* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'': both series revolve around a team of [[LovelyAngels two young female]] operatives for a [[HeroesRUs galaxy-wide troubleshooting organization]] that uses incredibly advanced Phlebotinum, [[ActionGirl brute force]], [[HeroInsurance property damage]], and [[SpannerInTheWorks good luck]] to right wrongs and triumph over evil.
* KeikoTakemiya's ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' is the spiritual successor to "The Door To Summer", a one-volume manga she wrote. They both contain similar story elements, as well as both being adapted into 60-minute {{OVA}}s.
** Both of these series in turn are spiritual successors to ''In the Sunroom'', a lesser known manga of hers, which also have similar story elements of the two series mentioned above.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', both series being created by Shinichiro Watanabe.
** ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'' is a further succession, judging from the art style and Watanabe's involvement.
* ''Anime/BlueSubmarineNumberSix'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', except that the bad guys are the ones that move around in a refurbished battleship.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' is sometimes considered to be spiritual successor of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Note that Soul Eater's writer Atsushi Okubo has worked as Hiromu Arakawa's assistant.
** The animated adaptations of ''Manga/Soul Eater'' and ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' even suffered similar fates. Both shows started to overtake the manga on which they were based and, rather than try to pad out the show with filler, the writers came up with [[GeckoEnding their own ending]] for the show to tie up the loose ends. They faced similar [[BaseBreaker responses from the fandom too]].
*** Also there [[http://www.mangareader.net/157-10197-1/soul-eater/chapter-52.html this cover page]].
* ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'' is basically a Spiritual Successor to ''Anime/{{S-CRY-ed}}''.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' was succeeded by ''{{Madlax}}'', and ''{{Madlax}}'', by ''ElCazadorDeLaBruja'', being part of Studio Bee Train's GirlsWithGuns trilogy.
* ''Anime/RahXephon'''s creator has said it's a SpiritualSuccessor of 1970s super robot series ''Anime/BraveRaideen''.
** The average person who has watched ''Anime/RahXephon'' will more likely compare it to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', though.
*** That's because both of them can be considered as spiritual successors of ''Anime/{{Megazone23}}'', with HumongousMecha. And ''Eva'' has taken quite a few cues from ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon''.
* ''Manga/GokukokuNoBrynhildr'' can be considered a successor to ''Manga/ElfenLied'', seeing as they are both written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, contain cute supernaturally empowered girls who are mistreated in the name of science, gory fights and have harem [[strike: under]]tones.
* ''Anime/ToukaGettan'' is a SpiritualSuccessor of sorts to ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' and ''Moonlight Lady''. One episode of ''Touka Gettan'' was essentially a ''[=YamiBou=]'' episode. The games they were adapted from were unrelated, though.
** ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' has occasionally been cited as a SpiritualSuccessor of ''[=YamiBou=]'', but that probably has more to do with their typical GirlsLove character designs.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has a successor in ''MedakaBox'' before the latter got turned into a [[ShonenDemographic shonen]]-fighting series.
* ''TheFiveStarStories'' by Mamoru Nagano is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'', an anime series he worked on with YoshiyukiTomino.
** There are hints in the manga that it is, in fact, in the exact same continuity - that it is a prequel of sorts, pre-dating L-Gaim by a good span of time.
* ''Manga/AirGear'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''JetSetRadio'' games. (The Korean {{MMORPG}} ''StreetGearsOnline'' appears to be a SpiritualSuccessor to both.)
* ''XamdLostMemories'' is an obvious SpiritualSuccessor to ''EurekaSeven''.
* Subverted to hell and back with ''{{Daitarn 3}}'', by YoshiyukiTomino. Similar name as the series that came before it, ''{{Zambot 3}}''? Check. Similar design for the robot? Check. Similar weapons like a "Sun Attack" which is almost identical to Zambot's "Moon Attack"? Check. Three main characters? Check. KillEmAll ending? HELL NO! Although Zambot 3 was one of the first {{Deconstruction}}s of the SuperRobot genre, Daitarn was a more humorous crossover with [[XMeetsY James Bond in a Super Robot.]] Doesn't stop them from having team attacks in VideoGame/SuperRobotWars, though.
** Speaking of Tomino, ''OvermanKingGainer'' is one to ''CombatMechaXabungle''.
** ''Anime/TheBigO'' could be seen as a successor to Daitarn3, only using Batman instead of James Bond.
*** ''Anime/TheBigO'' itself has a spiritual successor in ''TigerAndBunny''. Both are anime series by the same studio, share part of the staff, and has the look and feel of an american saturday morning cartoon. While the first sported a mecha pilot Bruce Wayne, the second depicts the results of a government/private take-over on the Justice League. [[spoiler:Also including a cute short-haired android voiced by Akiko Yajima.]]
