Bleach, no matter WHAT you wanna say is a successful anime series. Comparable the big 3 of Shounen genre (DBZ, One Piece).
And then there’s Naruto. An anime that’s been so successful it’s impossible to NOT know of it.
But unlike DBZ and One Piece, Naruto and Bleach have come to an end. With no more seasons being released for either franchise.
That means they’re bound to get replaced (and already have).
Let’s talk about that.
The ONLY 3 anime that will replace Naruto and Bleach:
1. One Punch Man
I’ll be straightforward: One Punch Man isn’t even one of my favorite series.
I enjoyed the fresh take on “Shounen” or more accurately: the parody approach that makes fun of Shounen tropes. But I enjoyed DBZ and Bleach better.
Still, success doesn’t lie.
I’m not foolish enough to ignore how successful the One Punch Man franchise is.
Think about it.
- One Punch Man has ONLY released one season, which released back in 2015.
- And yet – it’s just as big as Naruto, and even bigger than Bleach (by modern-day standards).
Funny fact: I was talking to multiple shop owners over the past few weeks about anime, and they didn’t recognize Naruto. But they KNEW about One Punch Man.
Here’s what Wikipedia says:
“The series was one of ten nominated for the seventh annual Manga Taishō Awards in 2014. As of July 2017, the manga had 13 million copies in print. As of April 4, 2018, the manga had 15 million copies in print.”
And then Wikipedia says:
“Once released in the United States, both the first and second volumes debuted on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list, at first and second place, respectively, and stayed there for two weeks.”
Tell me of a Shounen series (besides “maybe” Fairy Tail) that’s managed to pull that off… with one anime season, and a few Manga.
One Punch Man is killing it, courtesy of Madhouse.
Assuming they don’t mess up the 2nd season of One Punch Man, which won’t be handled by Madhouse, One Punch Man has the potential to replace Naruto and Bleach with ease.
But that’s only if the series continues to be “on-going” like DBZ or One Piece.
Otherwise it’ll end up like Naruto and Bleach, with no more seasons. Leading to its eventual decline over the years.
2. My Hero Academia
This anime, since 2016, has continued to prove itself. Year after year, season after season.
That’s why it deserves to be one of the biggest Shounen of the 21st century.
If you’ve watched My Hero Academia, then you already know it can easily replace Bleach and Naruto.
Because it IS the modern-day version of both shows. People love to compare it.
The success, the characters, the stories, the depth, and most of all: how it appeals to the masses speaks for itself.
Mass Appeal matters for an anime to be as big as Naruto or Bleach. And My Hero Academia is killing it now.
With no sign of slowing down.
You can’t go on ANY anime site (or talk to any anime fan) who doesn’t know what My Hero Academia is.
Season 4 in 2019 is only gonna make that fact more obvious, once it drops and explodes into more success.
3. Attack On Titan
And lastly – Attack On Titan is the third Shounen with the power to replace Bleach and Naruto.
We all know how big Sword Art Online is, right? It’s so big in the gaming genre you either love it or hate it.
Well: Attack On Titan is THAT big in the Shounen genre. No different to One Punch Man and My Hero Academia.
Again – Attack On Titan isn’t my favorite Shounen series, but the facts don’t lie.
“Attack on Titan was the second best-selling manga of 2017 with sales of 6,622,781 copies, behind only One Piece.”
Think about that (One Piece is the best-selling Manga of all time). That’s unbelievable.
“It was the number one selling TV anime of 2013 in Japan. And is currently the eighth best-selling anime of 2010’s.”
You just can’t make this stuff up. It’s too legit to quit.
Even China banned Attack On Titan. And yet the anime’s success continues to grow WITHOUT any presence or sales in China.
- One Punch Man.
- My Hero Academia.
- Attack On Titan.
These are the only 3 anime that can replace Bleach and Naruto, based not just on opinions, but undeniable truths of how successful each series has become.
We can argue all day about opinions, but there’s nothing better, statistically. At the end of the day.
Anime shows like:
- Black Clover.
- Food Wars.
- Hunter x Hunter.
- Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
- Fairy Tail.
- The Promised Neverland.
- Seven Deadly Sins.
They’re what I’d call “runner ups” that are popular, but not good enough to beat One Punch Man, MHA and Attack On Titan.
Especially since Fairy Tail is coming to an end soon, otherwise it would have been possible.
As for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, the anime has been alive for 30+ years, and it’s still not bigger than Naruto or Bleach.
So like all the other “runner ups” I’ve mentioned, it’s not gonna happen.
Fairy Tail stands the best chance of breaking into the “big 3” anime shows (DBZ, One Piece). But OPM, MHA and Attack On Titan will likely take the top spot.
What do you think has the best chance of “replacing” Naruto and Bleach?