* The surprise success of the manga ''Manga/LoveHina'', a story about a loser who through hard work, [[TookALevelInBadass learns martial arts]], becomes successful, slowly wins the women in his life, and finally gets to marry his first love. This gave rise to a ton of low-quality HaremSeries where a [[UnluckyEverydude loser]] meets several women who immediately fall in love with this loser for no clear reason.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Originally, Double Team in the anime used the rapid afterimage trick, after ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' became popular, now it works like Shadow Clone Jutsu.
** Well, it ''is'' called "Kage Bunshin" (Shadow Clone) in Japan.
* SuperRobotGenre shows like ''[[{{Gigantor}} Tetsujin 28]]'' already had their own success, but it was ''Anime/MazingerZ'' that solidified the concept of piloting a robot (via a cockpit within its head, rather than [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl remote control]]) and started a revolutionary trend that attracted [[MerchandiseDriven toy makers]] and captivated children. Such influence would eventually lead to all sorts of landmark works that keep the said genre alive and relevant to this day. Pretty much ''every'' HumongousMecha show created after 1972 owes something to ''Anime/MazingerZ'', either because they copied the tropes established by this series or because they tried averting them, subverting them or deconstructing them.
** ''Manga/GetterRobo'' was the first CombiningMecha and ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'' *almost* was the first TransformingMecha. Both concepts have been imitated, subverted, ripped off, deconstructed and reconstructed countless times since the seventies by countless mecha shows. Some examples are: the ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'' (''Anime/CombattlerV'', ''Anime/VoltesV'', ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''), ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'', ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'', ''Anime/UFOSenshiDaiApolon'', ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'', ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios'', ''Anime/GoLion'', ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'', the ''Anime/BraveSeries''...
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' started another trend in the HumongousMecha shows, creating the so-called RealRobotGenre and being imitated by dozen of shows, mainly in TheEighties. It set the stage for every RealRobot show to follow from ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms'' to ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' to ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. Examples include: ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'', ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'', ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', ''Anime/FangOfTheSunDougram'', ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''...
** After the runaway success of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', a ''lot'' of anime were released which revolved around a world where an apocalyptic event happened a few years ago, and now psychologically unbalanced kids are forced to pilot giant robots to defeat alien invaders. Often these will involve religious imagery and a conspiracy to cover up how dangerous piloting a mecha actually is. Examples include ''{{Gasaraki}}'', ''BubblegumCrisis Tokyo 2040'', ''BrainPowerd'', ''{{Argentosoma}}'', ''{{Betterman}}'', ''{{Geneshaft}}'', ''[[SoukyuuNoFafner Fafner]]'', ''RahXephon'', ''{{Bokurano}}'', and to a certain extent ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''.
** An interesting subversion of this comes from ''[[Anime/GaoGaiGar King of Braves GaoGaiGar]]''. While a lot of SuperRobot series following ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' tried to copy its style, whether it be in character drama or enemy designs, ''GaoGaiGar'' was almost a ''violent'' [[GenreThrowback throwback]] to the genre's roots drawing much from ''Manga/GetterRobo'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' and the like. It has since left its mark on the genre, helping to keep the popularity of the HotBlooded hero type that such series became famous for.
** ''Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru'' and ''Anime/{{SD Gundam|Force}}'''s respective successes lead to a brief flood of shows with mecha that use [[SuperDeformed super-deformed]] proportions, throughout the nineties. ''Mado King Granzort'', ''LordOfLordsRyuKnight'', ''[[ShippuIronLeaguer Whirlwind! Iron Leaguer]]'' and the ''NGKnightLamune40'' franchise were all examples of this.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' inspired a deluge of shows based on the MagicalGirlWarrior model that it popularized.
** In the same vein, ''FushigiYuugi'' practically set the trend for the [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] HaremGenre. It also brought {{Miko}}s into the mainstream.
* Anime was largely an underground movement in the States before the success of ''PowerRangers'', which led companies to look for more Japanese material to localize in 1995, including ''Anime/RoninWarriors'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Eagle Riders]]'', ''[[Anime/TekkamanBlade Teknoman]]'', and ''Manga/DragonBall''. The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' phenomenon several years later advanced it further, resulting in the localization of not just more {{Mons}}-flavored shows, but also the {{shonen}} genre in general. American TV producers have tried to cash in on this as well, but, not wanting to pay for an existing series, create their own. For proof that this rarely ever works out, look no further than ''DragonBooster''.
