Sometimes, Japanese-produced animation is more popular overseas than in its native land.
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* The film versions of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' and ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' are both revered classics in the West, regarded as landmarks in the medium and among the first breakout anime titles to garner critical attention outside of the pre-existing {{otaku}} community.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' to an extent. It was popular, but not massively successful, in its native Japan; in Europe and (especially) North America, it is one of the most-beloved anime of all time. It's practically mainstream in America (it has the approval of not only Creator/QuentinTarantino but Creator/KeanuReeves) and most often a GatewaySeries for people who think all anime is [[{{Mukokuseki}} big eyes]] and [[GiantMecha giant robots]]. This is mainly due to all the American movie tropes (especially from [[TheWestern Westerns]]) in the series and the fact that the protagonist isn't a little boy, but a huge badass. It's almost as if it was made ''for'' a Western audience.
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'':
** The anime was quickly forgotten in Japan, but is considered a classic in the West (especially Canada) to this day.
** It was also hugely popular in Korea. As thanks for the Korean fans' support, in the new footage for the CompilationMovie a lot of costume designs were changed from generic medieval fantasy outfits to ones based on traditional hanbok.
* ''Anime/HeidiGirlOfTheAlps'' was aired for first time in Spain in 1975 (renamed like [[DubNameChange Heidi]]). Nearly forty years later it still enjoys the ocasional rerun, and it is still one of the few anime shows (together with ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Haha wo tazunete sanzenri'' -a. k. a. ''[[DubNameChange Marco]]''- ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' and ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'') that everyone in Spain knows about and recognize by name, even people who are not anime geeks. And "Rottenmeier" has become synonymous with "uptight, straight-laced hag". It also is one of the most popular anime ever in Italy, as it had a huge following between the 70s and early 90s and most Italians who were children at the time remember watching it.
* During TheNineties there was a ''huge'' demand for anime in Latin America after the success of mainstream series such as ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Manga/DragonBall''. There were therefore many series that received cult status in there, even when they were quite obscure in Japan or the USA. These include ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', ''Anime/BtX'', ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' and ''Anime/DottoKoniChan''. It is especially noticeable in the case of the later show, ''Koni-Chan''. The series is practically unheard-of in Japan, but it's big in LatAm. Try to Google "Koni-Chan", and you are more likely to find the [[SuperlativeDubbing LatAm Dub]] than the original version.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** It might be the best selling manga of all time when global sales are added up, but possibly nowhere was it bigger than in Portugal. It was one of the first well-done anime to reach Portuguese television. Every nineties kid watched it (and for some years after too), and at its peak it transcended age and gender. Universities would stop classes because all students would be watching ''Dragon Ball''. Even old ladies would watch it like if it was a soap opera. It should be noted that the Portuguese dub was very special. Many might have called it unprofessional or unfaithful. Most would praise its humor, personality, and randomness.
** Nobody doubts ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s popularity in North America... unless you grew up in Latin America, where the popularity and exposure of the [=LatAm=] dub absolutely ''dwarfed'' the comparatively tiny American fandom (and ''DBZ'' is ''still'' North America's most popular anime!).
** Notably, ''Dragon Ball'' started showing sometime around 1995-96, quickly growing huge during its run. By the late 90's, most teens in Latin America already knew about ''Dragon Ball Z'' but it wouldn't be until 1999 that DBZ would finally air in Latin America. Many kids ended up watching the unsubbed/undubbed OVAs ''in Japanese'' even if they couldn't understand a thing!
** In North America, ''Dragon Ball'' didn't become popular until the LATE 90s, and it's heyday was in the early 2000s. However, it was mostly ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' that made it big here. The show gave Cartoon Network some of its best ratings ever (with the show playing on the channel for almost 10 years), and spawned a huge merchandising sensation with t-shirts, action figures, gummies, activity books, trading card games, stickers, board games, video games, birthday party supplies, Halloween costumes, home videos, and more, all in mainstream stores, a fleet not accomplished by any other anime not named ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. It's popularity continues to this day with it's DVD boxsets still on Wal-Mart and Target store shelves even 6 years after they came out, which is rare for even mainstream American shows, much less a kid's anime. The show's enduring popularity with older teenage/young-adult audiences also helps this (and not just for nostalgia either).
** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' is also just as popular in the US, since it was marketed very carefully, saving the first 15 (unpopular) episodes until the end (with a 20-minute summary covering the story). FUNimation's [=DBGT=] [=DVDs=] were their #2 selling [=DVDs=] last year, and a few episodes of the show was even released to Game Boy Player.
** The original ''Dragon Ball'''s success in the US mostly rides on DBZ's but it was still a modest hit, got good ratings when it was on, and it's [=DVDs=] are still among FUNi's most popular.
** ''Dragon Ball'''s popularity in the west is the main reason ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' got made, and the reason that ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' is continuing into the Buu Saga.
** The mere existence of pretty much every [=DBZ=] video game since 2000 can be attributed to the sudden giant fanbase that materialized when the series became popular in the West. Probably the recent Jump specials, too; Japanese fans have said the franchise was considered dead until Americans fell in love with it.
** ''Dragon Ball'' is '''insanely''' popular in pretty much ''all'' of South America. But special mention must be made of the absurd popularity the franchise has specifically in Mexico, where ''anything'' ''Dragon Ball'' related is absolutely adored... yes, even '''Anime/DragonBallGT'''. To put into perspective how big the Latino fanbase for ''Dragon Ball'' is, just look at how much money ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' makes in [[http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&wk=2013W19&id=_fDRAGONBALLZ02 South American countries]]. Keep in mind that ''Battle Of Gods'' is a ShortAnimeMovie and had limited screening and it still debuted in some countries as the ''#1 movie in the box office!'' Needless to say, ''Dragon Ball'' has a Latino fanbase so large that only ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' and maybe Anime/SailorMoon can be brought up in terms of what anime can be considered as to having the largest Latino fandom.
** Don't forget the rest of Europe, particularly, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. There are surprisingly large fanbases for ''Dragon Ball'' and ''Dragon Ball Z'' in those countries still to this day. Mainly due to the fact that ''Dragon Ball'' and/or ''Dragon Ball Z'' are seen as a GatewaySeries for many people in Europe.
** Spain is another stand out example. ''Dragon Ball'' premiered in 1989, and ''Dragon Ball Z'' a couple of years later. It became an instant classic and a pop culture juggernaut. Most young adults nowadays have it as one of the most sacred cows from their formative years, to the point that even implying the show is anything less than a gift sent directly from the gods will provoke a MASSIVE InternetBackdraft in Spaniard anime forums. And since it premiered, it's pretty much impossible to have a childhood in Spain without being heavily exposed to it in one way or another. You need to go to figgin' Disney to find something that can compete with ''Dragon Ball'' in this regard.
** On a character level, Cell. In Japan, he's considered the weakest of the major DBZ villains (behind Freeza and Buu). In the West, he's easily the most popular.
* ''Anime/IeNakiKoRemi'' was a ''huge'' failure in Japan and was credited to have nearly killed the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' series, but found success in Latin America, where it received a superlative Mexican dub and is remembered quite fondly there. It is also very familiar to French speakers. It enjoyed a modicum of success in Indonesia, partially due to (or perhaps ''[[SpecialEffectFailure despite]]'') its 3D feature.
