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Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982) Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (1983) Transforming Mecha and an Idol Singer fight Scary Dogmatic Aliens. Similar enough that both were kitbashed together into... Robotech. That said, Macross has become a respectable franchise in its own right, spawning multiple continuations in Japan, while the original MOSPEADA has become largely forgotten.
The Noozles (Wonderous Koala Blinky) (1984) Adventures of the Little Koala (Koala Boy Kokki) (1984) Series catering to the "koala-mania" sweeping Japan in 1984 when Tama Zoo in western Tokyo acquired its first koala, and the Australian government sent six koalas to Japan as a goodwill gesture. Noozles was a fantasy-oriented series with a human protagonist which took a turn for the dramatic halfway through; Adventures of the Little Koala was a light-hearted Slice of Life series with a purely anthropomorphic animal cast. In the United States, at least, a draw; both series were re-run on Nickelodeon from around 1987-93, and both are generally fondly remembered by their target audience of the time.
Dragon Ball (1984) Yu Yu Hakusho (1990) Shonen series featuring power levels and martial arts tournments. During the period of Yu Yu Hakusho's release, Dragon Ball was at its all time high in popularity, being the best selling manga in Japan. Yu Yu Hakusho was one of the few series that was capable of competing with Dragon Ball both critically and commercially. Dragon Ball. Both series were highly popular at the time of release. Yu Yu Hakusho was able to compete with Dragon Ball during its prime. In the rest of the world, while Yu Yu Hakusho was popular, Dragon Ball had higher ratings and more mainstream recognition. Years later Yu Yu Hakusho is better remembered for having the stronger Character Development while Dragon Ball is still a Cash Cow Franchise.
Dragon Ball (1984) Naruto (1999) An orange-wearing optimistic character is having adventures with his rival who wears blue and constantly switching sides, and a woman that he loves who has quite a temper.   While they were probably equally as big at their peak, Dragon Ball's been around longer.
Slayers (1989) Fairy Tail (2006) Both shows are more or less Dungeons and Dragons type adventures staring a hot-headed hero with flame magic. And is reckless with it. And they both like to eat. A lot. While the two settings are similar, Fairy Tail has a more Shōnen action genre feel to it than Slayers does. While both of them are big hits, Slayers wins this round because it has been around longer and was more of an anime touchstone than Fairy Tail.
Ghost in the Shell (1995) Armitage III (1995) 90s Cyberpunk anime. Armitage III was a four episode OVA that released a few months before the feature length movie Ghost in the Shell. However Ghost in the Shell was based off a manga from 1989. When Ghost in the Shell was released in the English speaking world it became immensely popular. So much so that the owners of Armitage III wanted to cash in on Ghost in the Shell's success and cut the four episode Armitage III OVA into a feature length movie. Ghost in the Shell is the clear winner here.
Kaitou Saint Tail (1995) Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (1998) Catholic Phantom Thief Magical Girl. Jeanne is a Grimmification of the cute, fluffy Saint Tail premise, with the title character as a jaded Broken Bird whose Mission from God isn't actually as holy as she thinks it is. Draw.
Trigun (1995) Outlaw Star (1997)

Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Late 90s Space Western anime featuring a gunslinging badass and his diverse Five-Man Band having various misadventures as they try to make ends meet whilst dealing with more sinister forces. More popular in America than Japan thanks to Toonami and [adult swim]. All three anime aired in the same year in Japan and later on Toonami and [adult swim]. Each apply the Space Western to a different place on the Sliding Scale of Realistic Versus Fantastic, with Bebop the realistic, Outlaw the fantastic, and Trigun in the middle. Definitively Cowboy Bebop, with Trigun a close second. Bebop is considered the best anime ever made by many. Trigun is a beloved classic and its manga continued past the anime for years. Both have also received animated midquel films. Outlaw Star, while considered a good, fun, classic anime in its own right and having the spinoff Angel Links, has not received the same amount of critical praise and is not as well remembered. Those who do remember Outlaw Star do so with fondness, so it's not really a loss. Outlaw was one of Toonami's most popular shows, helping to spawn one of its most beloved promos, Dreams, and was a part of the Toonami 2012 April Fools' Day line up alongside Trigun. Along with Bebop it was one of the most successful anime Bandai Entertainment released in America. All three anime are considered a trinity of sorts, and share Friendly Fandoms.
Flame of Recca (1995) Naruto (1999) Shonen series with Ninja Flame of Recca has its titular character, a Ninja fanboy, born with flame powers due to being born a Hokage ninja. Naruto has its titular character with a Series Goal of becoming Hokage, with a Nine-Tailed fox sealed within him when he was born. As stated, both series use the word Hokage, The main difference is that the former is a clan name, while the latter is a rank. Definitely Naruto, while the Flame of Recca manga had a good 7-year run it failed to get mass appeal due to its anime having a Gecko Ending and only a couple of video games. The Naruto manga by contrast, ran for more than twice as long. Its also a Cash Cow Franchise, with an ongoing anime series, 10 feature length movies, and multiple videogames.
InuYasha (1996) Kyo Kara Maoh! (2000) Ordinary High-School Student stumbles into a portal that leads to the past and happens to be the reincarnation of the previous ruler.   Inu-Yasha by being mind-blowingly famous. It has spawned a 57 volume manga that has sold almost 50 million in Japan alone, a 193 episode anime that sits on many "best anime" lists, 4 films, and a bunch of videogames. To its credit, Kyo Kara Maoh is pretty famous in its own right and currently stands with 117 episodes and 17 volumes.
One Piece (1997) Naruto (1999) One young man with odd powers gathers True Companions and makes his mark on the world In theory they're fairly different given their different settings, but in practice both revolve around cool abilities and fights, with a villain that starts as Plucky Comic Relief before revealing his true nature and sparking a global war. It's Shōnen, there's only so much that changes from the formula. Also, the dueling pair gives us a meta pirates vs. ninja, which might have been started from the competing fandoms. Functional Tie. One Piece completely overshadows Naruto in Japan (its popularity in Japan alone contributes to One Piece crushing Naruto in worldwide sales 450 million to 220 million, which says a lot about Japan's adoration of One Piece), but Naruto completely overshadows One Piece everywhere else, partially due to early botched dubbing and getting established too late. Both have their fans, although Naruto is more regarded as a Guilty Pleasure due to its vocal Fan Dumb.
Yume no Crayon Oukoku (1997) Fushigi Mahou Fun Fun Pharmacy (1998) Magical girl series by Toei Animation about young girls who keep magical spirits in perfume bottles.   Yume No Crayon Oukoku got better ratings than the program Fun Fun Pharmacy was part of, Anime Theater Mifapu, and was successful enough to run for 20 more episodes than originally planned. Its' success also kickstarted the trend of putting magical girl shows in TV Asahi's 8:30AM Sunday morning timeslot, which lead to the birth of popular series such as Ojamajo Doremi and Pretty Cure. Yume No Crayon Oukoku also got re-run on many Japanese channels and even gets merchandise released to this day. Fun Fun Pharmacy, however, has been forgotten about by many people and didn't get as much love as Yume no Crayon Oukoku did, making Yume No Crayon Oukoku the winner.
