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There are actually two completely unrelated series both called . One is a Gakuen Heaven Yaoi Guys series set in an all boys school, the other is an ecchi series about a ronin teacher set in an all girls' school. Don't get 'em mixed up.
On a similar note, there are also two series called . One is about a male teacher at a supernatural school of some sort (I haven't actually read it, so I could be wrong), while the other is about three female teachers who also happen to live together. Adding to the coincidence, they both have hints of Gakkou No Sensei Ho Yay (the first one) and Les Yay (the second one).
There's a group of people called "Fairy Tail" or "Fairy Tale", but are they a Chaotic Good group of magic users or a Chaotic Evil gang of monster terrorists?
The Pokémon Ledian and the Gundam Wing character Lady Une share the same katakana (レディアン), though Une has a dot between the ィ and the ア.
Shinji of and Judai of Neon Genesis Evangelion both have two love interests named Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Rei and Asuka, with the same but reversed color schemes (white and red) to their wardrobes.
Shinji Ikari, the main character from is also not connected in any way to Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinji Hirako from .
Bleach By the way, Shinji shares almost the same name as Shinji HIKARI, who happens to be called Fireball in WEP's "dub" .
note And Rei is also a Sailor Senshi. In a double whammy Rei of Eva was intentionally named after Rei of Sailor Moon.
Ikari Yui and Katsuragi Misato, two characters who would never be paired by anyone with a sane mind. Yui and Misato, Blue Drop's Official Couple. No wonder there is only one crossover between the two series.
Misato also shares names with . Funnily, her cousin Boss is voiced in a copter pilot by the same person that voiced Gendo.
Mazinkaiser There's also a major character in called Rei Asuka. And one called Mari.
Raideen I think it's safe to say that Kozo is not Azuza's grandfather, despite sharing the same surname - Fuyutsuki.
Kaname Chidori and Kaname Chidori.
Non-human example: Both and Code Geass feature a mecha named 'Gur(r)en', both of which are Red and Very Awesome. (Both are spelled the same way in Japanese, but the latter is officially romanized with a second R.) This is because "guren" means "red lotus" in Japanese. See also: Solf J. Kimblee, the Crimson Alchemist, from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann , who in Japanese is called "Guren no Renkinjutsushi".
Fullmetal Alchemist Yukari Kamishiro is either the main characters' attention-craved drunken flirt of a teacher in or one of the haremettes in the Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Gift series.
There are two characters with the name Saten. One is from who is one of the protagonists and the other one is from A Certain Scientific Railgun NEEDLESS who is an antagonist. Please don't mix them up. Oh wait, do it. You'll get a laugh out of it.
Sauzā (サウザー) is the Japanese pronunciation of two different Jump-related villains: Souther the Holy Emperor (aka Thouther, Thouzer), the successor of Nanto Hō-ōken from ; and Sauzer (" Fist of the North Star Salza" in Funimation's dub), one of Cooler's henchmen in the fifth movie.
Dragon Ball Z Lampshaded in with Kimidori, the (male) artificial lifeform balloon animal, who is totally not Kimidori, the (female) Haruhi-chan Artificial Human who works with Yuki. That being said, 'Kimidori' means 'yellow-green'. The latter's hair and eyes while the former is a yellow-green balloon animal.
Both Noa Izumi and Edward Elric have a big metal lug named Alphonse, but one's her Humongous Mecha and the other's his younger brother.
Pico from Boku No Pico has absolutely nothing to do with either Newgrounds, or F-Zero, or that crappy movie about a talking caterpillar and Christopher Columbus.
Meow : Cat-like alien or wandering martial artist?
Both and Part 4 of Death Note feature a supernatural JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Serial Killer named Kira. In both cases it's meant to evoke the English word "killer", but in the villain's full name is actually Yoshikage Kira, and in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure "Kira" is a nickname created by the media. Their reasons for killing are also Death Note vastly different.
Part 6 of the same manga and the movie Casanova both have an antagonistic bishop named Pucci.
and Azumanga Daioh both have main characters named Kagura and Yomi.
Ga-Rei Speaking of Yomi, there's also Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga from the former series, and Kekkaishi gives us an interesting name combo of a character called Yomi Kasuga.
The Robot Girl character from and the bar where Akemi works as a waitress in Mahou Sensei Negima! both have the same name: Chachamaru. The spaceship from Maison Ikkoku also has this name, except that it's usually punctuated as "Cha-Cha Maru".
Plastic Little :
Mazinger Z Try not to confuse Misa Amane with Misao Amano.
Not exact, but Yukino Miyazawa is a high school student voiced by Atsuko Enomoto. Yukine Miyazawa is a high school student voiced by ... Atsuko Enomoto.