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' received cult status in Latin America, especially in Mexico and Brazil after airings on Cartoon Network. The United States was ripe to receive this show and offer this treatment; but sadly, this case is an aversion because [[NoExportForYou the show never made it there]].
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is a moderately popular series in Japan, while in America it is regarded on the same level as ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' as one of the most beloved anime of all time. Because of this, the ''Trigun'' movie, ''Badlands Rumble'', had its world premiere at Sakuracon in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, months before the Japanese premiere. [[SpaceWestern Seeing a pattern here?]]. The ''Trigun'' ''manga'', however, is much more popular in Japan then in America.
* In Japan, ''Anime/GoLion'' and ''Anime/DairuggerXV'' are obscure, stereotypical early 1980s SuperRobot series. In America, ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', its heavily edited combined counterpart, became a smash hit, and is ''still'' popular. Creator/MediaBlasters, the company releasing the [=DVDs=], mentioned it as its most popular title, by far, and the only thing currently holding back a live-action movie is a minor legal dispute between Creator/WorldEventsProductions and Creator/ToeiAnimation, while World Events continues to expand the franchise via comics and whatnot.
* Creator/WorldEventsProductions actually pulled this off ''twice''; nobody remembers ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck'' in Japan, but most kids of the 80s will at least remember the name ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs'', and probably have a few nice memories of the show (not to mention having [[EarWorm that damn theme song]] stuck in their head). Due to some [[GagDub Gag Dubbing]], ''Saber Rider'' is fondly remembered in Germany and some other European countries as well.
* Sport anime in general, but especially soccer based ones like ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', tend to be quite popular in Europe, especially in Spain. It helps that Tsubasa himself ends playing on one of the most successful teams in Spain's history: the FC Barcelona "Barça".
* ''Captain Tsubasa''
** The anime is '''very''' popular in South America. Some professional players even cited the show as the reason why they started playing soccer in the first place.
** ''Captain Tsubasa'', while massively subject to DubNameChange (it was known there as ''Olive et Tom''), was huge in France too.
** Under the DubNameChange of Captain Majid, Tsubasa was beloved throughout the Middle East. Proof? The Japanese Self-Defense Force (during their stay in Iraq), bought fire trucks decorated with Captain Tsubasa. These were left untouched by terrorists during their stay.
** ''Captain Tsubasa'' was also extremely huge in Italy under the DubNameChange ''Holly e Benji''.
** ''Captain Tsubasa'' was huge in Mexico, but during its heyday in the 90's nobody would know it by that name. The series is still known mostly by its DubNameChange ''Súper Campeones'' (Super Champions). Notably, the opening credits for the series were the Italian title cards, which means that Mexicans were mostly watching a Japanese series with a Spanish DubNameChange with the Title Screen showing the ''Italian'' DubNameChange. Ow!
** ''Captain Tsubasa'' was also highly popular among Polish kids in the early nineties.
* Anybody remember ''Goal FH''? You might know it as ''Goleadores'' instead. It was pretty popular in Latin America around the time of the 1994 FIFA World Cup... perhaps not as popular as ''Captain Tsubasa'', but it's well-remembered. However, outside of Latin America not many people know it. The number of times it is mentioned in this wiki can be counted on one hand and you'd probably still have about four fingers left when you're done counting. ''It doesn't even have an article'' (not even a ''stub'') at TheOtherWiki. Goes ''way'' beyond "obscure," more like almost non-existent'', really...
* In the wake of ''Captain Tsubasa'', ''Anime/AttackerYou'' was so popular in France that it made the subscriptions into volley-ball clubs, which are usually a niche, skyrocket like never before. While not unknown in other European countries, only Spain and Italy were as enthusiastic as France about this anime.
* ''Anime/SonicX'' was much more popular in the U.S. and France than in its homeland; the third season never even aired in Japan.
* Creator/GoNagai's SuperRobot anime:
** Particularly ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' are hugely popular in Spanish-speaking countries and also Italy. There is even a [[http://ceo.upc.es/extras/eventos/mazinger/mazinger.htm life-sized replica]] of Mazinger-Z in an abandoned estate near Tarragona, Spain.
** ''Grendizer'' is also incredibly popular in French-speaking countries, where it's known as ''Goldorak''.
** It's also popular in Canada and in Arabic speaking countries (many of whom first got the bug from the french translation as they were former french colonial possessions with notable numbers of french-speakers). IT DID get an Arabic dub as well!
** In the same vein, ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' in Japan was just another HumongousMecha anime created by Nagai, and it never became so popular like his other HumongousMecha. However, when it was aired in Argentina as ''[[DubNameChange El Vengador]]'', it enjoyed instant success and enduring popularity.
* CombiningMecha ''Anime/VoltesV'', while being a notable HumongousMecha series is largely overlooked in its native Japan today. However, it has become an adopted cultural icon in the Philippines. This is partly due to the fact that it was banned during the reign of the hated Ferdinand Marcos, allegedly due to the fact that the show's BigBad reminded the dictator too much of himself.
* Due to ''Voltes V'''s popularity, other Super Robot shows that came alongside and after it also did well in the Philippines; like for example, ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'', taking its StarCrossedLovers ([[strike:KAZUYA]] RICHAAARD!!!! ERIKAAAA!!!!) premise in consideration. However, ''Anime/CombattlerV'' didn't, for it felt too similar to ''Voltes V'', even though it came first, largely because ''Anime/CombattlerV'' was aired in the Philippines ''twenty years'' after Voltes, when the latter has already entrenched itself in Filipino pop culture deeply.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is fondly remembered in the Philippines (where it is re-named ''[[DubNameChange Ghost Fighter]]'') by the generation of males that came of age in the mid-1990s, as there was nothing else like it at the particular time when it first aired (this was just before cable tv, the internet, and disc-based movie/console-gaming piracy became mainstream in the Philippines in late '90s). Many other dubbed anime series had come before and would come after, which would be hits, but this particular shonen series singularly captured the imagination of an entire generation of Filipino schoolboys. The same can be said with Flame Of Recca, which came afterwards.
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'' as well among Filipinos, as the Philippines is infamous for being [[http://www.aolnews.com/2010/06/10/pacific-rims-delves-into-basketball-madness-in-the-philippines/ basketball-obsessed]] unlike any other nation on Earth. It was a bit of a slow burner though. It fizzled out because it was overshadowed by ''Sailor Moon'' only to re-emerge years later on another channel where it finally took off. It's still HUGE in Spain and Latin America, and apparently in South Korea as well.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn!'' is one of Japan's most popular anime and it shows at conventions but compared to is ''MASSIVE'' fanbase in Latin America (especially Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina), its native land just can't hold a candle. Oh God, where do I start? A good 20% of doujins of the series are in Spanish and on there are more than 3,300 fanfics of the show in a Latin language on Fanfiction.Net. Many forums and Facebook groups are in Spanish. If you go to an anime convention in Mexico or Brazil, there ''will'' be Reborn! cosplayers! The anime is also a big hit in Spain and definitely France. While nowhere near as big as in the Latin countries, it's still not obscure in the US because its one of the most popular shows on Crunchyroll. Maybe Latin America likes the fact that the Mafia is in this show?
