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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).
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.
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