Both and Pokémon have characters named Hikari, although the Hikari in Digimon Adventure Pokémon (introduced in 2006) had her name dubbed as Dawn, while the one (introduced in 1999) became Kari.
Digimon Adventure has an aspiring musician-cum-moeblob call Yui who plays guitar. K-On! also has an aspiring musician-cum-moeblob call Yui who plays guitar.
Angel Beats! Not to be confused with the real life singer/guitarist YUI.
Or Yui Itsuki, lead singer of the band Yōsei Teikoku.
Or the fact that all of the girl's last names are taken from the band [[The Pillows]]
Is The Major the ass-kicking commander of an organisation working for the government or the scheming Nazi leader of an organization of vampires?
Shamal is a doctor in both and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha , being female in the former and male in the latter.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! The British dub of referred to Hidaka as "Alan Carter", which is the name of a character from the British science fiction series Space Carrier Blue Noah .
Space: 1999 "Deathscythe" is a deadly weapon; do you mean the Gundam or a type of weapon fueled by souls?
Teru Mikami from has absolutely nothing to do with Teru Mikami from Koko Ni Iru Yo! .
Death Note Mai Kazuki is the elementary school student that transforms into Magical Star Magical Emi as well as a character from Magne Robo Gakeen.
Crossing over with Real Life, a drama CD was released starring five different male characters all voiced by Japanese voice actors whose first name is Da i su k e.
Intentionally invoked with Whether you're referring to the anime/manga, it's first season OP, it's second season ED, or it's live action version's theme, Kimi ni Todoke. they all mean the same thing.
Ein: The bounty hunter from ? Or the dog from Fist of the North Star ?
Cowboy Bebop The main hero in both and Dragon Ball is Saiyuki Son Goku, a Saiyajin/man with a staff. It's because both stories are based upon , whose main character is named "Sun Wukong" Journey to the West .
note Miu Serizawa and Miu Serizawa.
Kuroneko is either a Once per Episode cameo making feline from or a Tsundere Trigun Elegant Gothic Lolita from .
Ore Imo Ichigo is either the male lead of or the female lead of Bleach .
Tokyo Mew Mew Mt. Moon: A mountain that is home to the moonstones, rocks that contains limitless energy, or a mountain that is home to the moonstone, a rock that allows Clefairy to evolve?
Gon is both an adorable major character in and an adorable little ridiculously powerful t-rex-looking thing from Hunter × Hunter the manga of the same name. Or, for that matter, [[ Digimon V-Tamer01 a Gomamon]].
Light Yagami or Hikari note Yagami? Not quite, but you really don't want to confuse the two.
The last Mistress of Night Sky is Hayate Yagami. Ironically, she is actually not associated with light, because her Artifact of Doom was called the "Book of Darkness" before she renamed it/her.
Kurama: A girly-looking redhaired fox spirit with a thing for plants, or a princess seeking a perfect man to help restore her race or a man who hunts the most powerful diclonius, but is also the father of the most powerful silpelit and being the father figure of another, but peaceful silpelit?
's Rick Hunter (AKA: Robotech Macross's Hikaru Ichijou) came a couple or so years after the Rick Hunter played by Fred Dryer in the TV show .
Hunter The main character in is named Akira Shiraishi. In Ai Ore! Love Me! , Hiyori points out that it sounds like the Lucky Channel characters Akira Lucky Star Kogami and Minoru Shiraishi got married. (And the doorbell rings, leaving Konata to wonder which one it is...)
Joey Jones: the Kid Hero from Stan Lee's recent anime or the minor character from .
Stellvia of the Universe somehow pulled off two internal examples between the same two media - both the manga Digimon and the anime Digimon Next have characters named Yuu and Tsurugi, though in Digimon Xros Wars Xros Wars Tsurugi is that particular character's surname as opposed to the Next character's first name.
Mami is the name of a character from , as well as the title characters from Puella Magi Madoka Magica Creamy Mami and and Mami Futami from Esper Mami franchise.
The Idolmaster Kagura from is not to be confused with Kagura Sohma from InuYasha or Kagura from Fruits Basket or Kagura from Azumanga Daioh Ga-Rei or Kagura from Gin Tama.
The fictional character Ryosuke Takahashi happens to share his name with a real life anime director.
Sakura is a very common girl's name in Japan. Along with the aforementioned two Sakura Haruno's, there's also a certain street fighting fangirl and a certain magical girl who collects magical cards.
Musashi Tomoe and Mami Tomoe. Somehow, this makes perfect sense.
Is the lord with the surname Yao a jerkass boar with the title of Demon King or a Xingese prince looking for the secret to immortality?
Leina: a fighting princess?, Rom Stoll's younger sister? or Judau Ashta's younger sister?
