Why are Voltron and Power Rangers more mainstream and popular in the West than Gundam and Evangelion?

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Posted 1/18/19 , edited 1/18/19
Note that when I say Power Rangers, I mostly refer to their Megazord, and not just the five rangers who pilot it.

But what I keep noticing is that Gundam and Evangelion don't have any mainstream appeal, and are both completely niche and unknown to everyone except the most hardcore otaku. But Voltron and Power Rangers are more mainstream and widespread, to the point that you wouldn't need to watch either series to have some passing familiarity with either Keith, Lance, Pidge, Hunk and Allura, or Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack, or Trini.

So why are Voltron and the Power Rangers with their Megazord more popular and widespread all across the West than Gundam or Evangelion?
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Because Voltron and Power Rangers were/are broadcast on Saturday morning television, a block that reached(es) a larges swath of kids and drives toy sales. Gundam never quite hit that stride on that time block, and Eva is definitely not for kids.
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qwueri wrote:

Because Voltron and Power Rangers were/are broadcast on Saturday morning television, a block that reached(es) a larges swath of kids and drives toy sales. Gundam never quite hit that stride on that time block, and Eva is definitely not for kids.


Most likely because Gundam Wing was the first Gundam series to premiere in the West on Toonami, and once the first Gundam series from 1979 arrived a year later, people were instantly turned off by its dated art and animation. Due to this decision to release Gundam '79 in America over two decades late after it premiered in Japan, most of America nowadays was turned off by Gundam, and continue to be turned off to this day even with the series being much more accessible on streaming services like CrunchyRoll and Hulu right now than previously on TV or DVD.

Plus, Gundam and Evangelion dealt with complex issues like war, politics, and moral ambiguity, so all of it would have went way over children's heads and put them off to those series. Voltron and Power Rangers, on the other hand, were aimed at children, and therefore told simpler, more accessible stories that did not deal with much of the exact same complex themes as Gundam and Evangelion.
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Commander_PonyShep wrote:
Most likely because Gundam Wing was the first Gundam series to premiere in the West on Toonami, and once the first Gundam series from 1979 arrived a year later, people were instantly turned off by its dated art and animation. Due to this decision to release Gundam '79 in America over two decades late after it premiered in Japan, most of America nowadays was turned off by Gundam, and continue to be turned off to this day even with the series being much more accessible on streaming services like CrunchyRoll and Hulu right now than previously on TV or DVD.

Plus, Gundam and Evangelion dealt with complex issues like war, politics, and moral ambiguity, so all of it would have went way over children's heads and put them off to those series. Voltron and Power Rangers, on the other hand, were aimed at children, and therefore told simpler, more accessible stories that did not deal with much of the exact same complex themes as Gundam and Evangelion.


If you thought you knew the answer why did you ask the question? Or was this thread suppose to be a quiz?


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Commander_PonyShep wrote:
Most likely because Gundam Wing was the first Gundam series to premiere in the West on Toonami, and once the first Gundam series from 1979 arrived a year later, people were instantly turned off by its dated art and animation. Due to this decision to release Gundam '79 in America over two decades late after it premiered in Japan, most of America nowadays was turned off by Gundam, and continue to be turned off to this day even with the series being much more accessible on streaming services like CrunchyRoll and Hulu right now than previously on TV or DVD.

Plus, Gundam and Evangelion dealt with complex issues like war, politics, and moral ambiguity, so all of it would have went way over children's heads and put them off to those series. Voltron and Power Rangers, on the other hand, were aimed at children, and therefore told simpler, more accessible stories that did not deal with much of the exact same complex themes as Gundam and Evangelion.


If you thought you knew the answer why did you ask the question? Or was this thread suppose to be a quiz?




Yeah, sorry if I asked the question if I already knew the answer.
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Posted 1/18/19 , edited 1/18/19
Personally i never liked power rangers, i always found the show boring.
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