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' is the spiritual successor to ''KeyTheMetalIdol''.
** And ''{{Despera}}'', in return, is the spiritual successor to ''Lain''.
*** [[DevelopmentHell When it some day comes out...]]
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has been stated to be a spiritual successor to ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''; both have similar themes and characters, but ''PM'' has rather more depressingly realistic overtones, and replaces the former's HappyEnding with a BittersweetEnding.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' shares a lot of similarities with the Russian novel ''[[Creator/StrugatskyBrothers Roadside Picnic]]'', but the scale and focus are different.
* ''{{Ninku}}'' shares many similarities with Naruto despite coming first. Examples like the fact that Fuusuke is a wind ninja who wears orange and uses the kuatsuken (resembling Rasengan).
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' is this to Mashima's earlier series "Rave", containing a few characters with the same name and/or design, and even a few plot elements with the same name but different functions. Eitherion, Oracion Sei, etc.
** It's sometimes considered one to ''Manga/OnePiece'' as well.
** Gajeel Redfox is considered to be one to [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]].
* ''{{Durarara}}'' is this to ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', although the two are different in tone and setting, they share the same creator, the same "LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with distinct plotlines on a collision course" writing style, and the same jazzy musical style.
** They also happen to share the universe, though taking place in different countries and decades apart, only two characters from the first make a brief cameo in the second.
** Others see it as more of a sucessor to ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom''.
* First, Junichi Sato directed ''{{Pretear}}'', a MagicalGirl series that is (very) loosely based on "Literature/SnowWhite", and features a {{Redheaded Hero}}ine with a PrettyBoy and TallDarkAndSnarky JerkWithAHeartOfGold as her love interests, and a DarkMagicalGirl enemy who believes nobody loves her. Three years later, he directed ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', a MagicalGirl series featuring a ballet-dancing {{Redheaded Hero}}ine trapped in a fairytale-influenced world with... a PrettyBoy and TallDarkAndSnarky JerkWithAHeartOfGold as her love interests, and a DarkMagicalGirl enemy who believes nobody loves her. While the two series are very different in tone and overall story (Pretear is a ReverseHarem that starts out light-hearted and quickly becomes dark, while Tutu has dark elements from the get-go and is full of meta about art and storytelling), the similarities are hard to ignore.
* ''SpaceCarrierBlueNoah'' to ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'', by the same producer.
* The ''BraveSeries'' to ''TransformersVictory''.
** ''Anime/BeastSaga'' to Battle Beasts/Beastformers and Anime/TransformersHeadmasters
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' to ''RoseOfVersailles''.
** And ''StarDriver'' is this to Utena.
** Many fans are also calling ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' successor to Utena; again, same people working on it.
* ''{{Tamayura}}'' is the spiritual successor to ''{{Kamichu}}''. Not only is the show about a tightly-knit group of teenage girls, with the mood, art style and theme practically lifted from its illustrious predecessor, but it also [[RealPlaceBackground takes place in Takehara]], an old town not far from ''{{Kamichu}}'s'' Onomichi and similar to Onomichi in many respects. Still, an argument could me made for ''{{Sketchbook}}'' as an influence, considering the age of the characters and the art theme (not to mention the opening).
* ''NodameCantabile'' is seen as the spiritual succesor to ''HoneyAndClover''. Both are about students in art schools (drama ensues, obviously), both anime adaptations were made by the [[JCStaff same studio]], with a very similar drawing style.
* People have started seeing ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' as a spiritual successor to ''RanmaOneHalf''. Granted, just think about it: a comic martial arts series with pretty [[ActionGirl Action Girls]], which results in lots of {{Fanservice}}, a LoveDodecahedron and a WillTheyOrWontThey type of relationship between the protagonists. Sure, there's no {{Tsundere}} female character in here, but if it was, then it'd be called a rip off instead of a resemblant work.
* Several themes in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' can be traced to scriptwriter GenUrobuchi's afterword to the first volume of ''Literature/FateZero'', of which he was also the author.
** And to {{Bokurano}}
* ''Manga/DororonEnmaKun Meramera'' to ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' -- they both take famous Creator/GoNagai's manga, revamp it for modern audience and introduce new plotlines and characters, including at last one CanonImmigrant.
* Both the anime and game series ''InazumaEleven'' is this to ''CaptainTsubasa''.
* ''PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' to ''Manga/DragonBall''.
** ''PokemonOrigins'' is this to ''PokemonZensho''. They're both adaptations of ''PokemonRedAndBlue'', though the former uses a lot of features from on the remake. Red is depicted as a bubbly, HotBlooded hero with a Charmander starter and both are close adaptations of the game.
