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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." ||
|| ''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]]. ||
|| ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' || ''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. || ''[[PortmanteauSeriesName 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'' || ''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'' || ''BoogiepopPhantom'' || MindScrew anime with similar designs || ''Boogiepop'' is technically older, being based off a book series which started a few months before Serial Experiments was released. || ''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 quality. ||
|| ''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. ||
|| ''GenesisOfAquarion'' || ''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. ||
|| ''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}}'' || ''[[SixSixSixSatan 666 Satan]]/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. || Well, the authors are ''twin brothers''... || ''Naruto'' by a mile. ||
|| ''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, 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 hod-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. ||
|| ''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 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.||
|| ''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 ''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, while ''AKB0048'' was rarely spoken of after it ended. Both are getting English releases, with ''AKB'' being the only one to receive a dub. However, this is due to the practices of ''Love Live!''[='=]s licensor, rather than popularity. ||
|| ''Manga/GingaKikoutaiMajesticPrince'' || ''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. || Critics tend to say that ''Valvrave'' is too overhyped while ''Majestic Prince'' but the viewers do not seem to care much about it. ||
|| ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' (2010) || ''[[VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream Pretty Rhythm]]'' series (2011), ''[[VideoGame/{{Aikatsu}} Aikatsu!]]'' (2012) & ''Pri Para'' (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, but the spirits live on with ''Pri Para'', which has barely started but getting good buzz. ''Aikatsu'', despite starting late, managed to '''''outsell''' the Franchise/PrettyCure franchise'' after one year and is currently dominating the competition. 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 MarySues]] 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 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. || ||
|| ''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 16 volumes of SAO has sold 11 million copies as of January 2014 (just under 700k average, 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 hand, had a poorer premise since it gave a wrong impression as being a Lolicon pandering series and had received mixed, but positve reactions.[[note]]The later episodes were given more positive reception[[/note]]. ''Attack on Titan'' have become SleeperHit in Japan and internationally since it's anime aired. Nevertheless, ''Black Bullet'' has enjoy an increase of light novel sales since the anime aired. ||
|| ''Anime/KillLaKill'' (2013) || ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' (2014) || Protagonist joins an AntiHero LaResistance group to take down a despotic government (or in Anime/{{Kill La Kill}}'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 of an ongoing manga. The female protagonists are [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] for different reasons: Ryuko has more selfish goals on her desire 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 toll 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 {{Tear jerker}} and drama. ||
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