10 Shonen Anime That Bombed But Became Cult Classics


Sometimes people don’t know what they have until it’s gone. When it comes to anime, many series have done poorly enough to be canceled. While shonen anime are more often shielded from this and last longer, it doesn’t make them immune to maintaining high ratings.


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However, simply being canceled is not an indicator of poor quality. A number of reasons can lead to a show being canceled, even if the show itself is great. And when fans discover a top shonen that was canceled too soon, they talk about it for years, hoping they’ll get another chance in the spotlight.

ten Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan disappeared after its manga was canceled

Noura: Rise of the Yokai Clan seemed to be the next in the group of great shonen anime. Rikuo Nura is the grandson of the clan leader Nura yokai, who wants Rikuo to be the head of the clan.

But while Rikuo refuses to do so, he is still forced to face people trying to kill him due to his connection to the clan. Unfortunately, the manga’s popularity died out in the 2000s and the series was canceled. Meanwhile, the anime only had two seasons and Studio DEEN never bothered to animate the rest.

9 The Beelzebub Manga Has Been Canceled, And The Anime Has Released Its Final Arc

At Ryuhei Tamura’s Beelzebub feels like a different twist on the Gintama formula. The series is mostly made up of comedic gags, but occasionally contains some surprisingly well-done action. The story centers on freshman Tatsumi Oga, a delinquent at Ishiyama High.

Out of nowhere, Oga is asked to take care of a baby belonging to a death-threatened demon king. Unfortunately, Beelzebub never had a proper ending in the anime or manga. The series’ poor manga sales led to its cancellation, while the anime was cut short and rushed into the final arc.

8 Rave Master Had Failing Anime Ratings And Was Forgotten Until Fairy Tail

Before Hiro Mashima worked on Fairy talehe had the series Master Rave, based on his long-running manga. The show centered on Haru Glory, who had inherited the Rave Stones, a power that allowed him to fight the organization called Demon Card, which sought to take over the world.

Master Rave ran for 51 episodes before being canceled due to the anime series’ low ratings. However, a few years later, Mashima would create a hit with Fairy talealso raising the profile of this work.

seven Food wars! Rushed to its end after fans got tired of the manga

Food wars! became a meme in the United States for the way the show attracted its food and because of how strongly the characters reacted to eating it. But the manga’s sales began to decline over time as fans became less interested in each successive arc.

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In the end, the manga was canceled and forced to conclude its storyline with a quick epilogue. Naturally, the anime had to end soon after with its fifth season. Fans are not getting the latest season of Food wars! too, but they still love the previous seasons.

Full Metal Panic! was a popular 2000s anime that followed a young military officer, Sousuke Sagara, who had to take care of a teenage girl, Kaname Chidori, for a mission. Although the series is primarily a slice-of-life comedy, it maintained its popularity long before it died out.

Although the light novel is still in progress, there has never been a full adaptation. It took over a decade before the animation studio felt comfortable enough to bring the series back, and even that didn’t end the story. But none of that has dulled Mecha fans’ love for Full Metal Panic!.

5 Kenichi: The Most Powerful Disciple Was Never Resurrected For A Sequel Series

Based on a manga series by Syun Matsuena, Kenichi: The Most Powerful Disciple is a classic martial arts adventure story. It focuses on Kenichi, a young man tired of being bullied who joins the Ryozanpaku dojo. Unfortunately, Kenichi’s developing martial arts skills attract all manner of delinquents who want to see him prove his strength.

However Kenichi: The Most Powerful Disciple ran for 50 episodes, the series being so close to the manga eventually ended the series. Studio TMS Entertainment never bothered to make a second season, although there were later OVAs. Still, that hasn’t stopped the series from being highly rated on sites like MyAnimeList and IMDb.

4 Magi was arrested before he could even air his final season

As the new shonen on the block in 2012, Magi seemed fine at first. Shinobu Ohtaka chose a setting unlike anything else in shonen manga, drawing its characters and world from Thousand and one Night.

But after two seasons and 50 episodes, the anime never bothered to return for its finale. The manga ended and A-1 Pictures never tried to go for the third season or give the series a movie. Fans still count this as one of the best shonen series of the 2010s.

3 D.Gray-Man was canceled due to low ratings

At Katsura Hoshino D. Gray-man was one of the most popular shonen anime of the 2000s in the United States. Although he was never one of the big three Americans, he had a place in the second tier of shonen alongside series like soul eater. Fans have been invested in Allen Walker’s journey to cast out demons.

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But after 103 episodes of D. Gray-man’s anime, TMS Entertainment decided to cut the series due to its low ratings. They attempted to revive the series a decade later with D. Gray-man Hallow, but it only lasted 13 episodes before ending again. They didn’t even bother to release the series on Blu-ray or DVD.

2 The second season of Love Hina has been canceled

by Ken Akamatsu I love Hina was one of the biggest anime series of the early 2000s; fans wanted more. The series even became a hit in the United States thanks to fansubs, as there was no other way to get your hands on the series at the time.

But when the animation studio tried to make a second season, it was quickly canceled and turned into a three-part OVA,I still love Hina, In place. They rushed to the finale, and the studio responsible for animating it wasn’t even there anymore. However, it did not stop I love Hina to be a classic anime for harem fans.

Hunter x of the hunter the popularity might trick people into believing that the series has always been popular. But the original series ended quickly as the anime overtook the manga. Although they attempted to make OVAs after the fact, even those didn’t fit everything fans were looking for.

But at least Japanese fans actually got those OVAs. In America, DVD sales were so terrible that they no longer bothered to dub the series. It’s a long way from today, where Hunter X Hunter is considered one of the greatest anime of all time.

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