Pokémon (1997) Digimon (1999)

Monster Rancher (1999)
Mon series about kids Walking the Earth. Usually involves defeating some sort of Big Bad too. All three went off in different directions. Though all three were Merchandise-Driven, Pokémon become a blatant merchandise show after its third season, while Digimon and Monster Rancher remained plot-driven series. Monster Rancher was the first to go, dying quietly right at the end of the Mons boom of the early 'Aughts, games continued to be made until The New '10s, when the series finally flatlined with no new games in site. Digimon soldiered on for a few more years before it too died with the end of Digimon Frontier; it has received revivals every few years with Digimon Savers and Digimon Xros Wars and a video game every now and then but nothing like the popularity of the original run. The Digimon fandom was revitalized with the release of Digimon Adventure tri., which appealed to nostalgic fans, but still isn't on the level of Pokemon. Meanwhile, Pokémon is still a massive titan of a franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. The common refrain of the Poké-Digi Fandom Rivalry is "Pokémon has better games, Digimon has a better anime series." Purely in terms of material success, however, Pokémon is the clear winner with increasingly-expanding multimedia and consistent broken records, while Digimon, despite still having somewhat of a persistent presence, has largely faded from the mainstream.
Naruto (1997) Bleach (2001) A determinator who has to coexist with thier Super-Powered Evil Side. Both are among the most popular Shonen series during the new millennium, as well as being long runners. Both were serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Naruto. Both series started off high and ranked among the most popular Anime/Manga series, but later years were not kind to Bleach. Bleach saw a rapid decline in popularity (getting overshadowed - at least for a while - by new comer Toriko). To add insult to injury, the ratings to the anime dropped to the point where it got cancelled and lost its time slot to a Naruto spinoff of all things, while Naruto even got a sequel of sorts after its main manga (and eventually anime) ended. Last, but not least, Naruto is a lot more well-known to non-anime/manga fans than Bleach is.
One Piece (1997) Fairy Tail (2006) Shōnen series about a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits led by a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero whose main concept is The Power of Friendship. The former is about pirates, the latter mages. Luffy aims to be the Pirate King, while Natsu wants to look for his missing dragon-parent Igneel. One Piece also ran in publication in 1997, while Fairy Tail ran 9 years later. Plus, despite being from different authors, both series have VERY similar art styles complete with picturesque characters all over the place. They both have quirky characters, scantily clad women, and similar types of humor. Both manga and the anime based on them are popular in and out of Japan, but even though Fairy Tail has became moderately successful, to the point of spawning two movies and several spinoff manga, and gaining a sequel (ilustrated by a different author -though with storyboards provided by Mashima himself-), One Piece wins by a long mile, if only because it has been around for a longer amount of time (this meant the release of far more volumes and in turn, get far greater sales) and it's still going with its original author.note .
Naruto (1997) 666 Satan/O-Parts Hunter (2001) A determinator with a demon inside him seeks to rule the place that abused him and makes friends and enemies along the way. The difference between the two. One deals with ninjas while the other keeps the focus on "angels" and "demons". Well, the authors are twin brothers... Naruto by a mile. Not to say 666 Satan isn't an enjoyable read either. It had a decent run (19 volumes) complete with an ending and the stories differ enough that they're their own series despite the similar premises. But Naruto had a strong lead before 666 Satan hit the market being able to gain an anime and grow into one of the 2000s most recognizable franchises. Likewise it was because of the similar premises that 666 Satan couldn't rise up in popularity as too many fans saw it as a knock-off sadly.
Pokémon (1997) Yo-Kai Watch (2013) Monster-collecting video game series with multimedia spinoffs, including a popular episodic anime. Pokémon has its own self-contained universe and revolves around catching monsters based on anything ranging from animals to inanimate objects, while Yokai Watch takes place in the real world to befriend Japanese yokai that cause everyday incidents in town. While both are still explosively popular and regularly top the video game rankings, at its height (around 2014 note )Yo-kai Watch topped Pokémon in several sales figures and in terms of household name recognition, to the point where remained in the top 10 best-selling video games in Japan for over six months while Pokémon games still sold strong but fell off after much shorter time. In addition, Yokai Watch consistently beat Pokémon in terms of anime viewer percentages for most of its run. However, Yo-kai Watch has yet to have a significant international presence; it was imported to Western markets in 2015 but has yet to catch on in the way it has in Japan. In 2017, the tables have turned in Japan as well: Pokémon episodes are the most likely to enter the top 10 in Japan, and Pokémon Sun and Moon managed to outsell Yo-kai Watch 3 note  in Japan alone, paving a way for a second set of versions, while Yo-kai Watch 3 was updated with DLC note . Both franchises are getting games developed for the Nintendo Switch.
Serial Experiments Lain (1998) Boogiepop Phantom (2000) Mind Screw anime with similar designs Boogiepop is technically older, being based off a book series which started a few months before Lain was released. Serial Experiments Lain. It's considerably more well-known and considered one of the prime examples of anime, while Boogiepop is considered more of a Cult Classic.
Maria-sama ga Miteru (1998) Strawberry Panic! (2003) Show about Schoolgirl Lesbians set in an Elaborate University High. Strawberry Panic borrows many elements of Maria-sama ga Miteru but takes the Schoolgirl Lesbians factor farther. Maria-sama ga Miteru, undoubtedly. Although Strawberry Panic has its fair share of fans, it is no match for Maria-sama ga Miteru's immense longevity and status as the quintessential girls love series.
Yu-Gi-Oh! (2000) Duel Masters (2002) Anime show about kids/teens engaging in Card Games with the fate of the world at stake. Yu-Gi-Oh is based on a manga that used to focus on a variety of games, with its card game being inspired by Magic: The Gathering. While Duel Masters is based on a manga that used to focus on Magic: The Gathering, but it ended up getting its own game instead. Yu-Gi-Oh spanned three sequels (and counting) and the card game became a worldwide fad. Duel Masters was discontinued in America, but still a top Trading Card Game in Japan.
Naruto (1999) Mahou Sensei Negima! (2003 ) Shonen series that feature their main characters having a Disappeared Dad and a Series Goal. Naruto's story centers around a group of ninja, while Negima is about a 10-year-old magician who forms an army of mages among the students he teaches. Naruto is a huge Cash Cow Franchise and one of the biggest names in anime. While Negima's manga was also a huge success, it was ended abruptly by its author, and none of its Animated Adaptations really caught on with audiences.
Saikano (2000) Elfen Lied (2002) Two ultimate weapon girls trying to live a normal life, despite that enemies are after them. Both of these works are based on mangas and Darker and Edgier works. Both have Downer Endings. Elfen Lied wins in popularity, Saikano in overall critical reception. Virtual tie.
Ikki Tousen (2000) Koihime†Musou (2007) Romance of the Three Kingdoms Gender Flips Ikki Tousen is based on a manga series, is a High School A.U., has more fanservice, and focuses on fighting. Koihime Musou is based on a Visual Novel, takes place in the Three Kingdoms period and focuses on Adventure Towns. Ikki Tousen's third season aired alongside Koihime's first, and was repeated again for their fourth and third seasons, respectively. Draw. The series are different enough that they both have success. Both shows have actually acknowledged this and are working together.
