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The Fall and Rise of the 'Big 3' - Naruto, Bleach and One Piece

Every anime fan has heard of, or even watched, ‘Naruto’, ‘Bleach’ and ‘One Piece’. Till this day it remains in our hearts as the major mainstream animes of the 1990s – 2000s. With the end of Naruto and Bleach, and the continuation of One Piece, it makes us wonder what made these three animes so popular and why/if the series have ‘fallen’.

  • While interesting, this is a topic that's already been done. Super Eyepatch Wolf for instance covers the struggles of both Bleach (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACq7tgjHdGA) and Naruto (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74REUpOg2B4). Many video essays on the appeal and popularity of One Piece have also been done. If someone were to pick this topic, I suggest approaching it from a broader angle... using the Big 3 as case studies for how certain animes become popular. Is it their appropriation of existing historical icons/myths/legends? Is it their ability to adapt the original manga (if any) in an accurate and/or respectful manner? The binary between anime and manga should probably be considered, too. – Starfire 3 years ago
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  • why the anime is interesting because the story can not be guessed and full of surprises – andikamulyana 3 years ago
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