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    Axis Powers Hetalia 
Given that the characters of Axis Powers Hetalia are Anthropomorphic Personifications of countries, this is inevitable.
  • Like many depictions of Korea in Japanese media, this series became extremely controversial and despised by Koreans for its personification of South Korea, depicted as an Ethnic Scrappy Know-Nothing Know-It-All Annoying Younger Sibling to China and Japan and a pervert who tries to grope their chests. It especially didn't help that Hetalia originally took place during World War II, while Korea was under the brutal occupation of Imperial Japan, which got the series accusations of being right-wing nationalist propaganda. The controversy resulted in the Korea character getting cut from the anime completely and gradually phased out of the entire franchise (with occasional appearances in Holiday events.)
  • The character Japan gets a lot more mixed reception in the West than in his own country. There are definitely Western fans who like him, but also an equal number of fans who are "meh" about him at best and brand him as an Extreme Doormat, Flat Character, and/or even the series' Creator's Pet at worst due to his relatively stoic personality and him representing the author's homeland which automatically makes him the character most vulnerable to Mary Sue accusations. A major factor in this is that Japan is so very Japanese that many Western people who are not familiar with Japan and Japanese culture simply don't get or can't appreciate the jokes about him, therefore finding him boring and flat. In particular, those more acquainted with Anime Character Types than general National Stereotypes had expected the personification of Japan to play funny anime stereotypes like Otaku and Dirty Old Man to the hilt and perceived the relative lack of these stereotypes in his character to be a case of the Japanese author trying to make his home country look better than the rest of the cast, not knowing or realizing that Japan's personality is a laundry list of Asian/Japanese stereotypes that are much more well-known in real life and media than the anime-based stereotypes.
  • This extends to even ships involving Japan: England/Japan is easily the first or second most popular ship in Japanese fandom. In western fandom... not so much. Some Western fans even seem to dislike the England/Japan ship mainly because of its massive popularity in Japan. Even Greece/Japan, the most popular ship for Japan in western fandom, seems at times to be favored not so much because more Western fans like it than Japanese fans do, but because all other ships for Japan are simply less popular in western fandom than in Japanese fandom, and it just had the good fortune to not conflict with Western fans' most common OTPs. Netherlands/Japan and Turkey/Japan, in particular, have decent followings in J-fen but Western shippers for them are virtually an endangered species. Japan/Taiwan goes a similar way, since J-Fen has it as the most popular het ship for Japan and THE Taiwan ship, but it brings quite the "controversy" in W-Fen circles since it's used to bash Taiwan and mistakenly accuse her of being a Relationship Sue for Japan.
  • Though not as controversial as Korea, various nations' depictions have gotten confused to negative reactions from their respective countries for having little to nothing to do with their familiar stereotypes and history.
    • Hetalia's Poland can be highly polarizing for Polish fans, due to him being an immature Cloud Cuckoo Lander and an effeminate Wholesome Crossdresser with a close bond to Lithuania (which gets heavily exaggerated in the fandom.) Many find this extremely inappropriate for a country which is still very conservative and homophobic. Polish fans also tend to be frustrated at how the history they're proud of is rarely shown even in the World War II strips, and that Poland's appearances almost always revolve around Lithuania to the point of him coming off as a Satellite Character to him (and, consequently, the fandom will rarely ship Poland with anyone but Lithuania) and that the rich history Poland has with countries such as Hungary or Ukraine feels neglected.
  • Finland gets similar backdraft from Finnish fans for being a sweet, cute and super talkative Nice Guy who Sweden calls his "wife," and nothing like the cold, silent and gruff stereotype Finns are familar with.

As a Real Robot multiverse with the series-wide motif of War Is Hell (which, inevitably, brings complaints of Anvilicious treatment), a myriad of Gundam series often result in this happening.
  • Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and its successor Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny continue to rank high in the top 10 character polls in Japan (including Newtype) long after Destiny ended and Kira himself beat Char and Amuro for the number one spot in the Gundam 30th Anniversary favorite character poll, but they have many detractors among the western Gundam fandom. This largely comes from the belief that the pair used their Omniscient Morality License to shove their beliefs down the rest of the Cosmic Era world's throats at gunpoint, all based off evidence which Lacus herself admitted might have been faulty.
  • In fact, Destiny gets this treatment in the west. Not a specific character, but the whole series. The most basic complaint is that Kira Yamato (and many other characters from the previous show) went from simply cameoing in the series to outright assuming the position of the main characters, and with this also became the "right side" in the conflict (without giving a convincing reason why the new cast was wrong). For a good example, Destiny has a huge number of detractors in North America; many consider the series to be the worst Gundam series ever conceived before AGE came along, but in its native Japan, it was the most popular anime for 2 years. Two years after the show ended production, it was still extremely popular. Only after the slightly more popular (in North America at least) Code Geass aired.
