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Yeah, it's clearly no contest. Pokemon is the most popular show, based on advertisement and the fact that it's still going. Most of the choices aren't even known among casuals.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! is more popular as a game than a series probably. Speed Racer is also very popular because of the movie and all the products and advertising that was poured into the movie.
I agree with HellCat about Speed Racer.
At least in the USA, it's always had a bit of a cult following and nothing more.
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In today's world, it has to be Pokemon followed by DBZ. Pikachu is in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, here. I'm guessing Naruto is third considering the manga's popularity, then Yu-Gi-Oh, and then...Sailor Moon? It had its following in the 90's.
The biggest cult following is probably Ghost in the Shell. Even when I was a newbie to anime, I at least knew the name.
I have no illusions that this is all conjecture. Until somebody actually does a poll testing name recognition......also, it doesn't seem so easy to me to compare the popularity of a series in the last generation to popularity today. I mean, comparing some of these is almost like comparing Thundercats or GI Joe to Avatar or Spongebob.
I would suggest that it's not the medium, but the quality of perception and expression, that determines the significance of art. But what would a cartoonist know? -Bill Watterson
I'm going with Pokemon too. I can see DBZ still being popular and all, with having games still coming out with their characters, but Pokemon has been going strong for over ten years and I think is the most recognizable anime series with the general public. After all Pikachu still has a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Why isn't there Robotech on that list that is one of the first anime's ever to get a good english adaption
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