Genre Savvy: Anime and Manga

  • A Certain Magical Index: Various characters point out certain things, including making references to dating sims when talking about Touma's harem, among other ways.
  • Bizenghast: Edaniel comes to after being knocked out, and looks for the others, who have managed to get lost. Edaniel claims that he "knew this would happen."
    Might be meta knowledge, might be real world experience
  • Bleach:
    • Ginjou knows what the expected stereotypes are for shounen villains and therefore deliberately invokes them to make Ichigo feels as though his life is on the line to obtain the power-up he desperately needs.
    • Ichigo is well aware the villains regard him as a good candidate for the Breaking Speech. He's sick to the back teeth of it and isn't beyond telling them so. The anime tends to combine this with No Fourth Wall for certain filler episodes by putting Ichigo into the role of Only Sane Man for comedy purposes. He can tell what's going to happen based on the genre and sometimes even questions who on earth has been writing the episode.
  • Blue Dragon: Zola. In the second episode, after she effortlessly destroys several dozen enemy robots, the remaining ones begin combining into a single much larger robot. Zola notes that it would be stupid of her to wait for them to finish, and successfully attacks before the Transformation Sequence is finished.
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys:
    • Hidenori is quite savvy in gaming tropes, and in some cases, tropes in anime storytelling (such as Comic-Book Time or Late for School).
    • Yanagin at least aware of gender perceptions as portrayed during the previous decade's fiction.
    • Yanagin's sempai, at the very least, knowing most girls in last decade's fiction are ditzy to an extreme.
  • Deadline Summonner: Mamoru Onodera, the main character, was a video game obsessed Otaku before getting sucked into an RPG. He is very much aware of how the world works and how to avoid getting seriously injured and/or killed. Not that the universe allows him to, though.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Shin leaves the Deimon-Kyoshin game early when Deimon was behind because he knew Eyeshield 21 would use some crazy technique to win it all like he has done so many times before.
    • Kid likes to quote, "Something bad will happen after something so good" and vice versa. It always happens.
  • Fairy Tail
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Roy Mustang, who knows How to Survive a War Movie, loses his cool in a flashback to the Ishvalan War when his buddy Maes gets all excited about a letter from his girlfriend Gracia. Maes survives the war, though he does not learn from his mistakes.
  • Genshiken: Most of the characters are major, major otaku and therefore genre savvy, but share Konata's affliction of being unable to tell exactly what kind of anime they're in. Most of the guys seem to visualise life as a dating sim, and beat themselves up about it when they realise it.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • The title character sees everything in terms of TV and anime tropes, even where they might not otherwise have been. She borders between being a wrong and being an accurate Genre Savvy. Since she is an all-powerful Reality Warper with unstoppable willpower, she actually makes herself become accurate.
    • Koizumi himself is a Genre Savvy character too, using it to his advantage to convince Haruhi of certain things. Sometimes it does work, sometimes it backfires at him.
    • Kyon also is a pretty Genre Savvy guy, usually expressing it with snarky remarks.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
  • High School Dx D:
    • Nearly everyone is at least at some level of this. It's to the point where Azazel and the Maous outline the motivations of the Hero Faction in video game terms.
    • Sairaorg is well aware of Issei's Determinator and Chivalrous Pervert behaviors and uses this to snap the Occult Research Club out of a Heroic BSOD after Issei dies. By pointing out that Issei wouldn't stay dead because he hasn't had sex with Rias yet.
    • Azazel manages to motivate Issei into fighting harder by pointing out that Vali's Half Dimension attack can halve the size of Rias's breasts.
  • Ikki Tousen: The series is basically "Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Gender Flipped and as a High School A.U.". Well, the teenage fighters know they're the reincarnations of these heroes, and several of them use such knowledge to their advantage as they fight their ways in the story, searching for a way to either fulfill or screw their fates. Even the Idiot Hero Hakufu shows savviness in these regards.
  • Inazuma Eleven: The anime tends to portray Megane this way sometimes, although he usually fails at trying to use it to his advantage. On one occasion, he starts with an annoyed rant in the middle of a soccer match, and gets even more annoyed when an opponent tries to steal the ball from him in mid-speech, because Talking Is Supposed To Be A Free Action.
