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  • Real Account is a horror manga set where the characters is pulled into the social network app of the same name. It gets get both frightening and bloody hilarious when Nintendo announces their first social networking app Miitomo which has strangely many similarities to ReAca
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  • In Kanon (2006), Yuichi is chastised for having a boring introduction to his new class. Yuichi says, "If's there an interesting way to introduce yourself, I'd like to see that." Earlier that same year, his voice actor had landed the role of Kyon. Yuichi is also once called out for talking narration to himself by Kaori, something that Kyon does all the time.
  • Shugo Chara! had this weird moment where our resident crossdresser makes a return. Apparently, if Kukai, Tadase and Nagahiko were in the same scene, they would resemble the trio from Boku no Pico.
  • One of the episodes of Soul Eater features a throwaway gag about how, since Shinigami-sama's soul is bound to Death City, the city would have to sprout legs and walk if he were to track down and defeat the Kishin, who has now gone into hiding. Cue episode 47 of the anime. While this might sound like Foreshadowing, the same scene appearing in the manga, which lacked the eventual plot twist.
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  • In His Coool Seha Girls, Dreamcast suggests a version of Phantasy Star Online 2 where the players' equipment is replaced with puyos. Sega had already implemented such a feature in the game, with promotional items that turned the players' MAG into either a green or red puyo.
  • One infamous fansub of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex mistranslated "foreign mafia kidnappings" as "mass naked child events." Funny enough at the time. However, in 2009, along came Eden of the East (from the same director, no less)—which involves something that could accurately be described as a "mass naked NEET event." Apparently Kenji Kamiyama watches fansubs of his own anime...
  • Duel Masters:
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED / Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny:
  • Bleach:
    • When the mysterious black cat, Yoruichi, first appears in the story, the English dub has Urahara greet it with an enthusiastic "Who's my favourite pussy?!". Later on in the story, it's revealed that the black cat is really a shapeshifting woman.
    • In a joke slice-of-life sketch, Iemura, 4th Division third seat, and self-confessed weakest third seat in the entire Gotei 13, complains about someone like Kyoraku becoming captain and outranking him, who, despite his lazy, womanising behaviour was pushed into the Gotei 13 to prevent his prodigious talent from being wasted. He's talking about the future Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13.
    • Early in the Lost Agent Arc, Uryuu is mistaken for Ichigo. During a close-up of Uryuu's face, he demands "You got a good look at his face, didn't you? So what part of me resembles Kurosaki?". Since Kubo uses Only Six Faces, the fanbase quickly transformed it into a meme. Kubo later reveals that Ichigo and Uryuu are blood relatives; Ichigo's mother and Uryuu's father were cousins.
  • Flame of Recca:
  • Yokota School in Blood: The Last Vampire is peppered with posters advertising the Halloween dance party and costume contest. One of them features a pretty blonde witch standing next to an ugly green witch.
  • Prowl in Transformers: Robots in Disguise is a strict police car Autobot who lives "by the book". In the English dub a year later, his voice actor was Wayne Lewis, who is a porn actor under the name "Wankus".
  • School Days:
    • Remember that yacht that was from the delayed episode? It turns out that it is the yacht of the director, Keitaro Motonaga, and that the nature footage was taken during a TNK corporate retreat in 2005. Nice boat, indeed.
    • And when the episode was released later, it turned out that the final scene actually does take place on a nice boat.
    • This is also applied to Pirates of the Caribbean considering who plays Will Turner in the Japanese dub. Makoto Itou becomes the captain of a really NICE BOAT — without losing his head!
  • In the first episode of RahXephon, Haruka invites Ayato to come with her, saying she'll explain all the world's secrets. He responds that he's not interested in older women. Although this line is already amusing, it becomes much more so on second viewing because Ayato and Haruka actually do end up together.
  • Andy Richter recorded the voice of Notoru in the English dub of The Cat Returns; in fact, it was his only anime voice work ever. Well, that is, until The Tonight Show took a little trip to Bang Zoom...
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Japan's human name is Kiku Honda. When the Japanese soccer team later scored their first goal ever in a World Cup, the scorer's last name was Honda. Even being the most common Japanese surname, it's still funny.
    • Making it even better: Kiku's name means chrysanthemum. "Chrysanthemum" is slang for "anus" in East Asian cultures... LOL, yaoi fangirls.
    • And then, even better: In Spain's version of Marukaite Chikyuu, you can hear Soccer/Football sounds, such as a ball being kicked and a referee's whistle being blown. Guess which national team won the 2010 FIFA World Cup?
