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  • Ayakashi Ayashi is pretty unsubtle about telling people to stop daydreaming and focus exclusively on real life. It's about giant monsters coming to life when someone is dissatisfied with living in a Crapsack World.
  • To sum up, the writers of Blassreiter would like you to know that anyone who is mean to immigrants is pure evil, the media is full of idiot sensationalists, and if God is there He does not like you.
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  • Dancougar Nova got pretty Anvilicious in one episode, which made oblique references to the War on Terror being fought solely over oil, and featuring a nearly rabid, transparently American commander crushing the titular robot while declaring that because his nation is strong, it gets to decide what justice is.
  • The most notable one is Cross Ange, never ever mistreat anyone or anything, whether it's one person or an entire race, especially if it's For the Evulz, jealousy or placing them as The Scapegoat. Otherwise, you're as good as dead by the same person or people.
    • So many examples: Angelise herself in the very first episode, Zola, Rosalie, Hilda, Julio, Jill, the entire Mana society and finished with Embryo.
  • Death Note gives hints that having the power to kill humans (simply by knowing their name and face) is bad, though it only heavily goes the "It's really bad" route in the final stretch of the story.
  • Earth Maiden Arjuna is the anime version of Captain Planet (see below), with the superhero replaced with a Magical Girl as with more psychological angst.
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  • Fairy Tail: The series is infamous for laying the "friendship solves everything" moral rather thick. While The Power of Friendship is common amongst shonen, Fairy Tail in particular earns scorn for frequently using the "friendship" speech to have the protagonist pull a Heroic Second Wind to suddenly beat an opponent that was just curb-stomping them moments ago. It's even justified in-series by many types of magic receiving a boost in power from willpower and strong emotions, of which friendship is often one of the strongest they draw on.
  • Being about how war affects humanity, the Gundam franchise has dropped many anvils over the years.
    • The original Mobile Suit Gundam, including its subsequent sequels had a minor subversion by dropping opposing anvils at the same time.
    • For a case of necessary anvil, we present Gundam 0080. War is Not a Game, and a Zaku can never beat a Gundam.
    • Much of the protagonists' angst in Gundam SEED comes from the fact that they have to fight each other for reasons they don't know. Then the second half of the series comes and practically every second sentence that comes out of Lacus' mouth is relentless bashing of the Cycle of Revenge. Then SEED Destiny comes along and drops the same anvil all over again, along with a second anvil bashing Shinn's views of the world.
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    • In Gundam 00, the moral is "if you kill someone because you hate the person, no matter the reason, good chance that you end up worse than him".
    • Another repeated message from 00 is that the only way to peace is through understanding others. It is repeated twice in the film's postcredits scene.
    • Also, a quote from the leader of the Union...
      "They're aggressively ending conflict all over the world. Isn't that our job?"
    • As said above, Gundam has dropped many anvils over its span. However, there is one common anvil that transcends each series: "If we all understand each other, we can all stop fighting, get along and be happy." This theme has existed since the first series (as it was the basis of Zeon Daikun's Newtype theory) and has been carried over the rest of UC (all the way to Gundam Unicorn) and even further into the Alternate Universes; among the latter, only G Gundam subverts the message due to its kung fu action movie themenote . Alongside, said message is usually presented as the basis of the resident universe's telepaths and their purpose; this is especially the case with the Innovators of Gundam 00note  and the X-Rounders of Gundam AGEnote .
  • In The Familiar of Zero, the episode in which Mr. Colbert dies was a very thinly veiled message about why war is bad, the entire second season being about how War Is Hell.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! was not subtle with many of its messages. Any lesson it had became a focal point of the whole episode and usually was a major part of the entire narrative, such as an episode about whaling episode taking place entirely in the water and on a whale. Furthermore, King Dedede—Card-Carrying Villain and Dream Land's troublesome ruler—was the one who would cause these problems, making him the scapegoat for "Don't be like this guy" messages. It tackled the topic of dentistry with the fact that you should brush well or else little purple men will destroy your teeth from the inside of your mouth, evil people pollute and destroy the ozone, industry causes acid rain and destroys plant life, it's wrong to make a collectible toy line in which every figure doesn't have an equal chance of being found (and thus all would be the same value), television lies and sucks people's life away, illegal dumping is wrong, tourists destroy landmarks and towns, lying about historical accuracy is wrong, and you should eat properly.
  • Life keeps no subtlety in any of its themes. The whole manga is about a girl who is bullied, and the bullies themselves are two-faced Jerkasses.
  • The author of Naruto can't seem to be subtle about the whole "REVENGE IS BAD" thing, to the point that, until he kick-started the big war event, it took over the story. To make it worse, he seems to have equated revenge with a fully-justified desire to see someone punished for their crimes.
    • Be loyal to your village no matter what you do because it means becoming a sociopathic monster and trying to have ambitions other than the welfare of the village is evil and must be punished.
    • Which is turned into a Broken Aesop, as Shikamaru was portrayed as perfectly justified in seeking revenge against Hidan and Kakuzu. Even if you try to find some explanation for this, the fact that revenge is portrayed bad only for when the target is an Uchiha means such anvilicous aesop is already broken anyway.
    • By leaving someone in a state of continuous torture, until death... Convenient...
      • By planning to go missing-nin, which only didn't happen because Kakashi spoke up for him and his teammates. And it would have resulted in the deaths of Chouji, Ino, and Kakashi against Kakuzu had Naruto not conveniently shown up with his new Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
  • The infamous final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion are an Anvilicious Author Filibuster on the rather extensive psychological issues of the main cast (particularly those of Shinji Ikari), as well as a discussion of how some people avoid human contact out of fear of being hurt by others. Apparently we had not already seen enough of how screwed up the cast was.
  • Pokémon: The First Movie and the first straight-to-DVD special, Mewtwo Strikes Back and Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns respectively, club the viewer over the head with their messages. Thanks for telling us that fighting to the death isn't fun, that judging someone or yourself by the circumstances of birth is wrong, and that it's a good idea to protect natural resources. We would have never figured that out. They're not very hard to grasp, even before the giant swarm of killer bug Pokémon comes to help enforce the Green Aesop. Which then gets completely turned around when at the end of the first movie, Ash and co. have their memories erased about the entire event, making the lesson they learned forgotten and pointless.
    • Coupled with a 20 minute prologue to explain Mewtwo's tragic backstory in the original Japanese version, to REALLY make it clear that animal experimentation is bad. Also serves the dual purpose of presenting the angst-filled Mewtwo as a tragic hero.
  • Arguably, the whole point of Saikano is to drop a 13-episode Kill 'Em All anvil of War Is Hell. For everyone, not just soldiers.
  • The Aesoptinum factor of Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry is made particularly obvious when not only is the research conducted on harmless aliens, but they look and act like little girls and anesthetic doesn't work on them. So every time one is dissected, they're being brutally tortured and the scientists just shrug and figure 'Hey, they'll get used to it eventually.'
  • Every. Song. In. Every. Single. Macross. Title. If you still think Violence Is the Only Option, then you're not paying attention.
  • You don't have to be watching Yu-Gi-Oh! long to figure out that the main theme is friendship. Not only do many of the main characters constantly make speeches about it (with Anzu/Tea being infamous for it, although there are many characters who are just as bad, if not worse), but there are also numerous motifs and symbols throughout the series which are meant to represent friendship. These include Yugi's Millennium Puzzle, the smiley face drawn on the hands of the main cast, and several different Duel Monsters cards. On top of that, the first syllables in Yugi's and Joey's/Jounouchi's names are purposely meant to spell out the word "Yujo", which means "friendship" in Japanese.


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