Shakugan no Shana (2002) Kaze no Stigma (2003) Female redhead protagonist, check. Flaming sword, check. Combat schoolgirl outfit, check. Accomanying/obligatory Zettai Ryouiki, check. Fanservice-laden supernatural/magical schoolgirl light novels/shows, with varying degrees of competent male sidekick/love interest. A clear victory for Shana. Once Shana completed its first season it was renewed for two more seasons, while Stigma's wasn't. Both manga adaptations are completed, but Shana's light novel series has more than twice as many volumes as Stigma's, which stopped at 12. It probably helped Shana that the author of the Stigma light novels passed away.
Sketchbook (2002) Hidamari Sketch (2004) Quirky Slice of Life show, originally Yonkoma, about quirky girls being quirky in a quirky art school, with lots of Scenery Porn and Navel Contemplation. Sketchbook was first, and has more and quirkier girls; Hidamari Sketch goes more deeply into the relationships between them. Hidamari Sketch is clearly more popular, judging by the sheer amount of memes this show has brought forth. It also was made into four seasons, whereas Sketchbook got stuck with just one. Still, Sketchbook holds its own, if only for the appearance of Kate, who became a Memetic Mutation in her own right.
Rosario + Vampire (2004) Vampire Knight (2004) High School romance between a human and a vampire. Rosario + Vampire is (initially) a light-hearted comedy compared to the more dramatic Vampire Knight, but both manga have their share of funny moments and tense ones. Both sell pretty well in Japan, and even better in North America.
Pretty Cure (2004) Mai-HiME (2004)

Lyrical Nanoha (2004)
All feature the main female characters being physical attackers compared to the standard magical girl at the time. All three premiered in the same year of 2004 (with Pretty Cure being the first one of all of them) All 3 have been successful at the time of release, with Mai-Hime getting two sequel series and Nanoha having multiple anime and manga sequels. And while all three are hits with Otaku, the real winner financially and commerically is Pretty Cure with 16 seasons to date, and has consistently generated up to 10 billion dollars on merchandising a year, and continuously overshadows even the early established long runners Super Sentai and Kamen Rider in terms of TV ratings and Non-Serial Movie sales tickets.
Sweet Blue Flowers (2004) Sasameki Koto (2007) Glasses-wearing teenage girls come to grips with their homosexuality, on top of the rumble and tumble associated with growing into adults. Sweet Blue Flowers takes a rather serious approach, which deep insights into the minds of the characters, interspersed with some comedy. Sasameki Koto is more of a Slice of Life comedy, although it has its share of serious moments as well. The manga of Sweet Blue Flowers had been around a few years already when the anime came out and by then had already garnered an extensive fanbase, due to its thoughtfulness and sensitivity to the subject. Sasameki Koto hasn't been around quite that long, but its comedic style may appeal to a wider audience, so it's hard to point out a true winner.
Pretty Cure (2004) Jewelpet (2009) Magical Girl shows that reboot with every new season. Both have cute, snarky mascots. Each still gets new seasons exported to weirdly specific European countries (Italy for PC, Portugal for JP) despite being considered failures in the rest of the continent. Pretty Cure favors the humans, while Jewelpet focuses on the mascots. The shows air on different channels, on the same day, within an hour of each other. Also, both series have had installments themed around princesses. Pretty Cure by far. It gets high enough ratings that it regularly shows up on the top 10 most viewed anime list, while Jewelpet can count itself lucky if it manages to appear there during end-year (when a lot of big anime take a break). While Pretty Cure has released just under two films a year on average for the entirety of its existence, Jewelpet has only one, which bombed big time, and there are no plans for more. And the JP anime has been killed off for the foreseeable future after the massive bomb of Magical Change.
Genesis of Aquarion (2005) Eureka Seven (2005) Transforming Mecha series with the protagonists piloting a legendary robot fueled by The Power of Love. Both mecha are designed by the same guy Aquarion sways more to the Super Robot size and contains lots of fanservice and innuendo in contrast to Eureka which is mostly Real Robot and less in need of censorship. Both series aired around the same time and so did their sequels, and both debuted in Super Robot Wars Z. Aquarion is carried by Funimation and is locked out of a key demographic because Verizon FiOS dropped the channel late 2012. Eureka Seven is carried by [adult swim], which is available in all markets.
The iDOLM@STER (2005) Uta No Prince Sama (2010) Music-driven series, with some emphasis on group dynamics and Power of Friendship. Most obviously, the two series are aimed at different demographics (The Idolmaster appeals to both boys and girls, while Uta no Prince-sama is more focused toward girls). Uta no Prince-sama also has quite a bit of yaoi subtext compared to the yuri in iM@S. The iDOLM@STER has the much larger (and more paying) crowd of males, while Uta No Prince Sama has a smaller but more hardcore following of females. The iDOLM@STER is still too strong to beat as a whole, but the second anime might bring Uta No Prince Sama a second wind.
Blood-C (2005) Blade (2011) Two anime about a Vampire Hunter. Both premiered during the same season and are based on estabilished franchises - Blood-C is based on Blood: The Last Vampire and Blade is adaptation of Marvel Comics series. Blade comes out slightly more ahead due to keeping pace with its story while Blood-C takes a while to Growing the Beard.
Death Note (2006) Code Geass (2006) Anime show starring a megalomaniacal Teen Genius who is randomly selected by an Enigmatic Empowering Entity (who then sticks with him for the duration of the series, out of sight because of his Secret Identity) to receive a single, specific godly super power, which he decides to use to fulfill his extant dream of remaking the world for the better. His actions mean he may or may not be a villain. Features strong Black and Gray Morality. Both shows premiered in Japan at roughly the same time, although Death Note was based on a manga. The tone of Death Note is somewhat darker, grittier and more realistic and features Shinigami, while Code Geass allows for occasional filler episodes, has somewhat more levity while still somehow being more violent and still quite dark,note  and features Humongous Mecha. Both did well for the time period, receiving both a good amount of viewership and decent critical acclaim. However, the Code Geass franchise is still active and has a reasonably present fanbase. Death Note's popularity didn't survive the 2010s, and it's largely lost its status as a "must-watch" entry point for anime fans.
Sky Girls (2006) Strike Witches (2007) Scantily clad young females operate fantastic flying machinery to fight creatures that copy the appearance of other things. Strike Witches leans more toward the Mecha Musume concept whereas Sky Girls has a more classical Humongous Mecha theme. Both series feature character designs by Humikane Shimada and contain quite a bit of fanservice, although Strike Witches really ups the ante by giving none of the girls any pants. Both OVAs were created at roughly the same time, though Sky Girls was turned into a TV anime first. Strike Witches, hands down. There's a large shared fanbase between both franchises in Japan, but Strike Witches achieved Internet infamy, receiving much more exposure both domestically and overseas.
Giant Robo (2007) Raideen (2007) Darker and Edgier, CG-enriched remake of classic Giant Robot franchises. It can't be a coincidence that these two shows launched within mere weeks of each other. They're very similar shows in many ways. They're also both very similar to RahXephon, a series that was, itself, based on the original Raideen. They both flopped, but Giant Robo wasn't even fansubbed.
