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Anvilicious: Anime & Manga
  • Earth Maiden Arjuna is the anime version of Captain Planet (see below), with the superhero replaced with a Magical Girl as with more psychological angst.
  • Dancougar Nova got pretty Anvilicious in one episode, which made oblique references to the War on Terror being fought solely over oil, and featuring a nearly rabid, transparently American commander crushing the titular robot while declaring that because his nation is strong, it gets to decide what justice is.
  • Being about how war affects humanity, the Gundam franchise has dropped many anvils over the years.
    • The original Mobile Suit Gundam, including its subsequent sequels had a minor subversion by dropping opposing anvils at the same time.
    • For a case of necessary anvil, we present Gundam 0080. War is Not a Game, and a Zaku can never beat a Gundam.
    • Much of the protagonists' angst in Gundam SEED comes from the fact that they have to fight each other for reasons they don't know. Then the second half of the series comes and practically every second sentence that comes out of Lacus' mouth is relentless bashing of the Cycle of Revenge. Then SEED Destiny comes along and drops the same anvil all over again, along with a second anvil bashing Shinn's views of the world.
    • In Gundam 00, the moral is "if you kill someone because you hate the person, no matter the reason, good chance that you end up worse than him".
    • Another repeated message from 00 is that the only way to peace is through understanding others. It is repeated twice in the film's postcredits scene.
    • Also, a quote from the leader of the Union...
      "They're aggressively ending conflict all over the world. Isn't that our job?"
    • As said above, Gundam has dropped many anvils over its span. However, there is one common anvil that transcends each series: "If we all understand each other, we can all stop fighting, get along and be happy." This theme has existed since the first series (as it was the basis of Zeon Daikun's Newtype theory) and has been carried over the rest of UC (all the way to Gundam Unicorn) and even further into the AUs; among the latter, only G Gundam subverts the message due to its kung fu action movie themenote . Alongside, said message is usually presented as the basis of the resident universe's telepaths and their purpose; this is especially the case with the Innovators of Gundam 00note  and the X-Rounders of Gundam AGEnote .
  • In Zero no Tsukaima, the episode in which Mr. Colbert dies was a very thinly veiled message about why war is bad, the entire second season being about how War Is Hell.
  • In an episode of the Kirby anime, Dedede gets addicted to snacks and becomes grossly fat, unable to even stand up. This is followed by two characters announcing out loud that this is what happens if you only eat snacks and stay up all night watching television and Dedede being paraded through the town, pointed and laughed at. All of this before the episode is even halfway through.
  • The Aesoptinum factor of Soukou No Strain is made particularly obvious when not only is the research conducted on harmless aliens, but they look and act like little girls and anesthetic doesn't work on them. So every time one is dissected, they're being brutally tortured and the scientists just shrug and figure 'Hey, they'll get used to it eventually.'
  • Pokémon: The First Movie and the first straight-to-DVD special, Mewtwo Strikes Back and Pokemon Mewtwo Returns respectively, club the viewer over the head with their messages. Thanks for telling us that fighting to the death isn't fun, that judging someone or yourself by the circumstances of birth is wrong, and that it's a good idea to protect natural resources. We would have never figured that out. They're not very hard to grasp, even before the giant swarm of killer bug Pokémon comes to help enforce the Green Aesop. Which then gets completely turned around when at the end of the first movie, Ash and co. have their memories erased about the entire event, making the lesson they learned forgotten and pointless.
  • In the CLANNAD anime, the opening scene contains protagonist Okazaki encountering a strange, beautiful girl at the bottom of a hill on the way to school, facing the uphill with the morning sun shining at her face and a Dramatic Wind with about a million Cherry Blossoms blows through the scene as the camera takes its cue to focus almost exclusively on her. The fact that some viewers still attempted shipping after that display may speak towards the fact that they may not have been heavy-handed enough.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler's second season; admittedly it focuses a lot on Hinagiku, but just in case you didn't get the clue that she likes Hayate, the entire end theme is making it sure. Granted that that's focused on a lot in the chapters that're covered, but it continued to play it several weeks after most anime that season had already switched to their 'third' ending. Then again, this comes from THE animation studio that has turned Pandering to the Base into a form of life and Hinagiku's the Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Arguably, the whole point of Sai Kano is to drop a 13-episode Kill 'em All anvil of War Is Hell. For everyone, not just soldiers.
  • To sum up, the writers of Blassreiter would like you to know that anyone who is mean to immigrants is pure evil, the media is full of idiot sensationalists, and if God is there He does not like you.
  • The infamous final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion are an Anvilicious Author Filibuster on the rather extensive psychological issues of the main cast (particularly those of Shinji Ikari), as well as a discussion of how some people avoid human contact out of fear of being hurt by others. Apparently we had not already seen enough of how screwed up the cast was. However heavy the anvil is, it is justified in that the characters reap what they've sown psychologically.
  • You don't have to be watching Yu-Gi-Oh! long to figure out that the main theme is friendship. Not only do many of the main characters constantly make speeches about it (with Anzu/Tea being infamous for it, although there are many characters who are just as bad, if not worse), but there are also numerous motifs and symbols throughout the series which are meant to represent friendship. These include Yugi's Millennium Puzzle, the smiley face drawn on the hands of the main cast, and several different Duel Monsters cards. On top of that, the first syllables in Yugi's and Joey's/Jounouchi's names are purposely meant to spell out the word "Yujo", which means "friendship" in Japanese.
  • Masashi Kishimoto can't seem to be subtle about the whole "REVENGE IS BAD" thing, to the point that, until he kick-started the big war event, it took over the story. To make it worse, he seems to have equated revenge with a fully-justified desire to see someone punished for their crimes.
    • Be loyal to your village no matter what you do because it means becoming a sociopathic monster and trying to have ambitions other than the welfare of the village is evil and must be punished.
    • Which is turned into a Broken Aesop, as Shikamaru was portrayed as perfectly justified in seeking revenge against Hidan and Kakuzu.
      • Although, if one sees it in a different way, revenge was likely portrayed as bad because it drove Sasuke insane with it and caused him to turn from friend to foe (to the extent that he more than willing to kill even comrades) and, in Shikamaru's case, it is portrayed positively because it is more like justice being done, that, and Shikamaru didn't allow his desire for revenge to take over.
  • Ayakashi Ayashi is pretty unsubtle about telling people to stop daydreaming and focus exclusively on real life. It's about giant monsters coming to life when someone is dissatisfied with living in a Crapsack World.
  • Every. Song. In. Every. Macross. Title. If you still think Violence is the Only Option, then you're not paying attention.
  • Life keeps no subtlety in any of its themes. The whole manga is about a girl who is bullied, and the bullies themselves are two-faced Jerkasses.


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