  • As hated as Destiny is, it's actually just one in a dozen as Gundam in itself has always been divisive in the West. For example, during the '90s, Gundam Wing was widely hated in the West because, outside its plot/story/characterization being looked upon then the same way Destiny's is looked upon now, it was the first Gundam series to be broadcast on American cable (specifically on Toonami); as such, Wing was many a young otaku's first Gundam series, something that Elitist/Old Timer UC fans did not appreciate.note  Division only increased with each Gundam series that came over the Pacific, continuing to this day with AGE and will likely continue with The Origin and whatever series follows that.
  • On a related note we have Flay Alster, Kira's first girlfriend. Because of her early actions (namely, blaming Kira for her father's death and then manipulating his feelings for her to try and get him killed), a lot of Western fans despise her to the point where her My God, What Have I Done? moment and her attempts to redeem herself fall on deaf ears. The Japanese fans, however, were more willing to forgive. What makes this really ironic is the director's statement in a post-series interview that Flay was intended to be the kind of character who would appeal to Western audiences. Apparently, something went horribly wrong and reversed.
  • Similarly to Flay (in several regards), Nena Trinity of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is considered one of the more popular female characters in Japan (and was the most popular until dropping Out of Focus and being replaced by Ensemble Dark Horse Feldt Grace) but is widely loathed in America. It's been suggested that Nena appeals to Japanese fans because her carefree personality and lack of inhibitions are considered exotic in a country where most people, especially women, are expected to be excessively polite and reserved. On the other hand, her being loathed in America seems to have less to do with her personality and more with her Moral Event Horizon crossing early on which, just like with Flay's actions, the Japanese are apparently more forgiving of (one wonders what it'd take for a character to get on their bad side or the reverse, how little it takes to get on the bad side of Westerners.) Said Moral Event Horizon crossing also caused Louise, a mere bystander to take levels in jerkass and acted just like Nena but worse, garnering both of them more hate in the process.
  • Rebellious Princess Relena Darlian/Peacecraft of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing has a split fanbase in America, while in Japan, she often appears in Gundam Ace's "Top 30 Females" list (the only Gundam Wing character to ever appear on the list) and more recently ranking #1 on a list of Gundam women whom female fans admired (saying they liked her good looks, keen mind, and how she keeps to her word). Back in the day the hatred was truly stunning; originally many viewers had an absolute refusal to recognize any of her character development, but over time this attitude has mellowed and quite a few people will admit to being fans. Nowadays, it's mostly fangirls in full Die For Our Ship mode who still carry that torch.
  • In the original Mobile Suit Gundam, the character of Gihren Zabi is far less tolerated in the west than by Japan for obvious reasons. However in Japan, while he is not as popular as the massively-popular Char he is the poster boy for the Zabi Family and is significantly popular enough to have his own game series named after him. His Sieg Zeon speech is also considered a major moment in Gundam history and has been repeated in various conventions. This is possibly due to lax laws on the depiction of Nazi aesthetics in Japan along with possible influence of Japan's infamous record of war crimes denial about its actions in WWII. Interestingly enough, this was a far cry from how Tomino wanted to depict the character.
  • As much as the distributors tried, in Brazil Mobile Suit Gundam Wing failed to take off. It had it all -– a nice timeslot, a good dub, decent amounts of promotion — yet it just didn't seem to click with the channel's audience who, to this day, can only remember it as "that confusing robot cartoon that was on between Samurai X and Inuyasha". Its disappointing performance ensured that no other Gundam would be licensed to the country, to the dismay of Brazilian Gundam fans (especially of UC).
  • Ein Dalton of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is subjected to this, in Japan, he's a well liked character due to his remembrance of the people who respected him and the audience sympathies him for his tragic life of losing his mentor, being maimed and modified into a Mobile Suit and ultimately, inadvertently becoming a tool to ensnare Gjallarhorn by McGillis. While in the West, people hated him for his Revenge Before Reason tendency, such as deeming the entire Tekkadan "sinful children" despite knowing only Mika was responsible for Crank's death note , brutalizing Azee and Lafter, and eventually going against Crank's original order and attempted to outright kill Kudelia, a politician who has nothing to do with Crank's death.
  • The Gundam Build Fighters Battleouge episode "The Adventures of Fumina and Gyanko" was particularly hated by the West due to a number of factors, the two major ones being that it's part of a minor Dork Age alongside the episode before it and that it's a major Shout-Out/parody of the Pretty Cure franchise, which is barely known in English-speaking countries outside of the Glitter Force dubs on Netflix.
  • Gundam Build Divers is very disliked in the West. This is due to the fact that the series is Lighter and Softer, it runs the gamut of various shonen cliches that anger the older Gundam fans incredibly and lacks the tongue-in-cheek self-awareness of the Build Fighters series. Many Western forums have comments accusing the series of being a stupidly directed, poorly written mess and that Sunrise should be ashamed of even greenlighting it. While most Western fans enjoy most of the characters, a lot of their hatred is directed towards main characters Riku Mikami and Sarah, the former being a Stock Shōnen Hero while Sarah is a Mysterious Waif Deus ex Machina with a Captain Obvious Reveal. As it stands, a lot of the anger does stem from heavy Values Dissonance.