* The success of ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' paved the way for direct-to-video anime anthologies of popular Western franchises, animated by different well-known studios. So far, Franchise/{{Batman}} got in the act with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'' and ''{{Halo}}'' with ''Halo Legends''. ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' and ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has also followed suit.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' now has at least one imitator, ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}''. It's about a tomboyish young girl who gets accepted to an exclusive private school and wears shorts instead of a skirt with her uniform (although they came with the uniform, to her confusion). She sees herself as a knight defending the oppressed girls of the school, who are used as weapons/objects by the boys, especially the head of the student council. There is much HoYay and LesYay to be had, too. At least here there's a sci-fi reason for the weapons coming out of the girls' chests: the whole campus is a 3-D stage for a video game.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s impact on Shonen manga is, well... impressive to say the very least, its influence now impossible to not see in almost any work in the subgenre. Although not the first employ the vast number of the tropes its most associated with, it became the [[TropeCodifier de facto]] face of them. To this day, Shonen, and various Anime in general that use elements from, pay homage, or parody, this series and continue its legacy. For proof, one need only look as far as these three anime often considered the most current and direct of its spiritual successors: ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', and ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has spawned several impersonators, notably ''Manga/BlackCat.''
* ''{{Grenadier}}'' follows ''{{Trigun}}'' almost to the letter.
* Name a SchoolgirlSeries. Name one that isn't inspired by, or an outright copy of, ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* GirlsLove series in recent years have taken ''a lot'' of inspiration for ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''. To specify a lot of them have lots of blushing, are set in an all-girls school (often Catholic), feature a SempaiKohai dynamic, and are rather like the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship trope. There have been a fair share of parodies though, such as ''MariaHolic''.
* ''RurouniKenshin'' has an imitator in ''SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* ''GhostInTheShell'', together with ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', was a massive influence on the later {{Cyberpunk}} genre, and inspired several futuristic action/sci-fi works such as ''Film/TheMatrix'', ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'' and ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' is about [[ShanaClone a flat chested Tsundere that treats the hero like dirt, but gradually falls for him]]. It popularised very similar stories and characters.
* ''DrSlump'' has a follower of sorts in "[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1289 Cybot Robotchi]]" AKA "Robby The Rascal". Both feature a horny, awkward BunglingInventor with a PunnyName living in a small town in the middle of nowhere populated by weird people and animals, who creates a robot with huge powers but the mindset of a kid (and a lot of other silly and bizarre inventions). HilarityEnsues, etc.
* ''{{Neptunia}}'' was a video game[[note]]it later received a short manga and an anime is in production[[/note]] that centered around ConsoleWars [[foldercontrol]]

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]], with large amounts of {{Fanservice}}. A manga/anime series entitled ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-08-11/nobuhiko-okamoto-leads-aoi-sekai-no-chushin-de-cast Aoi Sekai no Chuusin De]]'' was created which has a similar premise, but with several differences. There's significantly less {{Moe}}, the characters are based on video game characters/franchises themselves instead of companies, and the console war is more specific, focusing on {{Sega}} vs. Creator/{{Nintendo}}.
* ''KimiNiTodoke'' inspired ''lots'' of ShoujoGenre manga (of varying quality) with a shy girl as the lead. Unfortunately, some mangaka took it too far and made them weak, spineless crybabies.
** It also gave rise to the "popular NiceGuy LoveInterest" trend.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'''s immense popularity has spawned a lot of PostModernism and/or pop-culture-filled comedies (''Manga/LuckyStar'', ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', ''LightNovel/OreImo''), semi-expies of Haruhi and Kyon, and generally gets blamed for the high concentration of PanderingToTheBase shows in its wake.
* Some time after the success of ''LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai'' and its associated anime, a lot of other RomanticComedy {{Light Novel}}s with overly-long sentence-y titles started cropping up...and it seems to be a good strategy, because many of them are getting anime adaptations, too. See LongTitle for the growing list[[note]]Listed under Literature.[[/note]].
* ''Anime/TenkuuSenkiShurato'' is ''very'' similar in its design to ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. So much indeed that the series had quite a tough time differentiating itself from its hugely popular predecessor and got OvershadowedByAwesome.
* ''Manga/AttackNumberOne'' was the first anime to feature a feminine sports team. Its follower ''Anime/AttackerYou'', rehashed its formula and turned it into an 80's version which gained quite some popularity.