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Netizen Hot Topic: Is Boruto Anime Actually Popular in Japan?

Frequently debated by Indonesian netizens, is the anime of Boruto actually popular in its own home, Japan? Let's take a look at the discussion!

The anime of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is presented as a sequel to Naruto Shippuden. Just as the children of the hero of World War Ninja must bear the hopes of their predecessor, continuing the legacy of an anime as popular as Naruto is clearly not an easy task; the story of Boruto and his friends adventure often becomes netizens' debate.

Some say that the anime episodes are boring. Once rumors spread that the manga would be cancelled. The manga author himself said Boruto manga won't run as long as Naruto. But what about the popularity of Boruto anime according to Japanese citizens themselves?

Masashi Kishimoto/Mikio Ikemoto/Ukyo Kodachi/Shueisha/Studio Pierrot

First of all, we'll take a look at the popularity of Boruto anime through Hulu streaming service, which are quite popular in Japan. Hulu Japan has more than 1,550,000 paid subscribers, a half million more compared to the international anime streaming service Crunchyroll that holds more than 1,000,000 monthly subscribers.

Top 10 Anime Rank in 2018 - Hulu Japan:

  1. Detective Conan
  2. Gintama
  3. My Hero Academia
  4. BORUTO - NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  5. Black Clover
  6. Cells at Work!
  7. Tokyo Ghoul:re
  8. Pop Team Epic
  9. The Seven Deadly Sins
  10. Attack on Titan

Top 20 Shows Rank in 2018 - Hulu Japan:

  1. Documentary of Namie Amuro "Finally"
  2. Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!
  3. Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Zettai Ni Warattewa Ikenai Series
  4. Detective Conan
  5. Konya Kurabete Mimashita/Stories To Match
  6. Walking Dead
  7. Gintama
  8. Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!
  9. Miss Sherlock
  10. Todome no Parallel
  11. My Hero Academia
  12. BORUTO - NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  13. Born To Be a Flower
  14. Todome no Kiss
  15. Gakkepuchi Hotel
  16. Matsuko Conference
  17. Zero The Bravest Money Game
  18. Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi
  19. Black Clover
  20. Cells at Work!

A quite good rating, right? Boruto can hold its own as the fourth most popular anime and as twelfth most popular show on Hulu Japan.

The only anime series that can beat the popularity of other TV shows is Detective Conan, ranked fourth. It is not a surprise considering that Conan anime series has been running non-stop for 22 years from 1996 to 2018 and every time the movie airs in theaters it always occupies the top box office position in Japan!

The 2017-2018 income report from TV Tokyo, as the sole holder of the Boruto anime license on Japanese TVs, also confirmed the popularity of the anime sequel.

  Sales   Gross Profit
1. NARUTO 1. NARUTO
2. Yu-Gi-Oh 2. Pocket Monster (Pokemon)
3. BORUTO 3. Yu-Gi-Oh
4. Gintama 4. Gintama
5. Pocket Monster (Pokemon) 5. BORUTO

Boruto anime occupied the third position in sells and fifth position in gross sales. Although it hasn't been able to exactly follows on Naruto's footsteps, we can’t deny Boruto's popularity in Japan. Moreover, the famous playground among anime lovers, Nijigen no Mori, also opened a Naruto and Boruto-themed attraction.

Given that we have entered 2019 and the 97th episode on last Sunday, March 10th 2019, do you think the popularity of Boruto anime in Japan will decline this year? Or will it be stable and even soaring? Write down your opinion in the comments column!

Main image source: Masashi Kishimoto/Mikio Ikemoto/Ukyo Kodachi/Shueisha/Studio Pierrot
Source: Comicbook.com / Happyon.jp

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