In an article by BandCamp, it is said that anime is extremely popular across Latin America. However, it has a special significance in Mexico, which dates back to 60 years ago. It started with Astroboy as the first Japanese animated series to be dubbed and broadcast in Mexico in 1964. Speed Racer and Captain Tsubasa followed, and many others soon joined these series.
In the mid-’90s, Gaby Maya, also known as Gaby Manga, co-founded the fanzine Animanga with Adalisa Zarate. They were trailblazers of manga publications in the country, securing publishing and distribution rights for various titles. Mexico discovered Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Ranma ½, One Piece, and Cardcaptor Sakura. The country also openly welcomed Pokémon, Digimon, and Power Rangers.
“According to Maya, anime resonated with Mexican audiences for a number of reasons, including the fact that its stories typically mirrored shared family values between Mexico and Japan; they had strong messages of resilience, and the narrative archetypes echoed the format of popular telenovelas.”
When the world eventually became smaller because of the Internet, people became more aware of the different cultures around them. Mexico accessed even more anime and manga titles, and the fandom only kept growing.