan and get better ratings than the big 3.

Hunter x Hunter probably wont' go anywhere because of Togashi. Toriko is a long running anime that I don't see ending anytime soon. Bleach will most likely be back near the end of the manga. Naruto probably has a year or two of the manga left, then the anime still has like a year over that. One Piece most likely has about 10 years until the manga ends. Fairy Tail is coming back(I've heard the manga still has at least 4 arcs left). I've also heard of the manga, Nanatsu no Taizai, who knows when it will get an adaptation.
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If I had to predict the new Big 3 they would be:
1.One piece, even though this anime just got out of one of its bad arcs, trust me when I say, its only going to get better.
2.HxH, this anime is amazing right now, but I really hope the manga gets out of hiatus so the anime doesn't end.
3. Attack on Titan - Even without being child friendly, this anime is popular worldwide, and its amazing, and justifiable towards the manga.
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