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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).
25th Dec '16 7:22:02 PM TheBigBopper
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*** TropeCodifier: ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series 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: ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. ''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).
9th Dec '16 10:15:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach'' (Japanese title, ''Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!'') (1986): Despite being ''incredibly'' obscure (ranking a 5 out of 6 on the SlidingScaleOfAnimeObscurity), this film is very notable for being the world's first film adaptation of a video game.

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* ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach'' (Japanese title, ''Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!'') (1986): Despite being ''incredibly'' obscure (ranking a 5 out of 6 on the SlidingScaleOfAnimeObscurity), obscure, this film is very notable for being the world's first film adaptation of a video game.
1st Dec '16 10:33:28 AM Frem3
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* {{Reconstruction}}: TengenToppaGurrenLagann: Produced by the studio responsible for opening the flood gates for surreal mindscrew anime:{{Creator/StudioGainax}}. Gurren Lagann is an honest return to form for the mecha genre, following protagonist Simon and Team Lagann as they fight against the enemies of humanity.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: TengenToppaGurrenLagann: ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Produced by the studio responsible for opening the flood gates for surreal mindscrew anime:{{Creator/StudioGainax}}. Gurren Lagann is an honest return to form for the mecha genre, following protagonist Simon and Team Lagann as they fight against the enemies of humanity.



* TropeCodifier: ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' (OVA - 1993; TV - 2005). The standard-bearer for the Magical Girlfriend genre, ''Ah! My Goddess'' (Aa! Megami-sama) is based on a long-running manga, starting in 1988. An OVA adaptation was made in 1993. The OVA had a feature-length movie continuation in 2000, and then a full-scale retelling on television which began in 2005. The manga series is still ongoing.

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* TropeCodifier: ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' (OVA - 1993; TV - 2005). The standard-bearer for the Magical Girlfriend genre, ''Ah! My Goddess'' (Aa! Megami-sama) is based on a long-running manga, starting in 1988. An OVA adaptation was made in 1993. The OVA had a feature-length movie continuation in 2000, and then a full-scale retelling on television which began in 2005. The manga series is still ongoing.
ended in April 2014.
1st Dec '16 10:28:07 AM Frem3
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** RealRobot: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': A cultural phenomenon in its own right, ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' (or ''Kidou Senshi Gundam'') aired in Japan from 1979 to 1980. It has survived in several iterations since, most recently as the ongoing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''. It is notable (at least in its earlier entries) for establishing the RealRobotGenre, grounding the robots somewhere closer to reality (both size- and technology-wise) and focusing more on the life and tribulations of their pilots. The plots of the series are pure military drama, and would work just as well were the robots to be replaced by tanks, ships or any other modern fighting vehicle, with the Gundam taking the role of game changing, cutting edge technology.

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** RealRobot: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': A cultural phenomenon in its own right, ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' (or ''Kidou Senshi Gundam'') aired in Japan from 1979 to 1980. It has survived in several iterations since, most recently as the ongoing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''.''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. It is notable (at least in its earlier entries) for establishing the RealRobotGenre, grounding the robots somewhere closer to reality (both size- and technology-wise) and focusing more on the life and tribulations of their pilots. The plots of the series are pure military drama, and would work just as well were the robots to be replaced by tanks, ships or any other modern fighting vehicle, with the Gundam taking the role of game changing, cutting edge technology.
17th Nov '16 5:45:41 AM Morgenthaler
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*** TropeCodifier: ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series 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: ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Mixing [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalism with demonic horror, this series is well known for its beautiful story and its utterly nightmarish monsters and violence. It focuses on a one-eyed mercenary {{Badass}} 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).
19th Aug '16 5:40:53 PM Maleel
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** Modern: ''Manga/SlamDunk''. While there had been sports anime before it, '"Slam Dunk'' established many of the genre conventions later anime would follow, and distinguished itself as the first sports anime where the main character is not a natural genius of the sport, but a newbie who, while having potential, still has a lot to learn. It also was written with the purpose of educating viewers on the sport: just as Sakuragi is learning the rules and techniques of basketball, so do we by following his progress.

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** Modern: ''Manga/SlamDunk''. While there had been sports anime before it, '"Slam Dunk'' established many of the genre conventions later anime would follow, and distinguished itself as the first sports anime where the main character is not a natural genius of the sport, but a newbie who, while having potential, still has a lot to learn.follow. It also was written with the purpose of educating viewers on the sport: just as Sakuragi is learning the rules and techniques of basketball, so do we by following his progress.
31st Jul '16 5:42:10 PM Vicious96
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*{{Deconstruction}}/{{Satire}}: ''Anime/KillLaKill'':

*{{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.
20th Jul '16 8:18:37 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** TransformingMecha: ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' (1982). Best known in North America as the source for the first third of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (1984), it helped launch the Transforming Robot genre, along with Franchise/{{Transformers}}.

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** TransformingMecha: ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (1982). Best known in North America as the source for the first third of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (1984), it helped launch the Transforming Robot genre, along with Franchise/{{Transformers}}.
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