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'', which was such a mainstream crossover hit with normally non-anime-watching demographics, that it was even remade as a short-lived licensed live-action prime time series.
* A major example in Japanese animation is ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' (known also as ''Silver Fang'', which may be considered a sort of unofficial English title), which was released in most Nordic countries and Hungary in the 1980s. While this release was dubbed and heavily edited, the series gained notable popularity at least in Finland (and probably at least in Norway,Denmark and Sweden as well). Eventually the popularity resulted in [[http://www.gingasite.net/gng/vhs_dvd_section/dvd_editions.html uncut DVD releases in Finland and Sweden in 2003 and in Denmark and Norway in 2006]]. In addition to this, the animated adaption of the sequel, ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' was released in both Finland and Sweden in 2006 just months after the series had reached its conclusion in Japan. While both series have been fansubbed in English, neither of them has had any official English release.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** One of the manga's greatest virtues is how easily managed to surpass cultural barriers to become popular all over the world, specially Latin America and Western Europe. But probably the most iconic example is Spain: The anime arrived there in the summer of 1998 under the name "El guerrero samurái" ("The Samurai Warrior") and became the most watched program of the TV channel it was in. It became an instant classic for Spaniard anime geeks, which is specially surprising when you consider it aired on Saturday mornings (luckily, with no censorship). The manga came one year later and the rights were acquired by the Spanish branch of Glénat, a French publisher. Glénat Spain was at the brink of bankruptcy when they started to publish it, but the success of the manga was so big that practically single-handedly made them the biggest manga publisher in Spain. Thanks to that success, Glénat could acquire other big hits like ''Manga/LoveHina'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', and many more. Plus, in 2010 they published a special reprint (the same one started in Japan that same year) and ''still'' managed to top the manga charts in Spain. Wow! [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Spaniards Love The Samurai Warrior]] indeed!
** The English TV dub is also apparently a popular source for [[FanVid MADs]] in Japan, many featured on Website/NicoNicoDouga. [[MemeticMutation FUTAE NO KIWAMI AAAAAAAAH!!!!]], indeed. Also, the controversial second OVA was in fact funded from Creator/ADVFilms, due to the series and the first OVA's popularity in the West.
* The anime series ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' and ''Anime/GenesisClimberMOSPEADA'' are very obscure in Japan; however, they are both far more recognized in the US, due to their inclusion in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. The US DVD releases of both series in their untranslated form was subsequently imported into Japan for local re-release there. Reportedly, the Japanese reaction to the ''Southern Cross'' segment of ''Robotech'' was along the lines of "How the hell did they make Southern Cross ''watchable?''"
* The anime adaptation of ''Captain Future'' was really loved by German (and French) viewers back in the days.
** ''Science Fiction Saiyuki Starzinger'' was a smash hit in Sweden in the late eighties, where it was known simply as ''Starzinger''.
** Heck, ''Captain Future'' is a double-example. Started out as a series of ''American'' pulp novels that basically nobody today remembers (and which cost an arm and a leg to get anymore), was adapted into an anime which was then dubbed and broadcasted in France and Germany where it became extremely popular.
** The German version having a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3zCL1uxoR8 brandnew kickass soundtrack]] (due to dubbing issues) probably also helped the series to become so popular.
** Also reached cult status in Latin America, due to the Mexican SuperlativeDubbing and how it was exhibited in TheEighties. Now man, MANY adults in their 30's or even 40's still adore it.
** Many french-speakers who grew up in the late 70s-early 80s also have fond memories of it.
* The ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' TV series was so popular in America that they're the primary reason Geneon produced the ''Hellsing Ultimate'' [=OVAs=], a more faithful adaptation of the Hellsing manga.
* ''Kyatto Ninden Teyande'''s {{Gag Dub}}bed English version (a rare enforced instance due to something going wrong ''somewhere'' along the line with either the masters or the scripts) ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' was a huge hit in North America, and was broadcast around the world. It's also fondly recalled in Latin America.
* The anime of ''Anime/KinnikumanNisei'' in North America, where it was called ''Ultimate Muscle'', so much so that 4Kids bought another season.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' did poorly in Japan and ended up only making 13 of a planned 26 episodes. However, its overseas popularity was enough that it was UnCancelled four years later for another 13 episodes co-produced by Creator/{{Sunrise}}, Creator/{{Bandai}} Visual, and Creator/CartoonNetwork. Keiichi Sato, the show's designer, said this was ''[[BatmanGambit exactly what he expected]]''.
* The {{Cyberpunk}} manga ''Manga/{{Blame}}'', despite receiving a mostly lukewarm reception in Japan, maintains a strong cult following in western countries, notably France and Germany. Tsutomu Nihei (the creator) admits to having been heavily influenced by western styles in the creation of his {{Manga}}. The series has even [[http://www.myspace.com/blameindustrial inspired a German Industrial/Electronica band of the same name.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is popular all over the world. Although America considers it a "Big 3" manga (along with Manga/OnePiece and Manga/{{Naruto}}), it's rarely been that in Japan, although it always appears in the top half of the Japanese industry's "top 50 list" of volume sales.
** For example, Toshiro Hitsugaya is [[EnsembleDarkhorse regularly in the top three]] in Japan (a few polls put him at #1); while in [[AmericansHateTingle North America]], he's overall less popular and [[{{Hatedom}} a sizable portion absolutely hate him]]. Conversely, [[{{Badass}} Kenpachi]] [[BloodKnight Zaraki]] is extremely popular with many American fans, but only made it as far as 9th in the character polls. Interestingly, Kenpachi is a big, brutish, ugly {{Badass}} who wins almost all the time, whereas Hitsugaya is a short, cultured, boy genius {{Bishonen}} who [[TheWorfEffect jobs almost all the time.]] Fortunately for fans on both sides of the Pacific, both are apparently well-liked by the [[Creator/TiteKubo creator]], as they're two of the most frequently appearing captains.
** And guess which character is Mexico's favorite? Chad, [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese and half-Mexican]], has a big fanbase over there and some of Latin America. In fact, most of the arrancar are loved in Spanish-speaking countries as well, despite being (usually) villains.
** In Brazil, the most popular character is possibly Kisuke Urahara. People make Urahara-themed hats to sell in the events, and boy, do they sell well.
** In the villain category, Baraggan Luisenbarn appears to have picked up a sizable American fanbase, as noted on the Bleach character page. This may be similar to Kenpachi's popularity compared to Hitsugaya; like the two heroes, Baraggan is [[LargeHam much more evilly bombastic and over-the-top]] than Aizen, king of DullSurprise. Having a OneWingedAngel resembling the GrimReaper and having an incredibly scary ability certainly helps.
** [[BrilliantButLazy Shunsui]] [[ChivalrousPervert Kyoraku]], who just scrapes into the top 20 in Japan, has a fanbase that possibly rivals Kenpachi in America. This is quite ironic, considering the two's personalities are about as different as [[BloodKnight night]] and [[MartialPacifist day]]. Also quite appropriate, when you consider that they embody something that would look meh for Japanese fans, but totally awesome for Americans: '''[[RatedMForManly MANLINESS]].'''