    Megane: How dare you attack in the middle of a stirring lecture or a fusion! As a robot otaku, you fail!
  • Kannagi: Akiba Meguru, being a "self-conscious akiba-freak", is Genre Savvy to the extreme, even recognizing that Mikuriya Jin for what he is:
    'If this is a comic, you are the main character!'
  • The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer:
    • Amamiya Yuuhi displayed a large amount of dating sim genre savviness on multiple occasions. One occasion during which he specifically chose to walk in on Asahina changing, knowing this type of situation usually engenders "special events".
    • At another time, instead of opening the door onto a changing girl, he felt accomplished instead, by having a girl walk in on him naked as a "special event"
    • Sami also remarks, at a certain point when Yuuhi suddenly grabs her face in during a dream that, had this been a romantic comedy, he'd have grabbed her boobs instead of her head.
    • During the final fight of the manga, Mikazuki realizes that final dramatic fights must be ended with a one-on-one Cross Counter or a Single-Stroke Battle or similarly dramatic mutual 'final technique', and charges up for a final super punch with a ludicrously long and awesome name. When Yuuhi moves in to oblige him, Mikazuki kicks him in the face instead and wins the match.
  • Lucky Star: Konata is Genre Savvy to the point of being a trope-fixated Cloudcuckoolander. She recognizes tropes and conventions... but never seems to be able to tell which actually apply to her own genre. Sometimes she gets it right, but other times, she applies tropes that are spectacularly wrong for her situation, referencing Dating Sim event flags or deciding the dentist sounds like a classic mecha anime.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • The "library girls", quite understandably, read a lot of books... which means they're quite willing to accept the idea that their teacher is secretly a wizard. In particular, Paru (Saotome Haruna, herself supposed to be an amateur manga artist!) is all too willing to participate in cliche storylines.
    Paru: But mostly I want to help because IT SOUNDS LIKE A BLAST!
  • Oh Edo Rocket
    • Because the show has No Fourth Wall, some of the characters are genre savvy. For example, in the English version, there is a point where Tetsuju falls off a hovering space ship and crashes to the floor of a rocky canyon. Sora then assures Seikichi, "Don't worry, he'll be fine. He's the comic relief!"
    • Shinza says the same thing about himself after he narrowly escapes being arrested and is nearly sliced in half inside his hiding place. "Good thing I'm the comic relief!"
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Houshakuji Renge is an Otaku example. All of the other main characters (except Haruhi), as well, to the extent of deliberately playing up their specialized bishonen stereotypes to please their customers.
  • Pokémon: In addition to frequent Medium Awareness, Team Rocket are particularly genre savvy, especially regarding their own role. They know they are the bad guys, they know they are there to harass the good guys, and they know they suck at it. Why do they go on? Because it's what they do.
  • School Rumble: Akira is the only one who actually understands the Love Dodecahedron, even using that knowledge to manipulate people. As demonstrated in the Beach Episode, where a naked Harima winds up grappling a bikini-clad Eri, not only is Akira fully aware that it's Not What It Looks Like instead of jumping to the obvious conclusion, she is also capable of explaining in great detail exactly what happened.
  • The World God Only Knows:
    • Keima is an internet-famous genius when it comes to Dating Sims, so when Hell has a problem with evil spirits hiding inside schoolgirls—where making them fall in love is the only way to exorcise them — they call him. And despite Keima's dislike of real girls, it works.
    • You can tell from early on when he's able to point out the local rich girl is a tsundere because she has cat eyes, light hair, a visible forehead and twintails. He's a little disappointed that she's not short to make it perfect, but then Elsee points out she's also wearing high heels.
    • "A stranger appearing in a time of crisis is 100% SUSPICIOUS!!"
  • Tsurupika Hagemaru-kun: Hagemaru suffers from this and Medium Awareness.
    Hagemaru: Hey, Kaka, don't sneeze like this while you're naked or the censor guys will cut the scene!
    Hagemaru: I can do anything, I'm the hero of this series!
  • Violinist of Hameln: The demon generals immediate orders after conquering a country are:
    Hell King Bass: Kill all the women and children in case one of the women gives birth to a child and he grows up to be a hero or something.
    Dragon King Drum: Ain't that always a bitch?

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