What are the "Big Three" of anime, and why is Attack on Titan causing so much controversy?

Some Attack on Titan fans want the anime to join the 'Big Three,' unseating Bleach. Naturally, this has sparked a heated debate on social media.

What are the "Big Three" of anime, and why is Attack on Titan causing so much controversy?

More casual manga and anime fans may have never heard of the "Big Three." You may not have heard of the term, but you have heard of its members.

The 'Big Three' are the three manganimes that contributed to the worldwide popularity of anime in the 2000s: Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach.

The popularity of the three shnen, which picked up the baton left by Dragon Ball in the 1990s, helped cement manga and anime's success in the West like never before.

Those days, however, are no longer with us. Bleach finished a long time ago (though he is due to return), Naruto is still going strong thanks to his sequel, and One Piece, well, that's not all.

Because of the time change, some Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) fans believe Bleach "falls" off the 'Big Three' list and is replaced by the series based on Hajime Isayama's manga ( Isayama Hajime).

The argument has erupted on networks in less than a rooster's song, with supporters putting their palms to their heads as if they want to touch the 'Big Three.'

Others argue that the title is not a torch that the various franchises pass, but rather commemorates a once-in-a-lifetime event: the global rise of anime as we know it today.

Of course, the range of reactions varies from sensible and polite to "but what to speak piece of..." Twitter, for example...

Others have chimed in, suggesting that if Attack on Titan is included in the 'Big Three,' Night Watch (Kimetsu no Yaiba) should be included as well.

Come on, it never rains to everyone's favor in any fandom, and it always ends the same way: with loooong Twitter debates. 

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