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In the opening scenes of Part 5, Part 4 supporting character Koichi Hirose meets protagonist Giorno Giovanna. Romi Park voiced the latter in the PS2 adaptation of this story arc, then the former in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle.
    • In Part 7, one character has the ability to control a pack of raptor dinosaurs. That raptor packs can be trained to follow orders from a human is a central plot point of Jurassic World.
  • During a chase scene in an early episode of Trigun, Vash starts complaining to his maman, and then wonders aloud why he's speaking in French. Sort of random on its own, but hilarious when you consider who he ends up voicing in Axis Powers Hetalia...
  • The Prince of Tennis is a Shounen sports series, so naturally, many of the events are too far-fetched to be plausible. One match between Tezuka and Atobe leads to a 37-35 points tie-breaker. A later match between Atobe and Ryoma ends with a 116-114 points tiebreaker, implying a duration of several hours for the tiebreaker alone. But surely, no actual living person, let alone two people, have that much stamina, right? Fast forward to Wimbledon 2010, and the marathon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. The total match time was eleven hours, eight hours for the final set alone, which eventually ended with Isner's victory, 70 games to Mahut's 68. That's games, not points, eclipsing the PoT tiebreakers by at least three times.
  • In the fields of Latin American dubs, Irwin Daayán provides a really good one. His break-out role was male!Seiya Kou in Sailor Moon Stars... flashforward 12 years and have him playing another Seiya as a part of the two Saint Seiya dubs for the Hades Saga. El Oh El.
    • Since the Latin-American dub studios have similar actor pools depending on which country the series are dubbed, the Relationship Voice Actor trope brings up this more than once. One of the best examples is when Victor Ugarte was cast as Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion in both Mexican dubs, and his sister Gaby is cast as Rei Ayanami in the 2nd one. This sounds normal at first, but once you remember that Rei is his mother's clone and thus she is Shinji's sister in canon... sort of, the deal becomes absolutely hilarious. Even better... considering how that spoiler is in the It Was His Sled vein now, there's no way that such a Relationship Voice Actor bit wasn't intentional.
  • Digimon Adventure:
  • Code Geass:
    • In one episode, Lelouch goes to Ikebukuro and Jeremiah comes to kill him. Sounds fairly straightforward, until Johnny Yong Bosch and Crispin Freeman got cast as Izaya and Shizuo, and all you can think about is whether Jeremiah is going to throw a vending machine at Lulu when he gets there. (For context, Durarara!! is set in Ikebukuro.)
    • After Euphemia chooses Suzaku as her knight, Cornelia calls her to scold her about it, saying that if she wants to change the system, she can do so if she becomes Empress. That happens toward the end of Nightmare of Nunnally, with Cornelia's approval.
    • Kallen's claim in episode 19 that Euphemia is a useless puppet princess of Britannia who can't make any decisions of her own. Episodes later, Euphie gets killed after being accidentally mind controlled and stripped of her free will. Could be considered Harsher in Hindsight too.
    • "Zero, you son of a bitch!"
  • In one episode of Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan, Sakura watches the "Binkan Salaryman" with Shizuki and Dokuro, which is a movie about a guy that's pretty... sensitive to everything. This scene becomes slightly better if you've heard "Jizz In My Pants".
  • An early arc in the Get Backers anime had the Recoverery service of Ban and Ginji doing battle against transporter Kuroudo "Doctor Jackal" Akabane, voiced by Shannon McCormick in the dub. In the machinima Red vs. Blue, McCormick does the voice for Agent Washington, who happens to be codenamed Recovery One.
  • Because its creator is a huge comic book fanboy, Rurouni Kenshin has several characters modeled after those from Marvel Comics. Amusingly, Hannya is sort of an accidental example, being kind of similar to Deadpool. Both are hideously disfigured ninja, and Deadpool has been presented as having a common origin with Wolverine, and Hannya uses Wolverine Claws (which one version of Deadpool also gets, kinda.) On the other hand, their personalities are quite different.
  • The second anime series of Baki the Grappler, "Maximum Tournament", said on its opening "The lightning only struck me once, but gee...". In the manga series, one character was indeed struck by a lightning. And he just shrugged it off. Once, but gee...
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • At the end of the DVD Commentary for The End of Evangelion, the commentators joke about the (un)likelihood of Eva 2: Electric Boogaloo. A decade later, the oddly-titled Rebuild movies are in full swing, and one of the most popular fan theories about them is that they are actually sequels to the original series.
