I know the last post was a joke, but I can't help but think there's a little bit of truth to it. From what I've heard from others (in a discussion about why it isn't one of the top 3 shounen series) is that HxH fans are often pretentious snobs who like to keep it underground so they don't have to associate with mainstream stuff like Naruto and one piece. I fit that category of fans tho :/
really??? man, i haven’t gotten that impression, personally. i would actually be glad if it got a bit more recognition in the west – it really deserves it. that said, while i expect there to be plenty of new fans as a result of the english dub airing, i don’t expect it to be become mainstream like naruto or attack on titan, etc.
part of what makes hxh so novel and enjoyable to many is exactly why i think it will struggle with mainstream success in the west: it subverts expectations and is almost uncategorizable as each arc has major changes in genre, mood, and cast. it’s unpredictable and unorthodox – thrilling to some but difficult to get into for others. a general observation i’ve made from browsing forums is that some people even get kinda mad when hxh goes in a direction they don’t expect – gon and killua never battling each other, the lack of gon + killua + leorio + kurapika traveling together, gon not having a female love interest, etc. hxh is constantly setting itself up and knocking down pieces. i think it’s refreshing but some people know what they wanna watch and don’t like how hxh takes a steel bat to the genre conventions and tropes they expected to see and enjoy.
yorknew arc, possibly the most popular in the series, is airing currently on toonami so i’m very interested to see if there’s a fandom growth over the next few months. might be fun to do a fandom poll this summer and see!