** However, in a strange twist, Shunsui and Kenpachi's popularity is ''slipping'' in the West [[spoiler: due to the... sexist, fatalistic and downright [[TooDumbToLive stupid]] attitude that Kubo had to inject into both of them ''and'' [[TheMedic Retsu Unohana]] to bring out Kenpachi's 'full power' in the latest arc.]] Though ti seems that [[spoiler: Kenpachi is starting to be forgiven by some fans due to how he dealed with [[CreepyChild Gremmy]] after this.]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** If a fan is from a country represented by a [[MoeAnthropomorphism nation-tan character]] in canon, chances are very good that nation-tan will be said fan's favorite character - hence why [[{{Eagleland}} America]] and [[CanadaEh Canada]] are much more popular in Western fandom than in Japanese fandom. The popularity of some [[{{Shipping}} pairings]] also tend to fluctuate from fandom to fandom; Prussia×Canada is almost nonexistent in Japanese fandom but very popular in Western fandom, and vice versa with most Japan pairings. Additionally, France×England appears to be more popular among fans from the UK than America×England, the most popular pairing in both American fandom and just behind England/Japan in the Japanese fandom, and Russia×China is hugely popular with, you guessed it, the Russians and Chinese.
** The ''Hetalia'' fandom is ''the'' anime fandom amongst female Western anime fans right now, particularly those in the [[BoysLove slash]] and cosplay scenes. Go to a good-sized anime convention and try not to lose track of how many ''Hetalia'' cosplayers are around, nearly all of them girls.
* While ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is fairly popular in Japan, it's one of the best selling manga in America and one of the few that can put a dent in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s numbers.
* The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003]] PragmaticAdaptation of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has enjoyed enormous success in the West, serving as one of Funimation's main titles and acting as a GatewaySeries for many, many anime viewers. It was successful in Japan as well, but the manga upon which it is based outperformed it considerably. The manga is popular in the West, but only with people who actually ''read'' manga, which is already a niche market. And while direct manga adaptation ''Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'' was a smash hit with Western anime fans -- to the point that the 2003 adaptation has become DeaderThanDisco in some fan circles -- it never matched the ratings or popularity that its predecessor received with the general public. For a character example we have Maes Hughes, the [[OverprotectiveDad overprotective]] [[DotingParent doting father]] who is generally adored in the west.
* You might be noticing by now that popularity in America [[Manga/YuYuHakusho is]] [[Anime/TheBigO directly]] [[Anime/EurekaSeven correlated]] [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex to]] [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist whether]] [[Anime/CowboyBebop or]] [[Manga/{{Trigun}} not]] [[Anime/ParanoiaAgent it]] [[Anime/{{FLCL}} was]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion aired]] [[Anime/WolfsRain on]] Creator/AdultSwim, which was Toonami's SpiritualSuccessor (and even became the home of Toonami after its revival). It's not that they wasn't popular in Japan, they definitely made money. But you're basically considered a contrarian hipster in the Western fandom if you don't like at least one of these shows.
* ''Anime/{{Bakugan}} Battle Brawlers'' as a whole caught on more in North America than it did in Japan, resulting in the creation of SequelSeries ''Bakugan: New Vestroia'', which debuted in Canada and the US far earlier than in Japan.
* In the American ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' fandom, there is a good deal more fanart of Shizuma Hanazono than in Japan.
* The localized versions of the ''Manga/AiShiteNight'' anime were quite successful in some European countries; especially in Italy, where it spawned a ''live action sequel'' that lasted four seasons, had some of the characters' dubbers take the roles of the characters themselves, and the singer of the Italian theme song played the main character -- they made her join Bee Hive (her boyfriend's band) as a singer in the show.
* For English-speaking fans of the ''Manga/Sketchbook ~full colors'S~'' anime, the popularity of [[FunnyForeigner Kate]] completely eclipses that of every other character -- so much so that [[MemeticMutation people who have never even seen it know who she is]]. This may have something to do with SelfDeprecation.
* According to commentary in the ''Manga/SgtFrog'' manga, Kululu was very unpopular in Japan due to being a {{Jerkass}}, a MadScientist who kept tricking people into being test subjects, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking being yellow]]. However, countries like America love {{Jerkass}} characters, making Kululu a lot more popular overseas. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one chapter where Keron sells merchandise of Keroro's Platoon and Kululu's merchandise goes virtually unsold.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** The anime was one of the first anime series ever distributed in Russia, and even being not so popular today, it spawned a whole ''generation'' of Russian otakus back then.
** The Dark Kingdom, a group of villains from the first season of ''Sailor Moon'', is impressively popular among Russian fans (female fans, at least), so much that it often overshadows the show's actual protagonists in fanfiction. This is likely related to the fact that many fans discovered {{yaoi}} thanks to Zoisite and Kunzite.
* The ''Manga/VampireKnight'' manga is fairly popular in Japan, occasionally getting in the top 10 seller list, but it has become a heavyweight in US manga sales, consistently being in the top 5 and spending three years as the most popular {{shojo}} title by a significant margin.[[note]]''Vampire Knight'' snagged the top shojo spot in the US when previous #1 ''Fruits Basket'' ended, and lost it when current #1 ''Manga/SailorMoon'' returned to print. ''Vampire Knight'' is still a respectable 2nd place, though.[[/note]] [[Manga/{{Karin}} Other]] [[Manga/RosarioToVampire manga]] about vampires can be expected to rank highly in the charts as well. Including {{shonen}} manga. The New York Times Manga Bestseller List cements this. The only shojo title in America to knock it out of the top spot has been ''Manga/SailorMoon''. In one week in June 2010, new volumes of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and ''Vampire Knight'' all came out on the same day, and ''Vampire Knight'' ''actually sold more copies than Bleach''.
* While the ''Manga/VampireKnight'' anime was popular in its native Japan, amongst kids in Australia it is ''the'' [[ShoujoDemographic Shoujo anime]] thanks to its run and constant repeats on Creator/{{ABC3}}.
* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}: New Century'' was a flop during its original run in Japan; however, it was much more successful in the West.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', [[MsFanservice Mikuru]] comes last in popularity behind the other two girls in Japan. In Spain, this is reversed; Mikuru is either the most popular, or near enough.
* ''Anime/MDGeist'':
** In an [[http://www.mania.com/jam-project-session_article_117217.html interview]], [[Music/JAMProject Hironobu Kageyama]] said this:
--->'''Kageyama:''' Last year, I realized that the show’s preferences between American fans and Japanese fans are different. I realized this during a panel at Otakon. An American fan asked us a question about “MDGeist” which I sang a song for. That was a show that couldn’t draw any attention from Japanese fans at all. ''[laughs]''
** Of course, American fans' love [[SoBadItsGood may not be for the reasons he thinks]]... Or maybe [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it is.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Both the manga and the anime were well received in Japan. But it achieved its greatest success in Europe and Latin America, where it's ''really, really'' big, thanks to the [[SuperlativeDubbing excellent dubbing]].