Kotetsu Jeeg (2007) Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007) Super Robot animes with Transforming Mecha that work mainly on Rule of Cool. They aired on the same season, Spring 2007, and both have a suprising large ammount of common elements, even drills. However, Gurren Lagann keeps basically one-upping itself while Jeeg is a more standard Monster of the Day show, but it's the sequel of an anime from The '70s, hence being the "original". Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a much larger fanbase, sold a lot more, got two movies, several Spin-Off manga, generated a lot of merchandise and developed tons of memes. It also recieved a Colbert Bump by being slated for broadcast on Toonami. Kotetsu Jeeg got first into Super Robot Wars.
Freezing (2007) Infinite Stratos (2009) A boy joins a school where girls are trained to become weapons of mass destruction and seeks to live up for the legacy of his legendary older sister while earning his own Unwanted Harem. Infinite Stratos has a much lighter tone and focuses more on the harem aspects of the story while Freezing is packed with nudity and gore. Both anime series aired their first and second seasons together. Freezing has the author's personal fetishes as fan service. It also has given the main character a larger harem he doesn't deserve. A virtual tie - while Infinite Stratos wins commerically, as it is considered a major title while Freezing was relegated to cult status, critically Freezing fares better, with both seasons getting roughly the same critical reception; Infinite Stratos, on the other hand, suffered Seasonal Rot in its second season, and due to the fact that its premise was copied by a large number of works, it's reception is now, at best, So Okay, It's Average.
Code:Breaker (2008) Out Code (2008) Superpowered teenaged boys join up with The Organization and partner with muggle girls and save humanity from equally superpowered enemies. This appears to blatant copying, with Out Code being the shonen-er version of Code:Breaker. The main difference seems to be the aims of their enemies: CB's Big Bad wants superpower supremacy while OC's Mad Scientist wants to begin a huge Bizarre Baby Boom. Also, the lead of CB has fire powers while OC's lead is electric. Code:Breaker. While Out Code ended at three volumes, Code:Breaker has 21 volumes and an anime adaptation.
Zetsuen no Tempest (2009) Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (2009) Shōnen fantasy series heavily inspired by classics of literature. Zetsuen draws its "Spirit Inspiration" from the works of William Shakespeare while a good part of Magi's main cast is named and modeled after "V.I.P.'s" from the Arabian Nights. Both manga had their debut around the same time, and their anime adaptations first aired on the same week and channel. Zetsuen no Tempest did well, but Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic managed to outlast it.
Phantom Requiem for the Phantom (2009) Canaan (2009) These two gunkata drama/thriller series debuted the same year. Phantom is about a young amnesiac man caught at the wrong place at the wrong time and forced into a crime syndicate. Canaan features a girl targeted by a crime organization and relies on the title character for protection. Both series based on visual novels. Close call, but Phantom seems to be the victor having the most acclaim among critics for its high quality animation and solid writing for the first half of the series. Phantom received a simulcast from FUNimation while Canaan was eventually licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
Eden of the East (2009) Future Diary (2011) Anime show featuring a group of individuals who recieved cellphones with special properties, forced to take part in a twisted elimination game. Future Diary started earlier as a manga, but was adapted into anime years later. Eden of the East had its rightful share of love from critics and viewers as well, but nothing like the fad caused by Future Diary, mostly thanks to its gruesome story and unusual heroine. Future Diary also has the dubious honor of being the namesake of the Mirai Botnet.
One-Punch Man (2009) My Hero Academia (2014) Manga that focus on worlds where superheroes are commonplace and work under a system. Following two heroes who try to rise in the ranks. One Punch Man is a webcomic redone in a more professional style on the online site Tonari no Young Jump. It is more comedy oriented and a bit of a deconstruction of the genre as the hero, Saitama, is so massively overpowered, he barely finds any joy in superheroing. Even when he does, he barely if ever gets any respect for it save from a small few of heroes. My Hero Academia started its run about 5 years later in Shonen Jump. Storywise it is the opposite, as the hero, Midoriya, starts out having no powers but is granted them from his idol. However, he is still quite panicky to use them effectively. And has yet to earn much respect from other so-called heroes with superior abilities. In both cases however, their hearts are in the right place and they tend to fight for what's right rather then fame and glory. One-Punch Man had the early lead, but with a decline in quality in the anime's second season and the fact that My Hero Academia eventually became significantly more popular, MHA is the clear winner.
Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri (2010) Pretty Rhythm series (2011)

Aikatsu! (2012)

PriPara (2014)

Aikatsu Stars! (2016)

Aikatsu Friends! (2018)

Kiratto Pri☆Chan (2018)
Anime adaptations of arcade rhythm games with collectibles to dress up characters aimed towards little girls. LilPri, Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars are lighthearted while Pretty Rhythm and PriPara are more dramatic. Lilpri did reasonably well, but currently only manga versions are still running. Pretty Rhythm is quite a hit and lasts for four seasons, the last of which is a recap series for the previous three seasons. Aikatsu, despite starting late, managed to outsell the Pretty Cure franchise after one year and had dominated the competition for a while. But when PriPara came out, it sold so well that its first DVD volume sold out the day it was released while taking over the throne. With that, Aikatsu was ended after 4 seasons and has been replaced with Aikatsu Stars as an attempt to compete. Aikatsu Stars failed to catch on, having since fallen out of Bandai Namco's top 10 most profitable franchises. PriPara did reasonably well towards the end of its run. In Spring 2018, both franchises were replaced with their respective latest spin-offs, Aikatsu Friends! and Kiratto Pri☆Chan for different reasons. Aikatsu Friends! was looking to once again, try to recover from the previous series' faltering sales where Kiratto Pri☆Chan replaced PriPara due to Takara Tomy's four-season rule for their idol franchises. The real winners, however are the viewers (including adults who watch them).
Love Live! (2010) AKB0048 (2012) Nine aspiring idols aiming to reach stardom while saving the day in the process (or vice versa). Love Live! is part of a large multimedia project and the anime series started at the same time of the second season of AKB, which is fueled by the tie-ins with its real-life counterpart. Love Live! by a country mile. The first Blu-Rays of Love Live!'s first season more than the entire AKB0048 series by several orders of magnitude. Furthermore, the first blu-rays for the second season broke anime sales records. While AKB0048 was decently popular, Love Live! was a significant hit, consistently ranking high in popularity wherever it is applicable and receiving a new series, while AKB0048 was rarely spoken of after it ended.
Highschool of the Dead (2010) School-Live! (2015) Manga adaptations that explore the Zombie Apocalypse with cute girls. Not to mention the only two in the genre within the medium. Highschool of the Dead takes a more fanservice based road to show off busty action girls aimed towards the shonen demographic. With some sight psychological tones nearing the later parts of the series. School-Live! is a horror/Slice of Life show with deeply rooted psychological horror themes. This is a bit of a weird one to qualify. For a while, Manga School Live was easily more popular, experiencing a huge surge in popularity when the anime hit, and becoming a surprise success of its season. After that, though, the franchise largely faded from public view. Highschool of the Dead is still fondly-remembered by fans, and is probably the overall winner.
