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|| ''Manga/DragonBall'' (1984-1995) || ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (1990-1994) || Shonen series featuring power levels and martial arts tournments. ||During the period of ''Yu Yu Hakusho''[='=]s release, ''Dragon Ball'' was at its all time high in popularity, being the best selling manga in Japan. Yu Yu Hakusho was one of the few series that was capable of competing with ''Dragon Ball'' both critically and commercially. ||''Dragon Ball''. Both series were highly popular at the time of release. ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' was able to compete with ''Dragon Ball'' during its prime. In the rest of the world, while Yu Yu Hakusho was popular, ''Dragon Ball'' had higher ratings and more mainstream recognition. Years later ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' is [[VindicatedByHistory better remembered for having the stronger]] CharacterDevelopment while ''Dragon Ball'' is still a CashCowFranchise, despite ending nearly two decades ago. ||
|| ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (1997-present) || ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (1999-present) and ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' (1999) || {{Mon}} series about kids WalkingTheEarth. Usually involves defeating some sort of BigBad too. ||All three went off in different directions. Though all three were MerchandiseDriven, ''Pokémon'' become a blatant merchandise show after its third season, while ''Digimon'' and ''Monster Rancher'' remained plot-driven series. ||''Monster Rancher'' was the first to go, dying quietly right at the end of the {{Mons}} boom of the early [[TurnOfTheMillennium 'Aughts]]. ''Digimon'' soldiered on for a few more years before it too died with the end of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. However, it was revived a few years later with ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', and ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''. Meanwhile, ''Pokémon'' is still a [[CashCowFranchise massive titan of a franchise]] (in its sixth generation, as of 2014, with the most recent release of ''Pokemon X and Y''). The common refrain of the Poké-Digi FandomRivalry is "''Pokémon'' has better games, ''Digimon'' has a better anime series." Purely in terms of material success, however, ''Pokémon'' is the clear winner with increasingly-expanding multimedia and consistent broken records, while Digimon, despite still having somewhat of a persistent presence, has largely faded from the mainstream. ||
|| ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (1998-present) || ''Anime/DuelMasters'' (2004-2006) || Anime show about kids/teens engaging in CardGames with the fate of the world at stake. ||''Yu-Gi-Oh'' was inspired by ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. ''Duel Masters'' was meant to be an anime version of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', but ended up getting its own game. ||''Yu-Gi-Oh'' [[Anime/YuGiOhGX spanned]] [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds three]] [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal sequels]] (and counting) and [[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh the card game]] became a worldwide fad. ''Duel Masters'' was discontinued in America, but still a top TradingCardGame in Japan. ||
|| ''Manga/DeathNote'' (2006-2007) || ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (2006-2008) || Anime show starring a megalomaniacal TeenGenius who is randomly selected by an EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity (who then [[MoochingMaster sticks with him]] for the duration of the series, out of sight because of his SecretIdentity) to receive a single, specific godly super power, which he decides to use to fulfill his extant dream of remaking the world [[WellIntentionedExtremist for the better]]. His actions mean he [[VillainProtagonist may]] or [[AntiHero may not]] be a villain. Features strong BlackAndGrayMorality. ||Both shows premiered in Japan at roughly the same time, although ''Manga/DeathNote'' was based on a {{manga}}. The tone of ''Manga/DeathNote'' is somewhat [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, grittier and more realistic]] and features {{Shinigami}}, while ''Anime/CodeGeass'' allows for occasional filler episodes, has [[LighterAndSofter somewhat more levity]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence while still somehow being more violent]] and still quite dark[[note]]mostly because ''Manga/DeathNote'' goes heavy on the grittiness[[/note]], and features HumongousMecha. ||Critics-wise, ''Manga/DeathNote'' was far more influential than ''Geass''. However, while interest in ''Manga/DeathNote'' has diminished with the end of the franchise, ''Geass'''s hype is still strong among otaku fans, fueled by the promise of incoming new material. ||
|| ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'' (2009) || ''[[Manga/MiraiNikki FutureDiary]]'' (2011) || Anime show featuring a group of individuals who recieved cellphones with special properties, forced to take part in a twisted [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne elimination game]]. ||''Future Diary'' started earlier as a manga, but was adapted into anime years later. ||''Eden of The East'' had its rightful share of love from critics and viewers as well, but nothing like the fad caused by ''Future Diary'', mostly thanks to its gruesome story and [[AxCrazy unusual]] [[{{Yandere}} heroine]]. ||
|| ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' || ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' || TransformingMecha and an IdolSinger fight ScaryDogmaticAliens. ||Similar enough that both were [[{{Macekre}} kitbashed]] [[CombiningMecha together]] into... ||''{{Robotech}}''. Although Macross spawned multiple continuations in Japan. ||
|| ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' || ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' || Show about SchoolgirlLesbians set in an ElaborateUniversityHigh. ||''[[PortmanteauSeriesNickname StoPani]]'' borrows many elements of ''Marimite'' but takes the SchoolgirlLesbians factor farther. ||''Marimite'', undoubtedly. Although ''Panic!'' has its fair share of fans, it is no match for ''Marimite'''s immense longevity ''and'' status as the quintessential {{girls love}} series. ||
|| ''KaitouSaintTail'' || ''KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' || [[NunsNRosaries Catholic]] PhantomThief MagicalGirl. ||''Jeanne'' is a {{Grimmification}} of the cute, fluffy ''Saint Tail'' premise, with the title character as a jaded BrokenBird whose MissionFromGod isn't actually as holy as she thinks it is. ||Draw. ||
|| ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' || ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' || Female redhead protagonist, check. Flaming sword, check. Combat schoolgirl outfit, check. Accomanying/obligatory ''ZettaiRyouiki'', check. ||Fanservice-laden supernatural/magical schoolgirl {{light novel}}s/shows, with varying degrees of competent male sidekick/love interest. ||A clear victory for ''Shana''. Although the ''Stigma'' light novels came out in January of 2002 and Shana's came out in November of the same year, the ''Shana'' anime was renewed for two more seasons, while ''Stigma''[='=]s wasn't. Both manga adaptations are completed, but ''Shana''[='=]s light novel series is also still in production and has nearly twice as many volumes as ''Stigma''[='=]s, which stopped at 12. It probably helped ''Shana'' that the author of the ''Stigma'' light novels [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]]. ||
|| ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' || ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom'' || MindScrew anime with similar designs ||''Boogiepop'' is technically older, being based off a book series which started a few months before ''Lain'' was released. ||''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''. It's considerably more well-known and considered one of the prime examples of anime, while ''Boogiepop'' is considered more of a CultClassic. ||
|| ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'' || ''Manga/ElfenLied'' || Two ultimate weapon girls trying to live a normal life, despite that enemies are after them. ||Both of these works are based on mangas and DarkerAndEdgier works. [[spoiler:Both have {{Downer Ending}}s.]] ||''Elfen Lied'' wins in popularity, ''Saikano'' in overall critical reception. Virtual tie. ||
|| ''RosarioToVampire'' || ''VampireKnight'' || HighSchool romance between a human and a vampire. ||''RosarioToVampire'' is ([[CerebusSyndrome initially]]) a light-hearted comedy compared to the more dramatic ''VampireKnight'', but both manga have their share of funny moments and tense ones. ||Both sell pretty well in Japan, and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff even better in North America]]. ||
|| ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' || ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'' || Quirky SliceOfLife show, originally {{Yonkoma}}, about quirky girls being quirky in a quirky art school, with lots of SceneryPorn and [[ContemplateOurNavels Navel Contemplation]]. ||''Sketchbook'' was first, and has more and quirkier girls; ''Hidamari Sketch'' goes more deeply into the relationships between them. ||''Hidamari Sketch'' is clearly more popular, judging by the sheer amount of {{meme|tic mutation}}s this show has brought forth. It also was made into ''four'' seasons, whereas ''{{Sketchbook}}'' got stuck with just ''one''. Still, ''Sketchbook'' holds its own, if only for the appearance of Kate, who became a MemeticMutation in her own right. ||
|| ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' || ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' || TransformingMecha series with the protagonists piloting a legendary robot fueled by ThePowerOfLove. Both mecha are designed [[ShojiKawamori by the same guy]] ||''Aquarion'' sways more to the SuperRobot size and contains lots of fanservice and innuendo in contrast to ''Eureka'' which is mostly RealRobot and less in need of censorship. Both series aired around the same time and so did [[Anime/AquarionEvol their]] [[Anime/EurekaSevenAO sequels]], and both debuted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ''. ||''Aquarion'' is carried by Funimation and is locked out of a key demographic because Verizon [=FiOS=] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork dropped the channel late 2012.]] ''Eureka Seven'' is carried by AdultSwim, which is available in all markets. ||
|| ''Anime/KotetsushinJeeg'' || ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' || SuperRobot animes with TransformingMecha that work mainly on RuleOfCool. ||They aired on the same season, Spring 2007, and both have a suprising large ammount of common elements, even [[ThisIsADrill drills]]. However, ''Gurren Lagann'' keeps basically [[UpToEleven one-upping itself]] while ''Jeeg'' is a more standard MonsterOfTheDay show, but it's the sequel of an anime from TheSeventies, hence being the "original". ||''Gurren Lagann'' has a '''much''' larger fanbase, sold a lot more, got two movies, several SpinOff manga, generated a lot of merchandise and [[FountainOfMemes developed tons of memes]]. It also recieved a ColbertBump by being slated for broadcast on Creator/{{Toonami}}. ''Jeeg'' [[ConsolationPrize got first into]] ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. ||
|| ''SkyGirls'' || ''StrikeWitches'' || Scantily clad young females operate fantastic flying machinery to fight creatures that copy the appearance of other things. ||''StrikeWitches'' leans more toward the [[MoeAnthropomorphism Mecha Musume]] concept whereas ''SkyGirls'' has a more classical HumongousMecha theme. Both series feature character designs by Humikane Shimada and contain quite a bit of {{fanservice}}, although ''StrikeWitches'' really ups the ante by giving none of the girls any pants. Both [=OVAs=] were created at roughly the same time, though ''SkyGirls'' was turned into a TV anime first. ||''Strike Witches'', hands down. There's a large shared fanbase between both franchises in Japan, but ''Strike Witches'' achieved Internet infamy, receiving much more exposure both domestically and overseas. ||
|| ''AoiHana'' || ''SasamekiKoto'' || Teenage girls come to [[GirlsLove grips with their homosexuality]], on top of the rumble and tumble associated with [[ComingOfAge growing into adults]]. ||''AoiHana'' takes a rather serious approach, which deep insights into the minds of the characters, interspersed with some comedy. ''SasamekiKoto'' is more of a SliceOfLife comedy, although it has its share of serious moments as well. ||The {{manga}} of ''AoiHana'' had been around a few years already when the {{anime}} came out and by then had already garnered an extensive fanbase, due to its thoughtfulness and sensitivity to the subject. ''SasamekiKoto'' hasn't been around quite that long, but its comedic style may appeal to a wider audience, so it's hard to point out a true winner. ||
|| ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' || ''Manga/SixSixSixSatan/O-Parts Hunter'' || A {{determinator}} with a demon inside him seeks to rule the place that abused him and makes friends and enemies along the way. The difference between the two. One deals with ninjas while the other keeps the focus on "angels" and "demons". ||Well, the authors are ''twin brothers''... ||''Naruto'' by a mile. Not to say ''666 Satan'' isn't an enjoyable read either. It had a decent run (19 volumes) complete with an ending and the stories differ enough that they're their own series despite the similar premises. But ''Naruto'' had a strong lead before ''666 Satan'' hit the market being able to gain an anime and grow into one of the 2000's must recognizable franchises. Likewise it was because of the similar premises that ''666 Satan'' couldn't rise up in popularity as too many fans saw it as a knock-off sadly. ||
|| ''IkkiTousen'' || ''KoihimeMusou'' || ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' {{Gender Flip}}s ||''Ikki Tousen'' is based on a manga series, is a HighSchoolAU, has more fanservice, and focuses on fighting. ''Koihime Musou'' is based on a VisualNovel, takes place in the Three Kingdoms period and focuses on AdventureTowns. ''Ikki Tousen''[='=]s third season aired alongside ''Koihime''[='=]s first, and was repeated again for their fourth and third seasons, respectively. ||Draw. The series are different enough that they both have success. Both shows have actually [[http://www.ikkitousen.com/ikkoi/ acknowledged]] this and are working together. ||
