Most Successful Anime Franchises

The Top Ten
1 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

This franchise is easily the most popular and successful anime franchise if he only include manga and anime. Dragon ball is worth over 5 billion dollars. that's almost as much as marvel is worth right now. The closest anime in terms of popularity and success is naruto which is worth roughly 2 billion. so that makes dragon ball worth 3 billion dollars more than the second most successful anime franchise.

Dragon Ball has earned a special place in my hearth. It's such a good anime, in my opinion the best anime ever made.

This anime is still going strong to this day despite its dark years (I.e. Dragon Ball GT).

Still the number one anime in the world till this day.

2 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States ...read more.

There is no competition to the international phenomenon that is Pokemon, and it doesn't look like there will be any time soon! With one of the longest-running anime series and a vast array of video games and merchandise, Pokemon is the most successful anime franchise of all time!

This franchise has earned more than franchises like marvel and Star Wars. No other anime franchise would even come close to this franchise

I think pokemon is in the lead. Because its games and movies gross is above than dragon ball and don't forget anime...
Its first movie got 134,192,000$(approx)...

No offense but this show sucks.

3 Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.

I know I will be pissing off some pirates viewing this because One Piece is more successful in Japan than Naruto. However, on an international level Naruto is far more successful.

This is best franchise for sure.

This show is just incredible.

Naruto is amazing aha

4 One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 851 episodes to date.

I love one piece. I'm still watching it for almost 20 years now..Nothing compares to this anime.

The best! It's long but worth watching. Worldbuilding, character development, storyline everything is good!

5 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.

AoT is a series that is not nice to its viewers. It is a series that is not afraid to be controversial, writing out characters as they are killed off, one by one. It encapsulates the meaning of "Survival." That is essentially the meaning of all life is to struggle to survive and to fight.. Fight.. FIGHT!

This is an anime that I go and rewatch over and over again, despite the death. But isn't that what makes the story interesting? Season 2 exceeded my expectations!

Freaky and excellent!

Epic and genius

6 Gundam

The Gundam franchise has a series for any user or viewership. High success rates and invents a new in each pass of generation. With tons of timelines to be in parallel also there is a good appeal of freedom in the animations of Gundam. Much respect towards this series and hopes with it the trend will not at least hold true with what it is to the point.

The Gundam franchise in what is usual has a series to appeal to each different user or viewership. It is real good with depicting what is cool and invents itself a new each passing generation it seems. In plus the timelines are also not the same in each Gundam base series. A real nice job with it and should garner respect at a point once more.

Gundam may have Robots, but it tells a very human story that many anime do not touch and because it is such a long running franchise, there is a Gundam show for everybody.

I love the model kits and the anime's great too.

7 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

The first 7 episodes are amazing, other 18 episodes are good, but other 12, oh my god... it's super boring and terrible... new characters are super bad(near is a rip off L) and over the top, super lame ending. this anime is just popular for his first 25 episodes.

8 Fate Series

Name any other visual novel franchise that's churned out as much success as Type-Moon's biggest series. To think that what started as an eroge visual novel would turn into a series of manga, light novels, anime, movies, video games, and arguably the biggest cash cow of them yet, the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Did I forget to mention its high popularity in its home country Japan?

This is one of the best series by far. I only have two things I want more for it, a more consistent timeline and more new story plots for the original first main character Shirou Emiya

What an amazing world, I look forward to every new season of this. After my first experience I became a fan for life.

9 Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

I think bleach is even better than when it comes to action and T.V. ratings

My second favorite anime (behind Naruto).

10 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
The Contenders
11 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.

As a shoujo title it deserves a place in the top 10.

12 Monogatari Series

Fantastic series with very clever writing. Fantastic character interactions. Absolutely beatiful animation. My favorite series hand down.

13 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.
14 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.
15 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because ...read more.

It is a Japanese-American card game where they use rules of the game, for generations they add more cards to be duels.

16 One Punch Man One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after ...read more.

Funny, the way One writes it is amazing, but I don't understand, why is it lower than anime I have never heard of

17 My Hero Academia
18 Gintama Gin Tama, also styled as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump.

Yep keep laughing

19 Futari wa Pretty Cure
20 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

Love it or hate it, Sword Art Online is undeniably one of the most successful and popular anime franchises of this decade. A contest entry turned webcomic turned light novel, it's amazing how much this light novel franchise has expanded. Two anime adaptations with a third one on the way, a series of spin-offs with one already set for its own anime adaptation, several video games and mobile games, and most importantly, its first theatrical anime film. Yep, without a doubt successful. Suck it, haters.

21 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.

Watching Brotherhood is still to this day one of my fondest experiences. What an amazing vision brought to life.

22 Love Live
23 Digimon “Digimon” is a term commonly used to describe a variety of Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), ...read more.

They are all time great

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25 K-On! K-ON! (けいおん!, literally 'Light Music') is a Japanese slice of life and comedy four-panel comic strip manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. It was serialized from 2007 to 2012, and there are six volumes to the manga in total. Kyoto Animation produced the anime adaptation, which aired over ...read more.
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