When it comes to western-made anime, fans often look at shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender as success stories. The medium may be rooted in Japan, but that doesn’t mean anime is meant just for local creators. If you ask the Internet, anime can be done by anyone at anytime, and the proof of that lies with King of the Hill.
No, really — King of the Hill has a hilarious anime connection that is growing even after all these years.
For those of you who are confused, King of the Hill is an animated sitcom from Fox. The all-American show follows the Hill family as the Texan brood lives a mundane middle-class life, but the anime fandom has all but adopted the show. The sitcom may not have any Ki blasts or fancy ninja tools, but it does have the backing of an avid anime fandom. And, if you head to social media, you will find people singing the praises of King of the Hill’s so-called anime cred.
If this whole phenomenon sounds strange to you, then you need to know this fan-made connection isn’t a new thing. King of the Hill and anime go way back; In fact, the first crossovers of the sitcom date back to the early 2010s. Attack on Titan and Naruto were some of the first anime titles to meme up King of the Hill, and the fandom grew to accept the sitcom into their fold as a sort of joke.
However, that joke is still thriving. By the way some fans talk about Hank Hill, you would think he trained Jiren or something.
Just check out the slides below, and you can see how King of the Hill is being brought into the anime fandom. Over on Twitter, the anime fandom thrives off the long-running meme, and Youtube mash-ups are all too common. King of the Hill has been transposed on everything from Dragon Ball Super to Pokemon, and the trend doesn’t seem like it is slated to stop. So, if you haven’t accepted Hank Hill as your top anime protagonist, it’s about time you added King of the Hill to your MyAnimeList.
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Friend: King of the Hill isn’t an animeNovember 29, 2017
King of the Hill was also one hell of an anime. pic.twitter.com/1G8qa7QoKh— TheFearRaiser (@TheFearRaiser) March 29, 2018
how to make anime good:
-replace the anime girls with hank hill— shut (@theultrahand) June 4, 2018
-replace all the other stuff from the stuff w/ king of the hill
-make it king of the hill
King of the Hill— I Died In The Bible (@DieAbelDie) January 19, 2018
A Pros and Cons list
Pros: Hilarious. Best anime of all time
The King of the Hill & Sailor Moon crossover was an iconic moment in anime history— Jackd N Ripped N Hot N Sexy N Also Very Cute&Funny (@HankHillFanClub) June 1, 2018
Searching for King of the Hill reaction images backfired on me today. I found anime Bobby Hill.— strumpt@HRPC (@strumpetchan) February 17, 2016
I went too deep. pic.twitter.com/xKDbe1CWBQ
There is an entire corner of the internet that is king of the hill characters in anime. What a time to be alive— bebop (@hallzie_is_dead) February 27, 2018
Y’all keep trying to act like king of the hill isn’t the best anime of all time y’all are just kidding y’all selves— ?bryce? (@moldyblunt) May 31, 2018