|| ''GR: GiantRobo'' || ''{{Raideen}}'' || DarkerAndEdgier, CG-enriched remake of classic GiantRobot franchises. ||It can't be a coincidence that these two shows launched within mere weeks of each other. They're very similar shows in many ways. They're also both very similar to ''RahXephon'', a series that was, itself, based on the original ''Raideen''. ||They both flopped, but GR wasn't even {{fansub}}bed. ||
|| ''OnePiece'' || ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' || One young man with odd powers gathers TrueCompanions and makes his mark on the world ||In theory they're fairly different given their different settings, but in practice both revolve around cool abilities and fights, with a villain that starts as PluckyComicRelief before revealing his true nature and sparking a global war. It's {{Shonen}}, there's only so much that changes from the formula. Also, the DuelingPair gives us a meta pirates vs. ninja, which might have been started from the competing fandoms. ||Functional Tie. ''OnePiece'' completely overshadows ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in Japan (its popularity in Japan alone contributes to One Piece crushing Naruto in worldwide sales 345 million to 135 million, which says a lot about Japan's adoration of One Piece), but ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' completely overshadows ''OnePiece'' everywhere else, partially due to early botched dubbing and getting established too late. Both have their fans, although Naruto is more regarded as a GuiltyPleasure due to its vocal FanDumb. ||
|| ''Anime/{{Blade}}'' || ''Anime/BloodC'' || Two anime about a VampireHunter ||Both premiered during the same season and are based on estabilished franchises - ''Blood-C'' is based on ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' and ''Blade'' is adaptation of MarvelComics series ||''Blade'' comes out slightly more ahead due to keeping pace with its story while ''Blood-C'' takes a while to [[GrowingTheBeard Grow The Beard]]. ||
|| ''Manga/OnePiece'' || ''Manga/FairyTail'' || {{Shonen}} series about a RagtagBunchOfMisfits led by a HotBlooded IdiotHero whose main concept is ThePowerOfFriendship. ||The former is about pirates, the latter mages. Luffy aims to [[ToBeAMaster be the Pirate King]], while Natsu wants to look for his missing dragon-parent [[DisappearedDad Igneel]]. ''One Piece'' also ran in publication in 1996, while ''Fairy Tail'' ran 10 years later. Plus, despite being from different authors, both series have VERY similar art styles complete with picturesque characters all over the place. They both have quirky characters, scantily clad women, and similar types of humor. ||Both shows are popular in and out of Japan, but even though ''Fairy Tail'' is becoming moderately successful (with a movie in the works), ''One Piece'' wins by a long mile, if only because it has been around for a longer amount of time. ||
|| ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' || ''Manga/FairyTail'' || Both shows are more or less Dungeons and Dragons type adventures staring a hot-headed hero with flame magic. And is reckless with it. And they both [[BigEater like to eat. A lot]]. ||While the two settings are similar, ''Fairy Tail'' has a more {{Shonen}} action genre feel to it than ''Slayers'' does. ||While both of them are big hits, ''Slayers'' wins this round because it has been around longer and was more of an anime touchstone than ''Fairy Tail''. ||
|| ''Manga/CodeBreaker'' || ''Out Code'' || Superpowered teenaged boys join up with [[OrganizationIndex The Organization]] and partner with {{muggle|s}} girls and save humanity from equally superpowered enemies. ||This appears to blatant copying, with ''Out Code'' being the shonen-er version of ''Code:Breaker''. The main difference seems to be the aims of their enemies: CB's BigBad wants superpower supremacy while OC's MadScientist wants to begin a huge BizarreBabyBoom. Also, the lead of CB has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] while OC's lead is [[ShockAndAwe electric]]. ||''Code:Breaker''. While ''Out Code'' ended at three volumes, ''Code: Breaker'' has 21 volumes and an anime adaptation. ||
|| ''SwordArtOnline'' (2012) || ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' (2012) || The journey of a young VR gamer who joins a [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame high stakes]] MMO RPG/fighting game where he makes lots of friends and earns his own UnwantedHarem despite having already [[FirstGirlWins picked up a girlfriend]]. ||Both come from light novels by the same author and share a setting, though AW is set a few decades further into the future (SAO started being written years earlier as a webnovel, but both went together to the bookstore and AW made it to the TV one season earlier). There is even a special story featuring [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny both protagonists fighting each other]]. ||So far SAO's fanbase and sales are higher, but both are doing quite well, being the two best selling light novels of 2012. ||
|| ''Manga/InuYasha'' || ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' || OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent stumbles into a portal that leads to the past and happens to be the reincarnation of the previous ruler. || ||''Manga/InuYasha'' by being ''mind-blowingly'' famous. It has spawned a 57 volume manga that has sold almost 50 million in Japan alone, a 193 episode anime that sits on many "best anime" lists, 4 films, and a bunch of videogames. To its credit, ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' is pretty famous in its own right and currently stands with 117 episodes and 17 volumes. ||
|| ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' (2005 - now, [[InNameOnly spinoff anime]] (Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia) launched in 2007 while a more faithful anime adaptation launched in Summer 2011) || ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' (2010, anime launched in Summer 2011, with a second season confirmed for 2013) || Music-driven series, with some emphasis on group dynamics and PowerOfFriendship. ||Most obviously, the two series are aimed at different demographics ([=iM@S=] appeals to both boys and girls, while [=UtaPri=] is more focused toward girls). [=UtaPri=] also has quite a bit of yaoi subtext compared to the yuri in [=iM@S=]. ||''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' has the much larger (and more paying) crowd of males, while [=UtaPri=] has a smaller but more hardcore following of females. [=iM@S=] is still too strong to beat as a whole, but the second anime might bring [=UtaPri=] a second wind. ||
|| ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest'' || ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' || {{Shonen}} fantasy series heavily inspired by classics of literature ||''Zetsuen'' draws its "Spirit Inspiration" from the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare while a good part of ''Magi's'' main cast is named and modeled after "V.I.P.'s" from the ''ArabianNights''. Both manga had their debut around the same time, and their anime adaptations first aired on the same week and channel. ||''Zetsuen'' did well, but ''Magi'' is the only one still ongoing. ||