High Score Girl (2010) Umehara Fighting Gamers (2014) Both are gaming-oriented Seinen series revolving around protagonists engrossed in the world of Fighting Games and the Fighting Game Community during the Video Arcade Renaissance of the early-mid 1990s. High Score Girl establishes itself as a Slice of Life romantic dramedy about children growing into adulthood during the 90s, heavily employing the arcade gaming boom and the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation game console histories as a backdrop for the story. Umehara Fighting Gamers on the other hand is a Darker and Edgier biographical series that focuses on the early lives of several Real Life Japanese professional gamers as they struggle to reach the top of the competitive fighting game scene. Due to having several well-known gaming companies (primarily Capcom) and Japanese FGC celebrities endorsing it as well as an international localization deal with Canada-based publisher Udon Entertainment, Umehara Fighting Gamers comes out on top. On the other hand, despite having been slated for an animated adaptation in 2013, High Score Girl's momentum was severely dampened by a legal dispute between publisher Square Enix and SNK, causing the manga to enter a year-long hiatus and likewise delaying the anime's production. In spite of this, both series are lauded in Japan for their well-researched portrayal of 90s gaming culture in general and the competitive fighting game scene in particular, with High Score Girl even gaining a healthy overseas following much earlier than Umehara Fighting Gamers.
The iDOLM@STER (2011) Love Live! (2013) Idol anime involving a bunch of girls struggling to chase their dreams and achieve success. Both are multimedia franchises involving games, anime series and live performances with the voice actors having their own successful spin-offs. Idolmaster sells more games, while Love Live sells WAY more Blu-Rays.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011) Kill la Kill (2013) Popular anime of The New '10s that changed the face of the Magical Girl Warrior genre. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a deconstruction of magical girl warrior shows, playing with common traits of magical girls like love, heroism, and friendship. A lot of the show's popularity comes from its shock value, with a deliberately cutesy appearance used to mask the Cosmic Horror Story it really is, and it is considered to be the Breakthrough Hit of Gen Urobuchi. Kill la Kill, on the other hand, is a reconstruction, making fun of other magical girl traits like magical girl outfits and powers. A lot of this show's popularity comes from the reputation of its creators, which added to its initial hype, and it is considered to be the Breakthrough Hit of Studio Trigger. Madoka Magica. While both shows are immensely popular in both the east and west, Puella Magi Madoka Magica has become a pop culture icon in Japan.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011) Yuki Yuna is a Hero (2014) Magical girl shows with dark Plot Twist, Power at a Price, and obvious false premise. Both title characters happen to be Nice Girls at heart who happen to be the most idealistic and caring leads in their respective series. Their respective writers, Gen Urobuchi and Takahiro (the creator of Akame ga Kill!) are also known for their dark imagery and themes in their writing, and both anime are centered around hope. However, Madoka incorporates more psychological horror, dark imagery, and philosophical themes (like many of Gen Urobuchi's works) while Yuki Yuna incorporates more Slice of Life elements, is more light-hearted, and more character oriented. The characters in Madoka are brutally killed off while the characters in Yuki Yuna are kept alive. Both series involve some degree of suffering, where Madoka have the characters suffer through death, the characters in Yuki Yuna suffers by being kept alive and destroying their own bodies every time they use their Mankai. The major Plot Twist in Madoka comes near the beginning of the series while a similar Plot Twist in Yuki Yuna comes near the second half of the series akin to Growing the Beard. Both series have their degree of a happy ending, although Madokas case is more of a Bittersweet Ending. Arguably, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is far more popular and more well-known than Yuki Yuna is a Hero. Despite a few share of criticisms of Yuki Yuna is a Hero, it has become a Sleeper Hit after episode 8 and received its own praise for having an emotionally-driven Tear Jerker drama without heavy reliance of shock value plot elements such as rape, death, and torture; and maintain the series idealistic mood even after The Reveal about the Hero System. Regardless, both Yuki Yuna is a Hero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica are well-liked among the anime fandom their own reasons (Madoka for the philosophical and psychological related drama, and Yuki Yuna for its character driven drama).
Sword Art Online (2012) Accel World (2012) The journey of a young VR gamer who joins a high stakes MMORPG/fighting game where he makes lots of friends and earns his own Unwanted Harem despite having already picked up a girlfriend. Both come from light novels by the same author and share a setting, though Accel World is set a few decades further into the future (Sword Art Online started being written years earlier as a webnovel, but both went together to the bookstore and Accel World made it to the TV one season earlier). There is even a special story featuring both protagonists fighting each other. In 2012 Sword Art Online's fanbase and sales were higher, but both did quite well, being the two best selling light novels that year. Sword Art Online eventually won out by a large mile in terms of popularity worldwide, even holding a certain degree of internet infamy.
From the New World (2012) The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke (2013) Both anime involve populations of psychics and the dangers they pose to society and how said society deals with it (with prejudice). While the premise is more or less the same, the main difference is society and the different directions each anime takes in involving its societies, with From the New World giving deeper focus on the sociological aspects and impact, set in the distant future after a small flashback to the past, and The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke being more action-oriented, set in the current day due to somewhat less devastation having been wrought upon the world by psychics. The starkest difference is that the discriminators and the discriminated are reversed. Draw in terms of both being more or less cult classic (or at the very least, the former certainly is). From the New World was practically made for it, adored critically but utterly dismal in terms of BluRay sales (barely a thousand bought), while The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke had the addition of being a SPINOFF to an anime series that in itself wasn't particularly one that had stayed in popular memory, even if manga-wise it still has a base that cares about it. Oddly enough, The Unlimited Hyobu Kyosuke seems to have been made TO catch the popular eye, as it has a relatively less bleak outlook than From the New World (in that all the psychics are in the modern day and not everything turned to utter chaos in the many years since psychics first appeared), more action-oriented, and between the two was likely more watched (and if nothing else, left a bit of an impression behind for its including The Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd as unexpected background cameos in its last episode).
Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince (2012) Valvrave the Liberator (2013) Pick a bunch of teenagers with loose screws, give them cutting edge robots and send them to kick some bad guy's ass IN SPACE! Majestic Prince is based on a manga while Valvrave is an original story. Both air on the same day, but different timeslots and channels. Depending on who you ask. To fans, Valvrave becomes memorable because of how off-the-wall crazy it was, the fact that it was filled to the brim with (intentional) Narm led to many a Memetic Mutation, and the simple fact that it was written by the same guy who wrote Code Geass. Majestic Prince, as Cliché Storm as it was known, has its own moments and it's a solid series on its own, enough to land a sequel film years later.
Sword Art Online (2012) Log Horizon (2013) Both are based on ongoing light novels about a large group of MMORPG gamers being trapped inside the game. In Sword Art Online the gamers are unable to log out or remove their VR helmets, but the Evil Programmer promises to free them if anyone can reach his tower and defeat him. In Log Horizon the gamers are transported to a physical version of the game inhabited by real people instead of NPCs, with no obvious clues as to how they got there or how to get back. Sword Art Online focuses mostly on action scenes and Japanese Spirit, while Log Horizon focuses on political intrigue and attempts to recreate modern technology. Log Horizon is more lighthearted than Sword Art Online. Sword Art Online is definitely more popular than Log Horizon and was even aired on the Toonami airing block. However, the fan reaction to Sword Art Online is relatively polarizing due the character and plot writing issues. Log Horizon has a much smaller fanbase, but the writing, Character Development, and storyline is more praised than Sword Art Online. Regardless, Log Horizon has become a Sleeper Hit in and outside of Japan and has become one of Sentai Filmworks successful shows.note  Both of them are winners as they both receive a second season in the following year. The light novel on the other hand isn't even close. The Sword Art Online series has sold 14 million copies world wide as of August 2014, taking first place in the Takarajimasha's "This Light Novel is Awesome" ranking in 2012 and 2013, becoming the first and to date only light novel to be ranked first twice, and two years in a row at that. Meanwhile Log Horizon 's 7 volumes has sold 700k total by September 2013 and does not make the top 15 of the ranking.
