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8th Aug '17 5:06:16 PM rjd1922
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** {{Reconstruction}}[=/=]GenreThrowback: ''Anime/PrettyCure''. The most popular Modern Day magical girl show in japan, playing many tropes straight again, but with a twist in that there's also tons of post Modernism and Franchise/DragonBall[=-=]styled physical fighting.

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** {{Reconstruction}}[=/=]GenreThrowback: ''Anime/PrettyCure''. The most popular Modern Day modern-day magical girl show in japan, Japan, playing many tropes straight again, but with a twist in that there's also tons of post Modernism and Franchise/DragonBall[=-=]styled ''Franchise/DragonBall''[=-=]styled physical fighting.
18th Jul '17 5:51:19 AM TroperNo9001
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** ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': The highly influential 1979 anime/manga that changed {{Shojo}} anime. The historical drama lasted for two years. Notable for being one of the first Shojo anime series. Equally notable for being a hit worldwide ''except'' for English-speaking areas, where it remained stubbornly unavailable until 2013.

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** ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': The highly influential 1979 anime/manga that changed {{Shojo}} {{Shoujo}} anime. The historical drama lasted for two years. Notable for being one of the first Shojo anime series. Equally notable for being a hit worldwide ''except'' for English-speaking areas, where it remained stubbornly unavailable until 2013.
5th Jul '17 8:54:02 PM TheBigBopper
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* Deconstruction: ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' a show that both is and delightfully parodies a shojo romantic highschool comedy/ reverse harem, making fun of fangirls, moe, gender differences, teenage angst, romantic hero stock characters, yaoi, yuri and all with a shower of rose petals and a nudge on the fourth wall.

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* Deconstruction: AffectionateParody: ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' a show that both is and delightfully parodies a shojo romantic highschool comedy/ reverse harem, making fun of fangirls, moe, gender differences, teenage angst, romantic hero stock characters, yaoi, yuri and all with a shower of rose petals and a nudge on the fourth wall.
18th Jun '17 8:30:58 PM nombretomado
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* TropeMaker: ''StarOfTheGiants''. Aired 1968 to 1971. The "star" of the story is Hyuuma Hoshi, a young pitcher dreaming of making it big in the majors like his father had until the older man was injured in WorldWarTwo and had to retire. ''Star of the Giants'' established that baseball anime almost always star the pitcher- as opposed to American baseball shows that tend to depict other positions almost as often as the pitcher.

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* TropeMaker: ''StarOfTheGiants''. Aired 1968 to 1971. The "star" of the story is Hyuuma Hoshi, a young pitcher dreaming of making it big in the majors like his father had until the older man was injured in WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and had to retire. ''Star of the Giants'' established that baseball anime almost always star the pitcher- as opposed to American baseball shows that tend to depict other positions almost as often as the pitcher.
24th Mar '17 3:14:03 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'': While people tend to cite ''Fist of the North Star'' as the major defining source for Shonen today, it's ''very'' arguable that ''Kinnikuman'' did as much, if not more, for the genre. Predating North Star by 4 years in 1979, it started as a gag-filled parody of UltraMan, but by 1980, CerebusSyndrome had kicked in, and it had started to become a Fighting manga, with ProWrestling as its major theme. Like any good Fighting Shonen series, the main focus was the fights, and while they mostly revolved around straight-up ProWrestling at first, it wasn't long before more outrageous and outlandish attacks started to become the norm for the series, though wrestling still remained a key part of it. It also kept a decent sense of humor, while still being at least ''semi''-serious. In fact, ''Kinnikuman'' might well be like later Shonen then ''North Star'' was; whereas North Star took itself as seriously as it possibly could, ''Kinnikuman'', like a number of later Shonen, kept a lighter tone. And like ''North Star'', it [[CashCowFranchise spawned a franchise that's still around today]]. In short, it's just as worthy of being as major a former of Fighting Shonen tropes as ''Fist of the North Star'' was, if not more so.

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** ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'': While people tend to cite ''Fist of the North Star'' as the major defining source for Shonen today, it's ''very'' arguable that ''Kinnikuman'' did as much, if not more, for the genre. Predating North Star by 4 years in 1979, it started as a gag-filled parody of UltraMan, ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', but by 1980, CerebusSyndrome had kicked in, and it had started to become a Fighting manga, with ProWrestling as its major theme. Like any good Fighting Shonen series, the main focus was the fights, and while they mostly revolved around straight-up ProWrestling at first, it wasn't long before more outrageous and outlandish attacks started to become the norm for the series, though wrestling still remained a key part of it. It also kept a decent sense of humor, while still being at least ''semi''-serious. In fact, ''Kinnikuman'' might well be like later Shonen then ''North Star'' was; whereas North Star took itself as seriously as it possibly could, ''Kinnikuman'', like a number of later Shonen, kept a lighter tone. And like ''North Star'', it [[CashCowFranchise spawned a franchise that's still around today]]. In short, it's just as worthy of being as major a former of Fighting Shonen tropes as ''Fist of the North Star'' was, if not more so.
8th Mar '17 10:32:52 PM TheBigBopper
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*** TropeCodifier: ''Anime/Berserk1997''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series adapted from the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' by Creator/KentaroMiura is well known for its beautiful story and its utterly nightmarish monsters and violence. It focuses on a one-eyed mercenary badass with a giant sword who seeks vengeance against his former commander and best friend for betraying him in one of the most unforgivable manners imaginable, and roams the world killing any demon that comes for him. It takes and {{deconstruct|ion}}s many classic tropes of classic fantasy (as well as many tropes of {{Shonen}} series).

