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Can you name an anime that is more popular overseas than in Japan?
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Posted 5/14/14

jordancharacter wrote:

Part of me wants to say Sword Art online, but that's more of a gut feeling than something supported by facts.


SAO is one of the highest selling Light Novel series in Japan. :/

Anyway, this list is not too hard.

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Cowboy Bebop
Baccano!
Space Dandy
and many other Western Influenced series.
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Hmm, heard it was a commercial flop in Japan and yet I only ever hear praise about it when discussed by Westerners. Got any numbers?

Number one. Number two. Those are the only numbers I know. Number five.

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Don't play coy with me. I know you've got them, Mr. Bathroom.

It was basically shitty marketing tactics (wasting money on over advertising in a ridiculous fashion) and selling 2 episode disks (each like $90-100 bucks, and the comedy was for a niche market. That is why it didn't do well in Japan. But, that doesn't mean it did well in Western countries either. Some jokes are hard to get, and it has a slow start. But this is easily found in google anyways. I don't think they even sell Dvds/BDs in america. Isn't Crunchy the only one that licensed it?
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Renegatz wrote:
Don't play coy with me. I know you've got them, Mr. Bathroom.

It was basically shitty marketing tactics (wasting money on over advertising in a ridiculous fashion) and selling 2 episode disks (each like $90-100 bucks, and the comedy was for a niche market. That is why it didn't do well in Japan. But, that doesn't mean it did well in Western countries either. Some jokes are hard to get, and it has a slow start. But this is easily found in google anyways. I don't think they even sell Dvds/BDs in america. Isn't Crunchy the only one that licensed it?

Yeah, I was just saying it didn't do well, but I can't know if in Japan there is a larger cult following to it behind the stats, like there is here. I see those reasons around a lot too, but another one you didn't bring up is the whole thing about moeblob and whether Japanese otakus rejected Nichijou because it didn't fulfil their baser requirements enough.
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As much as it could have*?
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Renegatz wrote:


bathroom64 wrote:


Renegatz wrote:
Don't play coy with me. I know you've got them, Mr. Bathroom.

It was basically shitty marketing tactics (wasting money on over advertising in a ridiculous fashion) and selling 2 episode disks (each like $90-100 bucks, and the comedy was for a niche market. That is why it didn't do well in Japan. But, that doesn't mean it did well in Western countries either. Some jokes are hard to get, and it has a slow start. But this is easily found in google anyways. I don't think they even sell Dvds/BDs in america. Isn't Crunchy the only one that licensed it?

Yeah, I was just saying it didn't do well, but I can't know if in Japan there is a larger cult following to it behind the stats, like there is here. I see those reasons around a lot too, but another one you didn't bring up is the whole thing about moeblob and whether Japanese otakus rejected Nichijou because it didn't fulfil their baser requirements enough.


I think the best way to look at it is that the series had a small enough amount of interest in the U.S. that no anime company in this country thought it would sell the meager number of copies it would take to recoup the costs of licensing a show that wasn't very popular in Japan to begin with. We're talking a couple thousand copies, and even Section 23/Sentai didn't think it would pull it off. So, I'd say it was hardly popular in the U.S., either.

As to whether it was more popular in the U.S. when compared to Japan...I doubt it, but maybe? I definitely wouldn't say it was significantly more popular, though.
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I think Bleach is. Despite it's bad plots and HORRIBLE fillers the action in it was pretty great and a lot of west fans love it (myself included. Especially in English hearing Johnny shouting Bankai! Cue the Japanese purist attackers) but yes I think Bleach was popular,but Japanese didn't love it or didn't want to continue it anymore
Posted 5/14/14

Orga777 wrote:


jordancharacter wrote:

Part of me wants to say Sword Art online, but that's more of a gut feeling than something supported by facts.


SAO is one of the highest selling Light Novel series in Japan. :/

Anyway, this list is not too hard.

Big-O
Cowboy Bebop
Baccano!
Space Dandy
and many other Western Influenced series.


Space Dandy without a doubt, but Cowboy Bebop was very popular in Japan too.
Baccano! isn't really that popular out west, so dunno about that one, and i'm not sure on Big-O.

I'd say Princess Jellyfish, Kids on the Slope, and Samurai Champloo.
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cowboy bepob, Outlaw star, Trigun... I say Kill la Kill as a pretty strong following over in the west too..


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I would say Space Dandy, Bleach, and Samurai Champloo. I also think Naruto was once very popular in the west when it was on the Disney channel (or was it Cartoon Network?) I guess Dragonball Z might be one but I think that was just hugely popular in both markets.
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As someone living in Japan, lemme give this a shot. Here's a list of anime that flopped in Japan but surprisingly became more successful in the West:

- Cowboy Bebop (This is definitely first on my list. This show flopped here in Japan, but is worshiped like a god in the US)
- Outlaw Star (Long forgotten)
- Trigun (Long forgotten. Recent movie was only made to please its western fans)
- Kids on the Slope (Tanked)
- Space Dandy (Tanked)
- Baccano (Long forgotten)
- Vision of Escaflowne (As much as I love this show, a majority of this show's popularity came outside of Japan)
- Deadman Wonderland (Tanked)
- Samurai Champloo (Obscure here in Japan, but is also worshiped in the US like Bebop)

That's pretty much all I can think of for now. As for Big-O, I wouldn't be so sure about that since that robot DID appear in various Super Robot Wars games. Escaflowne, on the other hand, only appeared in one, and it was a SRW game for the Game Boy Color, I think...
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Wasn't Deadman Wonderland popular over here but flopped in Japan?
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Space Dandy
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DethAssass1n wrote:

I would say Space Dandy, Bleach, and Samurai Champloo. I also think Naruto was once very popular in the west when it was on the Disney channel (or was it Cartoon Network?) I guess Dragonball Z might be one but I think that was just hugely popular in both markets.


It was Cartoon Network. But good lord that song was horrible
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