Assassination Classroom (2012) Akuma no Riddle (2014) Both shows involve a "special" class of high school students who are given a target to assassinate by a certain time period. Also, they feature a blue-haired protagonist who is level-headed and competent at what they do. Assassination Classroom shows a comedy sci-fi setting that involves students of E-Class trying to assassinate their octopus-like teacher before their graduation, while Akuma no Riddle features a serious, realistic setting about twelve students of Class Black trying to kill a girl named Haru Ichinose with one of them have defected to protect her. Assassination Classroom is most likely the fan's favorite.
Attack on Titan (2013) Black Bullet (2014) Humanity fighting in a defensive war against Eldritch Abominations in a post-apocalyptic setting and are both known to kill off a large number of characters. Both are grimdark action series with the main character being voiced by Yuuki Kaji and both have reasonable Character Development and Tear Jerker moments. Attack on Titan puts more emphasis on straight-up action and takes place more in the medieval/Renaissance time period. Black Bullet takes place 20 Minutes into the Future with sci-fi elements, puts more emphasis on philosophical and political themes, and is more inspired by Gen Urobuchi and nitro+ works. Attack on Titan does not have lolis while Black Bullet does.note . Attack on Titan is the winner in every possible categories, critical reception, sales, even being aired in Toonami. Black Bullet, on the other hand, had a poorer premise since it gave a wrong impression as being a Lolicon pandering series, though it received mixed to positive reactions.note  Attack on Titan has become a Sleeper Hit in Japan and internationally since its anime aired. Even though Black Bullet has enjoyed an increase of light novel sales since the anime aired, in the American fanbase Black Bullet is the most hated spring 2014 anime title and the most hated Dengeki Bunko title, even surpassing Oreimo, The Irregular at Magic High School, and Sword Art Online.
Kill la Kill (2013) Akame ga Kill! (2014) Protagonist joins an Anti-Hero La Résistance group to take down a despotic government (or in Kill la Kill's case, a despotic school board and later on, an Evil Corp). Both shows have over-the-top action and violence, incorporation of Grey and Black Morality, have a female protagonist that uses a blade weapon in combat, and have the word "kill" in the title. Kill la Kill is an original anime series made by the same team responsible for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Akame ga Kill! is based on an ongoing manga. The female protagonists are anti-heroes for different reasons: Ryuko has a more selfish goal of revenge against the person who killed her father, while Akame is a cold-hearted assassin who resorts to murder to topple the Empire and rebuild society. Akame ga Kill! is considered to be Darker and Edgier than Kill la Kill because the former has a higher death count while most characters in Kill la Kill either are knocked out or receive Clothing Damage at worst. Kill la Kill incoporates more quirkiness (such as the theme involving clothes) and comedy, while Akame ga Kill! incorporates more Tear Jerker and drama. Both were quite popular while they were airing, but Kill la Kill ended up having more of a longtail, kicking off cult favorite Studio TRIGGER.
Free! (2013) Haikyuu!! (2014) Sports anime featuring Cast Full of Pretty Boys with a strong passion of a particular sport. Free! has swimming as the main focus while Haikyuu!! has volleyball as the main emphasis. Free! is an anime original work with a light novel predecessor. Haikyuu!! is based of a manga series. Free! is mostly geared towards a female audience and put more emphasis on male Fanservice while Haikyuu!! is geared towards the traditional Shounen demographic fanbase and follows the traditional sports anime themes (i.e. The Power of Friendship and Team Spirit). Free! ran in two separate 12-Episode Anime seasons in separate years while Haikyuu!! ran in a single two-hour series. Draw. Both Haikyuu!! and Free! are fairly popular in both Japan and internationally. However, both series have contributed to the revived interest of sports anime within the North American fanbase. note  That being said, the second season of Free! was picked up by Funimation while Haikyuu!! was picked up by Sentai Filmworks, so there is some hope that sports anime will regain its North American market.
Tokyo Ghoul (2014) Akame ga Kill! (2014) Fighting Series that have anime adaptations on the 2014 summer block, both of which have gore filled fights. Male leads are naive and brought into the story after a close encounter that nearly kills them. Akame ga Kill! is about a young village boy who is separated from his friends and joins an assassin group after the girl who was taking care of him turns out to be a serial killer. Tokyo Ghoul is about a young boy who is attacked by a ghoul; a human eating monster that pretends to be a human. Arguably, Tokyo Ghoul is the winner and is even given a second season. Akame ga Kill! has also gotten a lot of popularity, but has faced far more criticisms than Tokyo Ghoul as mentioned above in the Akame ga Kill! vs. Kill la Kill.
Aldnoah.Zero (2014) Shirogane No Ishi Argevollen (2014) They are both Anime First Mecha Shows that debuted in the Summer 2014 Anime season. Argevollen takes place in a Constructed World where a young soldier stumbles upon the titular Super Prototype and uses it to help his country fend off an enemy invasion. Aldnoah meanwhile is an Alternate History where alien technology was found on the Moon and Mars in 1972. An Earth-established Martian colony then declared independence from Earth and eventually launched an invasion of the Blue Planet in 2014. Aldnoah.Zero completely crushed Argevollen. It had the advantages of an All-Star Cast in the form of both its voice actorsnote  and a double-whammy punch of an all-star production team.note  The show managed to draw in a lot of viewers who wouldn't typically watch the Mecha genre because it subverted so many mecha cliches, and it culminated in one of the biggest Cliffhangers of the year, matched only by Tokyo Ghoul's cliffhanger. Meanwhile, Argevollen was heavily criticized for being a Cliché Storm, as its first episode featured a typical Hot-Blooded hero Falling into the Cockpit and the mech turning out to be a Clingy Macguffin. Tons of viewers ended up abandoning the show after only a few episodes. Aldnoah did become more and more polarizing as it went on, but it still retained high viewership and was one of the most talked-about shows of the summer. It's generally agreed both shows had disappointing endings, but Aldnoah was the one on everyone's mouths.
Dragon Collection (2014) Oreca Battle (2014) Anime adaptations of arcade game from Konami by OLM Digital airing from Spring 2014. Both air back to back on the same time slot as 15 minute episodes. Dragon Collection features dragons while Oreca Battle features monsters. Both of them are flops compared to Hero Bank and Majin Bone which airs on the same season, but Dragon Collection has a small fandom in 4chan's /ai/ thread thanks to some cute female characters appearing in it. Interestingly, all the aforementioned anime get simulcasts at Crunchyroll.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (2014) Selector Infected/Spread Wixoss (2014) Merchandise-Driven collectable card game anime adaptions. Arc-V is a sequel to the long standing Yu-Gi-Oh! series aiming at children. Wixoss is JC Staff's adaption of Takara Tomy's card game aiming at male adults. Both deconstruct a number of elements from previous entries of the genre. Arc-V, no objections. Wixoss boost the sales of the card game, but the overall reception in Japan is So Average, It's Okay. Not only does Arc-V have the advantage of being a long standing series but it also have a surprisingly dark and deep storyline for a children's show. Whereas Wixoss is criticized for being a CCG anime In Name Only.