** Oh God, ''Saint Seiya''. Ask a Latin-American fan in their twenties about it, and it's highly likely that they can mimic their favorite attacks and correctly give you their dubbed names. And that's just the start...
** The same thing can be asked to an Indonesian fan, with similar result.
** And it also can be asked to an Spaniard fan, yet again with the same result.
** Basically ask any male (and quite a few female) Chinese age 20-30, they can at least quote 2 lines from the show. Pegasus Meteor Punch and Cosmos were so popular it had meme status in China even before memes were classified. Just watch this affectionate parody of one Chinese comedy show about a bunch of guys doing an online profile for their Japanese manga artist friend living in Shanghai(the show is much less weird than it sounds...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJSPUGEFsaY
** The same thing happened in Portugal. While its potential success was compromised by ''Dragon Ball'' and completely random network reschedulings, if you ask someone in their 20's to 30's about the show (you have to use the name ''Os Cavaleiros do Zodíaco'', meaning "The Zodiac Knights"), they'll totally remember the campy and narmy dubbing. It also saw a revival in the late 00's.
** Taurus Aldebaran (who is Brazilian) is the ButtMonkey of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s Brazilian fandom. He is almost universally regarded as the weakest Gold Saint and a boring character, but fans just love to make fun of him, to the point that no one hates him truly, just loves to pretend they do.
* ''Anime/MacrossII'', as the only entry in the ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross franchise]]'' not to have significant involvement from the original creative team, has been mostly [[CanonDiscontinuity shuffled aside and ignored]] in Japan. In North America, being one of only two Macross sequels to avoid NoExportForYou status, it was popular enough to get a series of [[TabletopGames RPG books]] and an [[OELManga English-language]] manga sequel.
* While ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' is considered a pop-culture classic in America, it is barely remembered in its native country of Japan (where it was titled ''[=Mach GoGoGo=]'') and is only known nowadays for being popular in America. In fact, the Japanese dub of the [[Film/SpeedRacer live-action film]] kept the American title and names of the characters.
* ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'' is usually seen as a weak anime. In Brazil, however, it is something of a cult classic - everyone who watched it as a kid ([[AnimationAgeGhetto yes]]) has fond memories of it, and there are even some people who get some characters' backstories confused with their anime counterparts. It was one of the most popular shows on TV Network SBT's morning cartoon block.
* The obscure ninja-themed comedic anime ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=109 Iga no Kabamaru]]'' is basically forgotten, but it gained cult status in Greece and Arabic countries, of all places. It had also an Italian release named "Ninja Boy".
* Although ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' is by no means lacking in popularity, there is a significant amount of Western fans who enjoy the [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Egoist]] storyline and avidly dislike the rest of the manga. Likely this is a result of the pairing having less UnfortunateImplications, a smaller age difference, and Hiroki being a by-the-book {{Tsundere}} (a more popular character type in the West).
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has a huge following in Italy, where it is known as ''Ken il guerriero'' ("Ken the Warrior"). Not only did they get the entire manga translated, it is also the only country in Europe where they got all 152 episodes of the anime TV series dubbed in their language (the French dub only got to Episode 90, and that was mainly a GagDub). Due to the franchise's popularity there, the Italian release of ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' has actually gotten plenty of pre-release hype, with a press conference held hosted by Tetsuo Hara (via a video message), an exclusive new cover art (different from the other European releases) and the same pre-order bonuses that were given out in Japan.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is very popular in Latin America and Arabia, to the point that Youtube searches often bring up the Latino or Arabic dubs and many comments on [=HxH=] related videos being from Latin users. It is also considered one of the most memorable anime in Indonesia. Particularly for its [[AlternativeForeignThemeSong well dubbed opening]]. Some even consider the new openings still can't hold a candle to it.
* The manga ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' mostly had subpar ratings during its run at ShonenJump and only mediocre volume sales, but it still got licensed very early on by Western publishers because it showed promise. It also seems to be immensely popular with Western readers of scanlations as it ranks 1st to 25th place on major scanlation sites (which include virtually every manga ever made), a far higher position than almost every other series from WSJ. This has not quite translated into ''sales'', however.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' was fairly popular in Japan, and has a very, very BrokenBase in most of the west, especially in America. However, Spain positively ''adores'' this series (especially the anime), and was dubbed into some local languages there.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' in Japan was so bloody and full of nudity [[OtakuOClock it was only allowed to air on midnights]] on satellite TV, to the point that ratings-wise its only purpose was to advertise the DVD release. In America, the show turned out to be so shocking and spectacular it spread through pure word of mouth from anime club to anime club, which led so many people to buy ADV's DVD release it ended up as one of ADV's top selling series of 2005.
* Your [[BlackBestFriend Japanese best friend]] probably hasn't seen ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' and has no idea what the phrase even means. That's because Creator/AdultSwim single-handedly introduced this strange and obscure OVA to several generations of Americans, who love it (although they probably ''still'' [[WidgetSeries wouldn't be able to tell you what "Fooly Cooly" means]]).
* For some reason, a number of MagicalGirl shows and old-school shoujo series have done quite well in Europe and Latin America, but are nearly forgotten in their native Japan and just can't make in the US. Examples range from ''Manga/AiShiteNight'', ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan'', ''Manga/TokimekiTonight'' to more mainstream fare like ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise (the latter two ''are'' popular in Japan too).
* The above-mentioned ''Tokimeki Tonight'' is also remembered quite fondly in Arabia. Also in Italy, in addition of having the anime aired, is the only country outside of Japan to have all 30 of the original manga translated as well as the 9-volume spin-off manga.
* While ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' was a smash hit in Japan, its fame in Europe is a sight to behold. ''Especially'' in France and Italy, with the author Riyoko Ikeda formally honored.
* ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' was successful enough in Japan, but its success in France, Latin America, and especially Russia far surpasses that.
* ''Manga/CandyCandy'', another old-school shoujo series, is also considered to be a classic in Japan, but in Latin America and in Europe (especially in France, where it is the first shoujo to be shown there), the series' fame is ''enormous'' and it's fondly remembered by people who grew up watching the series. Same thing happens in Catalonia, everyone knows ''Candy Candy'' and everyone loved it.
* And yet another one: ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru''. The anime gained popularity in France, Italy and Arabic-speaking countries while it's being largely forgotten in its native country.
* Likewise, ''Manga/CatsEye'' and ''Manga/CityHunter'', two series by Tsukasa Hojo, were somewhat popular back in the days in Japan and are considered classics of the {{Shonen}} genre. Yet, their popularity is ''gigantic'' in Europe, especially in France, Germany and Italy. While the former is obscure in the Americas, the latter garnered some fame up there, especially in Latin America.
* While ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' was popular in Japan and even had some success in the West, Italy is just nuts for this anime. Seriously, it is named ''Rossana'' there and it's popularity was ''enormous''! On Wikipedia, the Italian page is twice as long as English or Japanese and even the main characters have their own separate pages! Also the Italian dub is one of the very few to have all the episodes dubbed in Italian. It was also one of Italia 1's top anime! That's how big ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' is in the boot heeled country!
