Hey faithful!!! I got a real good topical journal for you guys & gals today!!
We got a lot of good anime today. We got to give props & respect to the ones who started it all, like Astro Boy, Gigantor, & Cowboy Bebop, but only 4 really stands out of us otakus. Dragonball Z, Bleach, Naruto, & One Piece. We all know how great those 4 are & how they grew very passionate fanbases. You could also put the Gundam series & YuYu Hakusho in there as well. There is one question that needs to be ask. Can other anime reach that same pinnacle of success?
Dragonball Z is of course the Hulk Hogan of anime. The intense action & storytelling gave us an
adrenaline rush & make us want more. Bleach, Naruto, & One Piece was the next generation of anime. Mixing action with hilarious comedy & realistic drama. Every anime fan had arguments on which show & characters were better, buying their merchandise, & started taking sides.
Today, we got so many new animes now, but still haven't broken the glass ceiling yet to join, if not surpass the Big 4. Toonami's cancellation back in 2007 really hurt the anime industry. Only [adult swim] played more mature animes, but couldn't reach the same success. The internet was basically the only way to watch new shows on a daily basic. We got introduce to shows like Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, Gunslinger Girl, D.Grey Man, Black Lagoon, Blue Exocist, Black Butler, Gun X Sword and many more. Could those shows been more popular if they aired on a popular mainstream TV network?
When Toonami came back, it felt like the anime community was rejuvenated. Those shows could still have a chance to surpass the Big 4. Today, there are some amazing new animes now, like Kill La Kill, Black Rock Shooter, Hunter X Hunter, Michiko & Hatchin, & Space Dandy. The one show that could make the Big 4 into the Big 5 is Attack on Titan. This new generation is hell bent to carry the anime industry to incredible heights. Lets face it. Bleach, Naruto, & One Piece can't stay on top forever. Can any of the new animes make DBZ a distant memory?
What do u guys think? Are there any shows u think can reach & surpass the success of Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, & DBZ? If so, leave your comments down below. I would love to hear your thoughts!
As always, this journal ends where the last one left off.
Stay Reckless & FTW.