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Post Reply Can you name an anime that is more popular overseas than in Japan?
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For example, Saint Seiya was BIG in Latin America!
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Part of me wants to say Sword Art online, but that's more of a gut feeling than something supported by facts.
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wasn't Big O more popular in america than it was in Japan?
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I think Space Dandy flopped in Japan but it was probably one of the biggest hits recently other than this AoT dub for FUNi and Toonami. Of course I may be getting things mixed up here and I am far too lazy right now to go looking up actual stats.
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Dang Saint Seiya is what I was going to go with.
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Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.
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Was also gonna go with Saint Seiya.

Maybe Shaman King, Captain Tsubasa, Bakugan, Blue Dragon, Beyblade, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Ultimate Muscle.
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I swore that Saint Seiya was big in Japan back in the late '80s. I begged and pleaded my parents for my gold cloth (scorpio) figure (the pieces were straight up metal, son...an absolutely inappropriate toy for an 8 year old with a newborn younger brother).

I'd go with Appleseed (along with other titles by Masamune Shirow that aren't Ghost in the Shell). I had a Gundam III artbook with me in junior high back in the early '90s, and a classmate asked me if it was Appleseed, and I put the dumb face on because I didn't understand how the biggest mecha franchise could be mistaken for a lesser known title.
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Kurodenki wrote:

Was also gonna go with Saint Seiya.

Maybe Shaman King, Captain Tsubasa, Bakugan, Blue Dragon, Beyblade, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Ultimate Muscle.


I think it's a matter of a delay (just like with JoJo). Captain Tsubasa, Saint Seiya, and Kinnikuman (Ultimate Muscle) were hits in the '80s in Japan. Much like Jojo poses, you'll see the kinniku-buster gag in other anime.
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Baccano! seems to have a lot more attention in the West compared to Japan, and for pretty obvious reasons too.
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There are a number of mecha anime that are crazy-popular in Latin America, but the biggest example that comes to mind there is Tobikage (or Robot Ninja, if one prefers) from back in the '80s.
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plaidypuss wrote:


Kurodenki wrote:

Was also gonna go with Saint Seiya.

Maybe Shaman King, Captain Tsubasa, Bakugan, Blue Dragon, Beyblade, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Ultimate Muscle.


I think it's a matter of a delay (just like with JoJo). Captain Tsubasa, Saint Seiya, and Kinnikuman (Ultimate Muscle) were hits in the '80s in Japan. Much like Jojo poses, you'll see the kinniku-buster gag in other anime.


Ah yes! I'd be lying if I said I never have.
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Gundam Wing was way more popular in America than in Japan because the hardcore Japanese fans were butthurt that the gundams were so overpowered than the ones from the other series
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dragontackle wrote:

Gundam Wing was way more popular in America than in Japan because the hardcore Japanese fans were butthurt that the gundams were so overpowered than the ones from the other series


Its the Episode 2 The Clone Wars of Gundam for a reason. Overpowered? More like product placement extravaganza.

Now butthurt over the bishounen chick bait? Sure. Butthurt over the horrible Char clone of a villian? Yea.

But the strength of the Gundams? That makes no sense. Hell, 80% of the original Gundam involves the high-tech namesake being so advanced the villians constantly(and justly) complain about losing to that kid. The ending half had that Gundam turn from new car to a rundown pile of junk barely scraping by.

Look, the direction of the UC Gundams are glorious, Wing and ita American fanboys, they are dissapoint.


Also, Trigun is so well liked in the west the new Badlands Rumble Teigun Movie was made only for American fans, and has no Japanese language track was dubbed.

Aaaand, FMA has an absurd overseas fanbase, not that japan is lack8ng.

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Felstalker wrote:

Also, Trigun is so well liked in the west the new Badlands Rumble Teigun Movie was made only for American fans, and has no Japanese language track was dubbed.

Odd, since on my Roku at this very moment I have the subtitled version pulled up on Funimation's Roku channel.

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