    • The meme "Get in the damn robot" is often used as a Take That! towards Shinji's unwillingness to pilot Unit-01 (especially in the first few episodes of the series). Fast forward to 2017 with the latest spin-off Legend Of The Piko Piko Middle School Students where not only Shinji, but the rest of the cast refuse to get in the damn robots to play video games instead.
  • In January 2011, the Adult Swim forums temporarily changed their "Other Anime" section to be themed around Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. A few months later in April, Funimation licensed P&S. The dub being broadcast on AS in the future almost seems like a shoo-in now...
  • Venus Versus Virus and Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl both have anime adaptations with Gecko Endings and are rife with Adaptation Decay. Their manga endings were written in ways to be the opposite of the anime versions, which causes this to anyone who has seen the anime first.
  • "Town Without Streets" by Junji Ito featured a girl whose privacy is being invaded by her family (they don't trust her after catching a boy in her room - he was trying to implant feelings while she slept. Additionally, the boy's name is Kishimoto). Fed up with her parents and brothers poking holes in her walls, she goes to visit her aunt only to discover a world where there's no privacy (except for masks) and everyone must know what you're doing at all times (I don't know if this story is pre-internet but it definitely looks pre-Friending Networks).
  • Filipino Tiger & Bunny fans get a kick out of seeing Hero TV. It actually exists as an all-Filipino anime channel since 2005, way before the anime's original broadcast. And in 2013, the same actual Hero TV will air Tiger & Bunny!
  • The Reveal in the Martian Successor Nadesico movie Prince of Darkness is the experiments Akito suffered made his skin sparkle when hit by sunlight. Thanks to Twilight's sparkly vampires it's impossible not to chuckle at the sight of this.
  • Ouran High School Host Club:
  • A couple of months prior to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz being released in the US, someone MST'd a fansub of the three-part OVA version. One of the riffs regarding Duo's flashback in part two references a scene from episode 11 of the main series:
    Crow: (as Professor G) But go ahead and tell everyone you are part of Operation Meteor. And here's a little speech to memorize so you can amaze Quatre with how similar your orders are.
  • Speaking of Gundam, the alloy that comprised said Mobile Suit was called Gundarium and was made with Titanium ore mined from the Moon named Luna Titanium.Fun Fact  fast forward to 2011 and it has been discovered that there is up to ten times the amount of Titanium ore on the Moon than originally theorized, oh and it's denser and stronger than anything found on the Earth.
  • One of the quotes describing Norio Wakamoto is "God exists and he is Japanese". Come the anime version of Future Diary, he ends up voicing Deus, God of Time and Space.
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum: The whole Brother–Sister Incest between Himari and Kanba Takakura becomes hilarious by episode 21. Why? Because not only they turn out to be Not Blood Siblings (though Himari had amnesia in regards to that), but then we learn that Kanba's Clingy Jealous Girl Masako is Kanba's real sister (and twin), and they knew it all the time. Meaning, the pairing that many people shunned due to incest, it wasn't blood-incestuous in the end. And the "alternate" pairing that some people shipped to not fall into BSI? Surprise Incest!.
  • Late Eureka Seven watchers might be amused when the Federation first calls out to "prepare the Mon-Soonos for launch" — spelled differently, but pronounced the same as an Animesque show that also involves launching. Kirk Thornton and Keith Silverstein are in both shows as well.
  • In The '90s, one of Takehito Koyasu's first popular roles was Takuto Izumi from Zetsuai 1989, a character heavily inspired by Kojiro Hyuuga from Captain Tsubasa. Flash-forward more than 10 years... and guess who voices Hyuga in the Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 TV series?
  • Ever since Funimation released Soul Eater, fans often compared the newcomer Micah Solusod to Johnny Yong Bosch. Fast forward two to three years later, and it's been announced that Micah Solusod will be replacing Johnny Yong Bosch in the role of Kazuki Makabe in Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor and Claus Valca in the Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing dubs.
    • This is actually surprising to some people since Johnny Yong Bosch had worked with Funimation a few times in the past.
    • And now Mr. Solusod is playing the lead in Eureka Seven AO - that is, the son of the character played by Bosch.
