Over the past year or so, anime has started trending more than ever. From a despised medium who was branded as cheesy, anime is now considered ‘in’. However, the same unfortunately cannot be said for the animes of the early 2000s.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine phase, the search for new hobbies and interests was on the rise as teens and adults scrambled for something to do. From arts and crafts, hair dyeing and even television frenzy, people have shifted from one fad to another. As each trend started and ended, TikTok was always on hand to signal what the next big thing was, what was happening and what was going to stay.
While streaming sites have seen an increase in viewership, many shows with particularly interesting characteristics have also increased. This led to a wave of new anime enthusiasts, who hopped aboard TikTok’s anime train and drove it to more traditional sites. These trends have also helped the media shed some of the stigma it previously had.
While the newer cartoons were the first to hit the audience’s radar, once they were done, anime fans demanded more and so they moved on to older anime that were either still on sites. streaming, or found during their own searches. Many returned to watch the three best anime of the 2000s (âNaruto,â âBleachâ and âOne Pieceâ), while others decided to try other genres or shorter animes. And while new fans of one- or two-season anime will sometimes be able to end a series with a satisfying ending, others have realized that not all of the early 2000s anime weren’t actually done.
âOuran High School Host Club,â for example, made its way into the public eye, but fans quickly realized that the anime only had one season. Now, social media users are asking and begging the creators for a second season to end the show they’ve already started. Sadly, the series aired its last episode in 2006, so it’s unlikely we’ll see a second season after all this time.
Another early 2000s anime that never had a satisfying ending, or even Season 2, was “Fruits Basket.” âFruits Basketâ first aired in 2001 and ended without completing the story arc. The anime also missed many of the details contained in the manga, cutting the plot short. For this reason, instead of giving viewers a sequel or second season, Funimation instead released a remake in April 2019, which resulted in three seasons that came close to the manga’s plot.
âFruits Basketâ is just one of many early 2000s anime that didn’t follow the manga’s storyline as closely as fans would have hoped. âFullmetal Alchemist,â released in 2003, received a remake via âFullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,â which came out in 2009 and is best known for being a more faithful adaptation. âSailor Moon,â although first aired in 1992, received a remake titled âSailor Moon Crystalâ in 2012 that has remained more faithful to the manga.
Because earlier animes like those from the early 2000s didn’t follow their manga counterpart too closely, ratings dropped. It also led to more anime not getting a second season. While the anime in the 2000s had a solid reputation, it didn’t have as much support as it does today.
Each year, the growing popularity of the genre translates into an increase in convention attendance. Anime show, which was held annually in July in Los Angeles, used to switch between two convention centers every two years and once the number of attendees increased, Anime Expo stayed only with the Los Angeles Convention Center. In 1992, the Anime Expo had 1,700 participants; now it welcomes over 100,000 fans.
Prior to the 2000s, the anime had already aired on television via channels like Kids’ WB, which played “Sailor Moon,” “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and “Cardcaptor Sakura”. However, it wasn’t until the âBig Threeâ of the early 2000s that the anime really became popular in the West via Toonami. And yet, the anime still carried a negative stigma due to the lack of cultural knowledge in our society, especially in the 2000s. Anime for the Millennials was also seen as something cringe or just plain weird. Generation Z, however, has changed the way society views other cultures and nationalities, creating a greater space for acceptance.
So, will an anime as old as âOuran High School Host Clubâ see a second season after all this time? It might be quite difficult to say yes to this question. âOuranâ had been streaming on Netflix for years before it became a talked about anime and nothing has ever changed. However, there are still newer and equally popular projects to focus on. Other anime like “Yona of the Dawn” or “Seraph of the End”, which got good marks when they were released, still haven’t received their second season either and are much newer.
Shows that haven’t yet seen new anime adaptations or a continuation of their story don’t always have to end in their first season. Manga sales have also exploded along with the popularity of anime. The manga that provided the source material for anime like “Blue Spring Ride” and “Horimiya” have managed to sell themselves during their own surges in popularity. While some older anime may not have received a second season, the endings can be found in their manga counterpart. For example, if an anime covers up to chapter 36 or so and the manga ends with chapter 83, a fair amount of information is not in the end of the anime and can be discovered by the fan again.
As mentioned, a lot of information is left out in the adaptation of an anime compared to the manga counterpart. And while many anime may never see a second season or remake, the finished manga is still a way to gain a desired ending. A simple search for the anime can allow viewers and readers to know where the anime left off if they don’t want to start all over again and aren’t afraid of missing out on some of the information previously left out.