* ''Manga/SpottedFlower'' is one to ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', both by the same author and focusing on the otaku culture, although there are subtle hints pointing that the former might be a true {{Sequel}} to the later, with the two of the main characters grown-up and married.
* ''GuiltyCrown'': General consensus is that this series was a partial one to ''Anime/CodeGeass'', particularly in the first few episodes, given that it shared the same "resistance group taking on oppressive entity" premise. While Shu and Lelouch have very different personalities and interests, they are both 17-year old youths accompanied by mysterious girls (Inori and C.C. respectively, who also differ from each other) and capable of using mysterious powers. However, the overarching story eventually headed in more of a [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion different]] direction.
* ''{{Claymore}}'' and ''VinlandSaga'' are often said to be the spiritual successors of ''{{Berserk}}''. In fact, if you put ''Claymore'' and ''Vinland Saga'' [[XMeetsY in a blender,]] you'd get a serving of ''Berserk''.
** Speaking of ''Berserk'', Creator/KentaroMiura cites several works as his influences, but the series seems to take the most from ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'', ''{{Devilman}}'' and ''ViolenceJack''.
* The author of ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' seems to be following up with his new manga, ''Manga/BigOrder''.
* ''PuniPuniPoemi'' is usually best described as ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' compressed in 2 episodes, [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs and on Excel Saga]].
* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' is this for ''MadMax'', [[XMeetsY but with]] BruceLee.
* The ''PrettyCure'' franchise as a whole is this to ''Anime/SailorMoon''
* ''DuskMaidenOfAmnesia'' can be considered this to ''NatsuNoArashi'' in animated form at least - both series were directed by ShinOonuma and feature cute (actually, near-identical) {{Ghost Girl}}s and a healthy dose of [[Creator/StudioSHAFT SHAFT]]-like visuals[[note]]though only ''Arashi'' is a SHAFT production itself - ''Dusk Maiden'' is produced by Oonuma's spin-off studio, SILVER LINK[[/note]].
* It may seem like ''Anime/{{Diebuster}}'' is this to ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'' at first, due to the parallels between the two. [[PlayingWithATrope But then it turns out]] [[spoiler: they have converging endings.]]
** However, ''Diebuster'' did get its own legitimate spiritual successor in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann,'' which later still got its own spiritual successor with ''Anime/KillLaKill'' (see below).
** In addition to having the same creative team, both ''Kill La Kill'' and ''Gurren Lagann'' share similar stylistic elements and cover similar themes. Where the latter is about boys growing up and learning to face the challenges of life (told though over the top SuperRobot action), the former is about girls growing up and learning to grow past the expectations and pressures of society by way of [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girl Warriors]] wearing sentient school uniforms.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' is this to ''WanderingSon''. Both revolve around transgender children, though the former has more WholesomeCrossdresser's. Both are {{Seinen}}} with [[ArtStyleDissonance surprisingly cute art styles]] for their maturity level and each have a {{transsexual}} TheCutie character who has sported a bob haircut.
* ''Madou King Granzort'' to ''Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru'', both by Creator/{{Red|Entertainment}} and Creator/{{Sunrise}}.
* ''CardfightVanguard'' is considered a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise; it centres around children playing a CollectibleCardGame, created by Akira Itou - Kazuki Takahashi's apprentice, who also worked on the ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' manga with him.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' seems to be a Spiritual Successor to ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', and one can notice ''several'' similarities as they read through both works. There should honestly be a list.
* While the two are not all that similar plot-wise, Totoros from ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' seem to be a SpiritualSuccessor to Papa Panda from ''Anime/PandaGoPanda''
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has a lot in common with ''Manga/InuYasha''. To begin with both plots revolve around an ordinary teenage girl getting control over a supernatural asshole, who is forced against his will to help her and protect her, and only later do the two start to fall in love. Tomoe, the male lead in KK, looks almost exactly like an older and more mature version of Inuyasha when he wears his hair long; he also acts like a more intelligent and ''slightly'' more mature version of Inuyasha. Nanami, the female lead in KK, looks like Kagome with brown hair and has the same personality type. Then the Time Travel Arc happens in KK and the similarities get even more pronounced.
* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', the popular basketball series of this decade, is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Manga/SlamDunk'', the successful basketball series of the 90s.
* ''Anime/CaptainEarth'' towards ''Anime/StarDriver''. It helps that both series feature the same staff of people (except for character design) and concepts from the latter show are used again in the former, most prominently the usage and explanation of the term "libido". Since Captain Earth is still running, the jury is still out wether both series are set in the same universe or not and speculations are running rampant. What can be said already, however, is that Captain Earth has an overall more serious tone than Star Driver did.
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