|| ''[[PhantomOfInferno Phantom Requiem for the Phantom]]'' || ''{{Anime/Canaan}}'' || These two gunkata drama/thriller series debuted the same year. ''Phantom'' is about a young amnesiac man caught at the wrong place at the wrong time and forced into a crime syndicate. ''Canaan'' features a girl targeted by a crime organization and relies on the title character for protection. ||Both series based on visual novels ||Close call, but ''Phantom'' seems to be the victor having the most acclaim among critics for its high quality animation and solid writing for the first half of the series. Phantom received a simulcast from Creator/{{FUNimation}} while Canaan was eventually licensed by SentaiFilmworks. ||
|| ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' || ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' || A {{determinator}} who has to coexist with thier SuperPoweredEvilSide. ||Both are among the most popular Shonen series still in print. ||''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Both series started off high and ranked among the most popular Anime/Manga series, but later years have not been kind to ''Bleach''. ''Bleach'' has seen a rapid decline in popularity (getting overshadowed - [[HypeBacklash at least for a while]] - by new comer ''{{Manga/Toriko}}''). To add insult to injury, the ratings to the anime dropped to the point where it got cancelled and lost its time slot to ''[[Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth a Naruto spinoff]]'' of all things. Last, but not least, ''Naruto'' is ''a lot'' more well-known to non-anime/manga fans than ''Bleach'' is. ||
|| ''Anime/AKB0048'' || ''Franchise/LoveLive'' || Nine aspiring idols aiming to reach stardom while saving the day in the process (or vice versa). ||''Love Live!'' is part of a large multimedia project and the anime series started at the same time of the second season of ''AKB'', which is fueled by the tie-ins with its [[Music/AKB48 real-life counterpart]]. ||''Love Live!'' by a country mile. The first Blu-Rays of ''Love Live!'''s first season more than the entire ''Anime/AKB0048'' series by several orders of magnitude. Furthermore, the first blu-rays for the second season broke anime sales records. While ''[=AKB0048=]'' was decently popular, ''Love Live!'' was a significant hit, consistently ranking high in popularity wherever it is applicable and receiving a new series, while ''[=AKB0048=]'' was rarely spoken of after it ended. ||
|| ''Manga/GingaKikoutaiMajesticPrince'' || ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' || Pick a bunch of teenagers with loose screws, give them cutting edge robots and send them to kick some bad guy's ass InSpace ||''Majestic Prince'' is based on a manga while ''Valvrave'' is an original story. Both air on the same day, but different timeslots and channels. ||Depending on who you ask. To fans, ''Valvrave'' becomes memorable because of how [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs off-the-wall crazy it was]], the fact that it was ''filled to the brim'' with (intentional) {{Narm}} led to many a MemeticMutation, and the simple fact that it was written by the same guy who wrote ''Anime/CodeGeass''. ''Majestic Prince'', as ClicheStorm (and boring) as it was known, has its own moments and is generally agreed that it's a solid series on its own, and has better recognition in Asia over ''Valvrave''. In the end, though, both (as Mecha Anime) lost to Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet in the [[Spring2013Anime same broadcasting season]], by both general acclaim and the fact that its sequels are coming up. As a consolation, both won against [[VideoGame/DanballSenki Danball Senki Wars]] airing on the same season, which is dismissed as another anime for kids despite being a solid anime on its own right.||
|| ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' (2010) || ''[[VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream Pretty Rhythm]]'' series (2011), ''[[VideoGame/{{Aikatsu}} Aikatsu!]]'' (2012) & ''VideoGame/PriPara'' (2014) || Anime adaptations of arcade rhythm games with collectibles to dress up characters aimed towards little girls. ||''[=LilPri=]'' and ''Aikatsu'' are lighthearted while ''Pretty Rhythm'' and ''Pri Para'' are more dramatic. ||''Lilpri'' did reasonably well, but currently only manga versions are still running. ''Pretty Rhythm'' is quite a hit and lasts for four seasons, the last of which is a recap series for the previous three seasons and a stepping stone for ''Pri Para'', which managed to get its [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/10/25-1/pri-para-dvd-1st-volume-immediately-sold-out-at-tower-records-shinjuku first DVD volume sold out]] '''the day it was released'''. ''Aikatsu'', despite starting late, managed to '''''outsell''' the Anime/PrettyCure franchise'' after one year and is currently dominating the competition, but only time will tell who is the clear winner. The real winners, however are the viewers ([[PeripheryDemographic including adults who watch them]]). ||
|| ''Manwha/{{Freezing}}'' || ''Anime/InfiniteStratos'' || A boy joins a school where girls are trained to become weapons of mass destruction and seeks to live up for the legacy of his legendary older sister while earning his own UnwantedHarem. ||''IS'' has a much lighter tone and focuses more on the harem aspects of the story while ''Freezing'' is packed with nudity and gore. Both anime series aired their first and second seasons together. ''Freezing'' has even more blatant {{MarySue}}s and the author's personal fetishes as fan service. It also has given the main character a larger harem he doesn't deserve. ||''IS'' is considered a major title while ''Freezing'' was relegated to cult status. ||
|| ''Anime/PrettyCure'' || ''Anime/MaiHime'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' || All feature the main female characters being physical attackers compared to the standard magical girl at the time. ||All three premiered in the same year of 2004 (with ''Anime/PrettyCure'' being the first one of all of them) ||All 3 have been successful at the time of release, with ''Mai-Hime'' getting two sequel series and ''Nanoha'' having multiple anime and manga sequels. And while all three are hits with Otaku, the real winner financially and commerically is ''Anime/PrettyCure'' with '''10 seasons''' to date (with an [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure 11th to air soon]]), and has consitently generated up to 10 billion dollars on merchandising a year, and continously overshadows even the early established long runners Super Sentai and Kamen Rider in terms of TV ratings and NonSerialMovie sales tickets. ||
|| ''Anime/CodeGeass'' || ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' || A TeenGenius who got kicked out by TheEmpire and leads a rebellion to overthrow it. ||Both shows shared the same company, ''Sunrise Entertainment''. Also, Lelouch and L-Elf can be compared. ||''Code Geass''. It's an acclaimed show, whereas ''Valvrave'' has become fuel for SnarkBait. ||
|| ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' || ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' || An orange-wearing optimistic character is having adventures with his [[TheRival rival]] who wears blue and [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor constantly switching sides]], and a woman that he loves who has [[{{Tsundere}} quite a temper]]. || ||While they were probably equally as big at their peak, Dragon Ball's been around longer. ||
