I was in my top secret research lab trying to figure out what makes an anime popular, and after all my hard work, I have discovered a foolproof method to make my own popular anime. Here are the five elements that guarantee you a popular anime 100% of the time:
05.) Have A Dense Male Character
In almost every popular anime there is that one dumb male character, you know what I mean. The one mentally challenged character that struggles to comprehend simple logic that could be slapping him in the face. They are funny, entertaining, and lovable – since it’s just not right to look down on the less fortunate.
These characters tend to subconsciously remind most typical anime viewers of themselves, leaving watchers to look up to the characters as role models and leaders.
Example: Raku – Nisekoi
Example: Naruto Uzumaki – Naruto Shippuden
04.) All Main Characters Must Be Invincible
Everyone wants the main character to be as powerful as possible. Fortunately, most popular anime provide the leading characters with infinite strength and ability upon birth. People find enjoyment when the main character defeats an enemy as it’s a way to shy away from their own weakness. And if you have to be watching anime, you’ve got plenty of weaknesses.
Example: Koro-Sensei – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
03.) Try To Be Funny, Even When Not Funny
Everyone obviously watches anime to have a good time and to escape from their pitiful lives. So comedy is a big aspect of a popular anime. Although most of the time they won’t be funny, they will at least keep trying to be. Let this be a reminder that if people are laughing at your joke, they are probably laughing at you, not with you.
Example: Hataraku Maou-sama!
02.) Use A Familiar Art Style
Most anime watchers today care about the art way too much, but not because they actually know anything about art. They try to avoid anime with the experimental and unusual older styles like The Big O, Trigun, and Claymore, even though they’re much better than newer anime that all look like they purchased their character designs as a commission off Fiverr.com.
Example: Sword Art Online
01.) Excessive Fanservice
This one is the most common one. More and more anime everyday start to depend on bare female bodies for their success or girly topless men. Since most anime viewers won’t ever get to experience a relationship with the opposite sex, they have to make up for it somehow.
I’ve seen anime that have the worst story line but still get positive reviews because of a fictional girl’s skin or some made-up guy’s muscles. In the meantime, the anime with an actual plot, not the sarcastic kind, are left to be forgotten and rot in an era where the average anime viewer just didn’t care about the real story.
Admittedly, it’s to be expected – anime viewers were never very smart people. That’s what my mother tells me anyway.
Example: The Majority of Most Anime of Every Season
Example: High School DxD
Follow these five rules to a popular anime, and you will have a popular anime every time. Terrible, but popular.