Tokyo Ghoul (2014) Parasyte (2014) Out-of-the-blue, a dorky protagonist Ordinary High-School Student contracts a dehumanizing affliction, but clings to his human part successfully enough to allow for dramatic story of Body Horror, coping, surviving and exploring the unknown. Both are seinen series as well. Parasyte is a manga series that takes place in the 1980s (although the anime adaptation modernized the series to incorporate modern day technology like smartphones and the internet). Parasyte have the monsters as aliens taking control of humans, while Tokyo Ghoul have ghouls. Tokyo Ghoul put more emphasis on its action scenes while Parasyte puts more emphasis on Character Development. Draw, with a slight favorability towards Tokyo Ghoul. While Parasyte remains popular, it has been criticized for sloppy plot writing. Regardless, both series are well-received in both Japan and outisde of Japan.
Aldnoah.Zero (2014) Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015) Anime First Mecha Shows featuring Mars, a princess. and an emotionally stunted main character that deconstruct a lot of Real Robot Genre tropes. Both shows take place in the wake of a disastrous war in the past and are a more realistic take on real robots and super robots. Both shows also heavily pitched the fact that they had some serious star power in the form of their writers: Gen Urobuchi for Aldnoah.Zero and Mari Okada for Iron Blooded Orphans. Aldnoah features a Martian invasion of Earth led by imperialistic Martian colonists who want to plunder Earth's natural resources. Iron Blooded Orphans is about a Martian PMC group made up of Child Soldiers trying to escort the leader of a colonial independence group to Earth to negotiate for greater colonial autonomy with a corrupt military organization standing in the way. Aldnoah.Zero flips the premise of the Real Robot Genre by putting the hero in a basic training unit and showing how good planning and tactics can defeat advanced technology. Iron Blooded Orphans gives the hero advanced technology but limited resources with little formal training. Iron Blooded Orphans. After the first season finale of Aldnoah.Zero , there were big hopes that show would head in a much Darker and Edgier direction and really take Deconstructor Fleet all the way. Instead, the second season went for Not Quite Dead and Decon-Recon Switch, sending the main character off very far in a bad direction. In contrast, Iron Blooded Orphans practically reads like a wish list of all the things disgruntled Aldnoah.Zero fans wanted: the show is Darker and Edgier even for Gundam, there is serious violent death and gray morality, and the Child Soldiers aspect is played uncannily real. Both shows have large casts, but Iron Blooded Orphans characters receive more attention and development, allowing them to stay relevant to the plot in contrast to how Aldnoah.Zero shoved aside most everyone except for the main hero. Iron Blooded Orphans' 2nd season which aired on Fall 2016 had its own problems as well particularly with its ending where most of the main characters including the protagonist died while the antagonist became a Karma Houdini. However in comparison with the endings of both shows, Iron Blooded Orphans wins due to its realistic and bittersweet take.
Gourmet Girl Graffiti (2015) Food Wars (2015) Anime based on manga series that is focused on Food Porn. Gourmet Girls Graffiti runs in a Manga Time Kirara magazine that is a Slice of Life series that is geared towards an adult male audience while Food Wars is a comedy series that run in a Shonen Jump magazine that is geared towards a younger audience. Gourmet Girls Graffiti is about a young middle school girl living by herself while Food Wars is about a young highschool boy from a family restaurant aspire to be the best chef in the world by entering a very competitive culinary school. Gourmet Girl Graffiti have characters eat the food in a very erotic way and more focused on common traditional Japanese foods; while Food Wars, even though it's not an action series, takes the concept of cooking and takes it to a ridiculous extreme and focuses on different variety of foods and cooking styles. Food Wars completely destroys Gourmet Girl Graffiti by a mile, as the anime manages to enjoy high ratings by just the first episode while Gourmet Girls Graffiti sits on average ratings after 13 episodes. While Gourment Girl Graffiti isn't hated as per say, it is mostly seen as a So Okay, It's Average Slice of Life anime series that isn't any different to other anime titles from the Manga Time Kirara brand since the series uses the same Slice of Life Schoolgirl Series cliches. It also doesn't help to note that Food Wars have more relatable and likable characters, did a lot of research on different foods, ingredients, and cooking styles, and have gotten a lot of attention simply because it's a cooking manga. It is also doesn't help to note that one of the collaborators, Yuki Morisaki, is a well-known and popular chef in Japan; and the fact that the main character, Soma Yukihira, realistically represents the typical hardship of young aspiring chefs.note 
Jewelpet: Magical Change (2015) Show by Rock!! (2015) Shows based on Sanrio franchises which started airing in Spring 2015. Both involve transformations into different species. Jewelpet Magical Change is aimed at children and is about the titular pets turning into humans; Show By Rock is aimed at adults and about humans who turn into humanoid animals. Show By Rock was much more watched and talked about, and its characters took the Sanrio character poll by storm. Jewelpet Magical Change was very poorly received and ended up being cancelled, becoming a Franchise Killer for the Jewelpet anime.
Shimoneta (2015) Prison School (2015) Anime series by JC Staff that are airing in the Summer 2015 season which focuses on a group of characters struggling in an oppressive environment and involves heavy amounts of Ecchi. Shimoneta takes place in a world where R-rated jokes don't exist and is a flatout lighthearted comedy. Prison School is flatout Black Comedy anime series where most of the female characters are portrayed as sadists while the male characters are portrayed as either stupid, perverted, or incompetent. Prison School is more popular than Shimoneta. In fact, this is highly reflected on how the licensor of both series, Funimation, handles their Broadcast Dubs by giving Prison School one while leaving Shimoneta without one because Prison School has a larger fanbase than Shimoneta.
School-Live! (2015) Prison School (2015) Anime with very dark take on the school setting that are geared towards a seinen audience. School-Live! is a horror/Slice of Life Schoolgirl Series with the anime written by Kaihou Norimitsu (who works for nitro+ and a contemporary of the well-known Gen Urobuchi) heavy Mood Dissonance because it takes play in a post-apocalyptic Zombie Apocalypse setting. Prison School is an ecchi Black Comedy series written by Akira Hiramoto where five boys are placed in sadistic punishment in a highly oppressive all-girls high school setting after peeping into the girls' locker room. Draw, with possibly a slight edge on Prison School. But it's more of a case of both Germans Love David Hasselhoff and Sleeper Hit situation. Prison School has consistently been more popular than School-Live! in English speaking anime fansites and has a much larger fanbase than School-Live!. However, School-Live! has become a Sleeper Hit on its own in both in Japan and in the west thanks to the Mood Dissonance factor and ended up as the most talked about anime of the Summer 2015 Anime. School-Live! even topped out as the number one anime in both Japan AND ANN readers. Even if Prison School is more popular in the western fanbase than School-Live!, School-Live! manages to find itself in one of the top ten anime of the season. The reason Prison School has a slight edge is mainly because of the licensors. Funimation licensed Prison School and is given a Broadcast Dub, while School-Live! is licensed by Sentai Filmworks, which made some worry that it would be given a sub-only treatment (it wasn't in the end, though there were fan complaints about the dub's direction and script).
