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10 Shonen Anime That Bombed But Became Cult Classics

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When fans discover a top-tier shonen that got canceled too soon, they talk about them for years, hoping they get another chance in the spotlight.

Sometimes people don't know what they have until it's gone. Regarding anime, plenty of series did poorly enough to be canceled. Though shonen anime are more often protected from this and last longer, it doesn't make them immune to having to maintain high ratings.

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Just being canceled isn't an indicator of low quality, though. Any number of reasons can lead to the cancellation of a show, even though the series itself is excellent. And when fans discover a top-tier shonen that got canceled too soon, they talk about them for years to come, hoping they get another chance in the spotlight.

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Hunter x Hunter's popularity might make people think the series was always popular. But the original series ended quickly because the anime overtook the manga. Though they attempted to do OVAs after the fact, even those didn't adapt everything fans were looking for.

But at least the Japanese fans actually got those OVAs. In America, the sales of the DVDs were so terrible they didn't bother dubbing the series anymore. That's a far cry from today, where Hunter x Hunter is considered one of the greatest anime ever.

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