    Other Anime 

General examples

  • Kodomomuke works. In Asia, they're popular amongst their target audience. In the West, they're often ignored or mocked because most Western anime fans are in their teens or adult years and outnumber the target demographic. Only a select few kodomo series such as Pokémon have much of a positive reception outside of Japan.
  • The Moe Witch Hunt is more or less exclusive to the West. Sure some Japanese creators have also joined, but in their country it is an extremely unpopular opinion that has only recently caught on with creators, albeit very slowly.
  • The entire What Measure Is a Non-Badass? trope that dominates a lot of anime protagonists (most (in)famously Shinji Ikari, Yukiteru Amano, and Ganta Igarashi) might have a lot to do with Values Dissonance. In Japan, it's more expected for Japan to have an everyman protagonist to act as an Audience Surrogate even if they don't always conform to standards of masculinity. Meanwhile, America (for better or worse) thrives off of manliness. Not helping matters is that most of them (including the examples) are male even putting their age aside. And while female characters can fall under this trope as well, it's often Real Women Don't Wear Dresses instead of this trope.
  • Brother–Sister Incest and Little Sister Heroine as "Imouto moe" is almost a direct image of this trope. Such works and characters are often insanely popular in Japan itself because of the popularity of Star-Crossed Lovers, but beyond its borders will be considered deviant and overly speculative on perverted themes. In particular, the main heroines of most of these works like Kirino received The Scrappy status outside the fandom in the West, and sometimes even in it itself. Even a Not Blood Siblings revelation is seen as a hasty Author's Saving Throw and does little to change opinion.
    • Kissing Cousins generally receives a softer treatment outside of Japan due to the less powerful Values Dissonance, however, in the US, Canada, and Eastern Europe, such plot elements or characters are more likely to be met with either mockery or misunderstanding, such as in Kanon, or disgust, as in the cases of Elfen Lied and Scum's Wish.
  • Anime that "don't look like anime". There is no one "anime" style and, in fact, most early anime were inspired by Disney and other western companies. However, outside of Japan, "anime" are known for having a specific kind of look (thus the "animesque" trope). While having a different art style is not necessarily a bad thing in the slightest, Works that deviate from the style or go for a deliberate inversion thereof are often ignored (except for semi-realistic and realistic styled works), especially if they have a simplistic or western-inspired design. Even a few Osamu Tezuka works such as Kimba the White Lion get hit with this due to looking like old Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons (or in the case of the latter, supposedly being a ripoff of a certain Disney film involving lions despite being older). There are some exceptions, such as Super Milk Chan, which is not half-bad despite its art style, Astro Boy, which is a worldwide classic favorite (yes, even in North America!), and Crayon Shin-chan and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt which are especially popular due to their raunchy English Gag Dubs courtesy of Funimation.
  • Downplayed with Mangas in general, while not anywhere close to hated they’re mostly niche compared to anime in the west. This leads to mangas that were not adapted into anime to fall under the radar to most western anime fans. It says something when stuff like One-Punch Man, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Devilman only became as popular here as they did after they got a proper animated adaptations.
  • Magical Girl series were rarely if ever treated as an actual genre in North America for quite some time; aside from Cardcaptor Sakura and Lyrical Nanohanote , which were different enough to get more looks, most shows were dismissed as "Sailor Moon ripoffs." Puella Magi Madoka Magica did reverse this when it came out to great acclaim, if only because the fans gushing about how it played with the innocence of the genre and its tropes had to admit that there was a genre to be twisted. If the Netflix comments on Glitter Force (the first major, mainstream magical girl NA series release of The New '10s that was for children and not for adults like Madoka) are to be believed, though, the phrase "Sailor Moon ripoff" still isn't dead among people who aren't hardcore anime fans.
  • Fandom tastes and specifications for anime especially and definitely differ at large for a medium style that can potentially go far around the globe. Case in point, while the best of anime and manga can reach far beyond the shores of Japan, anime and manga that are big at home are not just those found in Shonen Jump and Toei, and even some shows that are moderately popular in Japan garner enormous acclaim abroad.
  • New card game and mon series are a hard sell outside of Japan. In Japan, there are numerous Cash Cow Franchises based around card games and collectable monsters. In many areas outside of Japan, they all get unfavourably compared to Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Beyblade. Even Beyblade itself has suffered the stigma of just being seen as "Pokémon (or Yu-Gi-Oh) but with tops". Bakugan is one of the few post-early 2000s mon/card series to make it big internationally, even being more popular abroad than in Japan, but it has a huge Fandom Rivalry with Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh due to this viewpoint.
  • Schoolgirl Series are commonplace in Japan but almost never get exported due to this. They're seen as too formulaic and too associated with moe. While several have fandoms, they're niche amongst the general anime fandom. Exceptions tend to have gimmicks such as Azumanga Daioh (it's the Trope Codifier), Lucky Star (an Otaku Surrogate protagonist), K-On! (a Music Stories angle), and Kimi to Boku (the protagonists are boys, not girls).