Cattleya: A busty warrior?, A Pokemon Trainer, called Caitlin in English?, Louise's sister?, Haru Glory's sister?, or Raidiece F. Branstein's sister-in-law?
Airi: A Wraith maid?, Rei's sister? or a Hollywood actress stuck in a fantastic world? Could also be an AI living inside a tablet computer.
Shinobu: A hot-blooded Super Robot pilot?, a clumsy ninja?, an unlucky lech's (later-to-be ex) girlfriend? A loli vampire? A spirit detective on the wrong side of the law? The 8th ranked assassin? A brilliant biopsychologist? A ditzy high school girl with a blonde fetish? A shy blue-haired girl who loves a loser?
Shino: A rather creepy guy with shades and having insects living inside his body or an adorable little centaur girl in kindergarten age?
Is Giro a psychotic space frog or an evil wolf leader?
While they don't share the same name, they share the same nickname: Is Micchan a fat toddler, an annoying girl or a basketball player?
Saber: a female King Arthur? or an Autobot?
JoJo is a diminutive nickname, but does it belong to anyone from or related to the Joestar family, or to the youthful royal heir Jordy Volder? Or is it the little brown-skinned guy?
Iris: A black Pokemon Trainer? or a white French girl?
Seiya: The Pegasus Saint? or a crossdressing Sailor Senshi?
Tsukishima: Pretty boy on a train? or a sadist who has the power to change memories? Ironically enough, both are voiced by Daisuke Ono.
When we're talking about the last name Oyamada, are we talking about Kouta or Manta?
Tsubomi is a magical girl. Tell us, though — is she a cosplayer with Ultraman-like powers or the weakest Pretty Cure in existence (though she gets better)?
Ironically enough, Kagami Yoshimizu of fame once got confused as a girl because his name is shared with Kagami Hiiragi (who's a girl).
Lucky Star Presea: An Evil Matriarch who loves to abuse her not-daughter, or a powerful sorceress who aids three girls on their quest to save a different world from theirs? Or an emotionally repressed 12-year old girl with a giant ax?
Rin: A young boy that aspires to be an exorcist? A man who could become a god or a demon? A tsundere-ish mage with cold personality? An inappropriately precocious schoolgirl? An immortal private investigator? A young human girl that follows a demon lord? An armless schoolgirl with a peppy personality? A friend of a certain one-eyed ninja? A singing android that has a twin brother? The pet Kasha of a Satori? A fire-themed magical girl? An incredibly shy childhood friend? An employee at the Gourmet Coliseum in the IGO's First Gourmet Facility? Or just one of Those Three Girls?
Both and Wandering Son have characters named Makoto, Shuuichi, and Yoshino.
Minami-ke Haruhi and Haruhi are a pretty famous example; enough to inspire crossover art.
Sayaka is a blue haired Magical Girl, but is she from or Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo ?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Futaba Aoi appears in both and Vividred Operation
Asobi ni Iku yo! Tobi could be either Yuria's pet dog in the OVA, or the alias of one ?
Obito Uchiha Cologne is either an elderly martial artist or a fallen mascot whose the source of angst for one of the heroines.
Ryouma - tennis star or hot-blooded mecha pilot?
Hibiki & Kanade are a pair of main characters from a music themed Magical Girl series... well, but which series is meant? (Though it's worth noting that one pair of them is an actual duo while the other pair is not since one of them died before the other one became a Magical Girl.)
Is Miku the name of a virtual singer? or Hibiki's best friend?
Is Madoka a pink-haired omniscient Magical Girl '''GODDESS''', or a brown-haired Beyblade handyman or a green-haired older sister of another Magical Girl who looks just like her or just another Magical Girl who has Madoka as her last name.
The Goddess Madoka's best friend has a love interest named Kyousuke, who was also one point of a Love Triangle in the '80s rom-com —but for this Kyousuke, one of his love interest is also named Kimagure Orange Road Madoka.
Yui is a prince-type girl in a series known for its yuri subtext. Is the series , or Yuru-Yuri ? (Or, more humorously: is she a Yuyushiki deuteroagonist or a protagonist?)
Kaito can either be a magician Phantom Thief with a deceased father or a surfer with musician parents. Or is he the blond duelist on a mission for Numbers?
The name Baki is shared by a young grappler who trains to one day defeat his father and a shinobi from the Sand Village
Both (and Digimon Adventure 02) and have characters (both of whom interact with each other possibly more than any other character in their respective canons) named Takeru and Hikari.
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World A sci-fi show with characters named Itsuki and Asahina: or Haruhi ?
RahXephon Risty: A thief? or a princess? It does help both series were produced by the same company (Hobby Japan)
Ymir: The Steel Princess? or a member of the 104th Trainees Squad?
