Haven't made an Anime Forum topic in a while, so here it goes... When we think of anime series that became popular enough to break into the mainstream, we think of shows like DBZ, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, etc. But, there are some shows who, due to bad timing or luck, weren't able to cross over and meet the same recognition. In your opinion, what are some anime shows that should have been as popular as the shows I mentioned? One show that comes to mind is Ranma 1/2. Now, the show did well in America and was the first flagship title for Viz Media. But, I always felt that the show had enough elements to crossover into the mainstream. It just needed a TV deal. But at that point(around 1999-2002), the only place it could air was Toonami and the show required too much editing to get on air. Another show that comes to mind is Fruits Basket. Now, the show was very popular. It sold gangbusters for FUNi on DVD and each manga release was a top seller on USA Today booklists. However, what could have really put the show over the top was a TV airing. Unfortunately, at that point, none of the kids networks were interested in airing a girl-centric show. Certainly not CN. Nowadays, I think Nickelodeon, Nicktoons or The Hub could air it, but the popularity has died down. My third example is Lupin III. The show has so many elements that could cross over to the mainstream, but by the time the second TV series came to America, the show was over 20 years old at that point. I think if some American company had licensed the series in the early-to-mid 80's, the show might have taken off and be remembered as fondly as we do with Robotech and Voltron.