Specific examples

  • In the case of Astro Boy it's more a case of "Americans Are Indifferent Of Astro Boy". In Japan it is the classic anime and gets a new anime every few decades. The 1960s series was one of the earliest anime to be distributed in western countries but failed to be a cultural pillar like Speed Racer. While most anime fans know who Astro is, and non-fans at least know his face, actual fans are hard to find. Several expies have been popular in western countries (such as Mega Man and Robotboy) but the original Astro Boy has never made it that big in most western areas. Australia is an exception.
  • Attack on Titan has become this South Korea, despite starting off as popular as it was back in Japan and in the West, to the point that the series have become Old Shame to Koreans who otherwise enjoy anime and manga. This is due to revelations that mangaka Hajime Isayama has admitted to basing a character off an infamous Imperial Japanese Army general, and has reportedly sympathized with nationalism and Imperial Japan.
  • While Berserk itself is quite popular and well-regarded in the US, many, if not most American fans absolutely loathe Puck, especially the ones that have no patience for his particular brand of humor. The most likely and obvious reason being that he's a cute, androgynous, Plucky Comic Relief fairy creature that comes across as hugely out of place in a series that prides itself on brutality and darkness. In Japan, a force of over-the-top cuteness like Puck is nothing strange or surprising, but to many Americans, he's a bafflingly childish character whose inclusion clashes horribly with the grim, graphic tone of the story.
  • Bleach:
    • Momo Hinamori manages to rank very high in Japanese popularity polls, but she's disliked in America. This may be because Japanese readers like her very feminine, gentle nature and blind loyalty, while in America those traits are seen as weak and sexist. Outside both Japan and America, she's liked well enough, being neither as popular as she is in Japan nor as disliked as she is in America.
    • Toshiro Hitsugaya is the most popular Bleach character in Japan but not so much in America, mainly because of his bad habit of getting Yamcha'd in fights as well as having an even more dispassionate nature than Ichigo. The rest of the world seems to like him just fine though. He's pretty popular in Norway, probably because many Norwegians have a softspot for kids with frost themed powers.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo:
    • Beauty, who is the 4th most popular character in Japan, is hated by Westerns for being a useless ally who only serves as the Straight Man during jokes and is also a Damsel Scrappy.
    • Namero Yononaka from the sequel manga, Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. He's the most popular of the three new protagonists of the manga (making 9th place in the last Japan popularity contest; the other two came in 11th and 20th respectively) but his nihilism, narcissism, and lack of humor make him despised among the western fan-base.
  • Brothers Conflict has gotten flack from some Western viewers not only for being yet another incest anime (just with the roles reversed), but for several scenes that - while not Diabolik Lovers bad - are uncomfortable to watch such as pedophilia of both genders (one of the brothers is ten years old and others are 31 and 28) and even an Attempted Rape that is quickly swept under the rug and Easily Forgiven.
  • From Danganronpa 3, Ruruka Andou was proven to popular in the Japanese fandom due to her talent, characterization, and her relationship with Izayoi. However, due to her being part of the hugely controversial Radicals alliance, her Alpha Bitch tendencies, her mean-spirited remarks towards Kimura, her Unintentionally Unsympathetic behavior, and breaking the Moral Event Horizon by drugging Juzo, attempting to kill Kyoko in which Kizakura saved her at the case of his own life, and killing Izayoi, she has gotten a bunch of haters from the Western side of things.
  • Death Note: While Japanese fans are more or less accepting of Misa Amane, she's loathed in the West, with her English voice actress's performance being perceived as irritating by most fans, and her character seen as shallow, annoying, and stupid. The large number of fans who prefer other ships also have something to do with it.
  • Digimon:
  • Doraemon is a cultural institution in Japan, its characters having been on pretty much everything and is as ubiquitous and recognizable as Star Wars in North America. While Doraemon has had some success in some parts of Europe, like Italy and Spain, every attempt to market Doraemon to the Anglosphere has fallen flat, remaining an obscure franchise even most anime fans are largely passingly familiar with at best. The English dub on Disney XD, the biggest attempt yet, has become increasingly hard to find on its schedule over time (though whether that's due to low ratings or a case of Screwed by the Network is unclear), and western supermarkets almost all turned down Doraemon-branded dorayaki, most likely because it is a bean-based dessert and westerners don't normally associate beans with dessert.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Kid Trunks, Goten and especially Mr. Satan of Dragon Ball Z are wildly popular in Japan, but are Base Breaking Characters in the West.
    • From a Big Bad standpoint, Majin Buu counts. In the Western fandom, he's easily the biggest Base-Breaking Character amongst the Big Bads with some fans decrying him as annoying and an Invincible Villain whose arc goes on too long and has too many contrived ways to drag it on more. Even Western fans who do enjoy Buu tend to agree that he's the weakest of the series' main villains. In Japan, however, he tends to rank higher in popularity polls than Cell (who, in the eyes of a sizable portion of the Western audience, is considered the series' best villain; though Frieza is still the overall favorite on both sides).