The Asterisk War (2015) Chivalry of a Failed Knight (2015) Light novel adaptations focusing on a highschool setting that focuses on competitive combat as a sport with a lot of Fanservice. Both series aired within the same season airing on the same time slot on the same day. Complete with a long-haired princess with fire powers who starts off as a Tsundere to the protagonist. However, The Asterisk War focuses on a sci-fi setting with advanced technology while Chivalry of a Failed Knight puts more emphasis on magic in combat. Asterisk War is less comedic, focusing more on its social science fiction. Chivalry of a Failed Knight, both commercially and critically. The Asterisk War suffered from criticisms of Cliché Storm and overused character archetypes. Chivalry of a Failed Knight, like The Asterisk War, has heavy use of cliches. However, it's generally agreed among most viewers that Chivalry of a Failed Knight executed the cliches and character archetypes much better than the Asterisk Wars. What's interesting is that The Asterisk War has received and finished airing its second half, whereas Chivalry of a Failed Knight is still sitting on just one.
Konosuba (2013) Re:Zero (2012) A savvy, somewhat geeky, tracksuit-studded shut-in ends up having to Reincarnate In Another World, only to have a more unconventional fantasy adventure than most. Originally starting out as reincarnation fantasy stories on Shosetsuka ni Naro, they were since cleaned up and published as legitimate light novels. Their respective anime adaptations premiered in the Winter 2016 season. Both were done by relatively "low tier" studios at the time (Studio DEEN and White Fox, respectively), whose work on their chosen series helped put them (back) on the map. Storywise, they're complete opposites: whereas KonoSuba was a farce focusing on a party of self-centered Jerks with Hearts of Gold, Re:Zero was a character-driven drama that often broke the characters as often as they were helped. The authors of both are also good friends in real life. Draw. Konosuba's anime ended up being a surprise hit for all the factors going against it, even being used as shorthand for a series that survived against all odds. Re:Zero got wild amounts of popularity. Both have several well-recieved spinoffs to their name, books, campaigns, and a pair of crossover short stories. Konosuba even got itself a dungeon-crawler in the process! Their approaches to playing with common fantasy tropes are equally well-recieved, with Konosuba lauded for its character-based humor and absurd plots, and Re:Zero enjoyed for its character drama and serious plots.
Macross Delta (2016) Love Live! Sunshine!! (2016) Series involving Idol Singers, which aired on the same season, is a sequel, and is backed up by a recording company. Macross Delta started airing a cour earlier than Love Live! Sunshine!! They aired in the same time slot at the same channel as well. However, Macross mainly focuses on two members of it's Idol Singer group and two pilots of fighters that support them, while Love Live! focuses on all of the 9 members and how they became the part of the group. Using the Blu-Ray sales as a mean of comparison, Love Live Sunshine wins by a mile.
My Hero Academia (2014) Black Clover (2015) The mangas are about a Determinator Muggle that wants to become the very best of their respective worlds Both mangas try to take over as Shonen Jump's new flagship work in its post-Naruto era. Both works are still running, but My Hero Academia has a clear upper hand, receiving critical and public praise, while Black Clover's popularity with the crowd comes with Critical Dissonance. The balance was tipped further in My Hero Academia's favor in 2017, when both series had animes and the latter work became a Snark Bait for its Padding, Cliché Storm and Crunchyroll's overblown marketing of it. note  The manga circuit has Black Clover fare a bit better, citing Asta's genuine growth despite (or even because) of the cliches while the nonstandard fashion of Deku and his upgrades in later arcs can feel like he's been handed them at times.
GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018) Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside (2018) A meta example of Yokai Great War featuring two Darker and Edgier entries of popular Yokai-themed franchises. As stated, both are Darker and Edgier installments of Yokai franchises. Kitaro premiered in order to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the first anime airing, and has a lot of social comment on Japan-related real-life topics and thus keeps relevant to the present day. Meanwhile, Shadowside is a sequel set after a 30-year timeskip featuing the children of the previous series' protagonist as the main characters, as well as scarier Yokai, and is now plot-driven unlike the previous series. Note that both series come fresh from a crossover in the Shadowside movie, which launched the Shadowside project. Kitaro handily beat Shadowside during the latter's run in TV ratings, as the former is a regular in the top 10 shows, while the latter only occasionally made into. Since Kitaro goes beyond Setting Update to keep itself relevant by exploring current real-world topics in Japan, this helps viewers to identify with a long-time classic. While Shadowside has its fair and notable share of fans (those Yo-kai Watch fans who welcomed the Darker and Edgier shift with open arms due to growing tired of Flanderization, Toilet Humor and lack of major story arcs and threats alike), some are not very fond on it paradoxically due to said tone shift, as well as rooting for Nate as the only worthy main character of the series. Also, Kitaro was picked to stream by Crunchyroll, while Shadowside only gets scarcely fansubbed. With Shadowside wrapping in favour of the Lighter and Softer revival Yo-kai Watch! airing, Kitaro finally emerges victorious.
Run With The Wind (2004) Tsurune (2016) A more down to earth, character driven sport series starring more unconventional sports for a Sports Story (running and kyudo respectively). Both are literature adaptations, who are also made by studios with major female audience franchises (Production I.G, Kyoto Animation). These adaptations also ran concurrently in the Winter 2019 season, but Run with the Wind is a two-cour while Tsurune is 13 episodes. Run with the Wind got the better reception from the start, while Tsurune was initially overlooked because of fears that it would be a lesser Free! due to being produced by the same studio, and in general because of several changes from the book to the screen. While Tsurune did not have much financial success unlike Run with the Wind (which had a relatively good physical copy sale), it did maintain a small cult fanbase. However, Run with the Wind is the ultimate winner, given its overall popularity and widespread release.
Kemono Friends (2017) Kemurikusa (2019) Post-Apocalyptic All-CGI Cartoon about humanoids with odd circumstances as to how they were created, with a curious Muggle joining the main cast. Both series are done by relatively unknown studios, and Yaoyorozu worked on both series (1 season in Kemono Friends' case). While both have battles with strange, somewhat alien adversaries, Kemono Friends also has a prominent slice of life and Edutainment factor while Kemurikusa goes more into Sci-fi elements. The second season of the former ran at the same time as the latter. While Kemono Friends has a definite lead due to its popularity, Kemurikusa also has some built-in notoriety thanks to being the first project Yaoyorozu worked on after Kadokawa's firing of their director. As times goes on, however, the popularity of Friends dropped drastically as it failed to maintain the storytelling quality of the first season (it got even lower scores than Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on Niconico Douga), while fan opinion over Kemurikusa remains highly positive. Online statistics from mid-February 2019 showed that Kemurikusa became the 3rd most popular anime of the season, while Friends dropped to 32nd.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011-??) Senki Zesshou Symphogear (2012-2019) Unconventional stories in the Magical Girl Warrior genre that have Aoi Yuuki as the lead actress for both series, and aimed at adults. The Latter was originally seen as a ripoff of the former due to an early bloody and dark tone in its first airing, though slowly it became its own entity, more Hot-Blooded and optimistic in vein to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Studio Trigger works, while the former remains a darker and more deconstructive take of the idea through and through. 
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