* Among the female protagonists of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', fiery, outspoken and aggressive [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] [[BrokenAce Langley]] [[FieryRedhead Soryu]] has traditionally been embraced by Western fans far more than the taciturn, quiet, and repressed [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] [[CloningBlues Ayanami]], whereas in Japan the opposite is true (though Rei is still quite popular in the US and Asuka very popular in Japan, too, it's just a case of one edging out the other here.) The characters' difference in reception between regions has been so significant that even WordOfGod has commented on it.
* Definitely ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. While certainly not ''un''popular in Japan, it was the first ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' work to get any real exposure to the rest of the world, and the combination of action and {{Bishonen}} leads helped it become an international smash hit. ''Gundam'' as a franchise eventually dwindled in the overseas markets for varying reasons, which is rather unfortunate since it wasn't until 15 years ''after'' the show ended that Sunrise decided to acknowledge ''Wing's'' popularity with more sequels and merchandise.
* ''Anime/SupercarGattiger'' was a short-lived anime that sank without a trace in Japan, but it became very popular in Italy.
* Speaking of Italy, another series that's very popular there is ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''. Sure, Japan remembers it fondly and remade the series in 2008, but Western fans are almost all Italian and Italy is the only other country in the world where all 108 episodes of the original anime were translated and broadcasted (other countries such as Poland use the Italian dubbing as basis), and later sold on DVD. It is also the only country where the [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action movie]] was dubbed and shown in theatres, even if only two years later and only for a very limited period of time. In the early 2000s there were even plans for an Italo-Japanese collaboration with Creator/TatsunokoProduction to create a new ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series, but that never came to be. Italians who were lucky to watch the film noticed that the final battle is somewhere in the Southern Alps... in Italy! That's right, Italy had the only real world set of the movie.
* As another Italy-example it remains the only western country where ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has been fully released and has significant popularity. The series has a strong cult following around the world though. 1/5 of the cast is Italian and one of the 8 parts takes place in Italy. Italians love [=JoJo=], and [=JoJo=] returns the favor.
* Italy again: ''Olympus no Poron'' was a comedic manga that spoofed GreekMythology, which spawned in the early Eighties an anime series, "Ochamegami Monogatari Kolokolo Poron". "Poron" is obscure in its home country and almost everywhere else, but in Italy was renamed ''C'era una volta... Pollon'' ("Once Upon A Time... Pollon'') and gained a strong following that more or less goes on to this day: it is considered a prominent example of kids' programmes in the '80s, and they even got to publish an Italian version of the decades-old original manga!
* Italian again (let's just say Japanese animation is kind of a holy treat in Italy): ''Mizuiro Jidai'' was kind of a failure in Japan but in Italy, its popularity was just ''MASSIVE''. Around 75% of videos of the anime on the net are in Italian and the Italian page on Wikipedia is 3 times as long as any other language. Virtually any fan of the show nowadays is Italian. The main reason is, probably, the media uproar that went out after an episode about the main character having her first period was [[{{Bowdlerization}} heavilly edited]] so her issue was a nightmare she had last night, with subsequent complaining from a lot of people.
* And yet again... ''Anime/AttackerYou'', a 1984 volleyball-themed comedy-drama manga and anime, achieved its greatest popularity in Europe, dwarfing its reception in Japan. In Italy and France, the local dubs were so popular that they singlehandedly increased enrollment in girls' school volleyball teams.
* ''Manga/DragonHalf'' wasn't very well-received in Japan (the reason only two episodes were made), but its combination of WidgetSeries, a total lack of seriousness, and a beloved GoodBadTranslation resulted in it becoming a beloved classic in North America.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The series is definitely one of the most popular manga/anime series in America (and was uncontestably ''the'' most popular during the [[TheNoughties mid-to-late Noughties]] and [[TheNewTens early Tens]]), whereas in Japan, while far from obscure, it doesn't sell as well as ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** [[TallDarkAndHandsome Sasuke]] [[RevengeBeforeReason Uchiha]] is a BaseBreaker in the Western fandom with the tendency to be outright hated more than loved, but the Japanese are quite fond of him. The situation is completely reversed with [[EmotionlessBoy S]][[NoSocialSkills ai]], who fares as a significantly less liked character in Japan than in the Western fandom.
** Kabuto and Orochimaru are also more well liked in the West (where they're generally regarded as more interesting villains than the actual BigBad) than they are in Japan.
* ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''. In Japan, people seemed to be content with [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the regular Pokémon anime]], and ''Origins'' failed to outdraw one of its specials starring Cilan and Brock. In the West[[note]]especially in America, where AmericanKirbyIsHardcore is in effect and ''Origins''' starring Pokémon Charizard has its biggest fanbase[[/note]], fans were [[AmericansHateTingle generally sick of]] [[FranchiseZombie the regular anime]] and hyped ''Origins'' to oblivion for being a more direct, adult-friendly adaptation of [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the original games]]. Even though [[BrokenBase there are debates about its quality in general]], ''Origins'' remains much-appreciated by the Western fanbase, and was available to purchase directly on the [=iTunes=] store in North America and Europe several months before the regular anime.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' sold poorly in Japan, but has remained a fan favorite in the U.S.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is much more popular in the States than it is on the other side of the Pacific. This is probably helped by the outstanding English dub using regional accents, the fact that it takes place in America, and is [[ShownTheirWork accurate in its depiction of Depression-era New York City]].
* The first season of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' was a modest commercial success and cult hit in the US, even landing a brief stint on cable via the Independent Film Channel. In Japan, where the manga is more popular, the first season was sold as a ''[[{{Feelies}} pack-in bonus]] for the {{licensed game}}s''.
* Japanese fans (and the creators) have pretty much forgotten about ''Manga/OutlawStar'' and while it's not as popular as its fellow [[SpaceWestern Space Westerns]] ''Cowboy Bebop'' and ''Trigun'', it is still well-known in the United States, airing on Creator/AdultSwim, and getting multiple re-releases right up until the 2012 death of Creator/{{Bandai}}'s American branch. One theory why it's so popular is that the premise is basically the anime version of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' (the similarities are so great that fans have repeatedly asked Creator/JossWhedon about it). Having a kickass intro doesn't hurt, either. [[http://www.toonamifan.com/toonamioutlawretro1.html Here's]] a more detailed analyses.
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'':
** While obscure in most Western countries, ''Doraemon'' is very popular in Portugal, as it has been running for more than a decade non-stop and in the beginning of the 2000s was actually voted the most popular show of the network where it first aired, beating mainstream stuff like ''Anime/SailorMoon''. A few of the movies have also been released over there.
** In fact, it's also one of the most popular anime in Spain. It's been broadcast continuously since the early nineties, sometimes on two or three channels at the same time. In fact, it's usually the most watched show on Boing, Turner's free-TV kids channel.
** ''Doraemon'' was also well-liked in Italy, which was the first western country to adapt the anime.
** Its also ABSURDLY popular in Indonesia, for starters, its the only anime series that is still aired in Indonesia as of 2013 alongside ''Manga/DragonBall''. During school and national holidays, Doraemon movies and anime are always aired regularly alongside newer western animated movies. Lots of merchandise is named after the series, and the only manga that is still sold in the store shelf of a Bookstore. This makes it rather popular amongst old and young children alike, even those that is born long after the initial run.