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*** TropeCodifier: ''Anime/Berserk1997''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series adapted from the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' by Creator/KentaroMiura is well known for its beautiful story and its utterly nightmarish monsters and violence. It focuses on a one-eyed mercenary badass with a giant sword who seeks vengeance against his former commander and best friend for betraying him in one of the most unforgivable manners imaginable, and roams the world killing any demon that comes for him. It takes and {{deconstruct|ion}}s many classic tropes of classic fantasy (as well as many tropes of {{Shonen}} series).
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6th Mar '17 8:09:30 PM Twiddler
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** ''Manga/NaruTaru'' (2003), by MohiroKitoh, perhaps best known for his other genre deconstruction, ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. The premise of the genre, namely that kids gain control of powerful beasts and go on adventures, gets twisted by averting the last part: instead of going on adventures the children form terrorist groups to shape the world as they see fit, and being a immortal one-man army, they are pretty effective and deadly, develop symptoms of AGodAmI and reap a lot of hate. Controlling this power turns the kids life to worse since they get sucked into the conflict. Almost all owners of a shadow dragon die before the series ends.

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** ''Manga/NaruTaru'' (2003), by MohiroKitoh, Creator/MohiroKitoh, perhaps best known for his other genre deconstruction, ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. The premise of the genre, namely that kids gain control of powerful beasts and go on adventures, gets twisted by averting the last part: instead of going on adventures the children form terrorist groups to shape the world as they see fit, and being a immortal one-man army, they are pretty effective and deadly, develop symptoms of AGodAmI and reap a lot of hate. Controlling this power turns the kids life to worse since they get sucked into the conflict. Almost all owners of a shadow dragon die before the series ends.
5th Feb '17 6:31:44 AM ScrewySqrl
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* {{Reconstruction}}: ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''. First created as a 26-minute short film in 2013, a short movie in 2015, and a 25-episode series in 2017, this reconstructs the 'CuteWitch' subgenre with light adventure.
9th Jan '17 3:19:48 AM SergeantLuke
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* ''Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji'' (English language title, ''Legend of the Overfiend'') (1987): Did you ever wonder why some people think that AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles? Well, mostly, it's because of ''Overfiend''. One of the first anime movies (though it was an OVA in its original Japanese release) to make use of tentacle rape, it was a perennial staple of every late-80s-to-mid-90s video store's [[AnimationAgeGhetto children's section]], and although the film itself was more of a sexually-explicit horror movie than true porn, it had an enormous effect on the {{hentai}} genre. (If you were wondering, this movie doesn't have its own Tropes page because our site guidelines forbid pornographic works from having pages.)

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* ''Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji'' (English language title, ''Legend of the Overfiend'') (1987): Did you ever wonder why some people think that AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles? Well, mostly, it's because of ''Overfiend''. One of the first most notorious anime movies (though it films of its era, this extremely explicit horror film was an OVA almost singlehandedly responsible for creating the AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles stereotype in the west, as its original Japanese release) to make use exceptionally unpleasant scenes of tentacle rape, it was sexual violence included a perennial staple of every late-80s-to-mid-90s video store's sequence where a girl is raped by tentacles. The film, being released early in the Western anime boom when [[AnimationAgeGhetto anime still tended to be shelved in the children's section]], quickly became infamous abroad, and although together with its many {{Hentai}} imitators, it set the tone for the once-common perception of anime as nothing but violence and rape. [[AudienceAlienatingPremise But if all that didn't turn you off immediately]], the film itself was more still remains a powerful work of a sexually-explicit horror movie than true porn, it had an enormous effect on the {{hentai}} genre.if you can manage to get through it. (If you were wondering, this movie doesn't have its own Tropes page because our site guidelines forbid pornographic works from having pages.)
25th Dec '16 7:22:35 PM TheBigBopper
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*** TropeCodifier: ''Anime/Berserk1997''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series adapted from the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' by Creator/KantarouMiura is well known for its beautiful story and its utterly nightmarish monsters and violence. It focuses on a one-eyed mercenary badass with a giant sword who seeks vengeance against his former commander and best friend for betraying him in one of the most unforgivable manners imaginable, and roams the world killing any demon that comes for him. It takes and {{deconstruct|ion}}s many classic tropes of classic fantasy (as well as many tropes of {{Shonen}} series).

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*** TropeCodifier: ''Anime/Berserk1997''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series adapted from the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' by Creator/KantarouMiura Creator/KentaroMiura is well known for its beautiful story and its utterly nightmarish monsters and violence. It focuses on a one-eyed mercenary badass with a giant sword who seeks vengeance against his former commander and best friend for betraying him in one of the most unforgivable manners imaginable, and roams the world killing any demon that comes for him. It takes and {{deconstruct|ion}}s many classic tropes of classic fantasy (as well as many tropes of {{Shonen}} series).
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