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** It helps that both Duel Masters and Yugioh started off as parodying MagicTheGathering, which has its own fair share of serious business (but sadly, the latter is a real life phenomenon).

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** It helps that both Duel Masters and Yugioh started off as parodying MagicTheGathering, TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, which has its own fair share of serious business (but sadly, the latter is a real life phenomenon).


* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', the sport of Beyblading itself. It seems like if anyone wants to TakeOverTheWorld, they have to do it with duelling tops.
** It is not so much as the tops as the "Bit Beasts" - artificial or spiritual entities of animals that allow the tops to pack as much yield as a nuclear bomb without the nasty side effects. Serious Business however.
*** Incredibly powerful spirits of animals that are used mainly utilized for playing a ''children's game''. As powerful as nuclear weapon, and they are put in ''spinning tops'' used by ''children'' to win a ''game''.
*** This is {{justified|Trope}} by those spinning tops being derived by actual weapons and those spirits, when unsealed, preferring to reside inside weapons (Dragoon was first seen staying inside a sword before moving inside Takao's beyblade).
** Even without the "take over the world" angle, the sport of Beyblading is able to fill stadiums specifically built for it, so there is some serious money there.
** The first season provides the [[UpToEleven ultimate example]] with the PPB, the institution training the US national team... That is literally ''BackedByThePentagon '''[[UpToEleven and]]''' [[UpToEleven the NASA]]''. Seriously. It was so bad that the Bladebreakers (including the member who would later ''put down his life'' to try and win a particularly important match) called them out on it...

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* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', ''Franchise/{{Beyblade}}'', the sport of Beyblading beyblading itself. It seems like if anyone wants to TakeOverTheWorld, they have to do it with duelling tops.
** It is not so much as the tops as the "Bit Beasts" - [[{{Mon}} artificial or spiritual entities of animals inside]] that allow the tops to pack as much yield as a nuclear bomb without the nasty side effects. Serious Business however.
*** Incredibly powerful spirits of animals that are used mainly utilized for playing a ''children's game''.
As powerful as nuclear weapon, ''that'' and they are exclusively put in ''spinning tops'' used by ''children'' to win a ''game''.
*** This is {{justified|Trope}} by those spinning tops being derived by
''game''. Even in the story's own history, they're always said to have been used for actual weapons combat and those spirits, when unsealed, preferring ''wars'' prior to reside inside weapons (Dragoon was first seen staying inside a sword before moving inside Takao's beyblade).
the days of modern beyblading.
** Even without the "take over the world" angle, the sport of Beyblading beyblading is able to fill stadiums specifically built for it, so there is some serious money there.
** The first season provides the [[UpToEleven ultimate example]] with the PPB, the institution training the US national team... That is literally ''BackedByThePentagon '''[[UpToEleven and]]''' [[UpToEleven the NASA]]''. Seriously. It was so bad that the Bladebreakers BBA Team (including the member who would later ''put down his life'' to try and win a particularly important match) called them out on it...


** Gackt agrees to help Kiyoshi break out of prison temporarily so Kiyoshi will pick up a limited edition figurine for him while on the outside. Gakuto wants the figurine so much that he soils himself in public just to get the sound of him soiling himself as part of the escape plan.

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** Gackt agrees to help Kiyoshi break out of prison temporarily so Kiyoshi will pick up a limited edition figurine for him while on the outside. Gakuto Gackt wants the figurine so much that he soils himself in public just to get the sound of him soiling himself as part of the escape plan.

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* A lot of humor and much of the plot of ''Manga/PrisonSchool'' is derived from people taking things way too seriously instead of acting like normal people.
** Gackt agrees to help Kiyoshi break out of prison temporarily so Kiyoshi will pick up a limited edition figurine for him while on the outside. Gakuto wants the figurine so much that he soils himself in public just to get the sound of him soiling himself as part of the escape plan.
** When the boys are pleading with the headmaster to give them time to come up with a defense so they won't be expelled, Kyoshi gives an impassioned speech about why asses are better than boobs, completely winning the headmaster over.
** Gackt is able to convince the boys to help their hated enemies the shadow student council against the regular student council by revealing that the regular council's school fare will not have a wet t-shirt contest, unlike the shadow council's.


* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar:'' Kaguya and Shirogane turn pretty much everything into mind battles, from Old Maid, discussing where to go on vacation, to exchanging LINE [=IDs=]. All in the name of forcing each other to confess their love.

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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar:'' ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar:''
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Kaguya and Shirogane turn pretty much everything into mind battles, from Old Maid, discussing where to go on vacation, to exchanging LINE [=IDs=]. All in the name of forcing each other to confess their love.love.
** There's a runing subplot involving the Four Ramen Emperors of Tokyo, who treat eating ramen as a matter of life and death.


** A lot of characters have this, despite Germany being the worst: [[TheDitz Italy]], [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld China]] and [[LoveableSexManiac France]] are a little too obsessed with [[ForeignQueasine food]], England's got [[CoolChair Busby's Chair]], and... well, anything [[LoveFreak America]] does, really.

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** A lot of characters have this, despite Germany being the worst: [[TheDitz Italy]], [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld China]] and [[LoveableSexManiac [[LovableSexManiac France]] are a little too obsessed with [[ForeignQueasine food]], England's got [[CoolChair Busby's Chair]], and... well, anything [[LoveFreak America]] does, really.


