People are sensitive so I know this answer will hurt a lot of people’s feelings. But I don’t care.
After all – the
And you’ll see these shows have had the biggest impact on the industry more than anything else, as of 2019.
Let’s get to it.
Anime Shows That Changed The Industry:
Dragon Ball Z
Say what you want about DBZ. Claim it’s this, it’s that or whatever it is people say.
But the reality is
ALL your favorite Shounen series were inspired by
That’s just facts.
Not to mention
Have you ever heard of an
That describes Death Note for me (not watched yet). But besides that, the influence this
You’d have to be stupid to even debate how important this series is to the
Even in 2018!
Netflix wouldn’t have been so interested in
And on sites like MAL –
Sword Art Online
You might hate it. You might love it.
You might be a sheep like a lot of
But in the end it doesn’t matter.
There’s no comparable
There’s a reason SAO dominated DVD sales back in 2017 (one example).
Not to mention
The series is putting a LOT of
And to be honest… I don’t either. Meaning I haven’t watched it. There aren’t many
But being in the industry myself I know about the history, and which animes were critical in creating the industry as we know it.
Akira is one of those
5. Love Live School Idol Project
That’s right – this cutesy, funny, energetic and fun series has changed the industry in a pretty big way.
The anime is the definition of idol culture (a culture prominent in Japan). And since its release, its made “Idol” culture cool outside of Japan for those who’ve watched Love Live.
And even in 2019 – Love Live is still going strong with its “alternative” series: Love Live Sunshine.
6. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sure there are shows like Gundam and what not, but come on. That has nothing on Neon Genesis.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is the
Even in 2019!
7. Steins Gate
Look – I don’t like this series. I’m not a fan in the slightest, and you’ll never hear me recommend it.
But that doesn’t mean I’m immature enough to ignore how important Steins Gate is to the industry.
There’s almost no
That being said,
In fact Naruto even sells more than
9. Code Geass
Code Geass changed the
But beyond that – Code Geass made Mecha a “cool” genre. Because of how good the overall series is.
It was the “first” Mecha I’d ever watched. The strategy, tactics, clever plot and challenging story is a masterpiece.
Before watching Code Geass I wasn’t even interested in the Mecha genre at all. Which says a lot.
Many fans will tell you the same.
10. Full Metal Panic
I’d call this “Code Geass’s little brother” in the sense that it’s managed to keep Mecha alive as a genre, but it’s impact isn’t as “big” as Code Geass.
Think about it. In 2019 can you think of a NEW Mecha series worth speaking about, apart from FMP?
Forget about darling in the trash. That was a failure and a waste of potential.
FMP has been running consistently for years now, without slowing down. So the credit is well deserved.
I told you this answer would hurt some feelings, remember? Put your feelings aside and don’t fight the truth.
The manga itself is one of the best-selling of all time. And the franchise as a whole continues to rise up the ranks and fuel the industry’s growth.
My Hero Academia
Because of the over production of content in the 21st century, LESS
But still – there are just too many
And yet –
It hit 13 million sales earlier in 2018.
I can only imagine how many “non” fans have become
I know I know – these types of
One Piece is on another level in the
For example – It’s the #1 selling
It’s also one of the only
Puella Magi Madoka Magica – at first sight this
And that’s in spite of it looking good. But the route the
It’s the reason why so many copy cats (or “similar” attempts) have been made in the magical girl genre.
That’s why it’s as influential to the magical girl genre as
Kill La Kill
It’s funny because when I first came across
For that reason –
And of course – its success is undeniable.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a big fan of the Pokemon TV series. I’ve watched it but it’s not that great.
But that didn’t stop the
Along with shows like
Especially on a worldwide scale.
The franchise itself is one of the biggest on the PLANET.
There’s hardly an
It’s THAT big.
17. One Punch Man
One Punch Man is another
It takes the mickey (as we say in the UK) out of Shounen series, and flips it on its head… making it into something we’ve never seen before.
It’s constantly ranking HIGH in the charts, despite only having ONE season to top it off.
I mean what
You know I had to mention it sooner or later.
Bleach is one of the “later” Shounen series to have dominated the industry, and attract a mass of fans worldwide.
Even though the
It’s not the highest rated Shounen (like
Success doesn’t lie.
19. Magic Knight Rayearth
You might not believe it if you’re a “teenage”
It’s one of the most original
Even in 2019 the
There’s almost no comparison for how well FMA tells its story, pulls you into the world of alchemy, and highlights the dangers of doing things that “sound too good to be true”.
And the philosophical life lessons you can take from
The term “Moe” and “
K-On is the queen of this genre of
Before K-On – there isn’t anything comparable for its new, fresh and modern style of animation.
It’s a trend-setter in the slice of life arena that many shows today have clearly taken inspiration from.
22. Food Wars
No matter how you look at it – there’s no
it’s the only show that focuses on food battles, chefs, and approaches it with a “Shounen” style with memorable characters that stand out.
This is one of J.C Staff’s BEST
Gintama is the definition of “comedy” in the
You can’t know about comedy
That’s true even if you haven’t watched it like me.
Even though it might be a parody that takes advantage of tropes and cliches in other shows… It’s originality and charm can’t be argued with.
And that’s in spite of the series running for well over a DECADE by now.
24. Kono Subarashii
This is another comedy/parody series I’ve yet to watch. But even I know what the characters names are, and have seen short clips of it.
Opinions aside – Kono Subarashii is the only
The success of this franchise continues to grow, even though it’s a relatively new series. Released back in 2016.
25. Attack On Titan
I don’t like this series that much, but I’m no fool. Attack On Titan is an unstoppable series that ain’t going nowhere.
I might be pushing it but even I’d say it’s a legendary series in its own right. Especially for
- Ghost In The Shell.
- Studio Ghibli
- Yu Yu Hakusho.
- Violet Evergarden.
- Black Lagoon.
- Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa).
- Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
- Tokyo Ghoul.
Sailor Moon. Slayers.
If you think some