|| ''Anime/OutlawStar'' || ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' (to a lesser extent) || Late 90's SpaceWestern anime featuring a [[TheGunslinger gunslinging]] badass and his diverse BadassCrew/FiveManBand having various misadventures as they try to make ends meet whilst dealing with more sinister forces. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff More popular in America than Japan]] thanks to Creator/{{Toonami}} and Creator/AdultSwim. ||All three anime aired in the same year in Japan and later on Creator/{{Toonami}} and Creator/AdultSwim. Each apply the SpaceWestern to a different place on the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, with ''Bebop'' the realistic, ''Outlaw'' the fantastic, and ''Trigun'' in the middle. ||Definitively ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', with ''{{Trigun}}'' a close second. ''Bebop'' is considered the best anime ever made by many. ''Trigun'' is a beloved classic and its manga continued past the anime for years. Both have also received animated midquel films. ''Outlaw Star'', while considered a good, fun, classic anime in its own right and having the spinoff ''Anime/AngelLinks'', has not received the same amount of critical praise and is not as well remembered. Those who do remember ''Outlaw Star'' do so with fondness, so it's not really a loss. ''Outlaw'' was one of Toonami's most popular shows, helping to spawn one of its most beloved promos, ''Dreams'', and was a part of the Toonami 2012 AprilFoolsDay line up alongside ''Trigun''. Along with ''Bebop'' it was one of the most successful anime Bandai Entertainment released in America. All three anime are considered a trinity of sorts, and share FriendlyFandoms. ||
|| ''Anime/TheNoozles'' (''Wonderous Koala Blinky'') (1984) || ''Anime/AdventuresOfTheLittleKoala'' (''Koala Boy Kokki'') (1984-85) || Series catering to the "koala-mania" sweeping Japan in 1984 when Tama Zoo in western Tokyo acquired its first koala, and the Australian government sent six koalas to Japan as a goodwill gesture. ||''Noozles'' was a fantasy-oriented series with a human protagonist which took [[CerebusSyndrome a turn for the dramatic]] halfway through; ''Adventures of the Little Koala'' was a light-hearted SliceOfLife series with a purely anthropomorphic animal cast. ||In the United States, at least, a draw; both series were re-run on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} from around 1987-93, and both are generally fondly remembered by their target audience of the time. ||
|| ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' (2012) || ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' (2013) || Both are based on ongoing light novels about a large group of {{MMORPG}} gamers being [[TrappedInTVLand trapped inside the game]]. ||In SAO the gamers are unable to log out or remove their VR helmets, but the [[EvilSorcerer Evil Programmer]] promises to free them if anyone can reach his tower and defeat him. In LH the gamers are transported to a physical version of the game inhabited by real people instead of [=NPCs=], with no obvious clues as to how they got there or how to get back. SAO focuses mostly on action scenes and JapaneseSpirit, while LH focuses on political intrigue and attempts to recreate modern technology. LH is [[LighterAndSofter more lighthearted]] than SAO. ||''Sword Art Online'' is definitely more popular than ''Log Horizon'' and was even aired on the Creator/{{Toonami}} airing block. However, the fan reaction to Sword Art Online is [[BaseBreaker relatively polarizing]] due the character and plot writing issues. Log Horizon has a much smaller fanbase, but the writing, CharacterDevelopment, and storyline is more praised than SAO. Regardless, Log Horizon has become a SleeperHit in ''and'' outside of Japan and has become one of Creator/SentaiFilmworks successful shows.[[note]]Although time will tell if Toonami is willing to air Log Horizon, as Creator/SentaiFilmworks never aired any of their shows in Toonami.[[/note]] Both of them are winners as they both receive a second season in the following year. The light novel on the other hand isn't even close. The SAO series has sold 14 million copies world wide as of August 2014, taking first place in the Takarajimasha's "This Light Novel is Awesome" ranking in 2012 and 2013, becoming the first and to date only light novel to be ranked first twice, and two years in a row at that. Meanwhile Log Horizon's 7 volumes has sold 700k total by September 2013 and does not make the top 15 of the ranking. ||
|| ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' (2013) || ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' (2014) || Humanity fighting in a defensive war against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a post-apocalyptic setting and are both known to [[KillEmAll kill off]] [[AnyoneCanDie a large number of characters]]. ||Both are grimdark action series with the main character being voiced by Creator/YuukiKaji and both have reasonable CharacterDevelopment and TearJerker moments. ''Attack on Titan'' puts more emphasis on straight-up action and takes place more in the medieval[=/=]Renaissance time period. ''Black Bullet'' takes place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture with sci-fi elements, puts more emphasis on philosophical and political themes, and is more inspired by Creator/GenUrobuchi and Creator/{{Nitroplus}} works. ''Attack on Titan'' does ''not'' have lolis while ''Black Bullet'' does [[note]]In fact, the cursed children from ''Black Bullet'' are a race of lolis.[[/note]]. ||Hands down, ''Attack on Titan'' is the winner in terms of popularity and reception and was even aired in Creator/{{Toonami}}. ''Black Bullet'', on the other hand, had a poorer premise since it gave a wrong impression as being a Lolicon pandering series, though it received mixed to positive reactions.[[note]]The later episodes were given more positive reception.[[/note]]. ''Attack on Titan'' has become a SleeperHit in Japan and internationally since its anime aired. Nevertheless, ''Black Bullet'' has enjoyed an increase of light novel sales since the anime aired. Unfortunately, in the American fanbase, [[{{Hatedom}} Black Bullet is the most hated spring 2014 anime title and the most hated Dengeki Bunko]] title, even surpassing ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'', ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'', and ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''. ||