    • Masako Nozawa is renowned in her home country for her roles in the series, voicing main character Goku as well as his father and sons/grandsons regardless of age, and managing to give each character a distinct voice and idiosyncrasies. In America? You're bound to find legions of haters for her Goku voice (a rarity for a Japanese anime voice), comparing it to Naruto Uzumaki at best and using the derisive Fan Nickname "Granny Goku" at worst. This is largely due to the Grandfather Clause and American Kirby Is Hardcore; the reason why Nozawa voices adult Goku is because she was chosen to voice child Goku, who debuted in the original Dragon Ball, and simply continued to stick with the character as he grew up. In America, DBZ was marketed more successfully than DB and adult Goku was voiced by adult men from the beginning, and most fans therefore see Goku as a manly hero rather than a goofy child in a man's body. This applies in varying degrees to Nozawa's other characters, but none moreso than Bardock, whose Japanese voice is criticized in the West even among fans of Nozawa-as-Goku.
    • Due to its dub, 7 out of 10 Spaniard will tell you that they hate the entire franchise because of this.
    • Chi-Chi is widely unpopular in most countries (especially the USA), but she is more liked in Japan.
      • Dragon Ball Super is also hated in that country, but is more for the quality of the series over the dub because it improved since then.
    • The Dr. Slump crossover of Super had a vocal group in the US who hated the episode, citing the wonky power scaling and a gag character not fitting the tone of what they think Dragon Ball should be (which is another issue entirely with the fanbase).
    • During the Tournament of Power, the reception Ribrianne had in her native Japan is actually quite favorable, while in the west Ribrianne is despised due to her magical girl parody being seen out of place (for the same reason as Arale stated above, doesn't help magical girl shows like Pretty Cure don't fly off in the States).
  • As any English Fairy Tail forum will tell you, Jellal Fernandez is one of the worst characters in the series. However, in Japan and China, he consistently ranks high in opinion polls, coming up just beneath the five main characters. Pretty high, considering he's a side character who isn't even in the titular guild.
  • Gate has been criticized by Americans and other Western audiences for its rather rabid right-wing themes and blatant anti-American sentiment that plays up rather frustrating and unrealistic Type 2 Eagleland stereotypes. Some have compared it to a Japanese-centric version of The Salvation War due to the absurd amount of liberties taken when it comes to glorifying Japan's militaries.
    • As with most Japanese media that glorifies the Japanese military, the series has had a very icy reception from Korean viewers to say the least. In fact the large majority of blogs and other outlets criticizing the show are predominantly Korean.
  • Gintama has been in serialization in Japan for almost a decade, earning positive sales and receiving one movie and three TV series. In North America, only the first 23 volumes of the manga were released before the series was cancelled. The anime only had its first 52 episodes released on DVD (subtitled) plus the movie (sub+dub). Granted, it's a cult hit in the west and has its fans, but it's not the mainstream hit show it is in Japan.
  • Hoozuki no Reitetsu is very popular in Japan. But outside Japan, its reception is low considering that it throws a lot of jokes related to Japanese and Chinese folklore and pop culture (though it did throw a lot of Western pop culture too). This ANN review seemed to confirm it.
  • The Irregular at Magic High School:
    • In Japan, the light novels and the anime are one of the highest selling anime titles. It is widely hated among the Western fanbase due to having a main character being a bigger Gary Stu than Kirito, the Brother–Sister Incest subtext, and some of the politically right-wing views and portrayal of China and United States being villains. In response to the fan backlash, Aniplex USA decided not to give this title an English dub.
    • The reaction among Chinese was slightly different, and by slightly different, it became a huge source of Snark Bait among them, in a way not much different with Americans and North Korean Propaganda Cartoons, due to being so vehemently anti-Chinese and Right-Wing, it becomes hard to be offended.
    • At the same time, although Miyuki is extremely popular in Japan and has always been the most popular heroine in her work at home, many Western viewers called her a stupid and annoying spoiled child, which became simply unbearable for many because of the for the frank incestuous nature of their relationship and the attempts of the show to give her a lot more attention than all the other girls put together. At the same time, although hostility to her made Mayumi the most popular heroine in this show in the West, Miyuki still has a pretty loud fan base among Brother–Sister Incest shippers.
  • Is the Order a Rabbit? isn't exactly hated in Western countries, but it's obscure, largely seen as yet another cookie-cutter "cute girls doing cute things" anime. Nico Nico Douga's Japanese viewership sees it quite differently—its pilot episode is the second-most-popular anime episode on the site, beaten only by the steamroller success of Kemono Friends.
  • Jewelpet: Labra, the cute baby polar bear who won't stop screaming, is wildly unpopular with American fans, but she beats fan favorites like Ruby, Garnet, Sapphire, Angela, and Rossa in the Pixiv popularity poll.
  • Parts 3 and 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are generally considered the best ones in the series in Japan. In America, they are often the ones hated the most, because they both can be boiled down to almost nothing but fights, especially compared to the other parts, which have more focus on characters. It doesn't help that the parts' JoJos, Jotaro and Giorno are considered boring, flat God Mode Sues that pull new powers out of their asses just to defeat new enemies (Giorno even gets one of the most Game-Breaker powers ever created). Most Americans prefer Parts 2, 4, 6 and 7. It also doesn't help that Part 3 gets a lot of publicity.
