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Sequel In Another Medium

When a property leaves room for continued adventures or ends on an outright Sequel Hook, but is continued in a different medium.

This is most likely due to the original property not doing well financially, but has enough interest to merit continuation in a cheaper medium. Alternatively, they were Screwed by the Network of the original medium and they have to continue it in another. In case of movie continuation from other media, it may also mark a special part of the whole story.

See also The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and its inverse Recycled: The Series. Related to Expanded Universe when the other media-sequels are treated as a lesser canon. Compare Anime First and Comic-Book Adaptation, as well as Continuation, Fan Sequel and Next-Gen Fic for Fan Fic examples.

Note that cases of prequels and interquels also count here; the point is, the works are all part of the same timeline.

Examples by the original medium

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    Anime and Manga 

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 


  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.
  • The same company also consulted with Ray Bradbury to make an authorized text adventure sequel to Fahrenheit 451
  • The first book and two chapters from the second book about Madicken were first adapted into a TV series in six parts. The rest of the second book was adapted into a movie. And to make things complicated, material from the first TV series was used to make a second TV series and material from the first TV series was used to make a second movie.

    Live Action TV 


    Video Games 

  • Final Fantasy VII received a direct sequel in the form of an animated film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, not to mention the various sequels and prequels, one of which was an anime short titled Before Crisis.
  • Crysis 2 is the sequel but set at a altogether different time and place with a (mostly) new cast of characters. The events of Crysis and Crysis: Warhead were continued in a six issue comic book series endorsed by EA and published by IDW intending to fill the gap.
  • The Titan Comics-published Assassin's Creed Origins four-part comic mini-series details the fall of Cleopatra 14 years after the game.

    Western Animation 

  • Samurai Jack got a comic series to continue its storyline before it was Un-Canceled.
  • ReBoot was cancelled (for good) after a Season 4 cliffhanger, but the story continued years later in an official webcomic format hosted by Rainmaker Entertainment.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has a number of comics that continue Aang and company's story after the events of the series, but before The Legend of Korra.
    • Likewise, The Legend of Korra also has a comic continuation of the story following its finale.
  • Boom Studio's Darkwing Duck is a continuation of the Darkwing Duck animated series.
  • Gargoyles was continued as a comic that picked up after the end of the second season, as the fans as well as the creators like to pretend the third season never existed.
  • The Critic was continued as online webisodes several years after it was cancelled by FOX.
  • In terms of Sequel Episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" from The Simpsons had a sequel in the comic series, dubbed the "Quickly Cancelled Comic Book Cavalcade". The stories are continuations of the three spinoffs proposed in the original episode, and true to form, they are as hokey as ever. In the "Wiggum, P.I." story, Wiggum becomes undead and Skinner suspects Big Daddy is behind it. Meanwhile, the eponymous "Lovematic Grandpa" finds his soul switched with that of Moe's Girl of the Week. Finally, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" is forced to hold their salute to Rock & Roll on an island due to Homer crashing their plane on the way to their gig in Hollywood.
  • Many of the stories in the Teen Titans Go! comic take place after the Teen Titans cartoon but before the made-for-TV movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.

Alternative Title(s): Prequel In Another Medium, Interquel In Another Medium