The Most Successful Anime Shows That Have Been Major Turning Points In The Industry

Anime Motivation
May 18, 2018 · 4 min read
Yes, SAO is one of the anime industries biggest turning points.

Anime as a source of entertainment has changed since the 90’s. With people from all over the world being interested in what anime has to offer.

There are a lot of anime we can thank for that. But If we’re talking about this from an objective point of view rather than personal opinions, these anime shows have to be mentioned:

Death Note

It’s undeniable presence in the anime industry can’t be ignored.

It’s obviously one of the few that have made an impact and even gave people a reason to watch anime.


Dragon Ball Z

It’s impossible to talk about anime WITHOUT knowing about DBZ. Doing so would be like asking a person if they own a smartphone or not (fun fact: there are more smartphones than there are people).


Sailor Moon

This shows “quality” is up for debate. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s an absolute classic. With one of the BEST anime intro songs of all time.

This was one of many “gateway drug” animes that reeled people into the industry, and set them on their journey.



There’s just no exception when it comes to . It’s too successful to NOT be on this list. Would even go as far to say it’s even more popular than Dragon Ball Z (especially in the 90’s).

Pokemon is simple, easy to understand and fun. Plus their video games took this to another level and drove it’s success to ridiculous heights.


Code Geass

Well deserved and immensely popular. And with its high ratings, it makes for a rare series that managed to be both a top series for “new” anime fans, along with high ratings wherever you look.


Neon Genesis Evangelion

This anime seems to have made a MASSIVE impact on a deep level, rather than “wide”.

To deny it would be foolish.

An anime fan puts it this way:

“It was sufficiently popular that they were able to fill stores all over the country for almost two decades now with figurines, dolls, posters, keychains, stickers, etc etc etc.”


And that’s in spite of being such an old show with no new series unlike DBZ and so many others.



To even ignore Naruto in relation to this blog would be ignorant.

There’s hardly any anime fan on earth who doesn’t know of Naruto, or hasn’t watched it to some degree. Or even who doesn’t know AT LEAST the names of a few characters (despite not watching it).


One Piece

Another series that’s not only the top selling manga of ALL time (outselling even Spiderman in the US), it’s still ongoing without a sign of stopping. And it’s presence is unmatched.

There’s hardly an anime that’s been more consistent than (a reason why it has such a massive following).

Honorable Mentions:

  • Yugioh.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Bleach.
  • Gintama.
  • Inuyasha.
  • Slayers.
  • Sword Art Online.
  • Fairy Tail.

Less popular shows that have been turning points:


Psycho Pass

Higurashi: When They Cry

Black Lagoon

My Hero Academia


Fate Zero

If you feel any were missed, share it in the comments.

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