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The New Kings of Anime
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Posted 1/26/14

HauAreWe wrote:


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"?


That is because Detective Conan, Sazae-san and the others are largely episodic, while the big 3 generally continue with a main plot. Do not confuse a long story for one without "plot". Not every story is meant to be short just like not every story can be long. It is obvious the big 3 are going to have a conclusion, but of course many remain ignorant of that.

HxH is one of my faves also, but it does border on being pretty episodic when it comes to the arcs as well, and of course Togashi's infamous hiatuses (I do hope he finishes it though).
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Fairy Tail

I already consider it one of the big 4 tbh.
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I loved when every week I watched the latest episode of those three. Now, I just watch One Piece. Naruto... hmm... I am wondering If I gotta retake that one. For me, One Piece is the king now and the next years.
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Personally, I'm waiting for the two out of the shonen Big Three (Naruto and Bleach) to end so I can get on with my life. Just... wrap it up already, dammit! (I don't follow One Piece, it feels too episodic and lighthearted for my taste.)

As to what could replace them? No clue, since there's no longer an English print publication of Shonen Jump for me to stay informed with. Though I don't particularly care for any of them, Fairy Tail and Hunter x Hunter are still ongoing manga with epic narratives, and Attack on Titan is insanely popular but already seems to have its ending planned out (plus there was a lot of dragging-out in the first season, so they'll probably be cautious not to repeat the mistake - either via filler or just waiting for more material).
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The Big 3 were given their title because they are gateway anime that got most people of my generation into anime in the first place. So unless Cartoon Network realizes that their shows are no good anymore and decides to run some anime again, there won't be a rebirth of the Big 3, no matter how good they are.
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I don't expect attack on titan to last very long either, but it will definitely leave its mark in anime history. Reason i think it will be counted among the big ones is the fact that even non-anime fans seem to know about AOT. Same thing with bleach,naruto and one piece.
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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?


No! Their does NOT!

Jeez-us. I havn't seen hide nor hair of that old "big 3" since my first Anime Convention back in 07!

Which I was longer ago than I care to admit!

I actually saw 3 of every Bleach Character in cosplay there, as well as enough 13 Year old Naruto kids to replicate the first Naruto episode.

I mean, it was cool back then, but now? We've moved on! It's all Kirito's and Eren's now.
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Isn't the Big Three a term the West often categorize? Anyways, Hunter x Hunter would be a candidate although the show might end soon. Fairy Tail is returning soon too soo...
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stark700 wrote:

Isn't the Big Three a term the West often categorize?


I thought it was just a misconception derived from people of forums.

could be world-wide, I literally have no idea, but I agree with aidenraine that there should be no "kings/big three" and we should just watch more anime.
Posted 1/26/14 , edited 1/26/14
Once the new Sailor Moon anime comes out....That'll be the new King (or Queen?) of anime. I'm certain about it.



After all, the original series is still universally popular after all these years, and the manga has just been reprinted in many places, so it is very well known even outside the anime world.

Personally, I love the first part of Naruto before the time skip. For me, it just became too much after the time skip - too political for one, and I felt the story got so complex it became sloppy.

As for Attack on Titan...This anime is like a Summer Blockbuster. Its popular because it has noise and action, adventure and fantasy. It's just not that great nor memorable if you look beyond that. One its season is over, it will not be a classic.
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No one wants ridiculously-long fighting shounen series anymore, really. The popular shounen now have a more condensed plot and use fancy weapons, not fight with fists. Think Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online. Hunter x Hunter is one of the remaining old guards, as it were, but with the manga's unpredictable hiatuses, it'll never be a huge breakout hit.

So, no more "Big Three". No more "Kings". Hopefully, this will lead to some more unique shows gaining popularity. Thank god!
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puellapeanut wrote:

Personally, I love the first part of Naruto before the time skip. For me, it just became too much after the time skip - too political for one, and I felt the story got so complex it became sloppy.


I'll actually half agree with this. in retrospect, I enjoyed Naruto up until the end of the Chunin exam arc. after that, it went downhill. Shippouden, I tried watching, but I just found incredibly boring. everything was drawn out. I dropped it sometime around the 20 episode mark.
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I personally think there won't be another big trio like OP, Naruto and Bleach. Rather, I think there will be an annual king instead, 2012's was SAO, 2013 was AOT and I'm calling Akame ga Kill to be 2014's king (though that may just be my bias for the manga)
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It's too early to say. They'd have to be manga with easily 200+ chapters and filler too. They'd also have to be popular outside japan too. Would be top 5 if that were true with detective conan, haruhi or fma.

It tends to be more dual kings/queens in a year. 1st half and 2nd half, which tend to be 1 off series or latter seasons planned based off popularity rather than continuing with the whole story.

It's likely we won't be seeing anything like dbz or the current big 3 for years if ever again. It comes down to companies wanting to back it, fans wanting to sit through hundreds of eps and how long the source material is.

AOT will probably only get 1 more season, if the mangaka is right about being half way with the current eps animated. Thus I believe top returning shows will be determined by which ones are popular along with how much source material the mangaka plans to create.

Thus we'll end up having a classic anime each year with the 2nd each year being someones fan fav underdog. Thus we'll have anime as the best of each decade with 1 for each year and 1 each year as the runner up.
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