Touma: Either he is infected with a virus that gives him anti-magic powers, a level-0 who is the middle of a magic vs science war with similar powers, the ruler of Fiore or the human partner of Gaomon.
Karin: Ichigo's younger sister or a flirtatious former subordinate of Orochimaru, or a blood-producing vampire who gets a massive nosebleed every month, or a Magical Girl Warrior whose powers are based on the Greek Goddess, Althena? Or even A Magical Girl who transforms into !
a caped pig Yuno: An aspiring high school art student with iconically X-shaped Hair Decorations, or a Yandere with an extreme tendency to Murder the Hypotenuse?
Rikka has a Catch Phrase. Is it " The light of wisdom, Cure Diamond!", " Vanishment, this world!", or " Mii, Nipa~!"
note Itsuki, is he an esper with the surname Koizumi or is she a Magical Girl with the surname Myoudouin and just happens to look like a boy?
Rei the Large Ham Tsundere and Makoto the Gentle Giant with a Dark and Troubled Past. Both have Ho Yay moments with other characters. Now, are their teammate Haruka a flirty Bifauxnen Anti Heroine magical girl, or a stoic and quiet boy who takes every opportunity he can to swim?
A Tomboy Magical Girl with a rather short ponytail, the fourth and most offensive member of the heroes' team. Her name is Makoto. But from which series?
Kyoya is an Asian guy, but does he have tonfas? Or does he have glasses? Or A lion-themed Beyblade?
Happy is an Anthropomorphic Personification of said emotion with a Catch Phrase. Now, is this a blue Cute Kitten that says "Aye!" and "S/he lllikes you"? Or is it a klutzy, pink-haired Magical Girl and says "Happuppu~" and "Ultra Happy!"? You decide.
Chika is a good cook. Is she a preteen girl who is a main character, or a teenage Canon Immigrant recurring character?
Mikado Sanzenin: Nagi's grandfather? or a casanova skater?
Minato: The Fourth Hokage? or a female Bridge Bunny?
Haruka: a Closet Otaku, an aspiring Idol, a former Broken Bird Telepath, a Schoolgirl Lesbian, a Sailor Scout, the Yamato Nadeshiko eldest sister, or a tengu?
Sakamoto: a guy who's extremely cool in everything he does (first name unknown), a (possibly) green haired Team Mom (Akira) or Akira's older brother (Harumi) who appears in every series that Akira appears in? How about a talking cat whose life sucks no matter where he goes?
Mukuro: Is it the male 10th Vongola Mist Guardian or the owl of the female Mist Guardian or the female Ultimate Soldier or the female one of the Three Kings of the Demon World?
Nagisa: Is it Cure Black? A member of a swim club?, A surfer with a fear of Moe squids?, An inconspicuous middle school boy with a hidden talent for (terrifying) assassination? A shy, ill girl voiced by Mai Nakahara? A shy lesbian voiced by Mai Nakahara? A young magical girl who's obsessed with cheese? If it's a surname, it'd be an angel.
Lancelot: A white mecha or the true Knight of the Lake wearing a black armor?
Kibou no Hana/Flower of Hope: Is it the setting for HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, the Closing Credits theme ( Lyrics here) for , the title of Chapter 449 of Kotoura-san , or the title of episode 22 of Naruto ? This conundrum is unique in that it doesn't refer to any characters at all.
Hajime No Ippo Two shogi manga, and Sangatsu no Lion both have supporting characters named Nikaido who are both Shion No Ou kishi and affluent due to their families. Aside from that, though, they are as different as night and day.
Ringo Kinoshita: A popular idol singer on No-Rin, and also the Souta Suzukaze's Tsundere friend from Otogi Juushi Akazukin
Aki Mikage: Either a sweet girl from a farm in the mountains, or a boy who gets possessed by evil and is the heroine's twin brother.
has one in-genre example,and one unrelated. Another short manga story called Elfen Lied focuses on two musician prodigies attempting to keep promises they made in childhood - if the plot sounds familiar, it should. The story was written and drawn by Elfen Lied Lynn Okamoto, and first published in a manga compilation volume for the series Elfen Lied. It has no connection to the world of Diclonius and such. In Germany, author Bernard Hermann publishes a series about fantasy elves with each title being Elfen and then another word, with one of them being Elfen Lied.
Urara Kasugano: She is either an Idol Singer with the Magical Girl Warrior alias Cure Lemonade or a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who Dual Wields airsoft Glock 26's as a member of the survival game club.
Ciel: a (female) Church Militant who fights with throwing swords and a BFG or a (male) Creepy Child with a demonic (but very bishie) butler?.
Sawako: former member of a heavy metal band who became a teacher, or shy, ghostly high school girl
who aspires to become a teacher.