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21st Oct '17 2:57:53 AM Frem3
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** Parody: Anime/SpaceDandy: Created by Cowboy Bebop director Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe the series and produced by Studio Creator/Bones. The series follows around the spectacular adventures of Space Dandy and his brave space crew...in space.

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** Parody: Anime/SpaceDandy: ''Anime/SpaceDandy'': Created by Cowboy Bebop director Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe the series and produced by Studio Creator/Bones. The series follows around the spectacular adventures of Space Dandy and his brave space crew...in space.



* {{Satire}}: Anime/OnePunchMan: The shonen genre typically begins with the main character being relatively weak then throughout the series makes him/her stronger. This series begins with Saitama already being established as the universe's strongest man, being able to defeat any enemy with a single punch.

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* {{Satire}}: Anime/OnePunchMan: ''Anime/OnePunchMan'': The shonen genre typically begins with the main character being relatively weak then throughout the series makes him/her stronger. This series begins with Saitama already being established as the universe's strongest man, being able to defeat any enemy with a single punch.
24th Sep '17 7:34:19 PM jormis29
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** Romantic: ''Manga/{{Touch}}''. One of Mitsuru Adachi's first major works. ''Touch'' established him as dominating the subgenre of sports with romance, which he continues to this day with recent works like ''Manga/CrossGame''. It also established as obligatory the tragic background story for the hero and the use of sports as a catharsis for the complications of life and romance.

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** Romantic: ''Manga/{{Touch}}''. One of Mitsuru Adachi's Creator/MitsuruAdachi's first major works. ''Touch'' established him as dominating the subgenre of sports with romance, which he continues to this day with recent works like ''Manga/CrossGame''. It also established as obligatory the tragic background story for the hero and the use of sports as a catharsis for the complications of life and romance.
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.
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