    • Ironically, it's near universally agreed that the Big Bad of Part 3 is the best and coolest the series has to offer. Also, it's generally agreed that the unpopularity of Part 5 stems from bad translated scans, though most still consider Gold Experience Requiem a major Ass Pull.
  • Joker Game is very popular in Japan considering that it got second place on Tokyo Anime Awards' Animation of the Year Fan Award (behind Yuri!!! on Ice), won the Nogizaka 46 Award (Monthly Newtype Joint Special Award), was ranked#6 in NHK's Best 100 Ranking Poll and #5 in the female voter's poll. Outside Japan, many viewers were divided with the series as some felt that it was trying to glorify Imperial Japan and were surprised with the series' popularity in Japan which made them wonder if it has to do with the Cast Full of Pretty Boys.
  • The reception of the Kantai Collection anime has been very polarizing at best in Japan, even among fans of the game. In the Western fanbase, however, it is near-universally hated. Across from the mentioned reasons in regards to the browser game, it also doesn't help to note that the anime was mostly historically accurate in regards to the Pacific WWII battles up until the last episode where a Deus ex Machina was pulled where the shipgirls won the battle of Midway. The fact that the anime was really Pandering to the Base when the game wasn't licensed outside of Japan also doesn't help as well. The Movie fixes these issues (not all of them though), however, mainly due to its better storytelling, near-powerful emotional tension, and bringing back a certain character who was originally written off earlier in the anime.
  • King of Prism is ubiquitous in Japan and other parts of Asia in the Idol Genre and works consumed by adult female Otaku. The movies have all made the top 10 on opening weekends, and despite being part of Mainstream Obscurity, it is widely regarded as a Cult Classic; however, it is barely known in the West. When Shiny Seven Stars, the third film, was brought over by Crunchyroll, it was met with backlash and confusion. This is because there is no context for Westerners watching it for the first time, as the series is a Spin-Off of a Kodomomuke show called Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live and is a continuation of the first two King of Prism movies, all of which never got released in the West. King of Prism is, in general, also a Widget Series that relies on Audience Participation and Idol Singer tropes, some of which are alien to Westerners.
  • Kinnikuman is absolutely massive in Japan, but is considered a cult classic at best in the West. Perhaps it has to do with Brocken Jr.?
  • Shizuru Fujino of Mai-HiME seems to be very popular (albeit with a vocal group of haters) in most fandom circles, except in Italy. While they were largely supportive of her feelings for Natsuki, the instant she Kicked the Dog by attacking Yukino and killing off Haruka, Yukino's Most Important Person, her popularity crashed and burned.
  • My Hero Academia has Mineta. He's managed to reach number 17 in the Japanese popularity polls (even then that's a stretch to say he's popular there, considering it was the first popularity poll, before more of the Loads and Loads of Characters made their debut), but American fans universally consider him The Scrappy due to his Dirty Kid nature (which reminded western fans of the Weinstein debacle and #MeToo) and his habit of being Yamcha'd in fights, to the point where there's a Fandom-Specific Plot in English fanfiction where he is removed from the class and replaced with Ensemble Dark Horse Shinsou.
    • While definitely not hated, characters with more quiet, subdued personalities like Iida and Ojiro tend to get less attention from Western fans, who seem to prefer characters with flashy powers (like Todoroki), "loud" personalities (like Bakugou), or Moe-ness (like Midoriya, Tsuyu and Ochako). Ojiro in particular; he's well-liked in his native Japan for his honorable nature and martial arts theme, but Western fans tend to see him as "that boring guy with the tail".
  • Nana at one point was the best selling manga in Japan, had a 52-episode anime, and had its own live-action movie. Outside of Japan? It doesn't get discussed much. It has its fans, especially due to the Nana's Romantic Two-Girl Friendship attracting yuri fans, but is overshadowed by more popular shoujo series.
  • Naruto:
    • Sasuke Uchiha is much more divisive in America and Europe than in Japan, and was hated by large segments of the American fanbase long before his Face–Heel Turn. This is because he's seen as a one-note 'brooding' character. As a result, American and Europeans fans were absolutely not surprised by the Face–Heel Turn.
    • This also applies to Naruto himself as well, while he is the most popular Naruto character in Japan, he is something of a Base-Breaking Character in America. Both he and Sakura often get hate from Sasuke's detractors, as both of them are continuing to try to redeem Sasuke, with Sakura passing up an opportunity to kill him because she couldn't bring herself to do it and having to get rescued by Naruto moments later.
  • Nekojiru, which is not only a violent Widget Series with an unfittingly childish art style, but is also far too scathing and sadistic for Western audiences to enjoy. This isn't as much the case for its OVA adaptation, which downplays the sadistic tone of the original series and cranks up the weirdness.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • The series is one of the most respected and influential anime franchises in its homeland. Overseas, while still respected for its willingness to push boundaries, the show itself is very divisive thanks to its Gainax Ending and Mind Screw nature, and is more of a Cult Classic that's famous and beloved by the anime community but fairly unknown outside of it, despite having a number of Big Name Fans such as the late Robin Williams.