  • Back in the fourth volume of High School DXD, Vali boasts to the protagonist Issei that the current red dragon-white dragon rivalry was unfair because Vali's from a privileged family by being a descendant of Lucifer, while Issei's the son of a common Muggle. He then wished that Issei was at least from a family with some background. Fast forward to Volume 12 where Issei's now the son of both Great Red and Ophis, two of the most powerful beings in this series by virtue of rebuilding his body because his old body has died thanks to an Achilles' Heel.
  • In Appleseed Ex Machina, the current must-have product in Olympus is the Connexus, which is basically a smartphone except you wear it as a headset rather than hold it. The first version of the iPhone came out the same year as the movie.
  • The Tenchi Muyo! manga collection book Sasami Stories has two yonkoma that fit this:
    • In one comic, the artist declares that Queen Misaki would be the breakout character for the third OVA series like how Washu was that for the second. She turns out to have a very big (if very short) part in it.
    • Another comic has Kiyone Makibi smacking Mihoshi with a hammer and begging her to just forget about her. Come the third OVA series, Kiyone is replaced with Noike and Tenchi's mom takes up Kiyone's name.
  • Jamie Marchi, in the DVD Commentary of Mnemosyne lamented their inability to say swear as they please in most anime dubs, even where it might fit, due to the younger program ratings, citing Mnemosyne as a breath of fresh air, with its TV-MA rating. A few years later, Marchi went on to voice Panty Anarchy of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, an anime noted for its gratuitous profanity.
  • In ef - a fairy tale of the two., Miyako holds a phone card with an illustration that resembles Dango Daikazoku. Both Miyako and Nagisa would be voiced later in English by Luci Christian, as the two visual novel adaptations originally aired in Japan in 2007.
  • The story of AKIRA is in a backdrop of the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympics, and the said title character was apparently below the unfinished Olympic stadium. On September 9, 2013, Tokyo was selected as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
    • It became a little harsher at the end of March 2020 when the Olympics were officially postponed until 2021 owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
  • In Slayers, a hooded man named Zelgadis offers Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev to join him in order to be paid for a statue he wants. Lina refuses because "you're the kind of person who I'd rather die than join up with." Zelgadis later helps them defeat the Big Bad of that season, and as of Slayers Next, is a main characters and and an official member of the Five-Man Band.
  • A short 4-koma titled Metroid: Shounen Ou! Shorts was released shortly after Super Metroid came out. It features, among other things, one of the scientists trying to wear the Metroid as a hat.
  • A handful of vehicles in Future GPX Cyber Formula, like Asurada, Ogre and among others, can shape-shift its aerodynamics to make the cars go faster in straightways. A few decades later, Formula One now has the drag reduction system (or DRS for short) in their cars, which has the same effect.
  • Rico from Gunslinger Girl bears more than a passing resemblance to Pico of Boku no Pico, down to the name. Whether he's an expy or not is unknown since the series is more popular outside of Japan. While Pico is a feminine boy Rico is an androgynous girl.
  • In Osamu Tezuka's manga Barbara, the protagonist rejects an offer to participate in a political election because he doesn't believe that people would be so stupid to only vote for a person due to his reputation as an artist, just like "they wouldn't vote for an actor to become president.''
  • Sentai Filmworks has been throwing the "lewd card" image from Infinite Stratos season 2 in regards to Jessica Calvello. And now, Ms. Calvello herself is part of the Infinite Stratos season 2 dub.
  • In an episode of the English dub of Sgt. Frog, a reality show team comes to Earth to film an episode of their show. Natsumi replies "I could be the next Miley Cyrus". Keep in mind that the show came out in the early 2000s. Obviously, that joke has gotten even funnier nowadays.
  • Samurai 7: In episode 15, Kirara prays "I wanted to be strong like the samurai." Fast-forward to 2011, where here dub actress, Colleen Clinkenbeard, plays Erza Scarlet, one of the most badass Action Girls in all of anime, who has a very iconic samurai getup. She even wore a second one in an anime-exclusive arc.
  • Back at the end of the 90's when Viz still published their English manga releases as monthly comics, at the end of one Dragon Ball Z issue in a letters column one reader says that they far prefer DBZ over Pokémon and Sailor Moon. Viz recommends the reader try Pokémon (since they had the English license to the manga as well as the home video rights to the anime) but agrees about Sailor Moon (which they didn't have the license for). Flashforward to 2014 and Viz now has the English license to the Sailor Moon anime.
  • The titular Ninja Slayer is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa and this time, he has to avenge his wife and son, rather than be the son doing that job.