* ''Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair'', an anime based on the life and music of Stephen Foster, was a genuine failure in Japan, yet the reality is reversed in Italy. OH BOY this anime was a big success with Italians (though not at the level of some anime). It was also popular in the Arab world for a while, too.
* ''Manga/PeepoChoo'' bases much of its plot around fictional examples of this trope. The titular ShowWithinAShow ''Peepo Choo'' is an anime that in Japan was an adult-oriented TrueArtIsIncomprehensible MindScrew and is supposedly regarded by many as the worst anime in living memory, but it is a huge success in America after being redubbed as an ordinary kids' show and hyped as [[WidgetSeries an example of Japanese eccentricity]]. In the opposite direction, the manga features a fictional American [[GangBangers Gang Banger]] film called ''Brick Side'' which was a disastrous flop in the States but is worshipped by an AxCrazy yakuza boss who bases his whole lifestyle on it.
* ''Hikari no Densetsu'' is a popular {{shojo}} manga about rhythmic gymnastics in Japan during the mid 1980s. Despite its high production values (being produced by Creator/TatsunokoProduction, the same anime studio that produced the aforementioned ''Anime/SpeedRacer''), the anime adaptation was a huge flop in its native country and was CutShort after only 19 episodes. But in Italy, where the series was renamed ''Hilary'', the anime was extremely popular and still is to this day; they even released the manga there. The anime series also gained popularity in France, Spain and Germany.
* ''3000 Leagues in Search of Mother'' ended up being very popular in lots of countries (from {{the other Wiki}}) The series was dubbed into several languages and became an instant success in some countries, such as Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, Chile, Turkey, the Arab world and Israel. In Israel it was broadcast as a marathon each and every summer holiday, managing to traumatise enough kids, that at least some of them made parodies of it when they grew up. compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHkgleNoksE the original]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvvtulTrT1Y the parody]].
* ''Anime/ShinChan'':
** It was a huge hit in Spain, ''especially'' in Catalonia. In fact, in some Spanish regions ''Shin Chan'' competed against the main news broadcasts, and ''won''. Some of the movies were screened on cinemas, and even many of the ''Shin Chan'' videogames were localized.
** ''Anime/ShinChan'' manga and anime were popular in Korea.
** To an extent, as many other anime series started airing on certain Catalonian local networks, it [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids grew in popularity]] and aired on several other local networks around the country [[MoralGuardians until it jumped into political ground]] and was kicked off first from a Madrid local network and then from several other provincial stations. Eventually, the show was sold to and aired by a national network and then its popularity faded...[[ExecutiveMeddling I wonder why]]...
** One of the reasons for the series' very high popularity in Catalonia might have to do with the fact that the late Yoshito Usui, ''Shin Chan'''s creator, became good friends with the Catalan translator, to the point that Usui would vacation in (and have characters visit) Barcelona.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is very popular in Germany. All movies have been dubbed into German and the anime to around 330+ episodes. The manga is one of the top selling in the country. The only series it holds a candle to is ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' in Indonesia.
* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'', a rather recent (2011) and obscure web-published manga about a [[NoSocialSkills socially-]][[ThisLoserIsYou awkward]] [[TheWoobie girl]] [[HilarityEnsues cluelessly trying to become more sociable]]. It gained a notable overnight popularity in late 2011 when [[{{Imageboards}} /a/]] found about and loved it. It has led to an interesting phenomenon where many people went to Japan and bought the paper copies of the 1st volume (without knowing the language) [[ColbertBump just to support the author]][[note]]the manga is first published in a free-access web anthology.[[/note]]. Even in the cover the overseas fanbase is acknowledged, talking about its popularity on on "2ch-like discussion board overseas". In fact the authors has stated it was no other than [[{{imageboards}} 4chan]] that ''saved the entire series'' from being CutShort due to poor sales.
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' bombed in Japan, resulting in its cancellation after 12 episodes. In America, however, ''Deadman Wonderland'' became a SleeperHit and currently rivals ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' as the most watched show on the revived {{Toonami}} block.
* The 1980s version of ''[[Anime/{{Gigantor}} New Tetsujin-28]]'' is immensely popular with Arabs, which is evident from all the videos on Youtube having comments in Arabic.
* ''Manga/GirlFriends'' is one of the best known GirlsLove manga outside of Japan, much loved and praised by fans for being one of the most realistic potrayals of a budding lesbian romance in the genre. Its digital version keeps popping up in the Best Sellers list of Jmanga even long after it was first released internationally, and both volumes of its Omnibus collection debuted in the top 10 of the New York Times Best Sellers list for manga. Due to this, it may be surprising to learn that [[http://okazu.blogspot.com/2012/06/interview-with-yuri-manga-artist.html Girl Friends only has a fraction of its international popularity in Japan]].
* ''Anime/NinjaSenshiTobikage'', in its English dub format, ''Ninja Robots'', was briefly very popular in India, and has its share of fans in Australia. In its Spanish dub format, ''Robots Ninja'', was also briefly popular in Mexico thanks to it being shown right before Dragon Ball Z for a couple of months. However, it has remained a bit obscure ever since, its only attempted rerun ending in disaster, being cut short after only three episodes.
* For a character example, ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'''s November 11 was [[EnsembleDarkhorse more popular]] in the United States than in Japan.
* ''Anime/ShokojoSera'' and ''[[Literature/LittleLordFauntleroy Little Prince Cedie]]'' was so incredibly popular among Filipinos that the network that distributed the show in the Philippines created a live action movie for both series and a TV Series for the former specifically based on the anime to cash in on it.
* Any anime series aired on Creator/NickJr in the early 90's is very popular with people who remember watching them as kids.
* ''Literature/MayaTheBee'' is very popular in both Germany and Spain.
* ''Manga/UbelBlatt'' is much more popular in Europe, particularly France, than Japan. During a long [[SeriesHiatus Hiatus]], [[WordOfGod the author]] stated in an interview that the series would not be cancelled due to the large European fanbase.
* While it's considered more or less niche in Japan, ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has a considerable fandom in Spain and Latin America, despise neither the series nor related material was released there.
* In Hong Kong, A few select ''Anime/BraveSeries'', as well as the Eldran Trilogy (one of them being ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh''), are fondly remembered there. In fact, most who comment about them on Website/YouTube clips for these series are from those who watched it in Hong Kong (Dubbed in Cantonese of course). The ''Brave Series'', especially ''Fighbird'' is fondly remembered in Korea.
* In Indonesia, an obscure mangaka named Ueda Masashi is very popular for his 4-koma gag mangas such as ''Kariage-kun'' and ''Kobo-chan''.
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'' flopped ''miserably'' in Japan (to the point that its 2nd season was cut down to ''8 episodes'') but managed to gain a small yet impressive following in the US where it's considered a great comedy.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' [[ConversationalTroping discusses]] this concept in-universe. Mahiro sees Cuuko reading a manga anthology and asks "Didn't that book only last six issues?" Nyarko explains that this trope applies on a galactic scale as well, since not only do AliensStealCable, but they consider Earth's entertainment the best in space. In particular, the anthology Cuuko was reading [[UnCancelled got picked up and continued]] by an [[NetworkToTheRescue alien publisher]] after its original cancellation.