    • Shinji Ikari is a far more polarizing character in the West than he is in Japan, often derided as a whiny weakling by casual fans.
    • While the first two movies won over crowds in the West, Evangelion 3.0 was actually rather criticized for being even more mean-spirited and being a massive Happy Ending Override, along with managing to be even more Darker and Edgier than even The End of Evangelion. To even most Western Evangelion fans this managed to be too much. In comparison, in Japan, not only is it the most profitable film in the franchise, it was one of the top-earning anime movies of all time. (Let alone the top non- Studio Ghibli or Disney animated movie)
  • Nyanpire: The Animation had a very cold reception in the USA (It's one of the most underrated shows on Anime News Network.) The Widget Series nature of the show and the facts that it happened to be one of those kiddy shows with gore and explicit (by American standards, at least.) are probably one of the biggest reasons.
  • In Japan, Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru is one of the best selling Bishoujo Games, and was even the second best-selling at the time of release. However, the anime adaption of the game was panned mercilessly by most Western critics for having a predictable Cliché Storm and mostly bland characters.
  • Kotori is very popular among Japanese Love Live! fans, who appreciate her unconditional support for Honoka and think her voice is cute. Most Western fans, however, think she just lacks the backbone to say "no" to Honoka and find her voice rather annoying. However, she does have her fans in Western regions, as various You Tube comments can attest, and is considered very adorable on either side of the Pacific. That said, the most popular character on the English server of the mobile game is Maki, owing to the West's tsundere love.
  • One Piece:
    • Spandam: Smug Snake, Dirty Coward, and a complete Jerkass on top of it all. Many of the fandom rejoiced when, in his last appearance, he got some decent comeuppance by having his skeleton snapped in half courtesy of Robin…and yet, he's been in the top 100 of every character poll since his introduction (though he's placed lower every time; the third poll, he was 28th, then he fell to 64th, and in the fifth poll, he ranked 76th).
    • Shirahoshi, the gigantic mermaid princess who won't stop crying, is wildly unpopular with the American fans. In Japan? She ranked 28th in the fifth popularity poll, and 31st in the sixth poll.
    • While Vivi is still solidly popular in Japan despite leaving the Straw Hats years ago, she's far less popular in English speaking circles.
    • Rebecca, the Chainmail Bikini-clad gladiator from the Dressrosa arc is also very unpopular with American audiences, but ranked immediately below Shirahoshi in the fifth popularity poll at 29th (though she fell to 40th in the sixth poll). It also didn't help she debuted so shortly after the series had just had such a similar character in Shirahoshi, both being princesses of suffering countries saved by the heroes (something already featured by Vivi), which came across to many as irritatingly repetitive.
    • One Piece as a whole has not gained as much mainstream popularity in the US compared to its contemporaries Bleach and Naruto. Its Western-styled animation and pirate theme turn off its target Shounen audience in the West, who are more interested in anime shows with Japanese concepts like ninjas and samurais. The terrible dub by 4Kids didn't help matters either. Unfortunately, even marketing the show to adults, who would be interested in Western-styled anime like Cowboy Bebop, and giving it a much better dub by Funimation didn't help it with mainstream audiences as it lacked the ratings to stay on Toonami. The manga, however, has a huge following among hardcore western manga fans.
  • Pretty Cure
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Though the series itself is abnormally popular in America for a magical girl show, mainly thanks to being Darker and Edgier, a large percentage of these fans hate Sayaka. Though she has a fair share of fans, a good chunk of the fanbase considers her annoyingly angsty and unheroic, something not helped by her being often positioned opposite Breakout Character Homura. In Japan, she's the most popular character outside of the two main protagonists, while Americans seem to prefer Kyouko (ironically, Kyouko/Sayaka may be more popular than Homura/Madoka in the West, especially after Rebellion).
    • Sayaka's more prominent and heroic role in The Movie seems to have boosted her popularity... and Nagisa has taken her place as Most Hated By Westerners. The hate mainly comes from her being much younger and cutesier than the other characters, and the awkwardness of apparently canonizing the Mami/Charlotte ship with a childlike character (and the fact that she barely had any relevance in the movie proper). It was probably intended as a mother/child relationship, not an underage romance, but in either case it's perceived as Pandering to the Base. The Japanese fans seem unfazed by the cuteness overload.
    • Of the Kirara Magica spinoffs, Mami's Everyday Life was the best-selling of the bunch in Japan, to the point of often featuring on covers of collections and getting prominent placement in ads. In the West, the series is almost universally hated for its very heteronormative take on a franchise that breathes Les Yay, and any announcement relating to it gets a reaction along the lines of "oh god please no." Some torrent collections of Kirara proudly omit it.
