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Post Reply Would you say Dragon Ball is the most recognizable anime/manga worldwide?
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
I got the idea for this thread after reading a super famous Brazilian voice actor Wendel Bezerra (voice of Goku, which he is mostly popular for) talking about how much the series had influenced him:

https://www.reddit.com/r/dbz/comments/6g3wpp/the_brazilian_voice_actor_tells_how_dubbing_goku/


Anyways, I always had a feeling it's really well known to the general public... I mean, it's been a household name for years. Just about everyone I've met knows about Dragon Ball... even my parents know about it (although only through DBZ) and they don't watch anime at all. It's like one of the only anime you can watch without being considered a nerd. I even heard stories about people subscribing to Crunchyroll just to watch Dragon Ball Super.

The only other contender I can think of for this title is Pokemon but it's mostly known through the video games. The only time I imagine the Pokemon anime being more popular is during the whole Pokemon fad and the anime was at the Sinnoh arc where it was highly popular in it's own rights while the Dragon Ball has been going strong all through the years (even if it did decline a bit during the mid and late 2000's).

Sailor Moon was also huge back in the day as it was one of the frontrunners in popularizing anime in the west but it's popularity died off after 2000 and it's only seen a re-emerging in popularity during the last few years.

Now do you think Dragon Ball is the most recognizable anime/manga and if not... what is?
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/15/17
Sadly, I would say it probably is. The only thing I can think of that may currently be close is perhaps Naruto.
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
I'm pretty sure Pokemon counts. Even if people only play the game, they can recognize the anime instantly.
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Posted 6/11/17
There is also Pokemon, sort of. Most people are aware of the franchise in general, but I agree that DBZ takes the cake from what I can think up.
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Posted 6/11/17

PhantomGundam wrote:

I'm pretty sure Pokemon counts. Even if people only play the game, they can recognize the anime instantly.


I am talking about the existence of it having an anime for the most part.
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
Speed Racer might have it beat.
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Posted 6/12/17
Not only you got DBZ, but I'm pretty sure most around the world, regardless of whether they're fans or not, would recognize Pokemon and Naruto. Also, even though there's a small audience here for it, One Piece is super popular in other countries not Japan.

Also, they might recongize Bleach.
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Posted 6/12/17 , edited 6/12/17
As a character I'm pretty sure Pikachu is one of the most recognizable characters in the world. So In association I would go with Pokemon. But then some may just associate him with the game and not know it's an anime.

DBZ is up there but I would say most of the 40+ crowd have no idea what a Goku is, but you show them a Pikachu and they'll be like "Oh yeah, it that Pokey Man guy. My son/grandson is/was into that." It's just been relevant for so long.

Without even doing a survey I would say 95% of my cowworkers know about Pokemon. I'd be surprised if 50% could call out Dragon Ball by name.
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Posted 6/12/17
Pokemon will probably have it beat by a long way but Dragonball is very much up there it's been popular in pretty much every country it was broadcast in.
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Posted 6/12/17
If Bandai hadn't F'd up majorly back in the 80's and 90's, it would probably have been Gundam.

DBZ is everywhere, but so is Pokemon. and Pokemon has a much wider audience is appeals to.
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Pokemon
Dragon Ball Z
Sailor Moon
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Posted 6/12/17 , edited 6/15/17
cory in the house maybe, but dragon ball nope
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Posted 6/12/17
probably pokemon because pikachu.
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Posted 6/14/17
In some levels, yes.
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Posted 6/14/17 , edited 6/14/17
Pokemon. Easily. Even if they only recognise it by some other aspect of the franchise, like cards, or the games, I'm still counting it.
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