* While ''Manga/EatMan'' was somewhat popular in Japan, both series got a ''HUGE'' fanbase in Argentina, where even the somewhat rare manga got a release, due to both shows running several times on the alternative satellite channel Locomotion. When Locomotion reached Mexico it also got quite popular, although never at the same levels as in Argentina.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' was a flop in its native country, but America has given it ''plenty'' of attention. This is no doubt thanks to the fact that Americans appreciated Creator/StudioGainax experimenting with Western-style animation (of course, there were the otaku who said that [[BrokenBase because of said Western-style, that it shouldn't count as anime]]), SurprisinglyGoodEnglish, and the fact that Daten City is modeled after American cities. Americans also found Panty's and Stocking's rude, crude and slutty behavior refreshing after dealing for so many years with [[{{Moe}} moe]] [[TheIngenue protagonists]] ([[BackToBackBadasses they kicked ass]] and not only enjoyed sex [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland instead of passively enduring it]], but actively sought it out, something feminist otakus praised). It was a MagicalGirl anime that [[{{Seinen}} adult males]] can proudly say they're a fan of, and has often been compared positively to shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' with all that [[RefugeInAudacity lewdness going on in there.]] When the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic soundtrack]] gave a hint that there might be a second season, Americans collectively flipped their shit. When they found out a few months later that Hiroyuki Imaishi, the creator of the series, left to found his own studio, Creator/StudioTrigger, Americans mourned the loss. Many considered sending facetious death threats ([[InsaneTrollLogic It worked with]] ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA]]'').
* ...And then Creator/StudioTrigger hit this trope again with ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''. This OVA's American-styled coming-of-age adventure story, thematic similarity to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', and high-quality animation made it an instant hit in the U.S. when it streamed on Crunchyroll. A Kickstarter campaign to fund a sequel made over 4 times its $150,000 goal, from almost entirely English-speaking fans. Trigger really needed that money, because [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-12/little-witch-academia-tokyo-event-cancelled-due-to-low-ticket-sales the Japanese fans hadn't given them much.]]
* History repeats itself with ''Anime/KillLaKill'', which has been given tons of attention in the US and the UK, partly because Mr. Imaishi himself supervised it. Let's just say that after the smashing success of ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'' and of ''Panty & Stocking'', Imaishi is revered to godlike levels in the States.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chile}}ans really, ''really'' adore ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' and ''Manga/DokonjoGaeru''. The first one was exhibited in the mid 90's and was so popular that the word "Yokoshima" (alluding to local ButtMonkey Tadao Yokoshima) made its way in mid 90's Chilean slang. In the second's case, it's so beloved by fans in their 30's that there were some re-runs... '''in 2012'''.
* Creator/{{Toonami}} is currently trying to invoke this with ''Anime/SpaceDandy''. Not only is it made by the [[Creator/StudioBones same]] [[Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe people]] behind ''Manga/SoulEater'', ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', and ''Cowboy Bebop'' (a fact about the show that Toonami advertises heavily), but the show [[ShortRunInPeru made its world premiere on Toonami in the U.S. hours before it aired in Japan]].
* ''Manga/KarakuriCircus'' was not too shabby in Japan, but when it's French publisher stopped it, French manga fans on the Internet ''went utterly bonkers''.
* ''Anime/SecretOfCeruleanSand'' is quite a obscure Anime. But in Norway it has a huge fan base. Probably because it's one of the few Animes to be aired there.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has been very successful in Japan (the untranslated Japanese title being ''Shingeki no Kyoujin'', or "Advancing Giants"), but it's been a '''monster''' success in the West, particularly North America. It's one of the most popular shows on Crunchyroll and Americans eagerly await a second season. It was so popular that Funimation snatched the license for it after only 2 months of it airing on Crunchyroll. Go to any convention and count the Survey Corps uniforms. One theory is that it's a refreshing action shonen without {{moe}} or high school students. The fact that it takes place in a Western country, the characters have [[ShownTheirWork realistic European names]], and most of the characters lack {{Mukokuseki}} helps, too.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Kaneo Takarada, a one-off antagonist character who pretty much owns Osaka and literally fights with cash. He became quite popular with Western audiences, some of whom proclaimed him to be the "King of Dosh" or the "Lord of Capitalism" or other such epithets. Studio Trigger has admitted to being very confused by this.
* The ''Anime/{{Deltora Quest}}'' anime, being based on a bestselling Australian series of fantasy novels, is one of the most popular anime in Australia.
* Among fans whose first experience with ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was the Creator/DiC dub, the Ail and Ann episodes in ''Sailor Moon R'' are much more popular than they are elsewhere. This is probably due to the fact that those episodes had much more faithful translations than any other storyline (no one is quite sure why, though.) They also didn't have the annoying pop-culture references that the English dubs of S and SS were deluged in. The entire storyline was released in a VHS boxed set in the late nineties, something which was unheard of at the time.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' was originally released in the U.S. [[NoDubForYou only in a subbed version]], but was popular enough for a dub of both the first series and ''~After Story~'' to be released. There are also a good number of Spanish-language ''CLANNAD'' fanfics.
* The 1980s anime adaptation of ''The Wonderful Adventures of Nils'' debuted to great success practically all across Europe. Even in countries where Japanese animation has little to no staying power, like Hungary, it became one of the most well-loved cartoon series ever, and reruns on television to this day. Given that the source material itself hails from European literature (Swedish, to be precise) and the series doesn't have much in the way of the polarizing quirks nowadays associated with anime, this isn't so surprising. In fact, a lot of people don't even realize it's an anime because in many places, it was distributed by European companies.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'':
** The anime has gained massive popularity in East Asian countries, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, in which many fans still fondly remember watching this as children.
** It also gained popularity in Italy, mainly because it is based on FormulaOne racing where the sport is ''very'' popular here, due to racing teams like the legendary Ferrari team.
* In the 1990s, most of the Polish (younger) audience first encountered anime, namely the series ''Tōshō Daimos'', ''Dashu Kappei'', ''Tiger Mask'', ''Majokko Megu-chan'' and ''Yattodetaman'' via Italian-based station Polonia1. They're still recalled fondly with a trace of nostalgia.
* ''Anime/TheMoomins'' Is quite popular in The Nordic countries and Poland. It's too still airing in Finland and Norway as of may 2014.
* If we speak about a certain anime faction that can be found in several countries, we can say that {{cosplay}}ers are in love with [[BaseBreaker the very polemic]] Misa Amane from ''DeathNote''. Misa's character design is pretty cute and it's actually not that hard to bring to real life in cosplay, so many female ([[CrossDresser and some male]]) cosplayers of ''several'' nationalities have embraced her. In fact, the model Francesca Dani started as a cosplayer -- and one of her signature cosplays is Misa.
* Many series that for one reason or another became severely edited to the USA arrived uncut to Latin America and recieved red carpet reception over there. The List includes ''Anime/CardCaptorSakura'', ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', ''Manga/ShamanKing'', ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', and many more.
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