  • Robotech:
    • Lynn Minmay is loathed primarily for her atrocious dub performance, especially her songs. Her Super Dimension Fortress Macross counterpart, Minmei, is somewhat of a cultural icon in Japan, and Mari Iijima, her voice actress, is a beloved personality and decently-respected singer.Americans' traditional hatred of Minmay went weird when ADV commissioned an English dub of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series, and Mari Iijima herself, who had been living in California for years by then, reprised her iconic role for it.note  A few fans still complained, mostly that Iijima's accent stood out among the very American cast.note 
  • Sailor Moon:
    • North American fans hated Rini/Chibi-Usa. However, in Japan, she won the annual character poll in 1993, and in 1994 and 1996 placed second ahead of 51 other characters - meaning she was more popular than almost every other main character. This was partly due to her original portrayal in the DiC English dub that most North American fans are familiar with, which made her far whinier and brattier than she was in the Japanese version. Furthermore, her original voice actress was horribly miscast, which only exacerbated her annoying nature. Notably, her acceptance by North American fans seemed to increase when her original voice actress Tracy Hoyt was replaced with the better-received Stephanie Beard after the show switched from DiC to Cloverway.
    • In contrast, Chibi-Usa is very hated in Latin America as well, despite having an excellent voice actress with a very cute and nice voice, mostly because her early brattinessnote  can't fly so easily on the local expectations of little girl conduct; and by the time her Character Development seated, it coincided with her role as Plucky Comic Relief in S and her close association with the Spotlight Stealing Character Helios in the very disliked season SuperS, which made the fandom unfairly qualify her as "useless".
  • Slayers:
  • The Sonic X character Christopher Thorndyke was well received in Japan but is loathed in North America and Europe due to his dependence on Sonic, supposedly stealing Tails' role as a sidekick, and for having more screen-time than Sonic himself.
  • Soul Eater Not!, while not much of a success in Japan either, was especially hated and given very negative reviews in the west, for being a Slice of Life Moe-pandering prequel to Soul Eater, where the original anime and manga were very popular. The fact that Soul Eater Not! was made over a potential continuation to the original only adds fuel to the fire.
  • Spirited Away: Chihiro Ogino is simply disliked by many American Hayao Miyazaki fans, due to her sulking so often that it makes her come off as "whiny". But in Japan? Spirited Away and Chihiro Ogino were in 1st place as the highest-grossing film of all time and Titanic (1997) and Frozen were respectively in 2nd and 3rd place in Japan, according to the Japanese Wikipedia. This sentiment is usually just given to the character, since the movie is still beloved among Americans.
  • Stitch! barely has any fans in the West (and even fewer fans in North America) thanks to the premise of Stitch abandoning Lilo and her family when she goes to college and ending up in Japan. This is seen by many as going against the concept of 'ohana established in Lilo & Stitch and its first TV adaptation. Even Pan-Pizza can't defend it despite being a Big Name Fan of the franchise.
  • Haruna in To Love-Ru. Originally a Scrappy in the first series, she has regained fans in Japan by the time "Darkness" (TLR sequel) comes around. But she's still considered a boring character outside the home country. There, she receives hate due to being the main menace of the Harem Plan being Rito's chosen girl.
  • The intense ship-related hate toward Masaya of Tokyo Mew Mew for which Western fans are infamous doesn't seem to exist at all among Japanese girls; Nakayoshi, in fact, ran a character poll, and he ranked far above Ryou and Quiche.
  • In Japan, Toriko was probably one of the most popular Shounens at its peak, almost comparable to the famous One Piece. When it began to make its way to Western shores, many fans were proudly forecasting that it would overtake Bleach and become the next member of the Big Three. However, while few people hated the series, it failed to gain any real traction in the West, as by the time it had arrived on the scene, most anime fans were sick of Shounen in general, and the ones that weren't mostly stuck to their old favorites. It has a fanbase, to be sure, but it's a cult following at best compared to a Big Three member on their worst day.
  • Training with Hinako was a genuine huge hit in Japan, creating its two sequels, Sleeping and Bathtime, but the United States sees these OVAs as perverted and generally pointless Fanservice vehicles.
  • Yo Kai Watch may have some Western fans since its launch in the US; but despite being very popular in Japan, where it's regularly a top-rated show that goes toe-to-toe with Pokémon for popularity, its top-rated episode so far has only 500,000 viewers tune in Stateside... less than half of what a Japanese episode can pull. This likely stems from being broadcast on Disney XD, often found in the higher channel numbers of your TV provider's lineup (somewhere in the 200s/300s, most often) and hence somewhat obscure. The fact that a Fandom Rivalry has formed with Pokémon fans hasn't helped; nor has the fact that many had hailed the series as a "Pokémon killer." To say that ''Pokémon'' fans were less than pleased would be putting it mildly. The series was pulled after three seasons and replaced with Inazuma Eleven: Ares in early 2019.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • In Tenchi Muyo!, Noike is the most hated character in the western fandom, being seen as a Replacement Scrappy for Kiyone and hated for getting to be Tenchi's fiancee despite the fact that the engagement was a cover so Noike could spy on the household. In Japan, however, her character was better-received, at least particularly due to the doujins and light novels which when deeper in her bacground, which unfortunately, never got an American release.


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