|| ''Anime/KillLaKill'' (2013) || ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' (2014) || Protagonist joins an AntiHero LaResistance group to take down a despotic government (or in ''Anime/KillLaKill''[='=]s case, a despotic school board and later on, an EvilCorp). Both shows have over-the-top action and violence, incorporation of GreyAndBlackMorality, [[ActionGirl have a female protagonist that uses a blade weapon in combat]], and [[CaptainObvious have the word "kill" in the title]]. ||''Anime/KillLaKill'' is an original anime series made by the same team responsible for ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' is based on an ongoing manga. The female protagonists are [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] for different reasons: Ryuko has a more selfish goal of revenge against the person who killed her father, while Akame is a cold-hearted assassin who resorts to murder to topple the Empire and rebuild society. ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' is considered to be DarkerAndEdgier than ''Anime/KillLaKill'' because the former has [[AnyoneCanDie a higher death count]] while most characters in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' either are knocked out or receive ClothingDamage at worst. ''Anime/KillLaKill'' incoporates more quirkiness (such as the theme involving clothes) and comedy, while ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' incorporates more TearJerker and drama. ||Both ''Anime/KillLaKill'' and ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' are very popular in both Japan and the western anime fanbase and both are well-received. However, ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' has been criticized for its bland protagonist, [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy the very dark nature of the series]], [[AnyoneCanDie killing off a large majority of characters without fully developing them]], and diverging away from the manga after episode 19. That being said, both shows eventually aired in Toonami (with ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' being the first Creator/SentaiFilmworks anime to air i the block). ||
|| ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' (2014) || ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' (2014) || FightingSeries that have anime adaptations on the 2014 summer block, both of which have gore filled fights. Male leads are naive and brought into the story after a close encounter that nearly kills them. ||''Manga/AkameGaKill'' is about a young village boy who is separated from his friends and joins an assassin group after the girl who was taking care of him turns out to be a serial killer. ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is about a young boy who is attacked by a ghoul; a human eating monster that pretends to be a human. ||Arguably, ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is the winner and is even given a second season. ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' has also gotten a lot of popularity, but has faced far more criticisms than ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' as mentioned above in the ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' vs. ''Anime/KillLaKill''. ||
|| ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' (2014) || ''Anime/ShiroganeNoIshiArgevollen'' (2014) || They are both AnimeFirst {{Mecha Show}}s that debuted in the Summer2014Anime season. ||''Argevollen'' takes place in a ConstructedWorld where a young soldier stumbles upon the titular SuperPrototype and uses it to help his country fend off an enemy invasion. ''Aldnoah'' meanwhile is an AlternateHistory where alien technology was found on the Moon and Mars in 1972. An Earth-established Martian colony then declared independence from Earth and eventually launched an [[EarthIsABattlefield invasion of the Blue Planet]] in 2014. ||''Aldnoah.Zero'' completely crushed ''Argevollen.'' It had the advantages of an AllStarCast in the form of both its voice actors[[note]]which featured some of the hottest upcoming young talent like Creator/NatsukiHanae, Creator/SoraAmamiya, and Creator/KenshoOno[[/note]] and a double-whammy punch of an all-star production team[[note]] in the likes of director Ei Aoki, Creator/GenUrobuchi, and Music/HiroyukiSawano[[/note]]. The show managed to [[PeripheryDemographic draw in a lot of viewers who wouldn't typically watch]] the Mecha genre because it [[SubvertedTrope subverted so many mecha cliches]], and it culminated in one of the biggest {{Cliffhanger}}s of the year, matched only by ''Manga/TokyoGhoul's'' cliffhanger. Meanwhile, ''Argevollen'' was heavily criticized for being a ClicheStorm, as its first episode featured a typical HotBlooded hero FallingIntoTheCockpit and the mech turning out to be a ClingyMacguffin. Tons of viewers ended up abandoning the show after only a few episodes. ''Aldnoah'' did become more and more [[BrokenBase polarizing]] as it went on, but it still retained high viewership and was one of the most talked-about shows of the summer. It's generally agreed both shows had disappointing endings, but ''Aldnoah'' was the one on everyone's mouths. ||
|| ''Anime/{{Free}}'' (2013/2014) || ''Manga/{{Haikyuu}}'' (2014) || Sports anime featuring CastFullOfPrettyBoys with a strong passion of a particular sport. ||''Free!'' has swimming as the main focus while Haikyuu!! has volleyball as the main emphasis. ''Free!'' is an [[AnimeFirst anime original]] work with a light novel prequel. ''Haikyuu!!'' is based of a manga series. ''Free!'' is mostly geared towards a female audience and put more emphasis on male {{Fanservice}} while ''Haikyuu!!'' is geared towards the traditional {{Shounen}} demographic fanbase and follows the traditional sports anime themes (i.e. ThePowerOfFriendship and TeamSpirit). ''Free!'' ran in two separate TwelveEpisodeAnime seasons in separate years while ''Haikyuu!!'' ran in a single two-hour series. ||Draw. Both ''Haikyuu!!'' and ''Free!'' are fairly popular in both Japan and internationally. However, both series have contributed to the revived interest of sports anime within the North American fanbase. [[note]]Sports anime have historically sold poorly in United States and never gotten a large fanbase.[[/note]] That being said, the second season of ''Free!'' was picked up by Creator/{{Funimation}} while ''Haikyuu!!'' was picked up by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, so there is some hope that sports anime will regain its North American market. ||
|| ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' (''Webcomic'' 2009) (''Remake'' 2012) || ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' (2014) || Manga that focus on worlds where superheroes are commonplace and work under a system. Following two heroes who try to rise in the ranks. ||''One Punch Man'' is a webcomic redone in a more professional style on Shonen Jumps online site. It is more comedy oriented and a bit of a deconstruction of the genre as the hero, Saitama, is so massively overpowered, he barely finds any joy in superheroing. Even when he does, he barely if ever gets any respect for it save from a small few of heroes. ''My Hero Academia'' started its run recently within Shonen Jump. Storywise it is the opposite, the hero, Izuku, starts out having no powers but is granted them from his idol. However, he still quite panicky to use them effectively. And has yet to earn much respect from other so-called heroes with superior abilities. In both cases however, their hearts are in the right place and they tend to fight for what's right rather then fame and glory. ||''One Punch Man'' has an early lead having both a early webcomic story to follow along as well as the remade series which has gain notoriety on the internet despite not being an official Shonen Jump series (it runs online rather then in the magazine). ''Boku No Hero Academa'' is still very recent and many fans are drawing parallels to ''One Punch Man''. Its popularity is rising rather rapidly, it's consistently getting high ranking in Weekly Shonen Jump and its 1st volume sales are rather high for a new series.
|| ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' (1999-2014) || ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (2003-2012) || Shonen series that feature their main characters having a DisappearedDad and a SeriesGoal. ||''Naruto''[='=]s story centers around a group of ninja, while ''Negima'' is about a 10-year-old magician who forms an army of mages among the students he teaches. ||''Naruto'' is a huge CashCowFranchise and one of the biggest names in anime. While ''Negima''[='=]s manga was also a huge success, it was ended abruptly by [[Creator/KenAkamatsu its author]], and none of its {{Animated Adaptation}}s really caught on with audiences. ||
|| ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' (2011) || ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' (2014) || Magical girl shows with dark PlotTwist, PowerAtAPrice, and obvious false premise. ||Both title characters happen to be {{Nice Girl}}s at heart who happen to be the [[WideEyedIdealist most idealistic]] and [[AllLovingHero caring]] leads in their respective series. Their respective writers, Creator/GenUrobuchi and Takahiro (the creator of ''Manga/AkameGaKill'') are also known for their dark imagery and themes in their writing, and both anime are centered around hope. However, ''Madoka'' incorporates more psychological horror, dark imagery, and philosophical themes (like many of Creator/GenUrobuchi's works) while ''Yuki Yuna'' incorporates more SliceOfLife elements, is more light-hearted, and more character oriented. The characters in ''Madoka'' are brutally killed off while the characters in ''Yuki Yuna'' are kept alive. Both series involve some degree of suffering, where ''Madoka'' have the characters suffer through death, the characters in ''Yuki Yuna'' suffers by being kept alive [[spoiler: and destroying their own bodies every time they use their Mankai]]. ''Madoka's'' PlotTwist comes near the beginning of the series while ''Yuki Yuna's'' PlotTwist comes near the second half of the series akin to GrowingTheBeard. Both series have their degree of a happy ending[[spoiler:, although ''Madoka's'' case is more of a BittersweetEnding]]. ||Arguably, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is far more popular and more well-known than ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero''. Despite a few share of criticisms of ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', it has become a SleeperHit after episode 8 and received its own praise for having an emotionally-driven TearJerker drama without heavy reliance of shock value plot elements such as rape, death, and torture; and maintain the series idealistic mood [[spoiler:even after TheReveal about the Hero System]]. Regardless, both ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are well-liked among the anime fandom their own reasons (Madoka for the philosophical and psychological related drama, and Yuki Yuna for its character driven drama). ||
|| ''Dragon Collection'' (2014) || ''Oreca Battle'' (2014) || Anime adaptations of arcade game from ''Creator/{{Konami}}'' by OLM Digital airing from Spring 2014. ||Both air back to back on the same time slot as 15 minute episodes. ''Dragon Collection'' features dragons while ''Oreca Battle'' features monsters. ||Both of them are flops compared to ''Hero Bank'' and ''Majin Bone'' which airs on the same season, but ''Dragon Collection'' has a small fandom in 4chan's /ai/ thread thanks to some cute female characters appearing in it. Interestingly, all the aforementioned anime get simulcasts at Crunchyroll. ||
|| ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' (2014) || ''[[Anime/SelectorInfectedWixoss Selector Infected/Spread Wixoss]]'' (2014) || MerchandiseDriven collectable card game anime adaptions. || ''Arc-V'' is a sequel to the long standing Yu-Gi-Oh! series aiming at children. ''Wixoss'' is JC Staff's adaption of Takara Tomy's card game aiming at male adults. Both deconstruct a number of elements from previous entries of the genre. || ''Arc-V'', no objections. ''Wixoss'' boost the sales of the card game, but the overall reception in Japan is SoAverageItsOkay. Not only does ''Arc-V'' have the advantage of being a long standing series but it also have a surprisingly dark and deep storyline for a children's show. Whereas ''Wixoss'' is criticized for being a CCG anime InNameOnly and accused of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. ||
|| ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' (1995-2002) || ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' (1999-2014) || Shonen series with Ninja ||Flame of Recca has its titular character, a Ninja fanboy, born with flame powers due to being born a Hokage ninja. Naruto has its titular character with a SeriesGoal of becoming Hokage, with a Nine-Tailed fox sealed within him when he was born. As stated, both series use the word Hokage, The main difference is that the former is a clan name, while the latter is a rank. ||Definitely ''Naruto'', while the ''Flame of Recca'' manga had a good 7-year run it failed to get mass appeal due to its anime having a GeckoEnding and only a couple of video games. The ''Naruto'' manga by contrast, ran for more than twice as long. Its also a CashCowFranchise, with an ongoing anime series, 10 feature length movies, and multiple videogames. ||
|| ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' (2014) || ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' (2014) || Out-of-the-blue, a dorky protagonist OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent contracts a dehumanizing affliction, but clings to his human part successfully enough to allow for dramatic story of BodyHorror, coping, surviving and exploring the unknown. Both are seinen series as well. || Parasyte is a manga series that takes place in the 1980s (although the anime adaptation modernized the series to incorporate modern day technology like smartphones and the internet). Parasyte have the monsters as aliens taking control of humans, while Tokyo Ghouls have [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment ghouls]]. Tokyo Ghouls put more emphasis on its action scenes while Parasyte puts more emphasis on CharacterDevelopment. || Draw, with a slight favorability towards Tokyo Ghoul. While Parasyte remains popular, it has been criticized for sloppy plot writing and UnfortunateImplications of sexism since a large majority of characters killed off in the series happen to be females. Regardless, both series are well-received in both Japan and outisde of Japan.||
|| ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' (2004-) || ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' (2009-) || MagicalGirl shows that reboot with every new season. Both have cute, snarky mascots. Each still gets new seasons exported to weirdly specific European countries (Italy for ''PC'', Portugal for ''JP'') despite being considered failures in the rest of the continent. ||''Pretty Cure'' favors the humans, while ''Jewelpet'' focuses on the mascots. The shows air on different channels, on the same day, within an hour of each other. ||Though both are ongoing, ''Pretty Cure''. It gets high enough ratings that it regularly shows up on the top 10 most viewed anime list, while ''Jewelpet'' can count itself lucky if it manages to appear there during end-year (when a lot of big anime take a break). While ''Pretty Cure'' has a myriad of films coming out several times a year, ''Jewelpet'' has only one, which bombed big time, and there are no plans for more. ||
|| ''[[Manga/KoufukuGraffiti Gourmet Girl Graffiti]]'' (2015) || ''[[Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma Food Wars]] (2015)'' || Anime based on manga series that is focused on FoodPorn. || ''Gourmet Girls Graffiti'' runs in a ''Magazine/MangaTimeKirara'' magazine that is a SliceOfLife series that is geared towards [[{{Seinen}} an adult male audience]] while ''Food Wars'' is a comedy series that run in a ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' magazine that is geared towards [[{{Shonen}} a younger audience]]. ''Gourmet Girls Graffiti'' is about a young middle school girl living by herself while ''Food Wars'' is about a young highschool boy from a family restaurant aspire to be the best chef in the world by entering a very competitive culinary school. ''Gourmet Girl Graffiti'' have characters eat the food in a very erotic way and more focused on common traditional Japanese foods; while ''Food Wars'', even though it's not an action series, takes [[MundaneMadeAwesome the concept of cooking]] and takes it [[WorldOfHam to a ridiculous extreme]] and focuses on different variety of foods and cooking styles. || ''[[Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma Food Wars]]'' completely '''''destroys''''' ''[[Manga/KoufukuGraffiti Gourmet Girl Graffiti]]'' by a mile, as the anime manages to enjoy high ratings ''by just the first episode'' while ''Gourmet Girls Graffiti'' sits on average ratings after 13 episodes. While ''Gourment Girl Graffiti'' isn't hated as per say, it is mostly seen as a SoOkayItsAverage SliceOfLife anime series that isn't any [[Manga/KOn different]] [[Manga/HidamariSketch to]] [[Manga/KiniroMosaic other]] [[Manga/{{Hanayamata}} anime]] [[Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa titles]] from the ''Magazine/MangaTimeKirara'' brand since the series uses the same SliceOfLife SchoolgirlSeries cliches. It also doesn't help to note that ''Food Wars'' have more relatable and likable characters, [[ShownTheirWork did a lot of research on different foods, ingredients, and cooking styles]], and have gotten a lot of attention simply because [[MundaneMadeAwesome it's a]] [[MemeticMutation cooking manga]]. It is also doesn't help to note that one of the collaborators, Yuki Morisaki, is a well-known and popular chef in Japan; and the fact that the main character, Soma Yukihira, realistically represents the typical hardship of young aspiring chefs. [[note]]Such as the very competetive nature of the culinary arts, meeting high expectations and demands from customers and critics alike, and willing to accept criticisms of one's cooking and seek ways to make one's cooking even better.[[/note]] ||
|| ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' (1997-present) || ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' (2013-present) || [[MonsSeries Monster-collecting]] video game series with multimedia spinoffs, including a popular episodic anime. || ''Pokémon'' has its own self-contained universe and revolves around catching monsters based on anything ranging from animals to inanimate objects, while ''Yokai Watch'' takes place in the real world to catch Japanese yokai that cause everyday incidents in town. || While both are still explosively popular and regularly top the video game rankings, ''Yokai Watch'' is starting to top ''Pokémon'' in several sales figures and in terms of household name recognition, to the point where it tends to remain in the top 10 best-selling video games in Japan for ''over six months'' while ''Pokémon'' games still sell strong but fall off after much shorter time. In addition, ''Yokai Watch'' is starting to consistently beat ''Pokémon'' in terms of anime viewer percentages. However, ''Yokai Watch'' has yet to have a significant international presence and is near completely unknown outside of Japan; Level-5 has declared a firm intent to expand the franchise internationally in the next few years, so only time will tell. ||
|| ''Anime/JewelpetMagicalChange'' (2015-2016) || ''Anime/ShowByRock'' (2015) || Shows based on Creator/{{Sanrio}} franchises which started airing in {{Spring 2015|Anime}}. Both involve transformations into different species. || ''JPMC'' is aimed at children and is about the titular pets turning into humans; ''SBR'' is aimed at adults and about humans who turn into humanoid animals. || ''JPMC'' might be set to be 4 times longer than ''SBR'', but ''SBR'' was much more watched and talked about, and its characters took the Sanrio character poll by storm. ''Jewelpet'' remains as unpopular as ever. ||