*** With the exception of the super virus, that still sounds like TruthInTelevision. [=WoW=] is so popular that all other [=MMOs=] could be called "other small ones" by comparison.
*** Assuming that the World from the anime doesn't play like the World from the videogame sequel, one might be able to understand the game's popularity. It seems to be a fully virtual world with rather realistic interactions, not to mention use of Occulus Rift esque headsets (long before the Occulus Rift was even a thing).

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*** ** With the exception of the super virus, that still sounds like TruthInTelevision. [=WoW=] is so popular that all other [=MMOs=] could be called "other small ones" by comparison.
*** ** Assuming that the World from the anime doesn't play like the World from the videogame sequel, one might be able to understand the game's popularity. It seems to be a fully virtual world with rather realistic interactions, not to mention use of Occulus Rift esque headsets (long before the Occulus Rift was even a thing).


** Manjoume's brothers in ''Anime/YuGiOhGx'' outright state that Duel Monsters is one of the three pillars of society alongside politics and business. In other words, a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhAbridged children's card game]] has replaced religion as one of the pillars of society.

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** Manjoume's brothers in ''Anime/YuGiOhGx'' ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' outright state that Duel Monsters is one of the three pillars of society alongside politics and business. In other words, a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhAbridged [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]] has replaced religion as one of the pillars of society.


* In ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko: A Very Metal Christmas'', Fenneko gets ''really intense'' about Retsuko's Instagram feed.
-->'''Fenneko:''' [[BillBillJunkBill Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert]], a ''thigh pic''?! ''This is my worst nightmare.'' Look at it, Haida - except for the face mask and the thighless thigh pic, it's like she's turned into Tsunoda! [[FauxHorrific Why'd you do it, huh, Retsuko? Why? You were the best of us.]]\\
(later) [[NotSoStoic Instagram is EATING HER SOUL!]]

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* In ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko: A Very Metal Christmas'', Fenneko gets and Tsunoda get ''really intense'' about Retsuko's Instagram feed.
feed. In opposite directions.
-->'''Fenneko:''' [[BillBillJunkBill Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert]], a ''thigh pic''?! ''This is my worst nightmare.'' Look at it, Haida - except for the face mask and the thighless thigh pic, it's like she's turned into Tsunoda! [[FauxHorrific Why'd you do it, huh, Retsuko? Why? You were the best of us.]]\\
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[[NotSoStoic Instagram is EATING HER SOUL!]]SOUL!]]\\
'''Tsunoda:''' Every time you post a cute picture to social media, you're helping to make the world a better place! [glares] You ''do'' want to make the world a better place, right? [takes a selfie] I'm such a giver.


-->'''Fenneko:''' [[BillBillJunkBill Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert]], a ''thigh pic''?! ''This is my worst nightmare.'' Look at it, Haida - except for the face mask and the thighless thigh pic, it's like she's turned into Tsunoda! [[FauxHorrific Why'd you do it, huh, Retsuko? Why? You were the best of us.]]

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-->'''Fenneko:''' [[BillBillJunkBill Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert]], a ''thigh pic''?! ''This is my worst nightmare.'' Look at it, Haida - except for the face mask and the thighless thigh pic, it's like she's turned into Tsunoda! [[FauxHorrific Why'd you do it, huh, Retsuko? Why? You were the best of us.]]]]\\
(later) [[NotSoStoic Instagram is EATING HER SOUL!]]

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* In ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko: A Very Metal Christmas'', Fenneko gets ''really intense'' about Retsuko's Instagram feed.
-->'''Fenneko:''' [[BillBillJunkBill Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie - dessert - latte art. Selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert, selfie, dessert]], a ''thigh pic''?! ''This is my worst nightmare.'' Look at it, Haida - except for the face mask and the thighless thigh pic, it's like she's turned into Tsunoda! [[FauxHorrific Why'd you do it, huh, Retsuko? Why? You were the best of us.]]

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** Manjoume's brothers in ''Anime/YuGiOhGx'' outright state that Duel Monsters is one of the three pillars of society alongside politics and business. In other words, a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhAbridged children's card game]] has replaced religion as one of the pillars of society.


* In ''Manga/{{Kakegurui}}'' gambling is very, ''very'' serious business. A person's standing in school is entirely dependent on how much they can win (and how much they can afford to pay to the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil), with even the simplest of games of chance being determined by wagers of millions of yen.

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* In ''Manga/{{Kakegurui}}'' gambling is very, ''very'' serious business. A person's standing in school is entirely dependent on how much they can win (and how much they can afford to pay to the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil), with even the simplest of games of chance being determined by [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame wagers of millions of yen.]]



* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': Averted, believe it or not.

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* Surprisingly ''averted'' in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': Averted, believe it or not.

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* Cooking and food in general in ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'', to Senshi at least. To the extent that anything not revolving around dungeon cuisine and proper nutrition don't interest him much. [[BerserkButton Do not waste food in front of him, whatever you do.]]


--> '''Manjoume:''' \Who cares if he's better looking and so what if he's richer than I am. I'm really good at playing card games! And that's what life is ''really'' all about, anyway!"\

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--> '''Manjoume:''' \Who Who cares if he's better looking and so what if he's richer than I am. I'm really good at playing card games! And that's what life is ''really'' all about, anyway!"\anyway!

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