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parodies Bobobo Shonen Jump-y action manga, particularly , Fist of the North Star , and Dragon Ball Z .
Yu-Gi-Oh! is a good-natured send-up of Slayers Heroic Fantasy novels, games, and anime.
Likewise, has fun with parodying a lot of Ouran High School Host Club cliches associated with romance and high school comedies, even though the series itself falls under both banners (and the manga artist herself had written things like it in the past until Ouran became her breakout hit).
The anime has somewhat different characterizations and cuts off with a Gecko Ending, but it still manages to be both a hilarious reverse harem parody and gender farce and a high-quality reverse harem series in its own right.
The Show Within a Show of , Martian Successor Nadesico , is a homage to and parody of classic Gekiganger 3 Super Robot anime such as , and Getter Robo also serves as an ironic counterpoint to the main show's plot! Impressive.
Although is meant to be a deconstruction of Giant Robot series, the creators are such big fans of the genre that they cannot help but show affection to some of the genre tropes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Despite its successor becoming one of the most influential and popular anime franchises in history, the original manga reads like a lighthearted parody of the Codename: Sailor V Magical Girl and Henshin Hero genres. While Sailor Moon could be pretty jokey at times, it doesn't come close to matching the sheer absurdity of Sailor V.
is an Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman Affectionate Parody of the Sentai genre.
The first OVA sees Goemon and Ebisumaru race to rescue Omitsu from a castle, while being thrown into spoof levels of Ganbare Goemon , Grandia and Castlevania Twinbee.
was a sendup of just about everything in anime between 1976 and 1986.
Project A-Ko is a fairly standard One Piece Shōnen anime with a focus on humor that occasionally leans toward parody. The most obvious, though, is cowardly hero Usopp's disguise of "Sogeking", a clear parody of live-action tokusatsu series'. He even has a theme song, complete with 60's style Japanese Live-action special effects and the appearance of being largely filmed inside a quarry.
is arguably as much an Affectionate Parody as it is a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Reconstruction of the super robot genre; the heroes are able to win, for example, on pure determination alone, literally (and I do mean literally as the series explains halfway through the series) and it's otherwise just so over the top as to be awesome even when it's not trying.
With hot-blooded retro theme song, ridiculous Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!'s -esque Voltron Multinational Team, attack-yelling and absurd robot design, it's highly unlikely the creators were being serious here.
, the manga slightly more so than the anime, is an affectionate parody of both martial arts anime and Sumomomo Momomo Unwanted Harem romantic comedies.
Being a very popular show, has been parodied in lots of anime and manga. The Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan Transformation and Kamahame-Ha, the show's most recognizable trademarks, are always used. It even shows up in the shojo genre: FU-GI-SA-KI-HAAAA!
The 2008 OVA is almost an Dragon Ball Affectionate Parody in its own right. A lot of its humor is derived from Lampshading various absurd aspects of the series' tropes.
Big O is a parody of a number of manga/comics/anime subsets...Batman, Mazinga Z, Astro Boy, Cutie Honey, Lupin III, and the 80's anime OVA "A Wind Called Amnesia"...not to mention Phillip Marlow/Sam Spade detectives.
can be seen almost as a comedic spoof of the The Irresponsible Captain Tylor Space Opera genre, which was popularized by dramatic shows like and the like.
Mobile Suit Gundam Macross was originally going to be a sendup of the mecha anime genre, back in the day when a city-sized spacecraft shifting to robot mode was considered ridiculous. However, it proved so popular that the creators wound up playing it straight to a much greater degree... and thus setting up a whole new generation of parodies!
Surprisingly enough for such a... well, dark show, has an Darker Than Black Affectionate Parody of the entire Private Detective genre in the form of the Plucky Comic Relief duo of Gai Kurosawa and his Sassy Secretary Kiko.
parodies Axis Powers Hetalia world history. With extra Ho Yay!
replaces the intense drama of high school romance anime with over the top and often illogical humor.
School Rumble is an affectionate parody of both The World God Only Knows Dating Sims and Unwanted Harems that oddly enough relies on both This Is Reality style lampshading of the nonsensical nature of the tropes while at the same time playing every one completely straight.
is one for the average shounen Ben-To Fighting Series, taking Serious Business to extreme levels (half-priced lunch boxes), parodying the nom-du-guerres of each character, etc.
The classic SD Gundam series is entirely devoted to the Universal Century shows.
, a Super Robot Retsuden / Mazinger Z / Great Mazinger / UFO Robo Grendizer / Getter Robo Kotetsu Jeeg Crossover with story and art by Ken Ishikawa, parodies the seventies Toei Crossover movies that featured several Go Nagai robots.
Episode 10 of Seto no Hanayome, which introduces Lunar's dad, is a parody of Terminator 2. Lunar's dad himself is a parody/ Shout-Out to Ah-nuld.
The show itself could be seen as poking fun at Unwanted Harem setups; it uses a similar setup of one guy surrounded by girls, except for the facts that 1. it's dead obvious from early on that the First Girl Wins and 2. all the involved characters are various degrees of insane and the series focuses far more on their antics than it does on any relationship aside from the obvious winner.
is this for every previous anime set in a high school, and Haruhi Suzumiya probably a lot of the ones that came after it, too.
is probably the Haiyore! Nyarko-san weirdest infatuated parody of the Cthulhu Mythos ever made. It also makes fun of many trappings of the otaku lifestyle, as well as the Harem Genre.
for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Brother-Sister Incest and Harem Genre shows. Kirino's favorite Show Within a Show, "Stardust Witch Meruru," does this to Magical Girl anime.
...until Ore Imo gets serious. In turn the show itself also has parodies.
is an affectionate parody of the anime production process itself.
Animation Runner Kuromi : Of Lupin III Arsène Lupin, obviously. The characters are often used to parody other stories, such as , Mission: Impossible , and even The Pink Panther Superman.
is a great parody of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA Magical Girl shows and the original Visual Novel , featuring Illya as a Fate/stay night Magical Girl. She is incredibly Genre Savvy and points out a lot of the silly things happening around her. However it all soon changes tone to have more serious moments as well.
is basically what you get when you run Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu! Super Sentai through as many Light Novel tropes as possible, all the while gleefully poking fun at the general goofiness of Super Sentai (the anime screenwriter has experience with Akibaranger, after all).
is a gentle parody of the Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Harem Genre, by infusing it with Rapid-Fire Comedy and packing in pretty much every Character Archetype Love Interest ever invented for it, then turning said characters Up to Eleven.