  • Fairy Tail: The 10th opening of the anime showing Zeref and Mavis side-by-side counts, as the manga hadn't even gotten to the point where it confirmed Zeref and Mavis has a deep connection at the time.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl:
    • The author is a fan of Metal Gear Solid and included references such as Miia the lamia dressed as Snake (what else) and Rachnera the arachne cosplaying as The Boss. The manga later was made into an anime, and the episode including those references and others was broadcast on September 1, 2015... the same day Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released worldwide.
    • Episode 10 of the anime is titled "Everyday Life With D", referring to a death threat against the protagonist signed simply "D". Given that the episode features some of the raunchiest scenes that appear in the manga, one can recall what "The D" means in some circles...
  • Lucky Star:
  • Gintama:
    • There was a recurring gag where Gintoki, as Ginpachi Sensei, is smoking in class, and students protest it. Gintoki answer that this is not a cigarette, but a lollipop. Thoses familliar with 4kids would immediately think of their dub of One Piece where Sanji's cigarettes where edited into Lollipop.
    • Mixing this with Biting-the-Hand Humor,the show makes a joke in the middle of Season 2 that there would be a movie of its Benizakura arc. A fake trailer was shown, and the characters joked in-universe how Sunrise already has the track record of recutting and remaking their series into feature-length movies. After the first Gintama series ended, this is exactly what Sunrise would eventually do for the first Gintama movie.
    • In episode 154, one of the guest at Kyuubei's Birthday party, is a famous actor named Shunosuke Oguri, a parody of real life japanese actor Shun Oguri. It was just one of the many jokes this show make about a Japanese Celebrities, but became doubly funny a few years later when Shun Oguri end up being cast as Gintoki for the live action movie.
  • Saint Seiya:
  • The Brave Express Might Gaine may have come out in 1993, long before the anime craze truly caught on in America, but Shogun Mifune's "Japanese culture is the greatest thing ever" and his desire to emulate it is surprisingly close to the modern 'weeaboo' stereotype.
  • As soon as Release the Spyce was annoucned, people were referencing the "The spice must flow!" meme from Dune. Then, when the first episode premiered, it turned out that the titular spice granted superhuman physical abilities.
  • Volume 4 of Komori-san Can't Decline! had several bonus pages where the cast talked about how exicited they were for the then upcoming anime. On the page focusing on Shuri's family, her little sister talks about how much she's looking forward to being animated and comments that it wouldn't make much sense for their mother to be animated given how little she moves. Guess which of the two of them was Adapted Out when the anime finally came out.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • When she was first mentioned, many readers thought that Kei had a crush on her older brother and would be competing with Kaguya for his affection. Then it turned out that not only was she not in love with him (romantically, anyways), she specifically goes out of her way to make sure that nobody ever thinks that she does.
    • In Chapter 114, Miko tells Shirogane that his face isn't her type and she prefers someone more like actor Sho Hirano (whom she'd been established as being a fangirl of in earlier chapters); while this was probably Foreshadowing on Aka's part (Hirano was the inspiration for Ishigami), this chapter became hilarious when Hirano was cast as Shirogane in the Live-Action Adaptationnote .
    • Chapter 48 featured a gag of Shirogane and Ishigami trying to do something to Tsubasa with toilet paper out of jealousy over his constant bragging over having a girlfriend. The premier of season 2 (which adapted that chapter) was aired during the times of toilet paper shortage resulted from Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fans of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid would often compare Kanna to the Blue Eyes White Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! due to her being... well, a blue eyed, white dragon. Jump forward to August 2019, when Konami added a Dragon Maid archetype to the card game.
  • In 2014, an anime called Tribe Cool Crew aired as part of Nichi Asa Kids' Time. One of the main characters had pink hair in a giant side ponytail, was named Kanon Otosaki and was into dancing. In 2016, the third season of PriPara, which premiered the same year as Tribe Cool Crew, introduced a character named Kanon who looked very similar to the one from that show.
  • In the 4th Dirty Pair OVA in which a group of boys take over an army base, one of their demands is their own tv channel that airs nothing but cartoons all day, the OVA originally aired in 1987, Cartoon Network was launched 5 years later.
  • Alakazam the Great was listed by Michael Medved as one of the choices in his book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. Now anime has risen to mainstream popularity in the modern day. In other words, modern-day otakus had the last laugh at Medved's name-and-shaming.
  • My Hero Academia: This isn't the only time Christopher Sabat voiced a powerful muscular blonde with something that has been passed down for generations. Or a character that put a young protagonist through Training from Hell.

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