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The surprise success of the manga , a story about a loser who through hard work, Love Hina 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 Harem Series where a loser meets several women who immediately fall in love with this loser for no clear reason.
Pokémon Originally, Double Team in the anime used the rapid afterimage trick, after became popular, now it works like Shadow Clone Jutsu.
Naruto Well, it is called "Kage Bunshin" (Shadow Clone) in Japan.
Super Robot Genre shows like already had their own success, but it was Tetsujin 28 that solidified the concept of piloting a robot (via a cockpit within its head, rather than Mazinger Z remote control) and started a revolutionary trend that attracted 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 Humongous Mecha show created after 1972 owes something to , either because they copied the tropes established by this series or because they tried averting them, subverting them or deconstructing them.
Mazinger Z was the first Getter Robo Combining Mecha and *almost* was the first Raideen Transforming Mecha. Both concepts have been imitated, subverted, ripped off, deconstructed and reconstructed countless times since the seventies by countless mecha shows. Some examples are: the ( Robot Romance Trilogy , Combattler V , Voltes V ), Daimos , Zambot 3 , Daitarn 3 , UFO Senshi Dai Apolon , Space Runaway Ideon , Space Warrior Baldios , Go Lion , the Dangaioh ...
Brave Series started another trend in the Mobile Suit Gundam Humongous Mecha shows, creating the so-called Real Robot Genre and being imitated by dozen of shows, mainly in The Eighties. It set the stage for every Real Robot show to follow from to Armored Trooper VOTOMS to Exo Squad . Examples include: BattleTech , Super Dimension Fortress Macross , Super Dimension Century Orguss , Heavy Metal L Gaim , Panzer World Galient , Fang of the Sun Dougram ...
Patlabor Macross itself spawned a few imitatiors of the "Transforming mecha vs. Alien Invasion" concept. Two of them were so much like it that Harmony Gold was able to combine all three into .
Robotech After the runaway success of , a Neon Genesis Evangelion 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 , Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 , Brain Powerd , Argentosoma , Betterman , Geneshaft , Fafner , RahXephon , and to a certain extent Bokurano .
Martian Successor Nadesico An interesting subversion of this comes from . While a lot of King of Braves GaoGaiGar Super Robot series following tried to copy its style, whether it be in character drama or enemy designs, Evangelion was almost a GaoGaiGar violent throwback to the genre's roots drawing much from , Getter Robo , Mazinger Z , Great Mazinger and the like. It has since left its mark on the genre, helping to keep the popularity of the Kotetsu Jeeg Hot-Blooded hero type that such series became famous for.
Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru and 's respective successes lead to a brief flood of shows with mecha that use SD Gundam super-deformed proportions, throughout the nineties. Mado King Granzort, , Lord Of Lords Ryu Knight and the Whirlwind! Iron Leaguer franchise were all examples of this.
NG Knight Lamune 40 inspired a deluge of shows based on the Sailor Moon Magical Girl Warrior model that it popularized.
Anime was largely an underground movement in the States before the success of , which led companies to look for more Japanese material to localize in 1995, including Power Rangers , Ronin Warriors , Sailor Moon , Eagle Riders , and Teknoman . The Dragon Ball phenomenon several years later advanced it further, resulting in the localization of not just more Pokémon 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 .
Dragon Booster The success of paved the way for direct-to-video anime anthologies of popular Western franchises, animated by different well-known studios. So far, The Animatrix Batman got in the act with and Batman Gotham Knight with Halo Halo Legends. and Dead Space has also followed suit.
Dragon Age now has at least one imitator, Revolutionary Girl Utena . 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 Shitsurakuen Ho Yay and Les Yay 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.
'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 Dragon Ball 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: , Naruto , and One Piece .
Bleach has spawned several impersonators, notably Cowboy Bebop
Black Cat. follows Grenadier almost to the letter.
Trigun Name a Schoolgirl Series. Name one that isn't inspired by, or an outright copy of, .
Azumanga Daioh Girls Love series in recent years have taken a lot of inspiration for . To specify a lot of them have lots of blushing, are set in an all-girls school (often Catholic), feature a Maria-sama Ga Miteru Sempai Kohai dynamic, and are rather like the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship trope. There have been a fair share of parodies though, such as .
Maria†Holic has an imitator in Rurouni Kenshin .
Samurai Deeper Kyo , together with Ghost in the Shell , was a massive influence on the later AKIRA Cyberpunk genre, and inspired several futuristic action/sci-fi works such as , The Matrix and Oni .
Perfect Dark is about Shakugan no Shana a flat chested Tsundere that treats the hero like dirt, but gradually falls for him. It popularised very similar stories and characters.
has a follower of sorts in " Dr Slump Cybot Robotchi" AKA "Robby The Rascal". Both feature a horny, awkward Bungling Inventor with a Punny Name 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). Hilarity Ensues, etc.
was a video game Neptunia that centered around note Console Wars , with large amounts of AS A VIDEO GAME! Fanservice. A manga/anime series entitled was created which has a similar premise, but with several differences. There's significantly less Aoi Sekai no Chuusin De 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. Nintendo.
inspired Kimi ni Todoke lots of Shoujo Genre manga (of varying quality) with a shy girl as the lead. Unfortunately, some mangaka took it too far and made them weak, spineless crybabies.
's immense popularity has spawned a lot of Haruhi Suzumiya Post Modernism and/or pop-culture-filled comedies ( , Lucky Star , Haiyore! Nyarko-san ), semi-expies of Haruhi and Kyon, and generally gets blamed for the high concentration of Ore Imo Pandering to the Base shows in its wake.
Some time after the success of and its associated anime, a lot of other Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai! Romantic Comedy Light Novels 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 Long Title for the growing list .
note is Tenkuu Senki Shurato very similar in its design to . So much indeed that the series had quite a tough time differentiating itself from its hugely popular predecessor and got Saint Seiya Overshadowed by Awesome.
was the first anime to feature a feminine sports team. Its follower Attack No. 1 , rehashed its formula and turned it into an 80's version which gained quite some popularity.