Anime Fans Pick Which 1st Season Outshone the Sequel

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

It's hard to live up to a big hit. Sequels, whether its anime, live-action television, or movies, try to capitalize on the success of their predecessor. Sometimes it's a glowing success (see: John Wick) and sometimes it an abject failure (see: The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). The stakes can be high, especially if a piece of media has an especially passionate fanbase. Anime fans are no exception, as a recent Goo! Ranking poll found out. The website asked anime fans which sequels failed to live up to the originals with some surprising results.

The top choice was Mr. Osomatsu. The anime's first season was money-making phenomenon with magazine collaborations selling out. The series' popularity swelled to the point that it was expected to have major growth at dōjin events like Comiket but its popularity began petering out by 2017 despite the then soon to premiere second season.

The poll also includes several other popular series from Haikyu to Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan. Do you agree with the results? Are there other series you feel lost momentum or appeal in the sequels? Let us know in the forums.

Goo! Ranking Poll: What Anime Sequel Didn't Live Up to the Original?

  1. Mr. Osomatsu
  2. Lupin the Third
  3. Attack on Titan
  4. Sword Art Online
  5. Kemono Friends
  6. Psycho-Pass
  7. Tokyo Ghoul
  8. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
  9. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  10. Natsume's Book of Friends
  11. Love Live!
  12. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  13. Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  14. Haikyu!
  15. Hozuki's Coolheadedness
  16. Higurashi: When They Cry
  17. A Certain Scientific Railgun
  18. K-on
  19. Overlord
  20. Durarara

Source: Goo! Ranking

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